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Your Favorite Photo App Now Available on iPhone

2014-11-20 18:23:08 GMT

Capture, perfect, and share your photos with ACDSee. The ACDSee iPhone app combines an innovative camera, a powerful photo editor, and a convenient collage maker with all the tools you need for a great mobile photography experience.



Take better pictures with a better camera
Innovative camera for taking better pictures. Specialized shooting modes, video capture, manual controls for exposure/focus/white balance, real-time filters and adjustments, multiple flash modes, separate exposure and focus points, 6x digital zoom, a horizon level, and more.

Perfect your photos with a powerful photo editor
Powerful photo editor for perfecting your photos. Apply adjustments and effects. Add light leaks. Adjust shadows, exposure, contrast, white balance, saturation, vibrance, sharpening, and more. Crop, rotate, mirror, or straighten your photos. Non-destructive editing.



Share your memories with a convenient collage maker
Convenient collage maker for sharing your memories. Quickly combine multiple photos into a single image for easy sharing. Choose from over 100 layouts. Stitch photos together into horizontal or vertical strips.

Learn more about each of the ACDSee for iPhone app features here.



ACDSee Photo Sharing Contest

2014-11-10 20:28:00 GMT

How to enter:

1. Send us your most CREATIVE photo. Anything goes! Send the photo to the ACD Systems Facebook page to enter. Include your full names, address, and phone number with your entry. Voting starts November 12th , 2014 noon PST, so get your entries in soon! We will accept entries at any time but you have a better chance to win if you send early!

2. Like the ACD Systems Facebook page HERE

3. Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to vote for your photo by liking the ACD Systems Facebook page and liking, commenting on and sharing your photo. November 12th, 2014 noon PST, we will post all the photos and stories on our Facebook page to be voted on by Facebook users. December 12th, 2014 noon PST, the winner with the most votes wins!

Contest Official Rules: Please read the rules before entering this contest. By participating in the contest, you agree to be bound by these official rules and represent that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements below. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. The contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

Eligibility: By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that they are 21 years or older and a resident of Canada or the United States. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Entry deadline: Contestants are encouraged to submit their creative photos by November 12th, 2014 noon PST.

Submission guidelines: Photo should be submitted as a jpeg. The photo must not contain material that violates, misappropriates, or infringes upon any law or regulation or the rights of any third party, including any copyright, trademark, or any rights of publicity or privacy, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights. Entries are declared invalid if they are illegible, incomplete, mechanically reproduced, mutilated, forged, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way. Include your full names, address, and phone number with your entry. Submission can be made to the ACD Systems Facebook page.

Voting: Facebook users will be encouraged to vote with a ‘like’ for their favourite photo and story from November 12th, 2014 noon PST to December 12th, 2014 noon PST. Fake accounts and vote cheating will not be tolerated and the contestant may be disqualified if they are suspected of voter fraud. Any abusive, aggressive, or unsportsmanlike commentary will be deleted and the user be banned from the page.

Winner Selection: On December 12th, 2014 noon PST, the entry with the most votes wins! Prize cannot be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash value. The winner will be contacted via email and must claim their prize before December, 2015.

Prize: The most voted photo will win a Leica V-LUX 3 and the new ACDSee Pro 8. Second and Third voted photos will win the new ACDSee Pro 8.

Additional Limitations: Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. ACD Systems and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the contest, including, but not limited to, errors in any printing or posting or these Official Rules, the selection and announcement of any winner, or the distribution of any prize. Any attempt to damage the content or operation of this contest is unlawful and subject to possible legal action by ACD Systems. ACD Systems reserves the right to terminate, suspend or amend the contest, without notice, and for any reason, including, without limitation, if ACD Systems determines that the contest cannot be conducted as planned or should a virus, bug, tampering or unauthorized intervention, technical failure or other cause beyond ACD System’s control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the contest. In the event any tampering or unauthorized intervention may have occurred, ACD Systems reserves the right to void suspect entries at issue. ACD Systems and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives, and any telephone network or service providers, are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunction, lost or delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, line failure or malfunction of any telephone network, computer equipment or software, the inability to access any website or online service or any other error, human or otherwise.

Indemnification and limitation of liability
: By entering the contest, each entrant agrees to indemnify, release and hold harmless sponsor and its parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, the Facebook platform, administrator, advertising and promotional agencies, and all their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from any liability, damages, losses or injury resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from that entrant’s participation in the contest and the acceptance, use or misuse of any prize that may be won. ACD Systems and its parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies do not make any warranties, express or implied, as to the condition, fitness or merchantability of the prize. ACD Systems and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotional agencies, and all their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents disclaim any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from access to or the download of information or materials connected with the sweepstakes. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Publicity: By participating, each entrant grants ACD Systems permission to use his/her name, likeness or comments for publicity purposes without payment of additional consideration, except where prohibited by law. Any questions regarding the contest should be directed to ACD Systems at marketing@acdsystems.com



ACDSee Mac Pro 3 & OS X Yosemite

2014-10-20 21:56:26 GMT

Dear ACDSee Users,

Our development team has been working hard to try to resolve the issues that have arisen with the latest update to OS X Yosemite when running ACDSee Mac Pro 3.

We are aware that some users have expressed frustration when posting on the forums and on social media. Please do not be concerned that your posts are lost or being ignored, or that no one is reading them. We can promise that they are being read. We hear and understand your frustrations. We are taking the feedback you provide to us and are relaying it to the dev team.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused, and thank you for all your patience as we work to resolve these issues.

The Team at ACDSee

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Filter on the Fly

2014-10-20 18:16:00 GMT

For that oft-needed dash of quirkiness or nostalgia, apply a variety of brand new effects without needing to go through a cumbersome, technical multi-step process.

ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 have a bunch of new filters and effects, including our favorite the Bob Ross effect:


It’s a happy little tree!


Other new filters include:
  • Cartoon
  • Dramatic
  • Somber
  • Purple Haze
  • Seventies
  • Blue Steel
  • Childhood


A while back we posted a tutorial called "How to Hipster", essntially we showed you how to turn a so-so photo into something different. Such as these:









It’s so easy to do!

Here’s how in 3 easy steps:

Step 1:Find a photo that you think deserves (more) attention. From Manage mode, select the photo and click Edit to enter Edit mode.

Step 2: In Edit mode, in the Add group, choose Special Effect. From the list choose your desired special effect.

Step 3: Configure the settings until you see your desired effect.
The Color Distortion slider is exactly what is sounds like, and depending on the color pixels in the image, you may get more blue/purple hues, or yellow/green. The Vignette Strength controls how much darkness curves into the photo from the edges for that bulb-is-about-to-burn-out-in-the-kinetoscope look.

Et voilia! You’ve turned something simple into something different.

For the whole “How to Hipster” tutorial go here.
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Photography in the dark

2014-10-17 18:10:00 GMT

In the spirit of Halloween we want you to get out there and take some spooky night photos!

Tips to shooting in the dark:
Be Prepared.
Before you go out and dabble in the art of night photography, you should have all the right equipment and know how to use it beforehand. But don’t be afraid to experiment!


Photo courtesy of ACDSee photographer Serge Timacheff


Tools needed for shooting in the dark:
Tripod
- A shaky camera just won’t do! Shooting in the dark requires long exposures and having a steady camera is key to getting your best shot. If you don’t have access to a tripod you can get resourceful and use a flat surface to rest your camera on, but a tripod is a good investment.

Cable release - This will also help to keep your camera steady during those long exposures. A cable release (wired or wireless) will minimize any camera shake caused by pressing the shutter release button. If you don’t have access to a cable release, most cameras have a timer that you can set for a few seconds, long enough that you are no longer touching the camera by the time the shutter goes.

Flash - If you must use a flash, use an external flash. Point the flash up at a 45-degree angle - this is called a ‘bounce flash’, and gives a softer, more pleasing effect. If this is the style of photo you are going for, feel free to try experimenting by using diffusers or covering the flash with a tissue or handkerchief.

Wide angle lens - This is the best choice for shooting night skies, and a zoom lens makes it even more versatile. Ideally your lens should have an infinity focusing mode.


Photo courtesy of ACDSee photographer Serge Timacheff


Camera settings for shooting in the dark:
Manual Mode
- It’s always best to use your camera’s manual mode when shooting at night.

ISO - Set your camera to the lowest possible ISO; for many cameras this is 100 ISO.

Aperture - Adjust your aperture to let int he most light possible. This is done by adjusting your settings to the lowest f-stop; in most cameras this is f3.5.

Shutter speed - For quality night shots your shutter should be set at a slow speed, without increasing your ISO setting. This allows enough time to let light into the sensor. There is no magic shutter speed to suit every situation, so try testing a few shots at 5-10 seconts, then 20 and 30 seconds. View the images on your LCD display to judge which shutter speed works best for that particular night.

Now get out there after dark and get shooting! Don’t forget to share your images on ACDSee 365 for your chance to be a featured photographer on www.acdsee.com - just be sure your images are marked “public”.
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