I found this piece of software this week and it is REALLY improving my RAW workflow:
First, the current version of this software is FREE so the price is right. They do have a commercial version coming out that will have to be purchased and that version will add levels, cropping, and some other items to the package in addition to the existing functions.
Download the raw images to a folder
Point the software to the folder.
It then creates a thumbnail image in a scrollable window at the top.
Click on a thumbnail.
It displays a larger image (size adjustable) in a window below the thumbnails
Make changes to the white balance (color temperature and tint or click on a white point)
Set sharpening values
Change highlight and/or shadow contrast
Change exposure value
Add fill light
In the thumbnail section you can choose a priority (1,2,3) or assign the image to a trash can (The trash can does not actually delete the image. That is a seperate step)
You can then view the thumbnails by priority and batch export them to raw files when you have made changes.
I usually assign everything that needs Photoshop work to priority two and then batch convert those to a "NeedsWork" folder. The ones that ned no further work, I assign to a priority 1 and batch those to an "OkayAsIs" folder.
From there I make edits in photoshop and save the final images in my "OkayAsIs" folder and then resize and crop for prints or web depending on the destination.
This has worked great for weddings and events. I am not sure how well it would work for something like glamour where most every image is getting some Photoshop retouching and the volume of images is generally lower, at least for me. But for bringing up 800 images from a wedding to sort through, it works wonders. And it is also very fast.