ACDSee Gemstone Photo Editor 12

Beta 2 Release Notes

ACDSee Gemstone Photo Editor 12 Beta is only available in 64-bit.

New Features

  • ACDSee Quick Actions: quickly access your favorite features.
  • AI Background Deletion: easily delete various backgrounds in your photos.
  • Blur Background: create a cool blur effect on your photos’ backgrounds.
  • Black & White Background: give your photos a vintage look with B&W background.
  • Select Subject: easily select different subjects with one click.


  • You can now create LUTs in Gemstone Beta 2.
  • The Soft Proofing feature is now working correctly.
  • You can now Import and Export ACDSee RAW Presets.
  • The Frequency Separation feature is now working correctly in Beta 2.
  • Loading a file into a stack now uses the largest width and height from the set of images used as the canvas’ new width and height dimensions.
  • The Gemstone Home Screen features a new function to clear the recent file list.
  • Added an option to see the file path as a tooltip for Tabs instead of the file name.
  • When an image is on the clipboard, the new image dialog grabs the dimension of that image.

Performance Improvements

  • Big performance gains when working with large and complex documents.
  • Faster application startup.
  • Faster RAW decoding performance.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug where after loading files as a stack and closing the tab, a Save prompt was not issued.
  • Fixed a crash that sometimes occurred when closing Gemstone while files were being opened.
  • Fixed a bug that occurred when clicking Maintain Aspect Ratio when resizing, which shifted the Watermark icon down.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when closing the current image tab and clicking any tool.
  • Fixed a bug that occurred when rotating an image with a text layer which caused that layer thumbnail to be positioned differently.
  • Fixed a bug that occurred when Panes moved to custom locations did not retain their location upon application restart.
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes occurred when Undo and Redo were hidden within filters.
  • Fixed a bug where the Source preview didn’t show in the cursor in the Repair Tool.
  • Fixed a bug when the Watermark and background were transparent when Apply Transparency was selected under Options. Now only the Watermark becomes transparent.
  • Fixed a bug where all the Auto options in Levels were greyed out and non-functioning.
  • Fixed a bug where filenames with certain special characters showed up incorrectly in the title bar.
  • Fixed a bug where Filters didn’t remember their size and position after restarting Gemstone.
  • Fixed a bug where the Save prompt didn’t appear when trying to close the application with uncommitted Move/Crop tool changes.
  • Fixed a bug where the Mask Properties pane would show up incorrectly when switching tools.
  • Fixed a bug where Keyboard shortcuts did not function for images in the child view.
  • Fixed a bug where the Ruler and Guidelines disappeared when opening a filter.
  • Fixed a problem where RAW images added as a layer didn’t go through ACDSee RAW.
  • Fixed a bug where the Layers Effect pane remained open when going to the Home screen.
  • Fixed a bug related to the Info Palette UI being cut off.
  • Fixed a bug where thumbnails were cut off in the ACDSee RAW filmstrip.
  • Fixed a bug where the filter settings were not center aligned horizontally.
  • Fixed a bug where loading files into stack used the filename of the first file. Now uses “untitled”.
  • Fixed various high DPI issues.
  • And fixed many other UI, workflow, and incorrect functionality bugs in Gemstone Beta 2.

Known Issues 

  • APD file opens as a flat image, not a project file.
  • Gemstone uses the base layer’s color profile for additional layers.
  • Quick Actions are not disabled when selecting Masks, Adjustment Layers and Text Layers.
  • Masks cannot be added when using the Move tool.
  • Added watermarks result in incorrect image previews in certain scenarios.
  • Cannot open Read Only Files in Gemstone.
  • An image cannot be edited if it is the only image open in Gemstone and teared off into its own window.
  • Some filters have a blue status changed icon when no changes were made to the image.
  • Opening multiple images at once in Gemstone from File Explorer causes multiple instances of Gemstone to open.
  • There is no error prompt when opening an unsupported file.
  • The Document | Color Depth feature is not working in Beta 2.

Not Supported 

  • Gemstone 12 does not preserve layers when editing PSD and TIFF files.
  • .acdc files created in Gemstone 12 are not supported in Photo Editor 11.
  • Compressed Fujifilm X-trans RAW and DNG are not supported.
  • Canon C-RAW is not supported.

System Requirements

To download ACDSee Gemstone Photo Editor 12 Beta you will need a valid email address and an internet connection.

Intel® or AMD® processor with 64-bit support
Intel i5 or better processor recommended
4 GB RAM (8 GB RAM or more recommended)
512 MB Video RAM (VRAM)
DirectX 10 compatible graphics adapter
1024 x 768 display resolution (1920 x 1080 recommended)
2 GB of available hard disk space

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

Beta Versions

All Beta versions of this software will expire. Visit Help > About from your in-app menu for more details.

Date: 2021/10/27
File Size: 545 MB
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Date: 2021/09/01
File Size: 544 MB
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Date: 2021/06/30
File Size: 134 MB
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Feedback Forum

Please note that Gemstone is a beta release with the aim of gathering your feedback to help us build a better product. To provide your valuable feedback, please visit the Gemstone Photo Editor Beta Feedback Forum.