I don't know how anyone doesn't think file management in LR isn't superior than just piling on PSD after PSD file in PS. With Virtual Copy, I can create an unlimited number of versions of a photo - different sizes, different processing, etc, without creating any additional files in the system. I could create 100 different versions of one photo and still have only one raw file on the system. The only time I get a new file is when I chose to export one of those versions out to some other format like JPG.
Unlimited and eternal editing history on any image, without having to ever hit "Save". Edit history in Photoshop has a limited number of steps it can retain, and only during the time that photo is open in PS. I can pile up literally hundreds of edits on a single photo in LR, go away for a years, come back to that photo and see every editing step I ever took, and can roll the image forward and backward to any previous step. Let's say that 50 steps ago I converted the image to B&W. But now I want a color version. I can roll the image back 50 steps to the last step it was in color, create virtual copy at that point to get a second copy in color, then roll the original forward back to the black and white version. Now I have two independent copies of the same photo that I can process separately.
This part does sound potentially interesting though. Although I'm not sure that LR has enough processing for my variations to not end up occurring in PS anyway though. I'd have to look into it in more detail again.
And you can save out variations at any point with PS, although each does take a ton of storage space, I guess the variations in LR each take barely any disk space at all then? That could be nice.
I just wonder if I'd have too many variation occurring post LR stage or not to make it matter.
Actually I appreciate that insight. Since I bit on the $19.99/month Cloud offer for CS6 users, I can download Lightroom anytime. I may have to give it another look.
I admit that having grown comfortable with my workflow in Bridge, Camera Raw and Photoshop, I just didn't have the patience to tackle one more program and when I tried Lightroom a few years back I wasn't impressed. I'm also pathologically resistant to spending time organizing anything. I know it is irrational, but I would rather spend my time taking and editing photos than keeping things organized. Time inefficient I know, but at 60 I ain't gonna change.
(Edit): I do wonder though how things like the rating system and saving to disk, CD etc., differ from Bridge.