After using Photoscape for the past 2 years, I've decided its time to upgrade to a better software. Two reasons for this, firstly I've just bought a new Windows 64-bit laptop and secondly, Photoscape has not released any updates for a long time compared to GIMP which makes me believe development of that software has stopped.
A quick Google search on Adobe revealed that only Lightroom 3 is 64-bit, Photoshop Elements 9 is still 32-bit. Hence I'm concerned about the speed of converting RAW files? Feature-wise I know very little about both softwares, I'm hoping others can advise me on which better suits my needs? I'm only into photography as a hobby, so forking out several hundred for Photoshop CS5 is not for me.
As for requirements I looking for something that can process RAW files to JPEG smoothly, most of the post-processing I've done is cropping, brightness adjustment and occasional sharpening. I've not done any stuff like barrel distortion correction, adjusting of white balance or any advanced features.
If anyone has any opinions or advice to share, please do so.