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    You've pretty much got it correct with BB Pro and Lightroom.

    No RAW converter (including BB Pro) ever edits the RAW file as such, apart from some dealings with metadata which we can ignore. The difference with Lightroom is that, instead of recording what it does as a conversion to JPEG, TIFF or whatever, with or without a 'recipe' for reproducing that conversion, it produces only the recipe and applies it to a full size preview of the image. Later, using the recipe,the adjusted preview can be output/exported in various forms, including a conventional conversion.

    Lightroom natively stores its recipes in its own database, or 'catalog'. It can also be set to store the recipe additionally in image metadata, that is in the .xmp file associated with the RAW file. Apart from Lightroom, the only software that can read this recipe data is Adobe Camera RAW, and then only from the .xmp file and not from the catalog. BB Pro cannot use this data.

    So, as you say, the only way to make BB Pro web galleries from Lightroom conversions is to export the conversions to JPEGs, and generate the galleries from those. This is not a problem for me. The big disadvantage of JPEG is the loss of quality through successive generations of copying or re-editing. Your web galleries will, typically, use second generation copies which will be perfectly adequate for web use.

    I hope this helps.

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Kalispell, MT
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