Riveredger wrote in post #11089712
I know they are the gold standard for image editing, but I think that you should make sure you need something that they offer before spending the money on the software and the time to learn how to use it before jumping in.
This is good advice... if you don't have a need it can be best to keep it simple. If someone is a casual shooter who does some 'mild' processing and only edits a handful of images at a time Canon DPP is okay to use. Sometimes more isn't better... I'm a big fan of keep it simple as you can.
The jump from Canon DPP and Picasa to Lightroom and Photoshop is quite a jump. Things are more complex, but also massively more powerful. I will say that Lightroom is pretty easy to get used to and be up and working in pretty short order. Watching a few of the videos on Adobe's site, and reading a few web articles should give more than enough information to get most users working at a level where they will really enjoy what Lightroom gives them. So while Photoshop can be daunting when first starting out, I don't think the same applies to Lightroom, it's tons easier to use.
Riveredger wrote in post #11095309
It will still be slower than using DPP. I have a quad-core CPU, dedicated GeForce 8800 GTS graphics and 4 GB RAM and still find Adobe products slow to use and especially to load. DPP starts up and is ready to go almost instantly, on the other hand.
Indeed, DPP will always load faster regardless of the hardware because Canon DPP is a much smaller application that does a whole lot less, so one should expect it to always run slower when compared to a much larger application that does a lot more.
I could also see that someone could find Adobe applications slow to use in terms of how long it takes to get something accomplished... especially if the person is a beginner or more specifically isn't familiar of how to use the tools. If someone has a good understanding of the tools, Adobe can be quite fast to get things done. Additionally least for me, what the image looks like matters a ton more than how quickly the application loaded that I used to edit it.
Finally with regards to what makes a machine fast/slow... The vast majority of the time your computer is slow/fast based on the speed of the storage on the computer. If you have a computer that doesn't have enough free space on the disk, is highly fragmented or otherwise is just slow one will noticed things run a good bit slower than they do if the storage is faster. Most of the time the CPU is waiting around on the much slower storage to read or write a file.
Also the speed of your graphics card has zero to do with the speed of how fast your able to edit photos, use... photographers don't really need any special kind of video card.