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I know is a difficult question but some pro and cons of the main software available may help.

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closed as primarily opinion-based by AJ Henderson, Paul Cezanne, Michael Clark, MikeW, mattdm Aug 16 '13 at 19:54

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

    
This is both opinion based, effectively a shopping question and is likely to change frequently. It's also very broad. All of these characteristics make it a poor fit for a site like Stack Exchange. –  AJ Henderson Aug 16 '13 at 15:47
    
There's your free RAW processing software. What is a "workflow application"?? –  Esa Paulasto Aug 16 '13 at 16:09
    
@AJ Henderson why? Look at Python IDE or for [latex] (tex.stackexchange.com/questions/339/latex-editors-ides)for both I've use these list to find what I need. –  G M Aug 16 '13 at 16:31
    
@Esa Paulasto A workflow application is a software application which automates a process or processes in this case photography processing. –  G M Aug 16 '13 at 16:32
    
@GM - it may vary some from site to site, but on the sites where equipment and software recommendations are common and diverse requests that are primarily opinion differences, the questions are generally specifically outlined as off topic. For more information see this. Also the topic guide specifically mentions that asking about which brands are best is off topic as it really is opinion based and depends on your needs and preferences. –  AJ Henderson Aug 16 '13 at 16:35

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Darktable is probably the current most popular option. Lightzone is another fairly recent entrant that used to be a commercial project that failed and became an open source project. Strictly on the RAW processing side, RawTherapee is also reasonably respected.

As features of each change and are updated regularly, the best bet is to download and try each and see which fits your workflow best. Particularly for workflow, the best product is the one that operates the way you work.

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