ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac 5.0

Release Notes

Build 5.0.1017

New Features

  • Map pane to add or view photo locations from anywhere in the world based on GPS info.
  • Image Basket workspace to gather images, regardless of their location, for further processing.
  • Batch Add Watermark tool.
  • Batch Add Border tool.
  • Compare Images tool.
  • Filter By menu to display files by their metadata, such as ratings, color labels, tags, and categories.
  • Auto Advance: adding metadata prompts ACDSee to automatically advance to the next image.
  • External Editors command opens images from ACDSee in other user-selected applications.
  • Multiple database support, create and switch between multiple databases.
  • Import database: ACDSee detects previous ACDSee version (3 or 4), and offers to import the data on first launch.


  • Improved browsing/scanning performance in many scenarios.
  • Improved image capture device import handling capacity.
  • Rename command keyboard shortcut with multiple images selected now opens Batch Rename dialog.
  • ENTER key, RETURN key now applies metadata in Properties pane.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue in which Properties pane might not update after assigning metadata in certain cases.
  • Fixed an issue in which File List scrolled when dragging items below application window.
  • Fixed an issue in which focus did not return to File List after clicking Apply in Properties pane.
  • Fixed an issue in which image thumbnails and metadata display might be delayed when browsing to folder after importing from device.
  • Fixed memory leak when selecting an item with assigned keywords.

Known Issues

  • Disconnecting an iOS device while importing will crash ACDSee.
  • Move to trash will not work on images on cameras.
  • Batch Copy and Batch Move will not work for images on cameras.
  • PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) not supported.
  • Cannot save Batch Preset with export destination folder defined relative to source folder.
  • Develop mode changes are not remembered when group is deactivated.
  • No method to view RGB values while using Eye Dropper to set White Balance.
  • Cannot copy read-only EXIF metadata values to the clipboard.
  • Cannot read any ACDSee metadata embedded in BMP, CUR, DDS, EXR, GIF, HDR, ICO, JP2, MEF, PBM, PSD, or TGA.
  • Batch Copy operation hangs when Place in subfolder option enabled, “Date” token added to the Name, and date format includes slash character (“/”). Workaround: In System Preferences > Language & Region > Advanced… > Dates, remove “/” from the desired format.
  • Import ignores video portion of Live Photos.
  • Keyword/Category assignment may fail if target is unscanned image basket item.
  • ACDSee will not function correctly if the ACDSee database is locked or read-only.
  • ACDSee does not support multiple clients connecting to the same database. ACDSee will become unresponsive if trying to connect to a database that is already open in another instance of ACDSee.
  • Status bar count may be wrong if empty smart folder selected.
  • Watermark tool Center button doesn’t center watermark for all images in the Batch if images are different sizes.
  • Running Batch Add Watermark while an unsupported image is in preview does not apply watermark.
  • Compare Images Active View is empty if selected image is an orphan.
  • Startup time may be impacted if Image Basket contains many items.
  • External Editors feature does not support images on cameras.
  • Encoding metadata to HEIC files is not supported.
  • Keyboard shortcuts assigned to commands that can be renamed, (such as Categories, Batch Presets, External Editors), need to be re-assigned if command is renamed.
  • On macOS 10.14, writing a Spotlight Comment fails with error “Source file not found” if ACDSee does not have permission to control Finder. Workaround: in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy, select Automation, and check the box to allow ACDSee to control Finder.
  • Adding media files (e.g. audio, video files) to Image Basket is not supported.
  • The folder tree fails to refresh after Cut-Paste or drag-and-drop Move operations. Workaround: View > Refresh Folders Pane (option + command + R).


  • When importing a previous version’s database, please ensure the previous version of the application is closed.
  • Importing a previous version’s database may cause the Date Modified timestamp to update but does not modify the actual contents of the database.

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.

Mac computer with an Intel® processor
4 GB RAM (6 GB RAM recommended)

macOS Sierra (10.12), macOS High Sierra (10.13), macOS Mojave (10.14) or macOS Catalina (10.15)


Date: 2019/10/02
File Size: 41.1 MB
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