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UPDATED - What ACDSee Product is right for me?

2013-06-04 16:16:58 GMT

Lately we’ve been hearing “Which ACDSee product is right for me?”. A few months ago we wrote a quick explanation of each our top products, but with the recent release of ACDSee 16 we figured it was time for an update.

So, to cut down on confusion, here are the features included in ACDSee 16, ACDSee Pro 6 and ACDSee Photo Editor 6.

ACDSee 16
Managing your growing photo collection has never been this easy. And with more ways to edit and perfect your shots like a pro, you’ll be proud to share your best through the cloud and social media. With ACDSee 16, you’ll be looking at your photos in a whole new light.

Photo Managing Features

  • Organize photos using a combination of folders, keywords, ratings, color labels, metadata, and categories.
  • Organize photos during import.
  • Find photos fast – build and store searches based on metadata, file properties, data, event, keyword, rating, location, and edited state.
  • Visually tag images with color labels.
  • Customize access to external editors.
  • Create hierarchical keyword trees.
  • Customize and save workspace layouts, metadata views, file sort order, and shortcut keys.
  • Reverse geocoding by selecting a pin on the map.

Photo Viewing Features

  • View images with the fastest technology on the market.
  • Support for over 100 formats, including image, audio and video.
  • View photos at full screen.
  • Examine details with Zoom, Navigator, Magnifying Glass and Histogram tools.
  • Quickly tag photos for further editing or review.
  • Display data alongside your photo conveniently with the info palette.

Photo Editing Features

  • Rescue photos that are too light or too dark using patented LCE technology.
  • Instantly adjust exposure and remove color cast.
  • Erase flaws and unwanted objects with Heal and Clone.
  • Eliminate red eye with one click.
  • Choose from 45 creative effects.
  • Add text, custom borders, vignettes, drop shadows, matte and edge effects.
  • Restore original images at any time for worry-free editing.
  • Draw freehand on images, or add lines and shapes.
  • Quickly brush on any editing or special effect to selected areas of photos.
  • Target mid-tones with the Clarity tool for extra definition.
  • Smooth out grain and noise patterns between edges with the Smart Blur filter.
  • Apply a gradient to any editing effect to subtly progress across your photo.
  • Attain a realistic bokeh effect with the new Lens Blur filter.
  • Simulate the popular Tilt-Shift effect to transform your photo into a miniature-scale model.

Photo Sharing & Publishing Features

  • Share and store photos on the ACDSee Online cloud space.
  • Easily print photos and contact sheets.
  • Create screensavers and slideshows of photos.
  • Optimize and upload photos to FTP-managed web spaces.
  • Email photos through a desktop client or webmail.
  • Upload photos to SmugMug, flickr, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Automatically sync drives.
  • Burn to CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray.


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ACDSee Pro 6
ACDSee Pro 6 includes all the features in ACDSee 16 listed above as well as features requested by professional photographers and advanced amateurs. ACDSee Pro 6 has everything you need to perfect your images, fast. Carry out digital asset management and all the essential tasks of your photography workflow, from import to final presentation, in one complete solution.

Pro 6 Photo Managing Features
  • Selectively remove metadata to protect privacy and intellectual property.
  • Speed up workflow with native 64-bit support for Windows operating systems.
  • Improved color management with multi-monitor support.

Pro 6 Photo Viewing Features

  • Quickly tag photos for further editing or review.
  • Perform high-quality decoding on RAW images.

Pro 6 includes Developing Features (not an available mode in ACDSee 15)

  • Non-destructively process RAW, JPEG, TIFF and more.
  • Adjust the brightness and contrast of different tone bands.
  • Achieve HDR results from a single image.
  • Fix barrel, pincushion and fish-eye lens distortions and perspective distortions.
  • Boost saturation without affecting skin tones with the Vibrance tool.
  • Preview the results of adjustments in real time.
  • Adjust individual or overall color with improved Advanced Color tools.
  • Brush on non-destructive adjustments in real time.
  • Apply hue-based brightness adjustments and saturation-based tinting in the dedicated Black and White mode.
  • Apply vignetting to any cropped image.
  • Use the Cross Process tool to add a surreal, retro effect.
  • Achieve a dreamy effect with Soft Focus.
  • Non-destructively reduce red eye.

Pro 6 Photo Editing Features

  • Batch edit groups of photos – rotate, crop, convert file type, add watermarks and more.

Pro 6 Photo Sharing & Publishing

  • Upload photos to Zenfolio.
  • Watermark photos to protect against copyright infringement.

Essentially ACDSee 16 is the standard version of ACDSee Pro 6, with Pro 6 aimed at professionals and offering more freedom. But, both are photo management programs that are built for photo adjustment.

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ACDSee Photo Editor 6 
ACDSee Photo Editor 6 makes it easy to create the photos you’ve always envisioned. Apply stunning effects and filters, work with object layers effortlessly, quickly correct common photo flaws, and make advanced edits like a pro. With ACDSee Photo Editor 6, you have the power to transform any shot into your most extraordinary one yet. ACDSee Photo Editor 6 is a great tool for creating cards, labels and other fun page layouts.

Object Layers
  • Accessible canvas-like work area for arranging photos, text, and other objects, like shapes and lines.
  • Layer or group objects, change their order, and experiment with opacity and blend modes to create amazing photo layouts.
  • Selectively adjust any object, or apply changes to the entire layout.

Layouts Made Easy

  • Comfortably select from among overlapping objects.
  • Choose the exact place where you want to paste your elements with the Paste and Place option.
  • Open, load and utilize brush files to enhance your layouts.
  • Resize, crop, rotate and correct your photos.
  • Easily work with drop shadows, transparencies and text.

Go Ahead and Play

  • Experiment with effects with peace of mind, knowing that your originals are always safely preserved.
  • Dynamic Adjustments allow you to quickly modify existing effects, switch their order, hide, or delete them at any time.

Correct Photo Flaws

  • Powerful fast-fix tools, including Red Eye, Dodge, Burn, Sharpen, and Smudge.
  • Erase imperfections, blemishes, and unwanted objects with the Repair Tool.
  • Auto-adjustment features include one-click Auto Color Balance, Auto Levels, Auto Sharpen, and Auto Contrast.
  • Auto Fix makes all the necessary adjustments for you at once.
  • Alternatively, take full control of each adjustment using sliders.

Stylize Photos

  • Apply vignetting to create polished portrait-style photos.
  • Create a sense of motion with the Blur tools.
  • Manipulate color and era with the sepia effect and with comprehensive Black and White mode.

Edit in Batches

  • Save time by using the Batch Processor to edit groups of photos.
  • Fix color, lighting and sharpness issues, or apply artistic effects, to everything all at once.

Shape Your Shots

  • Combine objects and photos.
  • Punch out photos using an array of pre-defined shapes, or design your own custom shapes.

Say More with Words

  • Add text to your photos, change up font and color, isolate a single word or phrase.
  • Wrap your text inside a shape, or along a custom or preset text path.

Fast Track to Results

  • The Adjustments Palette gives you quick access to all the alterations you can apply to photos, objects, and text.

Work with Metadata

  • Add and edit EXIF and IPTC information.


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The All-New ACDSee Pro 3 for Mac

2013-05-13 23:15:16 GMT

ACD Systems International Inc. announced ACDSee Pro 3 photo editing and management software for professional photographers and advanced amateurs to create exceptional photography and manage their image libraries the fastest way possible on their Mac computers.

ACDSee Pro 3 was designed to reduce the time, cost and complexity of the post-production workflow, with real-time operation, customizable batch presets, blazing fast browsing, and a powerful RAW processing engine, complete in one feature-rich solution. Patented LCE technology and a full toolkit of non-destructive editing features, along with cloud storage and social media integration, enable photographers to maximize their creativity and share those results with friends, family, clients and the world.

“With ACDSee Pro 3, pro shooters with Macs can make the most of their time and their photos,” said Doug Vanderkerkhove, Founder and CEO of ACD Systems. “We’ve packed an incredible combination of features unavailable through any other Mac photography software product, at a surprisingly low price point. I firmly believe that ACDSee Pro 3 offers photographers the best mix of features and savings available today.”

New features in ACDSee Pro 3 include:

  • Optimized for Retina display - Everything now looks sharper, from icons to text, when working on a MacBook Pro with Retina display. The increased pixel density means high-resolution images will look incredibly vibrant, and the increased level of detail means editing will be that much more precise.
  • Find photos faster - Scan through a photo library as quickly as images are taken, and fast track to the contents of folders without having to open them.
  • Hierarchical keywords - Create keyword hierarchies that span from the general to the very specific. Assign a keyword with the check of a box and the image automatically gets added to the higher keyword levels. Keywords stay embedded when files are exported.
  • Black and white mode - Take monochrome images to a whole new level with the dedicated black and white mode. Make high-quality non-destructive hue-based brightness adjustments and experiment with saturation-based tinting that allows the addition of a specific hue back into a black and white image.
  • Advanced color control - Adjust individual or overall color in images with improved Advanced Color tools, built on a higher quality algorithm that uses modern color models for more perceptual color adjustments. Click and drag on any image to subtly fine-tune or dramatically change the hue, saturation, and lightness for remarkably better results.
  • Instant pro results - Easily experiment with different looks, from gothic to dreamy, using ready-to-apply Develop presets. Users can also save specific processing steps as a preset to apply to future images.
  • Improved noise reduction - Rescue high ISO images with ACDSee’s significantly improved noise reduction technology to get smoother and more natural results, while retaining as much edge detail as possible.
  • Straightening tool - Straighten images, super fast, by simply drawing a line across an image.
  • New metadata engine - Save time managing metadata. Complete EXIF, IPTC and custom information for groups of photos at once, and create presets for ongoing use.
  • Golden ratio crop - Overlay the Golden Ratio proportion over an image to quickly crop it into an aesthetically pleasing and balanced composition.


ACDSee Pro 3 also offers these features to meet the needs of professional photographers:

  • Save, back-up, rename, resize, set metadata information and apply edits across any number of photos, all at once, from import to publication, with customizable batch presets.
  • Make great shots better, faster, with non-destructive RAW editing tools and filters in real time – no waiting to see changes. Preview results in full screen or restore the originals at any time.
  • LCE (Lighting & Contrast Enhancement) lets users experience the full power of ACDSee’s patented LCE technology. Use this lighting tool to gain complete control over shadows, mid-tones and highlights to create natural HDR-like results.
  • Store, share and manage images safely in the cloud with a free 10GB ACDSee Online account. Easily share photos through Facebook, Twitter and email, or invite anyone to view photos and albums, with the option to download files at full-size.
  • Powerful file management capabilities help keep digital assets organized. Rate photos, tag shots, add customizable color labels, set categories and keywords, and sort by date. Plus users can easily delete duplicate files to free up space and improve performance.
  • Best-in-class support for metadata makes short work of any search. View complete EXIF information captured from cameras, add and edit IPTC fields, and embed custom metadata.


Pricing & Availability ACDSee Pro 3 for Mac is available online at a suggested retail price of $99.99 (US). Existing ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac) users can upgrade for $19.99 (US). A free 30-day trial is available online at acdsee.com. ACDSee Pro 3 runs as a 64-bit application on Mac OS®, Lion and Mountain Lion (10.7 and 10.8). Full system requirements can be found at acdsee.com.

About ACD Systems Founded in Texas in 1993 by imaging visionary Doug Vanderkerkhove, 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 Pro 6, ACDSee 15, Canvas 14 and Canvas 14 +GIS, 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 holds six patents and millions of ACDSee products are in use throughout the world. In fact, ACDSee products are so popular in Asia that they are second only to Louis Vuitton in product piracy.

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ACD Systems can be found online at www.acdsee.com, on Twitter at @acdsee and on Facebook.
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Welcome ACDSee Photo Editor 6!

2013-03-13 18:24:00 GMT

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ACD Systems International Inc. today announced ACDSee Photo Editor 6, a powerful and feature­ rich creative photo editing software solution for amateur photographers and enthusiasts. Ideal as a companion to the ACDSee Pro 6 and ACDSee 15 products or as a standalone application, ACDSee Photo Editor 6 allows photographers to quickly correct common photo flaws, perform advanced edits, work with object layers, and apply professional effects and filters to completely transform their images.

A full suite of editing features gives photographers the ability to turn any image, including those shot in RAW, into an extraordinary one. Correct lighting, fine­tune color, erase imperfections, and use fast­fix tools, including red eye, dodge, burn, sharpen and smudge, to quickly improve every aspect of any photo.

Key to the versatility and power of ACDSee Photo Editor 6 is its flexible work area where photos, text, and other objects, like shapes and lines, are arranged in object layers. Users can group these object layers, change their order, experiment with opacity and blends, and selectively adjust any object or apply changes to the entire layout. The original photos are always safely preserved.

“With ACDSee Photo Editor 6, photographers now have a way of unleashing their inner photo editing genius,” said Doug Vanderkerkhove, Founder and CEO of ACD Systems. “We’ve incorporated our user­focused design and patented technology to create a photo editing solution that delivers professional results with simplicity and ease.”

New features in ACDSee Photo Editor 6 include:

  • LCE Technology ­ Take control of brightness and contrast with the Advanced Lighting tool, powered by ACDSee’s patented Lighting and Contrast Enhancement (LCE) technology. Harness the power of LCE to improve the quality of poorly lit photos, and achieve HDR photo results from a single image. Use sliders for precise edits or adjust the internal curves by clicking and dragging on a photo.
  • Lighting fixes ­ Quickly rescue photos that are too light or too dark. Lighten shadows and reduce highlights in one click, adjust sliders to fine­tune shadows, midtones and highlights, or click directly on light and dark spots for instantly improved photos.
  • Advanced rich color tools ­ Enhance hues or change individual colors to completely alter images. Adjust the saturation, brightness and hue using sliders, or click directly on precise color ranges in photos for arresting results.
  • Creative effects and filters ­ Transform the mood and atmosphere of photos in a click with newInstagram­inspired artistic effects: Collage, edgy Lomo, etched­in Granite, and ethereal Orton.
  • RAW support ­ Edit high­resolution RAW files as objects in photo layouts. Non­destructively adjust color, apply effects, correct lighting issues, and more.



ACDSee Photo Editor 6 also offers these features to meet the creative editing needs of photographers:

  • Automatic editing ­ One­click Auto Color Balance, Levels, Sharpen, and Contrast take the guesswork and time out of editing.
  • Layouts tools ­ Easily select from among overlapping objects, and choose the exact place to paste elements. Open, load and utilize brush files. Resize, crop and rotate photos, and incorporate drop shadows, transparencies and text.
  • Dynamic adjustments ­ Quickly modify existing effects, switch their order for a different result, hide them, or delete them at any time. Original images always stay intact.
  • Stylize photos ­ Add a creative flair using vignette, blur and color tools. Try a sepia effect or heighten drama with the comprehensive black and white mode.
  • Batch editing ­ Save time by using the Batch Processor to edit groups of photos. Fix color, lighting and sharpness issues, or apply artistic effects, to everything all at once.
  • Add text to photos ­ Change the font and color of just a single word or an entire block, and wrap text inside a shape or along a custom or preset text path.
  • Work with metadata ­ Add and edit EXIF and IPTC metadata to help keep track of important photo information.



Pricing & Availability ACDSee Photo Editor 6 is available online at a suggested retail price of $49.99 (US). More information, including full system requirements, can be found online at www.acdsee.com.

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What ACDSee product is right for me?

2013-02-28 17:05:00 GMT

Thinking of using ACDSee for your photo management and editing needs? We can help you figure out which ACDSee product is right for you! Here is a list of the features in our top products:

ACDSee 15


Keep track of your ever-growing collection. Polish up even the messiest of photos. Add something magical to an already great shot that’s sure to impress. You can do it all, faster and easier than ever before, in ACDSee 15.

Photo Managing Features

  • Organize photos using a combination of folders, keywords, ratings, color labels, metadata, and categories.
  • Organize photos during import.
  • Find photos fast – build and store searches based on metadata, file properties, data, event, keyword, rating, location, and edited state.
  • Customize access to external editors.
  • Create hierarchical keyword trees.


Photo Viewing Features

  • View images with the fastest technology on the market.
  • Support for over 100 formats, including image, audio and video.
  • View photos at full screen.
  • Examine details with Zoom, Navigator, Magnifying Glass and Histogram tools.


Photo Editing Features

  • Rescue photos that are too light or too dark using patented LCE technology.
  • Instantly adjust exposure and remove color cast.
  • Erase flaws and unwanted objects with Heal and Clone.
  • Eliminate red eye with one click.
  • Choose from 45 creative effects.
  • Add text, custom borders, vignettes, drop shadows, matte and edge effects.
  • Restore original images at any time for worry-free editing.
  • Draw freehand on images, or add lines and shapes.
  • Quickly brush on any editing or special effect to selected areas of photos.
  • Target midtones with the Clarity tool for extra definition.
  • Smooth out grain and noise patterns between edges with the Smart Blur filter.


Photo Sharing & Publishing Features

  • Share and store photos on the ACDSee Online cloud space.
  • Easily print photos and contact sheets.
  • Create screensavers and slideshows of photos.
  • Optimize and upload photos to FTP-managed web spaces.
  • Email photos through a desktop client or webmail.
  • Upload photos to SmugMug, flickr, Facebook, and Twittter.
  • Automatically sync drives.
  • Burn to CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray.


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ACDSee Pro 6



ACDSee Pro 6 includes all the features in ACDSee 15 listed above as well as features requested by professional photographers and advanced amateurs. ACDSee Pro 6 has everything you need to perfect your images, fast. Carry out digital asset management and all the essential tasks of your photography workflow, from import to final presentation, in one complete solution.

Pro 6 Photo Managing Features

  • Selectively remove metadata to protect privacy and intellectual property.
  • Speed up workflow with native 64-bit support for Windows operating systems.
  • Improved color management with multi-monitor support.


Pro 6 Photo Viewing Feature

  • Quickly tag photos for further editing or review.
  • Perform high-quality decoding on RAW images.


Pro 6 includes Developing Features (not an available mode in ACDSee 15)

  • Non-destructively process RAW, JPEG, TIFF and more.
  • Adjust the brightness and contrast of different tone bands.
  • Achieve HDR results from a single image.
  • Fix barrel, pincushion and fish-eye lens distortions and perspective distortions.
  • Boost saturation without affecting skin tones with the Vibrance tool.
  • Preview the results of adjustments in real time.
  • Adjust individual or overall color with improved Advanced Color tools.
  • Brush on non-destructive adjustments in real time.
  • Apply hue-based brightness adjustments and saturation-based tinting in the dedicated Black and White mode.
  • Apply vignetting to any cropped image.
  • Use the Cross Process tool to add a surreal, retro effect.
  • Achieve a dreamy effect with Soft Focus.
  • Non-destructively reduce red eye.


Pro 6 Photo Editing Features

  • Batch edit groups of photos – rotate, crop, convert file type, add watermarks and more.


Pro 6 Photo Sharing & Publishing

  • Upload photos to Zenfolio.
  • Watermark photos to protect against copyright infringement.


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Essentially ACDSee 15 is the standard version of ACDSee Pro 6, with Pro 6 aimed at professionals and offering more freedom. But, both are photo management programs that are built for photo adjustment.

ACDSee Photo Editor 6 



ACDSee Photo Editor 6 makes it easy to create the photos you’ve always envisioned. Apply stunning effects and filters, work with object layers effortlessly, quickly correct common photo flaws, and make advanced edits like a pro. With ACDSee Photo Editor 6, you have the power to transform any shot into your most extraordinary one yet. ACDSee Photo Editor 6 is a great tool for creating cards, labels and other fun page layouts.

Object Layers

  • Accessible canvas-like work area for arranging photos, text, and other objects, like shapes and lines.
  • Layer or group objects, change their order, and experiment with opacity and blend modes to create amazing photo layouts.
  • Selectively adjust any object, or apply changes to the entire layout.


Layouts Made Easy

  • Comfortably select from among overlapping objects.
  • Choose the exact place where you want to paste your elements with the Paste and Place option.
  • Open, load and utilize brush files to enhance your layouts.
  • Resize, crop, rotate and correct your photos.
  • Easily work with drop shadows, transparencies and text.


Go Ahead and Play

  • Experiment with effects with peace of mind, knowing that your originals are always safely preserved.
  • Dynamic Adjustments allow you to quickly modify existing effects, switch their order, hide, or delete them at any time.


Correct Photo Flaws

  • Powerful fast-fix tools, including Red Eye, Dodge, Burn, Sharpen, and Smudge.
  • Erase imperfections, blemishes, and unwanted objects with the Repair Tool.
  • Auto-adjustment features include one-click Auto Color Balance, Auto Levels, Auto Sharpen, and Auto Contrast.
  • Auto Fix makes all the necessary adjustments for you at once.
  • Alternatively, take full control of each adjustment using sliders.


Stylize Photos

  • Apply vignetting to create polished portrait-style photos.
  • Create a sense of motion with the Blur tools.
  • Manipulate color and era with the sepia effect and with comprehensive Black and White mode.


Edit in Batches

  • Save time by using the Batch Processor to edit groups of photos.
  • Fix color, lighting and sharpness issues, or apply artistic effects, to everything all at once.


Shape Your Shots

  • Combine objects and photos.
  • Punch out photos using an array of pre-defined shapes, or design your own custom shapes.


Say More with Words

  • Add text to your photos, change up font and color, isolate a single word or phrase.
  • Wrap your text inside a shape, or along a custom or preset text path.


Fast Track to Results

  • The Adjustments Palette gives you quick access to all the alterations you can apply to photos, objects, and text.


Work with Metadata

  • Add and edit EXIF and IPTC information.



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