Inside camera raw I make the fine adjustments to the images that a good raw converter allows you to before deciding what size I need the open files to be (under 30 Mb for newspapers and between 50 Mb and 60 Mb for magazines) and then to open all of them into Photoshop for a quick check and final tweak before saving them as either JPEG or TIFF files for the client.
I always save a copy of a JPEG file into a new folder for transmission or burning so that I don't clog someone's system up trying to FTP or email a huge .CR2 file. If I am sending by FTP I will either use the client within Photo Mechanic or switch to TRANSMIT if the client's system is prone to problems as I have found Transmit to be better at coping with problems that occur mid-transfer.
Everything from the first and second edits gets archived onto at least two seperate external hard drives in at least two cities.
The point of a workflow is to speed up the entirely mechnical and administrative bits of the process to allow you more time to do the creative stuff. None of this is rocket science but being good at it really helps.
I'm currently using Photo Mechanic v 220.127.116.11, Adobe Photoshop CS4 with Adobe Camera Raw 5.2 for those of you who care!
© Neil Turner February 2009