Here is my question, when I uploaded my shots to my computer and opened them to Elements a editor for RAW images pops up, does that work on any other software that you guys recomended to me? (btw thanks!) Thanks for everything!
Yes this is normal, it´s the so called RAW-converter which opens the RAW file to do the first editing. RAW-files contain much more info then JPEG´s. That´s the reason why RAW´s can be postprocessed better (much more). If the picture eg. is too dark, you can correct it here. After that, the file is imported to a real pp-software (PS, Gimp etc. etc.) for further pp´ing.
If you´re shooting in JPEG, you don´t have so much possibilities to correct it like a RAW. OK, it is more work, but the final result is much better!
BTW. Photoshop is regarded as "the standard". But others are close behind. Some are lacking minor features, so my opinion is that it should be no problem.