Ellis Vener , Apr 29, 2007; 03:26 p.m.
Lightroom does everything you are wanting to do, I think you jsut need a good guide.
1.) it wil lsave all of your edits, you just have to set up the preferences that way. I use the raw DNG format and the edits are saved i nthe same file "envelope" no more XMP side car files.
2.) I rename on import. I also add any "batch" keywords there too.
3.) Under Metadata in the LR menu bar, try using the "Edit Capture Time tool".
Start with the advice, podcasts and tutorials at http://www.lightroom-news.com and then proceed to "The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book" by Martin Evening