Workflow for Newbees

New Photolab 4 user.
I have about abt. 500 photos in a set that need processing.
I want to process RAW files first and then export them as tifs not tethered to sidecar files.
Are there any other PL tools that only function on RAW files other than DeepPrime?
RAW files are archived so (if or when) I screw something up I can start over.