First I should qualify my comments. I am an "advanced amature". I have been using Photoshop since version 5 and feel pretty comfortable with it, currently us PS CS2/Bridge. I am a Total Training for PS graduate and a NAPP member. I have had Nikon Capture since it's inception ($300 for version 1) and another hundred for each afterfrown) and currently using V-4xx. Additionally, I have purchased and used at one time or another Bibble, Qimage and Thumbs Plus. I have a G-5 dual 2 gig desktop with a Nvidia Geforce 6800 Graphics card, 4 gig ram and a 30" Apple Monitor. I use a D2x and D70 primarily. First, in a word, WOW!!! It is not something you just install and start using, like iPhoto for example, there is a very steep learning curve which is a bit like the first time using PS. It has some very nice features and the bottom line is my images look the way I expect them to look and/or want them to look with very little figiting. Howver, I have always felt that figiting was half the fun of photography so I have been playing with all the buttons and sliders to try to familarize myself. It is not nearly as intuitive as it first looks. There are many ways of doing most things as is true of most image applications. Pros... Very clean georgous user interface Fast Fast Fast (although I have a pretty high end system so this may/will vary from setup to setup) For me nothing seems to take longer than one blink of my eye, much like the online demo. I always had problems, partly I'm lazy and partly my organizational skills are not as tight as they should be. This program is designed for me or people like me that want it to be quick and easy to organize, and it is. White balance is very good in my opinion but can be adjusted quite easily to my liking. I have heard of problems with the eyedropper which need to be fixed and are reportedly being addressed. Should be pretty simple to fix with the first post release update. Apple is very quick to update bugs and fixes. Haven't printed yet but this looks and is reported to work quite well Love the book/web/slide layout stuff. Very convenient 2 up comparison screen to compare original to edited version. Cons... I noticed there is a levels adjustment but not a curves adjustment. So far this has not been a problem as I can achieve the same end result with levels and contrast adjustments. (It has a shadows/highlight adjuster also to bring out detail.) I won't go into the speed/hardware requirement issues, this has been beaten to death. It is not PS and was not meant to be PS, so the editing and manipulating is limited to making an acceptable or better picture the best it can be quickly and easily with a very nice end result. There are no layers, so morphing and adding skys or putting your head on a models body for example is going to require PS or the like. No plugins'. I like plugins like Noise Ninja although PS and all it's plugins are only a button away and the transfer is seamless back and forth. I have heard some critisize the sharpening and noise reduction tools, have not seen any big problems, for the images I have looked at the sharpening seems to work pretty well without adding a lot of noise, although the printed image is the best measure of that. Haven't tried it with a noisy image yet, but again, Noise Ninja is still quite easy to access if it doesn't work. I mostley shoot at low iso so this for me is not a deal breaker. There is more but I have only used it for a couple hours and as I said the learning curve is somewhat steep (for me). bottom line... This is a pro software application. If you are a wedding photographer, this is a must have application. If you are a enthusiest with some serious discresionary cash, or have to have the cutting edge stuff as soon as it is released this is for you. It is very pretty and very fun to use. There are some things which probably can be improved although, for me, so far it looks like it does exactly what it says it will do, very well. It is a version 1 and pretty pricey with a high end hardware requirement, so it will definitley evolve much as PS has over the years. Most of us if not all will still want to have PS for the times when you must have a moon in the background and it was not there, or to clone your aunt Martha into the group shot or the many things that PS is so good at. For me, it is a keeper and I will definitly import here first in my workflow. It makes it very easy to export and import to/from PS for outside edits so PS will still play a part in my workflow but not be the mainstay. I should say, that if you don't want to spend $500 or buy the high end Apple hardware or convert to Apple, Photoshop will do everything this application will do. What Apple has done here IMHO, is to take the most important photo editing parts of PS and put them in a very slick, well thought out application. Almost like if Nikon Capture married iPhoto and had an offspring with Photoshop being the rich uncle that bestowed a few extra gifts on the hatchling. (just my weird sense of humor:biggrin: ) Please feel free to share your experiences or observations for comparison or discussion. I still have much to learn so this could change as I get deeper into user experience. This is just a first impression.