Need Help Choosing a process program

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I currently shoot with a Nikon D7000. Random picture of everything while traveling for work. I would like to start shooting in RAW and wondering which program would be best for a beginner.
Lightroom3
Capture NX2
Apeture3
I currently run Ubuntu Linux on my home pc but am planing on getting a mac mini for just doing my photos.
 
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I used to use View NX2 and Photoshop Elements. I recently picked up LR 3 and have been very impressed with it. The catalog and imaging inventory is worth the price IMHO. The editing features are great as well. The only complaint I have about it is it puts a strain on my disk subsystem and dual core CPU.

I'm a Windows user and can't comment on Apeture.
 
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Add capture one express to that list. It's a lot closer to rawshooter than Lightroom (go figure), fairly easy to use (exposure control is a lot more predictable than in lightroom, IMNSHO) and at $100 not too expensive.

And don't forget Julien (Le Moderateur)'s tip to check out the phocus software from hasselblad (hasselblad.se) - it's free and apparently fairly decent.
 
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Why not take advantage of the free trial offer from each program? Lightroom and Aperture have a 30-day trial period, and Capture NX2 has a 60-day trial period. In each case, the download version is fully functional.
 
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Definitely try Lightroom and Aperture trials. I used to be an Aperture pusher, but now I'm squarely in the Lightroom camp just because I find it to be snappier and easier to use on my machine.
 

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