ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac 8

Release Notes

Build 8.0.2283

New Features

  • With widespread performance gains, ACDSee Photo Studio 8 is a Universal app that runs natively on Macs with an Apple Silicon chip.
  • Use the ACDSee Mobile Sync app to wirelessly and instantly send photos and videos directly to ACDSee Photo Studio 8 from your iOS or Android mobile device.
  • With the ACDSee Indexer, background indexing of your assets occurs while the computer is idle, keeping the ACDSee database up-to-date automatically.
  • Filmstrip View provides a full-size view of your photos in Manage mode while you browse and organize.
  • Navigator is used to zoom into an image and quickly pan around it for up-close viewing and editing in View and Develop modes.
  • The Color Wheel in Develop mode intuitively targets adjustments to specific color ranges in your image. Accurately brightens grey skies and dull reflections.
  • Tone Wheels in Develop mode make easy work of split-toning highlights, mid-tones, and shadows.
  • Color LUTs in Develop mode apply unique effects with a single click. Choose from eight default Color LUTs or import new ones for unlimited potential.
  • Dehaze in Develop mode restores contrast, detail, and lost color to your images. Especially useful for images that have been captured through a haze.
  • Skin Tune in Develop mode evens tones by brightening, smoothing, and restoring your subject’s glow.
  • Color EQ Contrast/Balance in Develop mode further manipulates image contrast using the new Contrast and Contrast Balance adjustments in the Color EQ tool.


  • Color picker tools in Develop mode now display RGB color values of pixels for precise color selection.
  • Improved performance when cataloging a folder with many subfolders via the Catalog Folders tool.
  • Added a Zoom Lock button in View mode to lock zoom level while browsing images in View Mode.
  • An improved and modernized GUI that fits seamlessly into the macOS environment for better visual consistency and usability.
  • Encodable images edited by ACDSee on Windows or iOS devices and sent via Mobile Sync are now recognized, allowing the edits to be reverted or committed.

Known Issues

  • Assigning metadata via the Batch tool fails if preceded by a Move or Copy action.
  • When Full Screen is enabled, the image doesn’t fit display when the application is moved to another monitor.
  • File List items are sorted by Name if items are uncataloged, and the sort method is based on EXIF or IPTC metadata.
  • Find Duplicates tool doesn’t work with iCloud Drive.
  • Move to Trash will not work on images stored on cameras.
  • Batch Copy and Batch Move will not work for images stored on cameras.
  • PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) is not supported.
  • 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 the “Place in subfolder” option is 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 the video portion of Live Photos.
    • Workaround: use ACDSee Mobile Sync.
  • ACDSee does not support multiple clients connecting to the same database. ACDSee will become unresponsive if trying to connect to an already open database in another instance of ACDSee.
  • Watermark tool Center button doesn’t center the watermark for all images in a batch if the images are of varied sizes.
  • Application startup time could be negatively affected if the Image Basket contains many items.
  • Keyboard shortcuts assigned to commands that can be renamed (such as Categories, Batch Presets, External Editors) must be re-assigned if the command is renamed.
  • Writing a Spotlight Comment fails with the error “Source file not found”.
  • PSD files cannot be placed on the Map.
  • Clone/heal effect is temporarily removed from view if you adjust Exposure or White Balance, and the image is RAW.
  • If the exposure of a clone/heal source point has been adjusted via brush or gradient, the exposure of the target point will also be adjusted.
  • In the Properties pane, dragging keyword tokens from the Keywords input field to the Search bar does not return matching items if the keyword is hierarchical.
    • Workaround: drag the keyword from the keyword list.
  • Color LUTs fail to apply if the LUT size is greater than 128.


  • It is highly recommended to embed ACDSee Metadata before importing or restoring a database from a previous version of ACDSee.
  • 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.
  • Apps require permission before directly accessing files in certain folders and external volumes. Please allow ACDSee to access files when prompted, or as follows: go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Files and Folders, find ACDSee, and check the applicable boxes.
  • ACDSee writes metadata to a sidecar file in a hidden subfolder relative to the original file if the file type is HEIC.
  • On the first run, the Import Databases tool offers to import the default database of previous versions. If you wish to import a custom database you created in a previous version instead, please close the Import Databases dialog and then use the Restore Database tool (in the Tools menu) and select the database you wish to restore.

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 Apple M1 Chip or Intel® processor
4 GB RAM (6 GB RAM recommended)
GPU with Metal support (see Mac computers that support Metal)

macOS Catalina (10.15), macOS Big Sur (11) or macOS Monterey (12)


Date: 2021/12/13
File Size: 79.9 MB
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