Fast photo (batch) processing

Hi all,
I'm owning a Pentax K10D DSLR camera, which records JPEG and/or RAW files. RAW files might be Pentax format or Adobe DNG.
The RAW files are quite large and the post-shoot-process is as follows:

- Transfer files from SD-Card to Notebook (very slow process, takes several minutes...)
- View photos and delete some of the files

Now I'm looking for some more, easy + fast functions:

- Mass-Convert DNG to JPEG format (to place pictures to Google, send them out to friends etc.) => this might be done with IrfanView
- Dedicated photo editing (here Adobe Photoshop seems to be the 'only' and expensive choice - are there any better/cheaper???)

My focus is on FAST processing!

Many thanks.
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David BruggeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Invest a small amount in a USB2 card reader (that's USB2 and not USB)

What used to take 20 to 30 minutes of download time takes perhaps 3 or 4 minutes.

Infanview will serve as your image editor as well as your batch processor. It reads PEF files as well as DNG, but admittedly is not near as powerful an editor as Photoshop.

Another option would be GIMP, a much more robust editor than Infanview and also free.

Here is a roundup of the most popular FREE photo editors:
http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/pixelbasedwin/tp/freephotoedw.htm
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