My favourite software for photography, 2014:
BreezeBrowser – http://breezebrowser.com/ – I use this for vewing and editing (deleting the bad, keeping the good)
Lightroom – http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.html – This program I use for RAW conversion to JPG, or to a PSD for Photoshop (usually most images can be processed for general online purposes in lightroom alone). I am on version 4 (not 5 yet…)
Photoshop – http://www.photoshop.com/ – This is the gold standard for editing, but takes a lot more time than Lightroom. I use CS 6, no Creative Cloud for me.
Occasionally, I will use Nik Color Effex – https://www.google.com/nikcollection/products/color-efex-pro/ – for improving image detail in critical images. Also, occasionally I will use Noiseware – https://www.imagenomic.com/nw.aspx – to reduce image noise, but usually Lightroom does a good enough job.
What has helped you?