In the 4th Jan. issue of AP you did a review of DXO Optics Pro 9 and in your verdict you said "Once you've tried it , we believe you will not want to use anything else." I'm not sure just what your reviewer means by this because Pro 9 is not a "stand alone" programme and it has one quirk which might make anyone think twice before forking out £200 plus for the elite edition. It is not possible to download photos from a camera into the programme as would be the case with most photo editing software. Rather, each photo has to be processed and then "exported" to somewhere more permanent on your computer - if you don't do this before disconnecting your camera your work will be lost. The exporting process is not quick. On my computer (2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo MAC with 8Gb RAM) each processed picture takes around one minute to export so dealing with a big shoot is a very lengthy business. In theory you can export directly into another editing programme, but I use Aperture and I can not find a way of making this direct export work with Aperture. Pro 9 is very good at RAW conversion but it does lack a number of facilities which most people would need for image manipulation. Also, printing out of Pro 9 is far from perfect and all this means that some other image editing software will almost certainly be needed. I don't think your review of Pro 9 made any of this clear. Using your star rating system I would award your review just 2 stars!