Was browsing around, trying to do some research on Fuji RAW handling. I really don't enjoy the free RAW converter from Silky, it converts fine, but RAW manipulation is not intuitive and I'd rather see what other options there are.
Capture One comes up a lot as a top recommendation, but it's $299 for a single person license. I don't need a pixel editor. Just a RAW manipulator and converter. I still process at the pixel level using Photoshop CS5.1 because I own the license and have no need for more than it does right now in terms of pixel level editing. But I could benefit from newer RAW manipulation.
I know Lightroom is popular, but comments about it being slow and differing levels of support based on the version for Fuji's RAWs is also there. But Lightroom6 is $150 with no subscription. That's tempting.
What else is there that is great for RAW manipulation and management, but isn't a pixel level editor suite? I don't need a huge suite of software. Just something modern that handles today's Fuji RAWs well. My main goal is to have something to quickly and intuitively manipulate shadows, highlights, exposure and white balance with flexibility.
Most things I've read are now a year old or more. Looking for today's thoughts from the Fuji users.