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ACD Systems launches ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee v14

By dpreview staff on Sep 27, 2011 at 07:06 GMT

ACD Systems has announced the launch of ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee version 14. Pro 5 builds on the software's database and organization heritage by gaining image editing tools such as Dodge and Burn, split toning and sharpening tools. This is in addition to its Raw conversion capabilities. Meanwhile, ACDSee v14 adds geotagging options, improved metadata tools and the special effects and drawing tools that are also new to Pro 5. Alongside the launches, the company has announced ACDSee Online, a Raw-capable cloud-based storage and archiving service that doesn't require ownership of the company's software.

Press Release:


New Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 Products Give Pro and Amateur Photographers Capabilities Normally Found By Combining Traditional Products

Seattle, WA and Victoria, Canada – September 27, 2011 – ACD Systems International Inc. today announced two photo editing and management products which provide the richest combination of capabilities and value available.  Both ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 incorporate the company’s patented technology and user-focused design which have made ACD the products of choice for over 50 million users worldwide. 

ACDSee Pro 5 is the most complete solution for the enhancement and control of image production for professional photographers.  Pro 5 is the only solution that allows photographers to carry out the essential elements of the photography creative process and distribution in one place.  The standard version, ACDSee 14, gives sophisticated amateurs the high end tools they need to produce professional quality results and easily manage their library of images.  Both products provide professional quality features normally found across multiple traditional products such as Adobe Photoshop, Bridge and Lightroom, at a much lower cost.  They also offer users the ability to share images via social media networks and on the company’s free online photo sharing service,

“The declining cost of digital cameras has enabled better image capture, however the cost of software has not fallen dramatically,” said Doug Vanderkerkhove, Founder and CEO of ACD Systems.  “While great cameras are more accessible to both pros and amateurs, the second part of the process—enabling more creativity, better control and accessibility of the photos taken--has lagged far behind for everyone but the elite.  ACD Systems is striving to change that.  Democratization of quality photography tools is something that we feel very strongly about.  ACD System’s commitment to this has engendered incredible loyalty around the world.  These new products symbolize a renewed dedication to both professional and amateur photographers, and to the art of photography.”

Both ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 new features include:

  • Customizable color labels -- a new, powerful way to help photographers track an image through the various stages of multi-step workflows.
  • Drawing tools -- mark up an image—draw arrows, lines, circles or highlight to draw attention to certain aspects of your photos or add subtle or dramatic drawing effects.
  • New special effects -- easily modify images.  Apply popular effects without needing to go through a cumbersome, technical multi-step process.  Create collages in Polaroid-like frames.  Indulge in the art of Lomographic photography, or apply the Orton softening effect to portraits and landscapes.

ACDSee Pro 5, the newest Pro product, offers new editing and management features, including:

  • Dodge and Burn – the traditional darkroom effect can be used to digitally apply saturation and vibrancy, as well as darken and/or lighten certain areas of photographs.
  • Split Toning – the easiest way to selectively adjust the saturation of specific hues in your photograph’s shadows and highlights.
  • Advanced sharpening tools -- available via a new Mask slider-based interface that allows you to easily control the amount of sharpening applied to areas of texture and detail.  This allows the photographer to mask out areas with little detail helping to avoid applying sharpening to noise in areas of low detail.  This is especially useful for RAW conversion workflow.
  • Remove Metadata – With this feature, you are able to protect the details of your photos, such as location, camera setting and equipment choices. To ensure that images are socially safe, photographers can remove and edit metadata to keep sensitive information private prior to sharing photographs with others or online

ACDSee 14 gives dedicated amateur photographers pro-quality tools including:

  • New map view and geotagging support –For security reasons photographers can strip out geotagging information automatically added by their camera.
  • A new metadata panel that includes custom metadata views for improved control over viewing important data.
  • The ability to upload local files conveniently using Sync to Web folders.

And Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 will continue to provide industry-leading features including:

  • Full control of where images reside. Users never have to import or export images into a vendor-controlled database resulting in a virtual view.  Unlike other solutions, ACDSee allows you to edit photographs in real-time, directly from the source – whether it is an external hard drive, local file system or network accessed folder. 
  • Editing can be seen in real-time and previewed in full screen, instantly without waiting for image rendering. 
  • ACDSee’s catalog-based technology stores key identifying metadata for each image, including date, location, and equipment used.  This makes it fast and simple to perform tasks such as powerful search according to keywords, dates and other important information using the Quick Search, Organize Pane and Saved Searches features.  

The company also announced today that its online photo sharing and storage site,, is now free, so anyone can create beautiful photographs then use ACDSee Online’s cloud-based environment to store and share images.  ACDSee Online users can easily archive any file format (including RAW formats), email photo albums, post albums on Facebook and Tweet links to albums. is safe and secure and does not require purchase of any ACDSee product.


Total comments: 43
By woeruyye (Mar 28, 2012)

I recently bought pro5 to be able to edit 48bit tif images.

Although it works, it is excruciatingly slow on large images, such as what you get from a slide scanner, apparently due to poor program design (I'm a programmer). There are numerous bugs, and an overly complex user interface. In addition, it silently installs software that starts at boot time and when the program runs and never exits, for the purpose of calling home.

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By brotakul (Nov 8, 2011)

I's so glad ACDSee Pro 5 is out. I was waiting so long for the Dodge and Burn tool and now it;s here. This is one of the key reasons i was gealous of Lightroom, but now it's just great.

Kjartan Haugen
By Kjartan Haugen (Oct 7, 2011)

acdsee doesnt work with rw2 (panasonic raw-files)

By eagle_I (Oct 4, 2011)

I used ACDSee 2.43 FOR YEARS, but with Win 7 64bit I started having trouble managing folders, directories, ... they wouldn't delete properly. I've changed to FastStone Image Viewer for my photo file management tasks, but it really needs some upgrading of basic file views. Report view they call it. Detail view in other file managers. It's locked to a starting view with a huge area for the file name, but all the other info columns are scrunched to the far right of my screen. I constantly have to drag 'em out so I can see them and make them useful. Depending on my purpose I like to vary my sort between file name and date. Their fixed layout makes basic management functions difficult.

I WISH ACDSee had a up to date (64 bit) inexpensive version with FAST viewing and useful photo file management capabilities based on tree file structure. Like others I do not need fancy edit features as I've got Photoshop for that.

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By Shamus1 (Oct 1, 2011)

Was contacted by customer support, and all issues resolved. Ver 5 up and running and works as expected. I retract my prorate comment re customer support. While it was by email, it was to the point ant solved the problem. Thank you Paul!

By AvanGarde (Sep 30, 2011)

I bought in June and received a coupon for upgrade for 30$ I consider it very good deal. Thank you ACDSee :)

Kevin Atkins
By Kevin Atkins (Sep 28, 2011)

I bought ACDSee Pro 4 on Saturday... they sent a message offering a free upgrade to Pro 5, which is nice. I agree with others Pro 3 was unstable, 4 was better, I hope 5 is really stable. Back in the OOOOLD days, ACDSee the viewer was by far the fastest way to view and organize my photos. I may drop down to the non Pro version if it's more streamlined. I really mostly only need to organize and rotate things with ACDSee, if I'm editing, I'll use Photoshop.

By wlachan (Sep 28, 2011)

So much potential, yet so many ongoing and unfixed issues. ACDSee is losing it.

By Blaise06a (Sep 28, 2011)

Pretty unheard of a new update of a version so fast after previous release.

By focalphotography (Sep 28, 2011)

I tried the online cloud storage system, got my free 2GB account but no way can I upload a raw file, tried DNG's, RAF's and NRW's seems to like JPEGS only ?

I kinda thought a RAW based cloud storage system would handle RAW files am I missing something?

Great software also been a fan since v.2 ;-)

By ACDSystemsInternationalInc (Sep 28, 2011)

We have an incredible upgrade offer for existing owners of ACDSee Pro and ACDSee Standard. Upgrade coupons will be sent shortly by email to previous owners of ACDSee Pro and ACDSee Standard. Please keep checking your email - you should receive your coupon codes soon! :)

Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Sep 28, 2011)

more important ... when will you fix colormanagement?

By mpgxsvcd (Sep 28, 2011)

"Incredible" better mean free.

By Scotsloon (Sep 28, 2011)

This is all VERY odd indeed. I have used ACDSee for years, standard version and now my third version of Pro. In every case a new version has be heralded by lots of emails, beta tests and offers. This time, after an expensive upgrade to v4, only 4 months later, what looks like v4.1 but is called 5.0 quietly slips in with a notification in dpReview.
Are they short of cash, are they selling the company? Something is cooking ... I can smell it!!

By LVPhoto1 (Sep 28, 2011)

As a user of ACDSee from it's inception; I'll await your email offer.
Thank you.

By bricci_mn (Sep 28, 2011)

Got boxed versions since 1.xx... After those ones, came Pro... But used it always as a trial, not sure of what I needed... And...
Then TOO MANY versions in TOO short time...
There is something wrong in it. And since then, colours are not managed as they deserve... Ain't gud, fella! Dis ain't gud! :(

Edward Sargent
By Edward Sargent (Sep 28, 2011)

Better improve the abilitys and terminology used on workflow presets and allow batch runs to save to RAW.
Also allow the use of PhotoShop plugins.

By krnjbifo (Sep 28, 2011)

I just bought Photo Manager 12 a month and a half ago... I was waiting for the ACDSee RAW support for my Olympus E-P3, but it still didn't came out, three moths after the camera launch now... I wander if I'll ever see any E-P3 RAW file with it? Let me guess - I should upgrade to v14 first...

By Shamus1 (Sep 29, 2011)

I got the code for the upgrade for the ver 4 I just bought, but still nest the code for the upgrade for the other two that I bought in April 2011 as I need to upgrade those also. ACDSee can you help?

By idarepics (Sep 28, 2011)

Would you believe I just bought version 4 last week :(
I have been using acdsee since it first came out & would be lost without it.

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By atari_ckx (Sep 27, 2011)

Some years ago I used (and liked) ACD See, but now I'm very happy with FastStone Image Viewer, is FAST, FREE and have the most useful features (for me). I've a collection of over 50.000 photos and it handles it without hassles, very fast.

Of course no have any relationship neither ACD See's nor FastStone, but you must try it ... and finally, it's free!!

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By p51d007 (Sep 28, 2011)

Same here. I was with ACDSEE from the old days, but it got bloated and expensive. FastStone works perfectly for my needs too!

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By Shamus1 (Sep 27, 2011)

I love their software for administrative tasks and its not bad for a quick minor fix. I use it to zip, burn, watermark, resize in large batches and occasionally sync.

I hate their support system though - no phone number, and have had past issues with D River re city on the zip linking to a political subdivision vs mailing/delivery area.

Just tried to order ver 5 via web site for the upgrade discount and it didn't work properly so I will have to wait.....

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By liran1 (Sep 27, 2011)

Excellent software.

By Faintandfuzzy (Sep 27, 2011)

Well, hopefully it's better than version 3...which crashed non-stop. Complete and total waste of money.

Pavel Sokolov
By Pavel Sokolov (Oct 5, 2011)

I confirm that ACDSee is the only crashing software in my PC.

By bricci_mn (Sep 27, 2011)

Six monts ago I started to buy version 3, while on their site was floating version 4 beta. Then it came out not earlier than 4 months ago with new built that resolved issues...
I think that I'll finally buy it next week, when version 6 will be available.
Maybe next thursday the new 3D functions of version 8 will be great!
But still no real colour management and preservation of it within the images.

WTF! :(

By Imperium (Sep 27, 2011)

Still not 64-bit? Fail.

By JOrtiz (Sep 27, 2011)

I use ACDSee Pro4 as an viewer and organizer and to rename and number my proofs to show to customers. Other than that is good for nothing as a photo editor.

Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Sep 27, 2011)

they should split it.

a VIEWER coded for fastes image browsing, image management and batch converting.

and another version with the editing functions.
i need absolutly NO image editing and raw processing function in a viewer.

when they implemented all the editing features into acdsee plus i recognized their miserable working color management i stopped upgrading.

i still use sometimes v2.0 but im not buying this bloatware v4 or v5 without working color management.

By foxikk (Sep 27, 2011)

agree.. they should split it. Make simple viewer like the old days AcdSee 3.x and they really need to go 64bit

By AnHund (Sep 27, 2011)

Probably the best photo editing software around.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Sep 27, 2011)

let me guess anhund.. you live in a cave and never heard or touched anything other then acdsee for editing?

By compositor20 (Sep 27, 2011)

How is noise reduction at high iso compared with lightroom 3 ?

By SamGoneFishing (Sep 27, 2011)

I thought it was time to get the Pro4, just less than a month ago and now they release Pro 5. It would be a nice for ACDSee to give free upgrade to give their supporters. I don't know if its worth while to pay extra for the few features after such a short time.

Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Sep 27, 2011)

as someone pointed out in their support forum..... ACDSEE is useless for photographers as long as they don´t fix the color management.

i gave up on acdsee a long time ago when i got no response to my issues with their color management.

it seem like it is still broken from what i read at their forum.

even viewers i get for free have working color management.

i see no sense in using a viewer that does not display an image identical to adobe photoshop or adobe bridge.

if you want more infos about this just look into their support forum.

Ian Johnston
By Ian Johnston (Sep 27, 2011)

Pro is reasonably ok on a local machine, but I have had issues managing photos on a NAS. I also find that PRO3 crashes sometimes when initiating an import and doing other things.
Maybe it's a Windows thing but PRO version needs to be a lot more robust in terms of drives dropping off, slowness etc.
I wonder if Pro5 is infinitely better than Pro3.....or is it just bells n whistles?


Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Sep 27, 2011)

it´s not a "windows" thing.

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By Aleks7 (Sep 27, 2011)

exactly ACDsee Pro 3 is most crashing software on my computer, it improved with some updates, but still it crashes from time to time. Yet still it is also one of the most used soft I ever had, I use it all the time. I'm not really interested in many special functions, I need fast, robust software for browsing, viewing and batch editing photos.
I tried to install Pro5 30day trial today to find out about new version, but I'm not able to login to my ACDSee account I'm using for couple of years without problems and password reset is not working :(

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By infraRaven (Sep 27, 2011)

And I just bought my update for Pro 4 some months ago! That is pretty fast! That's really disappointing!

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M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Sep 27, 2011)

I feel that ACD See Pro is one of the most stabile, easy and fast photo management software there is. I purely use it as management software.

By AvanGarde (Sep 27, 2011)

Disappointing, I bought brand-and-new ACDSee 4.0 just few months ago ! , this features could be added in 4.x because I dont find them that amazing to call it ACDSee 5.0

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By Aleks7 (Sep 27, 2011)

so just a few months after releasing pro4 and the end of free Pro4beta we have Pro5 here! I'm using pro3, the biggest issue for Pro2-4 is handling big files (over 100MB, (my computer have enough performance to go far beyond this limit)), working with 200MB and bigger is complete disaster, most of the time ACDSee Pro 3 won't even display the files. Makers of ACDsee Pro are aware of this issue for a long time as many users were complaining. Yet they didn't improve this in Pro4. Was this everlasting problem solved in Pro5? If yes, I'm going for it, If no, I don't care about any other special functions in new version.

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