About ACDSee

Where it All Started

From developing one of the world’s first digital asset managers to more recent innovations, such as the world’s first digital asset manager and RAW editor with layers, ACDSee has been on the cutting edge of creative software since 1994.  Branching out from image viewing, digital asset management, format conversion, relational databases, and cataloging, to image editing, plug-ins, support for RAW images, online functionality, image manipulation, video, layered editing, and much more, ACDSee has evolved each and every year since its inception. Recently, ACDSee has expanded into image editing apps on a variety of mobile platforms.

After nearly a quarter of a century of software innovation, the ACDSee brand now serves individuals and businesses in every corner of the globe.

Did you know?

ACD Systems was one of the original pioneers of online sales.

One of our co-ops eventually rose to become the CTO. Every year, ACD Systems supports dozens of university co-ops in their quest for experience in software development.

ACDSee software was used to serve the complex, large-scale image management needs in the creation of the 1997 blockbuster, Titanic.

From Then to Now

1994

The first version of ACDSee was initially distributed via BBS. It sold for $15 USD.

1995

The first version of PicaView was released. PicaView was a fast and effective image viewing software.

1997

ACDSee 95 and ACDSee 32 are released. 95 was the first 32-bit version. 32 had file management, thumbnails, format conversion, and animated GIF support.

1999

Major features were added to ACDSee 3.o. Added image editing, plug-ins, video, scanner, and digital camera import, as well as online functionality. 

2001

First version of ACDSee for Windows CE pocket PCs was released. A pocket PC was similar to a smartphone, only a pocket PC cannot make phone calls.

2002

Increased file management functionality in ACDSee 5.0. Added relational database, calendar view, and categories.

2004

LCE Research began. LCE is now known as Light EQ™.

2005

Released ACDSee 7.0 with support for digital camera RAW images. RAW images are images that have not been compressed and thus are extremely high quality.

2006

ACDSee Pro was released with our pioneering LCE technology. Our patented LCE technology allows you to make light adjustments in specific areas of an image without affecting others.

2007

ACDSee 8 and ACDSee 9 were launched in all languages. ACDSee software was developed in English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and more.

2009

The first version of ACDSee Mac was released. ACDSee continues to develop its Mac software.

2011

ACDSee launched 4 new products. ACDSee Pro 4, ACDSee Mac Pro 1, ACDSee Video Converter, and ACDSee Online, an online photo sharing site.

2013

ACDSee Photo Editor 6 was launched. It included stunning effects and filters, and the ability to work with object layers.

2014

20 years of software greatness was celebrated with the launch of ACDSee Ultimate 8 – the first digital asset management software with layered editor.

2016

More incredible features, like edge detection brushing and selecting, were added with the release of ACDSee Ultimate 10. 

2017

Photo Editor 10, Photo Studio 2018 suite, and Photo Studio for Mac 4 were launched to provide total photography control on all platforms.

2018

ACDSee continued to be the best digital asset manager on the market by adding powerful new features, such as Face Detection & Facial Recognition, with the release of Photo Studio Ultimate 2019 & Photo Studio Professional 2019.

2019

ACDSee exceeded the creative needs of the entire family with the release of Home Pack 2019. Video Studio 4 was launched, making ACDSee a one-stop shop for video recording, editing, and producing.

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