ACDSee has made it easy to move your photo editing and management workflow from Adobe® software. Here’s how:

Direct-to-HDD (no photo importing)

Unlike Lightroom, ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate, Photo Studio Professional, and Photo Studio Home do not require users to import photo collections. ACDSee operates off of its user’s hard-drive, which means that when you open up the product for the first time, you can simply navigate to your photography collection and begin your workflow.

This also translates to RAW edits in Develop mode. In ACDSee when you make changes to an image, they are saved as an XMP file in the edited file’s native location on your hard-drive.

A Common question that we get asked is if ACDSee can open DNG files. DNGs are a RAW container format created by Adobe®. You can open and edit DNG files in ACDSee.

For more information about RAW files in ACDSee, visit the following links:

Supported RAW Formats

About RAW Files

About XMP Files

Import a Lightroom

ACDSee can import a Lightroom Database.

To import a database, navigate to Manage mode, and then to Tools | Database | Import | Database from the top menu bar.

ACDSee supports Collections, Keywords, Ratings*, and Color Labels. 

* Star-based ratings will be converted to a 1-5 rating system. 1 star = 1, 2 stars equals 2 etc.

For more specific instructions about Lightroom database importing, visit the link below:

Importing Instructions

Plugin Support

Photo Studio Professional and Photo Studio Ultimate support a variety of Photoshop Plugins.

To learn more about how to install and operate plugins within ACDSee, please watch the video. For the readme guide, or for a list of supported plugins, please visit the links below:

Supported Plugins

Applying Plugins

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ACDSee Photo Studio
Ultimate 2020


ACDSee Photo Studio
Professional 2020


ACDSee Photo Studio
Home 2020