This evening I finally convinced myself to concentrate on understanding how to use RPD approximately in the way the developer intended it to be used - I actually studied the manual in detail.
Now, I’m sitting here after a few hours work with a very smug and satisfied look on my face (were there anyone here to see it), having successfully imported about 50 test images from the last 5 days, into a properly architected folder structure, with a non-trivial folder-renaming pattern that integrates all the experience gained over the years that I used Lightroom.
I have achieved here this evening what has taken me almost a week of trying, using PhotoMechanic 5, including a confirmation from a senior software engineer at Camera Bits that I cannot do what I was trying to do in PM 5.
That’s enough to convince me that I can ingest under Linux and transfer folders/files to Win 10 when necessary to do the heaviest raw processing there (because I have a faster processor and more RAM there).
By heck, this RPD thingy’s good, isn’t it?