It is going to be interesting to see what Adobe do with the technology that they’ve now acquired through Pixmantec. According to their site, the free version is going to continue to be available (now from the Adobe site) until Lightroom is available, but the professional version will cease as soon as they can manage it.
Adobe have also said
that they expect to improve Bridge with the integration, in some way, of the Pixmantec RAW engine.
I love taking photos in RAW mode so the ability to be able to do more with those images – particularly the bad ones – is something I look forward to.