So I did a test and found that as long as I save the metadata to the file, Adobe Bridge (even with CS2) can correctly read the changes. So I decided to work in Lightroom to see if it was worth buying. I can say that I am really loving it! I’ve been able to adopt my usual RAW workflow with only some small changes. Now I can’t see how I could ever work without LR!! (It’s no wonder why Adobe gives a 30 day free trial!)
What do I like about LR? It IS still a bit slower than I’d like, but overall not too bad. I’m pretty sure I can make it work better if I tweak some settings. I find the metadata editing to be a lot easier and requiring a lot less clicks. I LOVE the side-by-side comparisons and survey mode. I don’t know how I lived without that. I also love the dimming of the lights. That REALLY helps me focus on the photo. At first, I thought it was just a gimmick. And the metadata filters make working with the photos a LOT easier!