Overview

As the first digital asset management software with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 9 is able to answer an unparalleled number of creative graphic and image composition needs. Armed with a potent list of adjustment layers, working with layers just became non-destructive, giving you the complete flexibility to create the image composites, photo manipulations, and innovative graphics you've been envisioning. With new ways to track your adjustments and apply them to batches, development snapshots, extended creative capabilities through Photoshop™ plugin support, new lighting and skin tone adjustments, additional ways to compartmentalize, even more drawing tools, improved lens correction, high DPI support, and so much more, ACDSee Ultimate 9 packs a valuable punch.


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What's New

With an all-in-one digital asset manager and layered editor, there’s no need to purchase and run multiple applications to achieve your organizational and image editing goals. ACDSee Ultimate 9 combines layers, image editing and management tools with new GPU-accelerated adjustment layers, support for 4k monitors, improved lens correction, a chronological view of your entire photo collection, tools for tracking and returning to various adjustments, as well as applying them to other sets of images, and much more. Improved drawing tools in combination with adjustment layers make it even easier to create original advertising, innovative graphics, and powerful art imagery.

Dynamic, Non-Destructive Editing with Adjustment Layers

Drawing with Precision

With the addition of adjustment layers, Edit mode's Layered Editor becomes your center for visionary non-destructive photo manipulation. Add layers specifically built to achieve individual adjustments, with the ability to retouch them at any point. Adjust each layer individually, re-order layers, change their mask, opacity, and blend modes at any time. With a number of lighting, color, special effects, clarity, skin tuning, vignetting, sharpening, blurring, and noise removal adjustment layers added, you are well-equipped to fearlessly innovate.


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ACDSee Actions — Automate with Ease

Save your precious time on repetitive tasks with ACDSee Actions. Record literally any steps you make in Edit mode and apply them to other images, essentially recreating an entire editing process with a single click. Preview the results your recordings would have on any image before applying. Export your recordings to as many files as you like in an array of file types. While Batch Edit only contained a handful of adjustments, you can now record and batch-apply any of Edit mode's 200+ adjustments. Recreate the end result without having to take the time to go through or even relearn each step, and then share them with friends, family, or fans!


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Distortion Doctoring with Lens Correction

Correct barrel and pincushion distortion in digital photographs with the ultimate accuracy: automatic correction specific to the lens used to take the photo. ACDSee Ultimate 9 lists the possible lenses for your camera's make and model and applies the correction specially formulated to fix the particular distortion inherent to that lens — even fixing chromatic aberration. Map this correction to your lens and set Develop mode to correct every time, no attention required.

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Snapshots — Your Adjustment Freeze Frame

Develop mode now offers even more non-destructive freedom. As you make adjustments, take snapshots at any time to save your work up to that point. Continue to edit as desired, but you can return to the version in your snapshot at any time. Share your image with snapshots with other ACDSee Ultimate or Pro users, allowing them to learn how you achieved each effect.


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Classify with Collections

Group your photos in one place for a simple take on highly complex organizing and easy searching. Create Collections to fast-track the right photos to the right workflow, such as printing, batch editing, sharing to web, developing, or accumulating for a slideshow. Build hierarchies within Collection Sets for further structure to help you drill right down to the photos you want. Or construct Smart Collections containing a search, which you can return to at any time. Utilize an extensive list of search variables, including relative dates, date ranges, metadata, and file properties. Smart Collection's search will update its findings as files are added to the database — zero effort on your part.

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Photos Mode — Your Aerial View

Experience the entirety of your photo collection by date. Gain new perspective on your memories by browsing it by year, month, or day. Conveniently locate your place in giant collections thanks to pop-up dates showing you exactly where you are in time. View it all together, or just the photo collection stored on your Microsoft OneDrive™. Quickly move from this panoramic chronoscopic view to organizing, viewing individual files, or taking them directly into Develop mode for non-destructive adjustment, or add adjustment layers in Edit mode for limitless creativity.


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Dehaze — Taking Your Murkiest Images Out of Obscurity

When dust, smoke, vapor, or other particles becloud the clarity of your image, look to the Dehaze tool to restore contrast, detail, and lost color. Particularly prevalent in the sky, a haze can take the focus away from your subject and overshadow fine detail. Give your images clear skies, and your subjects the spotlight they deserve.

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Skin Tune — Flawless and Radiant

Forget the concealer. Forget the foundation. Forget the painstaking color targeting and precision repair work. All you need now is the Skin Tune tool, which targets skin tones so you don't have to. Avoid messing with the other colors in your image. You can use the Skin Tune tool to even skin tone, restore glow, and smooth away blemishes and flaws without a lot of messing around. No makeup. No expense. No hassle.


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Extended Editing Capabilities with Photoshop™ Plugin Support

Expand your creative scope with the ability to import and apply Photoshop™ plugins to your Edit mode adjustment workflow. Effectively create your own filters and use them in combination with best-in-class photo editing tools, special effects, and targeted repairs for limitless opportunities.

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4K Support — Your Resolution Revolution

Distinctive, clear, crisp. These are just a few of the words used to describe ACDSee's new high DPI support. View your images on 4k monitors in sharp, uncompromising detail no number of words can describe.


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New special effects — Apply Some Magic

Take any old photo and turn it into something extraordinary. With an ever-expanding roster of brand new effects to choose from, it's easy to give the mundane a splash of mystery, mood, or otherworldliness without having to go through a long list of complex steps.

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Easily Convert from Lightroom™ to ACDSee

Is it time to make that big transition? Tired of importing your photos into an application instead of the application just reading them straight off your hard drive? Well, we can make that change over a little smoother, a little less painful, and a lot less work. A few clicks and your Lightroom™ database will begin importing into ACDSee, keeping your Lightroom™ collections intact, viewable and editable in ACDSee's Collections tool, and allowing you to maintain and still benefit from your long hours of rating, keywording, and labeling even after you've transitioned to ACDSee.


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Gradient Flexibility

Create a gradual blend of multiple colors across your image or drawn shapes. With linear and radial gradients now added to your drawing tool arsenal, you can shade in a straight line or blend outward in a circular path from a central focal point. Adjust opacity and choose from a long list of blend modes for complete creative flexibility.

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RAW Update — The Latest and Greatest, Including Fuji X-Trans

ACDSee Ultimate 9 now adds another 33 camera models to its lengthy list of supported RAW file formats, including 12 coveted Fuji X-Trans models.


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Painless Color Matching

Pick up that exact shade you need with the Eye Dropper tool. Populate the outline and fill of your drawn shapes with any color from inside your photo or from outside the app itself.

 

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Improved


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New Pressure-Active Brush

Expertly adjust the sensitivity of the brush with the new pressure setting. Use different stress strengths for different areas of your image. Combine this with the nib width and feathering slider for completely nuanced brushing, available with a wide variety of effects.


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A Finer (White) Balance

Accurately tweak the color temperature of your photos in the Edit mode White Balance tool. Harmonize red and green casts in your image with the Tint slider.

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Full Spectrum

Quickly access standard and custom color options with the new Color Picker window. Choose background and foreground colors in the palette, and get exactly the one you want by hue, saturation, and luminosity values, or by RGB values. You can even store colors as favorites to streamline your design project.


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Performing Quicker than Before, More Nimble than Competitors

Thanks to our GPU-enhanced layer engine, performing operations with layers is now lightning quick. Faster than all previous versions, ACDSee Ultimate 9 boasts a more agile Move tool, and snappy reordering of layers, including noticeably accelerated moving, rotating, and scaling. Swiftly change layer opacity and blend modes, and fly through your workflow at unprecedented speed. Running exclusively on the GPU, ACDSee Ultimate 9's adjustment layers smoothly outpaces competitors.

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ACDSee Light EQ™ Technology

Experience the ease of effortless automatic exposure adjustment with ACDSee’s patented Light EQ™ technology. Light EQ™ makes it possible to adjust lighting in specific areas without affecting the image as a whole. Advanced, standard, basic and 1-step lighting tools allow for quick, intuitive changes with as little as one click. Now also available in adjustment layers!


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Features


Layers


Your Blank Slate

Your Blank Slate

Create brand new, bare images, ready for you to work your magic on. Add text, watermark, and image elements in layers, customize size, bit depth, and background contents to suit your subject.

Brush

Goodbye to Limitations

Throw out constraints with the ability to create and duplicate layers to work on individual parts of images without affecting other areas. Get professional results by combining layers with expert editing tools and inventive effects.

When Two Become One

When Two Become One

Utilize layers to combine images in order to add more striking backgrounds to photos, to create the illusion of a wider depth of field, or to simply tap into your artistic side for a surreal effect.

Mask it

Mask it

Enjoy limitless potential with the ability to control layers’ levels of transparency with layer masks. Hide or reveal elements or sections of photos with white or black brushes, combine images, and create layer masks from selections.

All in How You Stack it

All in How You Stack it

Dynamically alter the look of your art by moving the front to the back, or the back to the front. Get exactly the flavor you want by quickly and easily changing the stacking order of your layers.

Practical Maneuvering

Practical Maneuvering

Get the results you want with ease. Use the Move tool to adjust, nudge, rotate, prod, and push your layers into just the right spot.

Commit to Your Vision

Commit to Your Vision

Solidify your design by merging layers. Achieve one lean, trim file that won’t slow down your computer, no matter how many layers you create.

Double Up

Double Up

Take your layered artwork to the next level while saving time with the ability to copy selections of images or entire images and paste them as new layers.

No Commitment Additions

No Commitment Additions

Insert text and watermarks on their own respective layers, allowing you to edit and re-edit them individually, without affecting other elements of the image.

Out of Sight

Out of Sight

Uncomplicate your image manipulation workflow with the ability to hide layers as needed.

Fresh Flexible Format

Fresh Flexible Format

Capitalize on the new .acdc file format. Not only is it the most metal file format ever, but it also allows you to edit your layers individually when reopening an image in Edit mode in the future.

Nix Those Pixels

Nix Those Pixels

Trim out unwanted pixels by using the Eraser tool to change them to transparent. Blot out sections of photos to reveal the layer beneath.

Get Your Fantasy On

Get Your Fantasy On

Pair individual layers with any Edit mode filter, effect, or adjustment for complete editing and image manipulation freedom. Add one or several different effects on each independent layer or to any part of a layer.

Precision Targeting, Layer by Layer

Precision Targeting, Layer by Layer

Pinpoint accuracy meets the ultimate in editing freedom with the combined functionality of Pixel Targeting and layers. Selectively adjust pixels with a variety of Edit mode tools by targeting specific colors and tones in any image, on any layer.

Let it Shine Through

Let it Shine Through

Blending modes and opacity adjustments give you creative control over the look of combined layers.

Brush it Up

Brush it Up

Brush color onto your images, draw on shapes, or use in conjunction with a layer mask to reveal parts of the layer beneath.

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Manage Mode


Folder Tree

Folder Tree

Fluid Folder Viewing

ACDSee seamlessly displays your files in the same style as you see them in your OS’s folder tree, which means no adjusting to change, and no undue searching.

(No) Importing

(No) Importing

For an Instant Start

Connect directly to the folders on your computer — no importing into a separate library. Organize and catalog your photos as you get them from your device for increased speed and performance. Customize your workspace to suit your style, switch between multiple databases, and access external editors with seamless simplicity.

Batch

Batch

Whip up a Batch

Perform a range of workflow steps on batches of images at once, including edits, converting formats and color space, resizing, naming, and much more. Easily save them as presets to work even faster the next go around.

Metadata

Metadata

Get into the Nuts and Bolts

Enjoy full support for EXIF, IPTC, and XMP metadata. Save time by creating presets for ongoing use or for sharing, and copying and pasting metadata on the fly. You can also strip out valuable details to keep your proprietary information private.

Search

Search

No More Senseless Searching

Find images based on metadata, file properties, date, event, keyword, rating, color label, and GPS location. Build and save detailed searches. Enter single words or phrases, search only specific folders, narrow it down by your camera's file information, or find that one special image with the Quick Search bar.

Organize

Organize

Your Slick System

Add ratings, hierarchical keywords, categories, and location data to your images. Quickly identify photos for further processing with visual tags or customizable color labels.

Map

Map

Global Grouping

Find and organize your photos by location, instantly view the location of images from GPS-enabled cameras, or quickly fill in the information yourself. Select a pin on the map, choose “Reverse Geocode”, and ACDSee will write the matching location details into the corresponding IPTC fields.

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SeeDrive

See Clearly, Even into the Cloud

Access and manage your online images quickly and easily, control privacy settings, and share with your family, friends, and the world — all from the convenience of Manage mode, with ACDSee SeeDrive.

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View Mode


Gestures

Gestures

Quite the Gestures

Browse through your photo collection with a flick of the finger. ACDSee Ultimate 9 now features support for Windows Touch Gestures™-enabled devices.

Auto Lens View

Auto Lens View

Through Each Lens

Freely preview what your images would look like with a variety of filters on the fly with the Auto Lens View.

Auto EQ

Auto EQ

Commitment-Free Exposure Enhancement

Experience your images with an instant exposure boost as you view them with Auto EQ.

Secondary Monitor Support

Secondary Monitor Support

Double Up

With support for a secondary monitor, you can see a large preview of any image you select, making the review process feel even faster.

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Develop/Edit Mode


Pixel Targeting

Pixel Targeting

Aim Your Edits

Selectively adjust pixels with a variety of Edit mode tools by targeting specific colors and tones within the image. Even target skin tones! Combine Pixel Targeting with the Edit Brush for the ultimate in precision editing.

1-Step EQ

1-Step EQ

Responsive Brightening

Experience the ease of effortless automatic exposure adjustment with 1-Step EQ. ACDSee’s patented Light EQ™ technology powers 1-Step EQ’s intuitive improvements right as you open the image.

Edit Mode Fill Tool

Edit Mode Fill Tool

Get Your Fill

Use the Edit Mode Fill tool to select a color to enrich with your chosen background color for speedy enhancements.

History Window

History Window

Turn Back Time

View your adjustment history with the Edit mode History Window and return to a specific adjustment, regardless of how many changes you’ve made since. You can also undo all of your changes at once.

Filters

Filters

Evocative Embellishments

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.

Improved Selections

Improved Selections

With a streamlined GUI designed for efficiency, the Selections and Drawing tools are now more accessible than ever, allowing you to focus your adjustments exactly where you want them, and add drawing assets as you work.

Navigation Window

Navigation Window

Get up Close and Personal

The improved Edit mode Navigator automatically takes the guesswork out of zooming into the smaller details.

Advanced Color

Color EQ

A Whole Spectrum of Color Improvements
(Non-destructive editing available)

Adjust individual or overall color with Color EQ tools. Subtly fine-tune or dramatically change the hue, saturation, and lightness.

Gradients

Gradients

Progress the Punch
(Non-destructive editing available)

Apply a radial or linear gradient— while correcting lighting, saturation, fill light, contrast, clarity, add effects, and more — to gradually progress outward from a center point or subtly across your photo.

Sharpening

Sharpening

Sharpen Smarter
(Non-destructive editing available)

Suppress sharpening halos, soften noise and texture, target edges, control the amount of sharpened pixels around each edge, and specify the lightness value the pixels within an edge must be before they are sharpened.

Geometry/Repair Tools

Geometry/Repair Tools

Fix It Up Just How You Like It
(Non-destructive editing available)

Reduce red eye, adjust geometry, and fix perspective, distortion, and lens vignetting with full control over pixel size and resolution.

Lighting

Lighting

Take Your Lighting out of the Dark Ages
(Non-destructive editing available)

Get amazing HDR results by adjusting areas that are too light or too dark with the Lighting tool, powered by ACDSee’s patented LCE (Lighting and Contrast Enhancement) technology. Instantly lighten shadows and reduce highlights in one click, adjust individual sliders, and change the tonal range and color balance.

Brush

Brush

Selectively Adjust
(Non-destructive editing available)

The versatile Edit Brush allows you to subtly or dramatically apply any editing effect to a very specific part of your photo. Correct exposure, change the color, adjust fine details, or add trippy special effects here and there. Dynamically alter your brush size and feathering amount as you go.

Split Toning

Split Toning

Tone it up
(Non-destructive editing available)

Take complete control over the balance of tones in the shadows and highlights of your image with Split Toning. Tint your highlights with one color, and your shadows with another to create a vivid toning effect. Make hue-based brightness adjustments to your monochrome images, and add a specific hue back to black and white images with saturation-based tinting.

Heal and Clone

Heal and Clone

Picture Perfect
(Non-destructive editing available)

Erase flaws, blemishes, and other unwanted objects with the dynamic Heal and Clone options. You can even copy and paste an adjustment — such as the removal of sensor-related dust spots — onto multiple similar images.

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365 Mode


ACDSee 365

ACDSee 365

Command the Cloud

Fully integrated with ACDSee Ultimate 9, ACDSee 365 provides you with hassle-free access to other innovative software solutions, sharing, cloud-based photo management, and storage. Backup, store, and stay organized — your photos are ready for you, whenever you need them. Access ACDSee 365 directly through Manage mode with the ACDSee SeeDrive pane.

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SeeDrive

See Clearly, Even into the Cloud

Access and manage your online images quickly and easily, control privacy settings, and share with your family, friends, and the world — all from the convenience of Manage mode, with ACDSee SeeDrive.

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PicaView

PicaView

Right-Click with a View

Actively preview your files through your OS’s context menu, without having to open them in an application, with ACDSee PicaView. Take a sneak peak at the EXIF information, and painlessly launch images in ACDSee for further editing.

Smart Indexer

Smart Indexer

Set and Walk Away

To maximize efficiency, the Smart Indexer catalogs folders and adds them to the ACDSee Database when your computer is idle. The Smart Indexer knows when you’ve made changes and automatically keeps everything up-to-date, enabling you to get the most out of your overall ACDSee experience.

Color Management

Color Management

ACDSee's color management system resolves color matching issues that can occur between different devices with accurate color matching and high quality results.

Archiving

Archiving

To Preserve and Protect

Safeguard your digital valuables. Archive your collection to .zip folders, DVD, or Blu-Ray discs, and backup to external hard drives or ACDSee 365.

Sharing

Sharing

Share Seamlessly

Distribute your shots through e-mail, upload to flickr™, SmugMug™, and Zenfolio™, and send to Facebook™ in a snap. Conveniently optimize and upload images to web spaces you manage through FTP. Design and present slideshows of your images.

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System Requirements

To activate your software, to validate your subscriptions, or to access online services, you will need a valid email address and an internet connection.

Hardware

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor (2 GHz or faster)
  • 2 GB RAM (6 GB RAM recommended)
  • 512 MB Video RAM (VRAM)
  • DirectX 10 compatible graphics adapter
  • High Color display adapter at 1024 x 768 resolution (1280 x 1024 recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard disk space

Software

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1), Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1 & Windows® 10 (64-bit editions only)
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 9+
  • Microsoft® DirectX® 10 or higher
  • Windows Media® Player 9.0

 

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