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ACD Systems launches ACDSee Pro 2 editing and workflow tool for Mac

By dpreview staff on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:00 GMT

ACD Systems has launched ACDSee Pro 2 for Mac, a combined file management, photo editing and workflow tool. The latest version is designed to make handling and processing large numbers of files as simple as possible - with shortcuts provided to allow your existing workflow to be sped up, rather than imposing a new way of working on you. These include the ability to create import presets that rename, move and apply metadata as you add them. There's also full integration with the company's online storage and sharing service, which includes 10Gb of storage in the $139 price tag.


Press Release:

NEW ACDSEE PRO 2 (MAC) PHOTO EDITING AND MANAGEMENT OFFERS PHOTOGRAPHERS BEST COMBINATION OF FEATURES AND SAVINGS

Seattle, WA – June 19, 2012 – ACD Systems International Inc. today announced ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac), the only Mac-based photo editing and management software that reduces the time, cost and complexity of creating exceptional photography. ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac) is designed to meet the exacting needs of the professional, yet it is simple and affordable enough for the passionate amateur photographer. As with other ACD products, ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac) incorporates the company’s patented technology and user-focused design which have made ACD Systems photography editing and management products the solutions of choice for over 50 million users worldwide.  

“Our users are incredibly loyal and ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac) is in response to their feature requests and strong demand for us to continue to lead in Mac photography software,” said Doug Vanderkerkhove, Founder and CEO of ACD Systems. “The proliferation of quality digital cameras and the desire for everyone to take great photos and share them, means people value their digital assets more than ever.  As a result, it’s important for us to create products that not only allow photographers to fully enjoy their creativity, but manage their digital assets in the cloud and via social media.”

ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac) includes a combination of features unavailable through any other Mac photography software product. The product allows users to create professional quality photos and manage their image libraries the fastest way possible from start to finish. New features in ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac) include:

  • Import files from a connected device or access files from their original locations.  When a folder is opened on a laptop or connected device, Pro 2 will begin to display thumbnails of photos.  
  • Customizable batch presets apply rules as photos are imported. Save, back-up, rename, resize, set metadata information and apply edits across any number of photos, all at once.
  • A more intuitive user interface allows editing of photos faster with non-destructive editing tools that operate in real time. Preview results in full screen or restore to the original photos at any time.
  • LCE (Lighting & Contrast Enhancement) lets users experience the full power of ACDSee’s patented LCE technology. Use this lighting tool to gain complete control over shadows, mid-tones and highlights to create natural HDR-like results.
  • Soft Focus and Clarity tools target midtones to make intuitive, natural-looking adjustments to your images, instantly.
  • Color labels quickly identify groups within a large number of photos for further processing using customizable Color Labels.
  • Calendar feature captures day and time of photos and automatically indexes them by date.  
  • EXIF or IPTC fields now let users search using presets or keyboard shortcuts to accelerate a search.
  • Duplicate finder eliminates digital clutter.  Users can look for duplicate files, no matter what format, to free up space on the hard drive and improve performance.

The company also has its online photo sharing and storage site, acdseeonline.com which pairs with the new Mac product. ACDSee Online’s cloud-based environment allows photographers to store and share images in a free 10 GB online space. ACDSee Online users can easily archive any file format (including RAW formats), email photo albums, post albums on Facebook and Tweet links to albums. It is safe and secure and does not require purchase of any ACDSee product. ACDSee Online also recently released their free iPhone and iPad app in the iTunes App store to manage and share digital assets on the go.

Pricing & Availability

ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac) is available beginning June 19, 2012 online for suggested retail price of $139.99(US). Existing ACDSee Pro (Mac) users can upgrade for a suggested retail price of $79.99(US). A free 30-day trial is available online at acdsee.com. ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac) runs as a 64-bit application on Mac OS®, Snow Leopard and Lion (10.6 and 10.7). Full system requirements, online tutorials and more information on ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac) can be found at acdsee.com.

Comments

Total comments: 56
Runcis
By Runcis (Oct 22, 2012)

I am considering moving from a PC to a MAC. I've been using ACDSee Pro for many years and have a substantial database of categorization, captions, labels, etc. in addition to the recorded camera data.
Can the database be transferred and used by a MAC program? Given the limited support for the MAC version of ACDSee Pro, what about Aperture or Lightroom? In addition to the database functions I use basic edit tools like rotate, crop, light curves and repair tool on RAW Canon files. I use PhotoElements to do collages and panoramas.
Thank you for your suggestions and comments.
Runcis

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pongajim
By pongajim (Aug 3, 2012)

I bought Pro 2 because of the marketing brochures exalted promises but after some use it would slow down to the point of being useless. There seems to be some serious memory issues. It would not work with folders that had a large number of images. An update came out and things got just a bit better but the memory problems are frustrating and the program doesn't have all the features Adobe Elements has. ACD is a windows house trying to get into the Apple market and seems to be having difficulties with coding and managing OSX. V2.1 addresses Mountain Lion but it has new issues and still retains the memory slowdown problems. This is not a program for serious heavy users.

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bricci_mn
By bricci_mn (Jul 3, 2012)

[Third and last message]

Con's:
- The programme has a very annoying issue which makes thumbnails on the right of the display get blurry and shifted on thir lefthand side after coming back to Manage panel, when previously you had watched a picture in the View panel, and zoomed in and out several times. Then, when you are in the Manage panel, you scroll down and up or vice versa, and then you get the strange behaviour of the thumbnails.
- The very kind people that responded very fast has found a "solution" by saying that I had to scroll SLOWER the thumbnails while in the Manage panel...

So, I have one of the most powerful iMac's on Earth and I "HAVE TO SCROLL SLOWLY" because of the ACDSee engine cannot manage my lightning-fast scrolling finger!!!

O - M - G !!! :D

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bricci_mn
By bricci_mn (Jul 3, 2012)

[Continues from previous]

Pro's:
- Very fast at image rendering. They don't even dissappoint with their graphical engine, unless this mac version uses OSX own graphical capabilities but in a much faster way than Aperture and iPhoto.
- Very neat interface, the one with which many people would want to work. Greys are nice and defaults are good, in my humble opinion. Aperture is a master in having looked around in the market and got the philosophy that ACDSee has introduced in the interface many years ago. ;)
- Assistance is fast. Also reading of people claiming that they are slow or almost they don't respond on their forum, the web help and the direct email interactions are very very fast and clear.

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bricci_mn
By bricci_mn (Jul 3, 2012)

Considerations about this new ACDSys release:

I purchased it. After 4 days of errors of their servers in inserting the discount code, and having very kind operators from ACDSys helping me and resetting the errors.

Well... As far as I have tried it for not more than 2 hours yet, I can state that my first impression is that ACDSee Pro 2 for Mac is... Nothing more than version 1.8-1.9 for the same platform...

[Follows below]

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wy2lam
By wy2lam (Jun 23, 2012)

hm...have to consider this. looks like it'll make batch management a lot more efficient..

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Dean Baird
By Dean Baird (Jun 22, 2012)

To any Mac user considering any ACD software for anything ever. Don't do it! Look up what ACD did to Canvas for Mac, and know that you will be unceremoniously abandoned at ACD's whim.

I would not trust them with a Notepad widget, let alone anything more important.

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KonstRuctor
By KonstRuctor (Jun 22, 2012)

How it is possible to filter photos in one photoshoot? For example to show only the tagged photos? If to choose tagged, all tagged photos from all photoshoots will be shown...

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bricci_mn
By bricci_mn (Jun 21, 2012)

By the way... I have noticed that they (at ACDSys) came out with a 59 bucks discount sent to my mailbox!
Yay!!!
Maybe I'll give them the last, DEAD LAST chance to have their machine code upon my iMac.

I won't be poor, they won't be rich with 59 dollars more/less in our pockets.

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KonstRuctor
By KonstRuctor (Jun 21, 2012)

When I develop the NEF file, for example to crop it, and after to make export to JPEG with resize it to 1024 pix, all image moves to the left down, adding from above a white field. Is it a bug in the program? Or my mistake?

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M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Jun 21, 2012)

I know ACDSee software already for a long time on my windows workstation. I personally think it has one of the best catalog/management functionality out there among paid software packages. Have to say that for the rest I don't use the other functionality of the software. The management module is excellent, good stability, fast and easy to get used to with lots and lots of option to catalog your images. And better in my opinion (specifically speed and feature wise) than for example Lightroom.

However there is one major downpoint of the software under Windows, that is the camera/file support. Don't expect that the company updates new (professional) camera models quickly. By that alone I don't think it deserves the term "pro"

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HelloWorld123
By HelloWorld123 (Jun 24, 2012)

"I know ACDSee software already for a long time on my windows workstation"

No, do not make the same mistake I did. AcdSee PRO is NOTHING on mac like on windows.

You also cannot transfer a library over, and it is missing at least half the features that the windows version has, please don't waste your money on this, download the demo and you will see what I should have tried first :(.

They also *rarely* reply to any customers on their customer service forum, which is another thing that tiffed me about them, even after using it since Acdsee Pro 8 on Pc.

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Jun 20, 2012)

sorry plastique2 but your talking nonsense.

if you make such ridiculous statements then please give some detailed information where acdsee´s database is better then lightrooms.
it may be faster when using v5 .... i can´t be bothered to check version 5....but acdsee has way less database features. it´s not even in the same league as lightroom.

i can give you the detailed information that acdsee has not even a proper color management under windows:

http://community.acdsee.com/forums/topic/color-management-is-broken-in-acdsee

http://community.acdsee.com/forums/topic/pro-5-update-to-51

and that is a PRO tool? good joke.....

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plastique2
By plastique2 (Jun 20, 2012)

Lightroom is by all means a PRO tool. Happy?
I had to wait for hours to go go through all my photos (several hundred thousand) and to make an unacceptably huge database file with all the unimportant (unimportant to me) info for all those images. This approach is similar to Aperture's as well as iPhoto's (which isn't a PRO tool, I'd call it jokeware).
ACDSee on the other hand concentrates on those images I am interested in. This makes it faster and more simple to use - for me at least.
Of all the programs I have tried ACDSee suits best my needs, and Lightroom is the PRO tool that keeps annoying me (me, me, not you, not you).
I made my first statement in response to other claims that acdsee is useless and so on.
I am aware of the color management issue and I'm not happy about it, but I'm not a professional, so I'm managing somehow.
There are though other things in acdsee that are bothering me.
Yet above all I find unacceptable that on OSX there is no good image browser.

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plastique2
By plastique2 (Jun 20, 2012)

Lightroom does not do the same job - at least not on Windows. ACDSee's database management properties are better, more simple and faster than Lightroom's, Aperture's or iPhoto's. I have tried ACDSee on my Mac, it's very slow and by far not as good as the Windows version. Hopefully the new version is better, although some of you say it isn't.
I have installed Windows on my iMac because I haven't found any solution for the OSX environment for a fast image processing workflow as is the combination of Adobe Photoshop (Elements), ACDSee Pro and FastStone ImageViewer. All software solutions I have tried on OSX are a joke mildly spoken.
Of course - if I had the apple virus in me that makes me love everything apple no matter what - then I'd still be fumbling in Apple's Preview and always preselect the images I want to view in a row and imagine how good that I have to do this this way - there must be a higher reason for this which I haven't figured out, but Apple knows for sure, so why worry.

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Lucian Marin
By Lucian Marin (Jun 20, 2012)

Xee is a fast image viewer on Mac.

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threeOh
By threeOh (Jun 20, 2012)

@plastique2

Not sure if you are making a joke or take pride in your stupidity.

I used the earlier version acdc in a Windows box. On my Mac, I've used a combination of tools including, Lightroom (now retired), Bridge in combination with ACR (now my default), PS, PSE (now gladly retired) and Aperture. Sorry, I've never used Preview, of all things, as an image browser.

If what you described is "fast", let alone efficient, then I would hate to see what your workflow looks like. You either have no ability to identify and learn software or your post is a joke (or both).

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plastique2
By plastique2 (Jun 20, 2012)

Taking pride in my stupidity? What strong words?
I'm pretty sure you wouldn't say that into my face. Or would you?
Are YOU making a joke? Or are YOU taking pride in your anonimity?

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threeOh
By threeOh (Jun 21, 2012)

My apologies, it was overly strong. I'll try to moderate it while avoiding the choice of words you used in your post.

Many of us started out using the photo browser/imaging apps that came free with our first camera or printer. Much of that software is acdc with a different face. As we learned, we moved on. When we switched to Mac's, we never looked back.

If you like acdc on a Mac by running it in Windows then use it. But dissing Aperture and LR, chosen by many who have tried tons of others, who have been using Macs for years and are doing serious or casual amateur or professional work with them sort of brings up a question about how you came to your conclusion. If you got your entire library imported into LR, you did not know how to use LR. Not exactly a difficult process as there are check marks on each image. They control what gets imported. Like just about any other app I've used that uses an import command.

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plastique2
By plastique2 (Jun 21, 2012)

Apologies accepted. I see, you now intend to even surpass me in politeness and choice of words!
Yet you still sound like someone is trying to force you to switch to acdsee.
I'm too curious how I came to my conclusion.
It is a rather overwhelming argument you are using: so many are doing it - then it must be right!
I never said that LR is a bad software. I said acdsee can do the category assigning job in a more straightforward way. And I'm not talking about acdsee for osx, that one is horrible, really uncomparable with the win version.
So have you ever worked with acdsee on windows? Or would it have hurt your pride :)
The image editing capabilities of LR are much better than those of acdsee, but that's not a problem if using parallely a good image editor.
And I will try out LR one more time. I can do that. I'm not competing in the Pride UltimateFightingChampionship.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Jun 21, 2012)

@ Plastique:

What on earth are you talking about? Why are you mentioning Apple's simple Preview app in a discussion and topic that should have you bringing up Apple's Aperture if you are trying to make comparisons to this ACDSEE PRO 2 software???

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falconeyes
By falconeyes (Jun 20, 2012)

I don't need ACDsee on my Mac. Lightroom does it all already.

However, I would need the equivalent of ThumbsPlus from http://www.cerious.com on my Mac. It is the only fast catalog and viewing solution I am aware of (PC only unfortunately) which easily handles hundreds of thousands of images and deals with attached devices or discs when they are offline too.

That would be a niche to deliver for an the Mac. ACDsee is too slow for this.

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Halibut
By Halibut (Jun 20, 2012)

Terribly terribly mind-numbingly sleep-inducingly slow to export a 16 MPX RAW to a full size jpeg - not far off 2 minutes.

Lightroom: 5 seconds for the same picture.

It's good that deleting software is so easy on a Mac.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Jun 20, 2012)

Why when you can get Aperture for $80?

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HelloWorld123
By HelloWorld123 (Jun 24, 2012)

This exactly. Compared to Acdsee Pro on PC, I'd much rather use Aperture on my laptop if it was available.

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KonstRuctor
By KonstRuctor (Jun 20, 2012)

The program works very very slowly at my iMac. Especially during the editing of an angle of rotation and crop, and also at sharpness increase. Upsets also such phenomenon as a delay - the photo is shown not at once sharp on the screen. I am very upset, as I like this programs for Win.

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Marius Oosthuizen
By Marius Oosthuizen (Jun 20, 2012)

The PC version of ACDSEE Pro 5.2 is a dream product with no flaws whatsoever, and for me it is one of the most simple photo editing and viewing software out there. i've tried them all ( Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, etc etc ... ) It handles batch workflow jobs like a dream, and it take less than a hour to learn from scratch, if you are n newcomer to photo editing software.

I feel sorry for my Mac user friends who struggle with the software, maybe this new version will iron out all the problems found in previous versions.

Happy photo editing.. :)

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plastique2
By plastique2 (Jun 20, 2012)

I pretty much agree with you :)

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bricci_mn
By bricci_mn (Jun 21, 2012)

Marius, I agree with you. But it is the PC version which I already own that is GREAT!

Mac version is a crappy, buggy, slow, f*@#ing version ever made among almost all the applications the Apple platform can run.

I personally own original versions of ACDsys products for PC and Mac since 1996 or the like...

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wlachan
By wlachan (Jun 20, 2012)

ACDSee is great... until it crashes... again... and again... since v2 and there is no known solution. Colour management doesn't apply to slideshow too which is therefore useless.

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lcsjk
By lcsjk (Jun 20, 2012)

I bought ACDsee pro 2 years ago (at a much lower price and after using the free version for a year) and have been very pleased. It does most modifications quickly and easily. Now and then, when I have a really difficult fix I revert to Photoshop. My biggest problem in a while, was using the white balance for incandescant and shoot a few quick shots outdoors. Neither program has a fix I like. Would I recommend ACDSee? - Yes, especially for the casual user.
For a pro, I would do like I do with most of my pictures. Have more than one camera and more than one program for repairing my errors. Apparently, there are a few more programs that might possibly be good, but, I have used ACDSee since the free version came with my old printer and I like it as my first quick tool.

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Jun 19, 2012)

Too bad Mac users don't have access to Lightroom. It's superior to this product AND Aperture.

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skytripper
By skytripper (Jun 19, 2012)

Of course Mac users can use Lightroom! What ever gave you the idea that they can't?

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Jun 19, 2012)

I was not aware there was a Mac version. My bad.

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Mark Alan Thomas
By Mark Alan Thomas (Jun 19, 2012)

There was a Mac version before there was a Windows version!

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Jun 20, 2012)

Lightroom was first developed on the Mac (just like Photoshop, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

You can even buy two versions on the Mac. Direct from Adobe, or the crippled one from the Mac App Store.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Jun 20, 2012)

Much of that is a matter of preference. I think overall Aperture 3.3 is superior to Lightroom and at almost half the price here in America.

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HelloWorld123
By HelloWorld123 (Jun 24, 2012)

Definitely agreed. I wish I could install it on my PC.

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Tee1up
By Tee1up (Jun 19, 2012)

Why would anyone bother with this program? Aperture is cheaper and does it all.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Jun 20, 2012)

Exactly.

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David Emery
By David Emery (Jun 19, 2012)

Given what ACD did with Canvas (produced crappy/buggy updates, then ignored it, and finally killed it) for the Mac, I wouldn't trust them on any Mac product.

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LonMac
By LonMac (Jun 20, 2012)

+1

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bricci_mn
By bricci_mn (Jun 21, 2012)

+1

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Dean Baird
By Dean Baird (Jun 22, 2012)

+100

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HelloWorld123
By HelloWorld123 (Jun 24, 2012)

And they're not far off with this release of ACDSEE "pro" it should be part of their regular series... but they're too greedy.

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Eric Glam
By Eric Glam (Jun 19, 2012)

I wish ACDSee could bring updates to cameras and lenses just as fast as Adobe. They are always behind on updates by at least 4 months.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jun 19, 2012)

The Mac version uses OS updates, so is dependent on Apple providing Raw support, not ACD Systems.

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Paul Szilard
By Paul Szilard (Jun 19, 2012)

Isn't Aperture $80 in total??? :)

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Jun 20, 2012)

You mean it's cheaper? That might matter if you are buying on price alone. I'm guessing most of the photographers on this site did not buy their cameras and lenses on price alone....

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Jun 20, 2012)

Graybalanced you are assuming Aperture isn't worth more than the going price or isn't at the very least competitive. It of course is both of those things.

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HelloWorld123
By HelloWorld123 (Jun 24, 2012)

It's cheaper, works better, and more efficiently.

Acdsee Pro mac is way overpriced, heck it was $170 on mac, with maybe half the features of Pro 2.5 on PC, and that was 2 years older than it.

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bricci_mn
By bricci_mn (Jun 19, 2012)

Version 1.xx was in the best case a very awful application. And I paid for that.
So, now, I am just spending $80 more to have a final version?

WTF! :(

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archie_n
By archie_n (Jun 19, 2012)

Sounds familiar. I bought ACDSee Pro in February 2011. After much frustration, I complained to ACDSee in July 2011 and asked for a refund or alternatively for the license being converted into a PC-version. Fortunately ACDSee granted a refund and I´ve been organising my files with Adobe Bridge...

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syraz
By syraz (Jun 19, 2012)

Considering that Ver 1 was so consummate a failure vis-a-vis the ACDSee pedigree, it is utterly scandalous to charge existing Ver 1 customers $80 for what they were already entitled to two years ago. ACDSee can keep their Ver 2 and completely forget about slugging me for another eighty sheets of my hard-earned folded money. Version 1 will remain unused on my iMac as an irrefutable testament of software failling photographers. Thank you, I will use my PC which is still loaded with the best viewer/manager I have ever gotten: ACDSee 3.1 SR1.

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skytripper
By skytripper (Jun 19, 2012)

Uh... Aperture 1 was released in 2005. It's 2012 now and you're complaining about having to upgrade?!

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archie_n
By archie_n (Jun 20, 2012)

We are talking about ACDSee, not Aperture :-)

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Total comments: 56