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The first digital asset management software with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 8 is able to answer an unparalleled number of creative graphic and image composition needs.


ACD Systems Announces First All-in-One Digital Asset Manager and Layered Editor

2014-12-11 17:30:11 GMT

ACDSee Ultimate 8 Eliminates the Need to Use Multiple Image Editing Products to Achieve Professional Results

Seattle, Wash. and Victoria, Canada – December 11, 2014— ACD Systems International Inc., today announced the first all-in-one digital asset manager and layered editor, ACDSee Ultimate 8. This product is the first to combine powerful Digital Asset Management (DAM) software with a layered editor, providing photographers and graphic designers with professional photo manipulation capabilities. Until today, photographers would have to run multiple, expensive applications to edit and achieve professional results. Now, professionals and sophisticated amateurs can rely on one product for an unparalleled number of creative graphic and image composition needs.

ACDSee Ultimate 8 combines layers, GPU-accelerated image processing and support for 32-bit and 64-bit transparency with all of the photo adjustment and management capabilities available in ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 products. These advanced capabilities give users more control over the images they manipulate by being able to merge photos together, add text, apply effects and edit each layer individually.

“As the photography industry continues to shift, we’ve noticed that there’s a void for an easy to use photo editor and management solution with advanced capabilities,” said Doug Vanderkerkhove, Founder and CEO of ACD Systems. “We wanted to address that need and that’s why we developed ACDSee Ultimate 8. For the first time our customers have the intuitive photo editing and management support they’ve always trusted from ACD Systems, combined with the advanced functionality of layers. Everybody from sophisticated amateur photographers to advanced graphic designers can utilize ACDSee Ultimate 8 and achieve spectacular results.”

“I switched to the ACDSee Pro product from a competitive product years ago and it has become my ‘go-to’ finishing tool for both my raw and jpg photos,” said Glen Barrington, photographer and ACDSee customer. “I am now using ACDSee Ultimate because with the addition of the new layers toolset, my editing possibilities expand considerably. I no longer have to use a separate standalone bit mapped editor for complex editing tasks, and I can merge images, apply special effects, and more, without leaving the familiar productive environment I prefer.”

ACDSee Ultimate 8 offers the following capabilities:
  • Create, reorder, merge and manipulate layers individually
  • Manipulate individual parts of an image without affecting another area for more precise editing
  • Apply Pixel Targeting to layers
  • Add new images as layers to create collages and image compostions
  • Support for transparency (32-bit and 34-bit images)

Availability and Pricing
ACDSee Ultimate 8 is available for $149.99. Additional information, including full system requirements can be found online at

About ACD Systems
Founded in Texas in 1993 by imaging visionary Doug Vandekerkhove, ACD Systems is one of the largest and most respected independent digital editing and management companies in the world. Doug foresaw the importance of the convergence of analog and digital (print, photos, scans, video and metadata). The company’s products include ACDSee, and CANVAS X, which helps Fortune 500 companies enhance, manage and disseminate their valuable digital assets. Customers include General Motors, Caterpillar, Boeing, The New York City Fire Department, NASA, CNN and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Today ACD Systems holds six patents and millions of ACDSee and CANVAS X products are currently in use throughout the world.

Canvas, Canvas logo, Canvas X and Canvas X logo are trademarks of Canvas X Software, Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. ACD, ACD Systems are trademarks of ACD Systems International Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions.


2014-11-26 18:33:05 GMT

Canvas X Pro 16 Features Upgraded Core Engine and Improved Performance for Technical Illustrators

Seattle, Washington and Victoria, B.C. – November 25, 2014 ACD Systems today released a powerful version of its popular Canvas illustration product that supports 64-bit technology and is tuned for improved performance. Canvas X Pro 16 allows a wide range of professionals—from graphics designers to engineers– to analyze, enhance and share illustrations with ease and precision. The upgraded technology allows for more memory, faster performance and is DPI-aware to take advantage of today’s most advanced hardware. The result is drastically increased document speed and the best graphics available on the market. Canvas X Pro 16 also includes a new modernized interface for an enriched user experience.

Canvas X Pro 16’s unique and integrated design environment makes it possible for users to work with and combine all graphical elements and apply high-end effects in a single document. Technical illustrators can now open and manipulate documents with over one million objects in seconds vs. minutes. Common operations are improved for a more streamlined experience.

“Canvas has enjoyed a broad and loyal following for over 20 years based on our ability to deliver the highest quality illustration capabilities,” said Doug Vandekerkhove, President of ACD Systems. ”Our millions of users continue to be our biggest advocates. Now anyone can take advantage of the mix of incredible power combined with an easy to use, clean interface. Whether you’re producing a poster, website, a floor plan or the inside of a Boeing aircraft, we offer any feature you need, yet you don’t have to spend a lot of time designing and sharing with others.”

Canvas X Pro 16 is the most complete high-end technical illustration tool available. It contains a large assortment of technical drawing tools, PDF editing and publishing, support for technical file formats, markup/ annotation of technical documents and the ability to add transparency and filter effects to any type of object. Users can create and edit various types of graphical elements in a single application rather than having to purchase and switch between multiple products, saving time and money. Canvas is the only product that offers a high level of edit-ability to all types of graphical elements.

Canvas X Pro 16 key features include:
  • PDF editing—Canvas Pro allows for round trip editing of PDF files and is easier to use than existing solutions such as Acrobat.
  • Support for numerous advanced file formats—MS Office, Visio, PDF, AutoCad, DXF, CGM, TIFF, JPG, etc.
  • High precision drawing—Canvas users can create very small or very large documents with a high level of accuracy.
  • Makeup/ annotation of technical documents—It’s easy to import various file formats and markup, annotate and add comments.
  • Greatest number and quality of edit capabilities - The only application that allows a high level of edit-ability to all types of graphical elements in one product, saving on time and cost.
  • Lens feature—Allows the creation of a lens that can magnify or perform various types of filters on a specified region of a document. For example, in a technical illustration you can easily create a lens to magnify and colorize a specific region of your illustration.
  • Extensive special effects – The ability to add transparency and filter effects to any type of object.

Canvas X Pro 16 is available now for $599 MSRP at Upgrades are available for $299.


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