I use Color Efex Pro of NIK a lot. Sometimes just to try out a setting and to know how it looks without feeling the need to save all those huge TIFF files. There is a possibility to save settings but it is rather awkward and it is more thought for like 'generic' settings.
I would like to save settings on a per image basis. Preferably the same name as the raw/dng file so that I can recreate the tiff again. It seems something very simple. Does anybody has any idea why this is not implemented. (I first ask here before going to the NIK software group. Just to get some support or to get explained that this is not such a great idea).
I don't like to have a DNG and a TIFF (or sometimes more then 1) of the same image. If I update some meta-data I have to check everything again. This is another argument not to use TIFF's and DNG's. The only reason for TIFF's I see is for printing (and storing them on the site where they are for sale).
I don't use photoshop. Only Lightroom and NIK plugins.