I love PixInsight. OK, perhaps I'm getting a bit ahead of myself - after all it is those heady and exhilarating early days of relationship. Let's just say I think this just may be the one. We are going steady right now and I plan to pop the question even before the trial license period expires on 07:45:33 UTC December 12, 2010.
This will not be an exclusive relationship. Right tools for the job and all that. I am on very good terms with my previous [processing] partner (Photoshop) and hope we will remain close friends. We can spend quality time together on my terrestrial photography and I am sure that there may a few tricks that PS can do easier. For those tasks we'll just go out for coffee. But for astrophotography PS could never kindle my passion like PixInsight does. In her heart of hearts I'm sure PS knew this day was coming.
Contrary to popular belief, PixInsight is not difficult to get to know. Exotic and perhaps a bit dangerous but that is part of the allure. Algorithmic and rational. Holistic and deep. She doesn't paint herself or your images. Yet watch her reveal the inner beauty lurking just above your noise threshold. There is no user manual (yet) but this helps forge a deeper understanding right from the beginning. And there are many who know her mysteries and are happy to share their advice.
If you are looking for a superficial one button relationship - don't bother. You will have to invest some quality time but oh so well worth it. You will get to learn strange and foreign sounding terms like ATrousWavelets and HDRWTransform. You will get frustrated. Yes you will even fight at times. But oh so richly rewarding. If you want to inject a some fun and excitement into your processing experience ... on the next full moon invite PixInsight out for a night on the town. You won't regret it.