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ACD Systems launches acdVideo Converter and Duplicate Finder.

By dpreview staff on Dec 14, 2011 at 02:29 GMT

Software maker ACD Systems has announced acdVideo Converter and ACDSee Duplicate Finder - two tools for videographers and photographers. Duplicate Finder is a Mac-only app that identifies duplicate copies of files, even if the filenames differ. Meanwhile acdVideo Converter will convert footage into several popular formats to make them easier to share. acdVideo Converter is initially being offered for $14.99 while Duplicate Finder is $4.99 if bought before January 9th 2012.

Press Release:

NEW ACD PRODUCTS ENABLE EASY VIEWING AND SHARING OF ANY CONTENT ON ANY DEVICE AND THE ABILITY TO FIND ANY FILE FASTER

ACD Systems International Inc. Announces Duplicate Finder and Video Converter

Seattle, WA and Victoria, Canada—December 14, 2011 – ACD Systems International Inc. today announced the release of two new product offerings, acdVIDEO Converter and ACDSee Duplicate Finder. Both products are designed to help users better manage and share their growing stores of photo, video and other digital assets. acdVIDEO Converter converts video files for playback on all popular media devices including an iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune, mobile phones from Blackberry and Nokia; and game consoles including PS3 and Xbox 360.  ACDSee Duplicate Finder helps individuals with large music, photo, or video libraries locate hard to find duplicate files.  Duplicates can then be eliminated, freeing up valuable disk space. 

“At ACD Systems we’re committed to helping consumers do more with photo, video and other important digital assets,” said Doug Vandekerkove, CEO of ACD Systems. “Our commitment to quality photo editing and management is now extended to help people find and share any file on their computers.  Our dedication to our customers starts at the creation of the asset and lasts a lifetime.”

acdVIDEO Converter is a simple, easy-to-use HD video converter that can convert video files between most popular media formats at the highest speed and quality.  It is designed to be used with mobile media devices, and is ideal for anyone with a collection of digital videos stored on several devices. While there are currently several open source programs that offer a degree of this functionality, they are often unreliable and do not cover the same breadth of formats as acdVIDEO Converter.  Additionally, the program can extract the audio from a video source, and save it as an MP3 or other popular audio format.

acdVIDEO Converter creates a to-do list of videos to convert, and then sets the program to shut down once conversion has been completed. The converter also incorporates smart video aspect ratio clipping, so if the input video aspect ratio does not match the output profile screen aspect ratio, acdVIDEO Converter can automatically clip the edges of the input video to make full use of the device’s screen.

The converter comes with pre-defined output profiles for all kinds of mobile media devices including iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune, mobile phones from Blackberry and Nokia, and game consoles including PS3 and Xbox 360. Find a complete list of supported input and output file formats on the ACDSee website. The product is available for purchase at www.acdsee.com for a limited time offer of $14.99 USD.

ACD Systems is also releasing ACDSee Duplicate Finder, a popular feature currently integrated into ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 photo editing and management software, as a standalone product for Mac users. For individuals with large music, photo, or video libraries, unknown duplicate files often take up precious hard drive space, and may not even be listed under the same name, making them extremely difficult to find.  By examining the MD5 checksum routines (hashes) in every file on a computer or user-selected folders, or the first 100 bytes of data, ACDSee Duplicate Finder is able to identify duplicates of any type of file, regardless of whether the file name is the same or not. This product allows users to search and view every single file on a hard drive and connected devices, and will find all duplicate files, showing where they are so that users can move them to trash, create new folders, etc. This gives users the opportunity to reduce the amount of clutter and space taken up on their hard drive.

ACDSee Duplicate Finder has a simple user interface that shows a thumbnail of the file, along with file name, size, the last date modified, and then provides a recommendation on which files to keep. Though the MSRP is $9.99 USD, it will be available in the Mac App Store starting Thursday, December 22, 2011 at a discount of $4.99 USD through January 9, 2012.

ACD Systems is also announcing updates to their existing photo editing and management software, with ACDSee Pro 5.1 and ACDSee 14.1 available in English, French and German.  New RAW updates are now available for several new camera models. Find a complete list of supported cameras on the ACDSee website. There has also been an enhancement to the Dodge and Burn tool that will give users more flexibility in determining shadows and midtones, allowing for more refined and controlled changes to photos.

Comments

Total comments: 10
ptox
By ptox (Dec 18, 2011)

I worked at ACD ten years ago in software dev, and eventually left because the quality issues were out of control. Concerns fell on deaf ears. Even then, the company was driven by marketing's fixed release schedule -- whatever the state of the product. They had so much momentum in the early days of digital imaging, but squandered it all with a series of bad releases. Remember ACDSee 4? Sad. One of the most frustrating periods in my career.

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fuego6
By fuego6 (Dec 16, 2011)

ACDSee is going in the wrong direction for sure... Churning out new versions without beta testing (Pro 5 - no testing), junkware (duplicate finder) and random spawnings (video converter).

Fix the bugs your users are reporting first... then move on to vaporware please... Pro 5 has potentional.. but not if color management isn't working!

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bricci_mn
By bricci_mn (Dec 16, 2011)

I am just a little bit of of topic, but what if we could talk about ACDSystems products for Apple's declinations of photography?
I think that ACDSee for OSX is a big piece of junk, at a very high price.
I still own several versions of ACDSee for Windows, which I think are good and probably the fastest viewers and tools to organise my pictures in folders
If I "float over" the big issue of colour management I could say that ACDSee Pro is one of the best programmes one can have to deal with pictures and images without spending thousands of euros/dollars/mud pizzas for image processing software.
But once again (already said in other threads and fora), WHY don't they listen to their users and work deeply for OSX versions???

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LVPhoto1
By LVPhoto1 (Dec 15, 2011)

I’ve used ACDsee since its inception, and it’s a very well put together editing program, for certain applications; just don’t expect it to do everything as good as adobe creative suite 5.5 design premium.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Dec 15, 2011)

nobody with a clue expects that it will be as good as CS 5.5... but for a program that is aimed at pros (as acdsee 5 PRO) you can expect that BASIC functions are working.. like color management.

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h holland
By h holland (Dec 15, 2011)

I'm using Acdsee Pro 3 a lot as an organiser/viewer and in the beginning I Liked the RAW converter to. It sounded like a fast complete solution and RAW converter for a reasonable price. But unfortunately it isn't. The organiser is indeed fast and useful but the RAW converter is useless because the color mamagement settings in Acdsee are unsufficient for quality control. I contacted support about it but they don't seem to realize what the essence of color management is about. In Acdsee 3 and 4 there are always lots of color differences between viewing, managing and processing. Useless for RAW conversion.
When do they wake up there...

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Dec 15, 2011)

well it´s not only color differences that make acdsee useless.

when CM is enabled with a custom monitor profil acdsee is CLIPPING black values!!!

i just read about it on the acdsee support forum.

when you have an calibrated and profiled monitor that is any good you will see that shadow areas are solid black. areas that have detail when viewed with, for example, adobe bridge.

that is because acdsee is clipping every RGB number under 15 or 16 when CM is enabled with a custom monitor profile.

it´s an unfixed bug since version 3.x

im not using acdsee anymore... bloated junk.
it was good as viewer(version 2) but not more.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Dec 15, 2011)

-----“At ACD Systems we’re committed to helping consumers do more with photo, video and other important digital assets,” said Doug Vandekerkove, CEO of ACD Systems. “Our commitment to quality photo editing and management is now extended to help people find and share any file on their computers. Our dedication to our customers starts at the creation of the asset and lasts a lifetime.”-------

yeah lol..bulls,,°!
look at their support forums. they don´t even get something essential as COLOR MANAGEMENT right.

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Rule 34
By Rule 34 (Dec 15, 2011)

Ah, the new age of selling things for $5.00 that take a 1 second search to find.

http://elonen.iki.fi/code/misc-notes/remove-duplicate-files/

This was not only the first google result, but it uses an almost identical method of doing the same thing. That page was published over 8 years ago but the method is older than that. Standing ovation for ACD for rehashing ancient shell scripts with a 10 minute piece of GUI work and selling them for cash.

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Taylor sammy
By Taylor sammy (Dec 15, 2011)

ACD is serving at its best with its advanced technologies! And the new products are adding more value to its services and making its customers feel that they have the best products!
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