I for one like the Raw Filter adjuster with Photoshop 5 better...
Does anyone else feel this way?
Nope, I'm afraid I can't agree with you there, FatherJacob.
Work with the new PV2012 controls for a while (I'm assuming you haven't).
I predict you'll be doing a flipflop. It's sometimes difficult to make a transition into using something slightly different, but once you do and find you're making better images than you've ever made before (as I have, and apparently Howard has), I think you'll be convinced.
I have stopped using CS5 in favor of the beta because of the improvements to ACR.
I always thought Recovery did not do enough of what I wanted. Fill Light tended to affect more than I wanted. Clarity Haloed.
The adaptive mumbo jumbo going on in the new controls and algorithm(s) absolutely kicks A for me in tweaking bad light (high contrast) photos.