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ACDSee 15 and Pro 6 gain Raw support for 16 additional cameras

By dpreview staff on Nov 27, 2012 at 18:59 GMT

ACD Systems has extended the Raw support offered by its ACDSee Pro 6 and ACDSee 15 software packages. Both packages gain support for an additional 16 cameras, including the recently-announced Nikon 1 J2 and the Sony DSC-RX100. The more sophisticated ACDSee Pro 6 also gains support for the Compressed DNG formats that were introduced with v1.4 of the DNG format.


ACD SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES ACDSEE PRO 6 AND ACDSEE 15 SUPPORT FOR NEW RAW FILE FORMATS AND PRODUCT UPDATES

Seattle, WA – Nov 27, 2012 –ACD Systems International Inc. today announced the availability of ACDSee Pro 6.1 and ACDSee 15.1. Both products incorporate the company’s patented technology and user-focused design which have made ACD Systems the photo editing and management products of choice for over 50 million users worldwide. This update includes performance enhancements in the Develop mode (ACDSee Pro 6 only), added compressed DNG RAW and video support, improved EXIF display and support for RAW file formats of the following camera models:

  • Panasonic DMC-G5
  • Panasonic DMC-LX7
  • Panasonic DMC-GF5
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ200
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A37
  • Sony Alpha NEX-F3
  • Sony DSC-RX100
  • Samsung NX1000
  • Nikon 1 J2
  • Nikon D3200
  • Nikon P7700
  • Canon EOS-1D X
  • Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i/Kiss X6i
  • Pentax K-30
  • Leica X2
  • Leica M Monochrom

Release Notes:

For complete details, please see the release notes for both ACDSee Pro 6.1 and ACDSee 15.1. ACDSee Pro 6 is the most complete solution for the enhancement and control of image production for professional photographers. Pro 6 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 15, 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, acdseeonline.com.

Pricing & Availability ACDSee Pro 6 is available online for suggested retail price of $99.99(US). ACDSee 15 is available online for a suggested retail price of $49.99(US).

Comments

Total comments: 51
Jim Hayward
By Jim Hayward (Dec 10, 2012)

I have a windows 7 64 bit QUAD and dual Video cards...I have used ACDSee years before the PRO 1 was ever available. For some reason, PRO 6 is the slowest of the series at transferring files from camera to PC.

Camera Canon 30D (8 Mp)

I go to the kitchen and get a snack while this act is going on.

Anybody else have this problem? Or is this the nature of the new Application?

Photoshop 6 is still very fast on my rig.

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MDGColorado
By MDGColorado (Nov 30, 2012)

I just had a good experience with ACDSee. I purchased Pro 6 for $89 a couple weeks ago, and on Black Friday they offered a sale price of $69. I contacted the company, and after sending a little info, they refunded the $20 difference. I know they are not the first company ever to offer retroactive refunds, but still, it's commendable.

I'm just scratching the surface of the what it can do, but so far I'm impressed.

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larryis1
By larryis1 (Nov 30, 2012)

ACDSee still does not have RAW coverage for the Canon PS G15, and will not firmly commit to when it will be available. What a bummer!

Here is the latest from ACDSee on RAW coverage for the Canon PS G15.

NOV 29, 2012

Thank you for contacting ACD Systems Customer Support.
Although the Canon PS G15 is not currently included within the camera models supported by ACDSee Pro 6, we hope to update the RAW decoder to include this camera in the future. At present there is not a timeline for its inclusion, but as a result of customer inquiries, we are working to include this camera model.

Regards,
Andreas

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english_Wolf
By english_Wolf (Nov 29, 2012)

wrong place

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Gary Sibio
By Gary Sibio (Nov 29, 2012)

I have a paid-for copy of 6.0 and want to upgrade to 6.1 but I can't find a link anywhere for upgrading. Ho do I do this?

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english_Wolf
By english_Wolf (Nov 29, 2012)

Scroll down, the link has been posted.

(I used yesterday)

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english_Wolf
By english_Wolf (Nov 29, 2012)

And, eh, oh, there is a setting that allows the PRG to look for upgrades, if any.

Menu
- Help
- Check for update and messages)

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fireplace33
By fireplace33 (Nov 28, 2012)

The Nikon D600 is also not included in this RAW upgrade :-(
I asked in the ACDSee community forum,...it seems that it is typical to get such updates from ACDSee including additional new cameras about every 3 months. So probably (hopefully) it will be included next time with the other missing cameras mentioned below

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english_Wolf
By english_Wolf (Nov 28, 2012)

Well, my initial complaint about the new ACDSee 6 has been addressed.

The menu to confirm delete has been changed to remove it from the OS wide settings. ACDSee is back on my 'recommend' list.

For the ACDSee aficionados I use ACDSee nearly since its origin, 1997. The version 3.1 that I purchased is still working with standard files but not with the newer stuff.

Also, I noted that a couple of folks here mention that to keep a RAW file intact it must be 'read-only'. This is wrong. RAW does not change. The modifications made on the image are recorded on a 'hidden' text file. Delete that file and RAW is back in all it's glory and weaknesses.

If dealing with DNG there is no 'protection' at all. You just have to make a backup of your originals before starting messing with them. DNG is a processed format and not a RAW by the way, while better than a JPG the image coming out of the camera is not the unmodified sensor capture.

(Yes, RAW does have some processing - JPG thumbnail)

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parasleepwalker
By parasleepwalker (Nov 28, 2012)

Anyone else having problem with license key? No answer from ACD systems...

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infraRaven
By infraRaven (Nov 28, 2012)

Still not even a thumbnail view for cr2 from the SX50 and still no support for the Fuji X-S1 :-/

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Dave
By Dave (Nov 28, 2012)

Once ACDsee Pro6 is purchased and the prograpm dopwnloaded, how many different computers that one owns, do they allow you to install the program on, with the Lic code they provide upon purchase?

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english_Wolf
By english_Wolf (Nov 28, 2012)

Each licensed copy of this Software may be used on one single computer location by one user. "Use" of the Software means that you have loaded, installed, or run the Software on a computer or similar device.

http://nl.acdsee.com/support/downloads/updates/eula

Article 3.2

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Dave
By Dave (Nov 28, 2012)

Thanks for your reply. If I understand you correctly, after I download and use my registered copy of ACDSee pro 6 on my windows desktop, I will need to re-purchase another copy of ACDSee Pro 6 to install and use on my laptop? I know Adobe allows one to use a registered/purhcased copy of CS6 on two computers....but ACDSee only allows a single computer use?

I see they allow additonal licences to be purchased....how much of a reduced rate do they charge say if one wants to also use ACDSee Pro6 on their laptop in addition to their desktop?

Thanks again!

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fireplace33
By fireplace33 (Nov 28, 2012)

Use on a desktop and a laptop is allowed!

I own this software and have it installed on my desktop.
If you go to the help menu and click on "about ACDSee pro 6" then you can see the licence agreement. (word document)
it clearly says in 2.7,...
2.7 Portable Computer Use – If You have installed this Software on Your desktop computer, You may install a second copy of this Software on Your portable computer for Your exclusive use only.

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Dave
By Dave (Nov 29, 2012)

That's really good news fireplace33! After downloading and using on a desktop, I presume all one needs to do to use on their laptop. is to download a copy and use the same Lic code again? If so, will that also work for a 2nd laptop one might own (in addition to their desktop?)

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fireplace33
By fireplace33 (Nov 29, 2012)

Yes, good news indeed!
just install it again on the laptop and use the same lic code.
If you now also register the laptop version, it shows up on your online ACDSee account as a second installed version with the same lic code.
Presumably, if you installed on more than a total of 2 machines, and registered them all ,then ACDSee would see that and take objection to that in some way.

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Dave
By Dave (Nov 29, 2012)

I guess the only drawback in not registering say the 2nd download which goes on the laptop (downloading and installling on a 3rd computer one might own), is then you can't update ACDSee Pro6 on the "unregistered" machine in case they come out with an update for supporting RAW files from cameras that weren't supported previously. That and also possibly one won't be able to upgrade to newer upgraded versions of the program when made available, on the unregistered machines?

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english_Wolf
By english_Wolf (Nov 29, 2012)

If only a couple of licenses, I do not beleive the company will give you a deal. If you are looking at 10 or more, that maybe different (volume licensing).

You may want to call their sales reps. There is very little wait and no endless bounce from menu to menu.

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alfpang
By alfpang (Nov 28, 2012)

About time! Works like a charm for my RX-100. No more converting to DNG.

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Backstage
By Backstage (Nov 28, 2012)

Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 are not supported. So I love the product but have no reason to updrade :-(

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larryis1
By larryis1 (Nov 28, 2012)

What... No support for the popular Canon PS G15? Very disappointed in ACDSee Pro 6!

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Shamus1
By Shamus1 (Nov 28, 2012)

Dave, check on a test file, but changes to a RAW file and jpg conversion do not change the RAW file. Also, OT, a free for home use program that reads almost any RAW is Faststone.org 's image viewer. Limited editor but will save as jpg.

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Dave
By Dave (Nov 28, 2012)

Shamus, Thanks ever so much for your comments and suggestions. I just purchased ACDSEE pro6 and it does support the DNG's from the Pentax 645D and Leica M9. As expected, it doesn't yet support the Raw Nef files from the Nikon D600. I haven't tryed working with some test Raw files to see what it does to them after I output to Tiff or jpegs. Like yourself, I will mainly use it for batch conversions, batch watermarks and most of the other things you named, as my professional shoots will require initial conversion in Bridge/Cs6. How one performas these batch conversions and other things in ACDSee pro6, guess I'll have to investiage and work with it. Thanks!

Dave

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Shamus1
By Shamus1 (Nov 28, 2012)

Dave. Use the tools menu for batch edits. IMPORTANT. save yourself time, as it will let you save your presets so you don't have redo each time. It allows graphic watermarks, just design them in CS6 and save as a png on a transparent background. You can do the resize, watermark and imprint text (I add PROOF and the file name without extension via text). Other options also as you will see. Also, I use www.pbase.com/marshallphoto for most and pbase let's you batch upload via zip. ACDSee will create zips in the create menu. Very handy. I also burn backup DVDs & BR. Use the image basket to retrieve from different directories, and burn basket to creat your disk. While I use bridge if I want to edit a jpg in Adobe Camera Raw, I usually use Pro 6 to jump to CS6 for most. If you are running Win7 and have 3Dflip setup, it's a simple click to jump between the two.

Try Faststone.org for the D600 NEF. It reads everything Canon and might work. Small fee for commercial use, free fr home.

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Shamus1
By Shamus1 (Nov 28, 2012)

The other great thing re resize, is you can choose overall megapixel size, dimension by pixels, in inches & pip, or by percentage reduction.

I use two monitors, very handy with CS6, and in Pro 6, you can move preview to the second monitor (just drag it), and add whatever info you want displayed. Handy if you have the entire directory thumbnail set in the main and selected in the secondary.

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Dave
By Dave (Nov 30, 2012)

Thanks ever so much for the fantastic suggestions Shamius! As familiar as I am with Bridge/CS6, ACDSee6 Pro is new to me and I want to elanr how to effieciently intergrate it in my workflow...by using ACDSee for editing RAQ files, batch processing and quick adjustments on a few files if necessary. For everything else with RAW, I presume I'll still be working is Bridge/CS6.

Has anyone used thei on-line space? How does it compare to flicker and the other popular hosting sites and are there advanatages or disadvanatges with suing it vs. the others?

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Shamus1
By Shamus1 (Nov 28, 2012)

RAWDOG, due to my issue with Fotoslate, I am running both Ver 6 &. Ver 5. Try reinstalling Ver 5 and see if it still works. Run them both...

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Shamus1
By Shamus1 (Nov 28, 2012)

I've been using ACDSee for quite some time. I use it as my "administrative" program alongside CS6 and LR4. I shoot pro dance and often have 3,000 shots from a show. I use LR4 for initial conversion from RAW and Photoshop for final adjustments (ACDSee has a good, but limited editor). I use it to batch resize ( hundreds at a time!), batch watermark, change ICC profiles, find images in multiple directories/drives for clients, burn photo CD/DVD/BlueRay, sync backup directories, create contact sheets, print photos borderless (easier than Adobe), send groups of proofs via email( will downsize to your parameters), FTP... Need I say more. My only complaint on Ver 6 vs Ver 5 (I called them and them confirmed) Fotoslate no longer runs easily with photo groups in Ver 6, so I run both. I also use it like Bridge. I love ACDSee Pro!

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RawDogg
By RawDogg (Nov 28, 2012)

I just upgraded...Now it will not read my RAW files from my Canon EOS M. ACDSee 5 did but not 6. What's that all about?

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mgblack74
By mgblack74 (Nov 28, 2012)

WTF. I just upgraded to pro5. I love ACDSee. Very powerful batch editing/resizing/organizing. I use LR for editing, as ACDSee is not as slick at LR for forthousands of pics at a time. But once I'm done with LR, I use ACDSee for viewing, orgainizing, resizing etc.

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Dave
By Dave (Nov 27, 2012)

I too was an early adopter, using their very 1st version but dropped it shortly later on when it hung up and bogged down regular. I'd like to try ACDsee Pro6 but have some comcerns and specific questions:

1. It appears the following cameras (their RAW files) are not supported. These would be the Pentax 645D, Nikon D600 and possible the Leica M9 (only M8 is listed). With regards to these 3 cameras, is that correct that these three cameras RAW images cannot be viewed in the ACDSee Pro6 browser part of the program or can they be viewed but simply cannot be adjusted?

2. Lets say I open in ACDSee Pro6 a folder of RAW files from the Nikon D3 and make some simple adjustments to them and output them as jpegs. am I correct to assume, a copy of the RAW files are still left in the folder (besides now the output jpegs of these Raw files....so that later on I can open and adjust these same RAW files in PS Bridge/CS6?

Answers to the above questions would be greatly appreciated.

Dave (kxk2)

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Richard Schumer
By Richard Schumer (Nov 27, 2012)

<<It appears the following cameras (their RAW files) are not supported. These would be the Pentax 645D, Nikon D600 and possible the Leica M9 (only M8 is listed)>>

Dunno about the Nikon, but the M9 uses standard DNG raw output and comes with Adobe Elements. So perhaps ACD expects a limited market for that camera. Re the Pentax: DNG is an optional file format, as it is for all recent Pentax cameras that do RAW, so you're covered there.

About saving changes to the orginal RAW file -- I don't use ACD software (not for ten years or so...) but if you protect the file by making it read-only (use Explorer under 'properties') nothing can alter it without you making it writable again the same way, through Explorer.

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Dave
By Dave (Nov 28, 2012)

Richard, thanks for your reply. Even though the Leica M9 and Pentax 645D Raw images I shot are DNG's...believe it or not, all DNG's are not the same and some programs can deal (open) them, some can't. Thats why I asked. As for making my 100's of images "read only" under windows explorer...I would rather not go that route as I would have to keep track of doing this each time I use ACDSee and then tuen it off for all files when working with them in Bridge/CS6.

In this case, what I'd like to know is whether when I output a RAW file to jpeg in ACDSee Pro6, whether it still leaves behind the RAW file in the original folder it was first found in. Thanks!

Dave

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Richard Schumer
By Richard Schumer (Nov 28, 2012)

I dunno about your workflow, preferences, personalality, etc., and I'm not looking for an argument by a long shot; that said, selecting all files in a folder and making them RO is not all that hard for the great insurance it offers. YMMV.

Again, out of my a*se as I don't use ACD it would be hard for me to imagine any software that acts as you fear ACD might. ACD has been around for a long time; they don't seem to mess with their users' files.

Perhaps someone who uses their software can set us straight.

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EcoPix
By EcoPix (Nov 29, 2012)

Pro 5 and 6 are very careful to leave the raw files alone. In fact, even if you adjust a jpeg, you have to manually "commit the changes" before the editting is transferred from a sidecar to the jpeg. So raw files are most certainly left alone.
Re slowness and stability, there was a great leap forward at about version 5 (Pro), and 5 and 6 are very stable and don't have the slow to load problem, in my experience.
I'm not associated with them, just use it, mainly for sorting, comparing etc., and quickadjusting. Version 5 was also a major improvement in raw processing, comparable to ACR. I still use Bridge for captioning and PS for serious stuff.

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Dave
By Dave (Nov 30, 2012)

Thank you both for your helpful suggestions and reply. Richard, you mentioned about selecting all files in a folder and making them "RO". What is "RO" an abriviation for? Somehow it escapes me. Thanks!

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Nov 27, 2012)

Wow...I totally forgot about ACDSee....haven't used it since the very first version.

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RawDogg
By RawDogg (Nov 28, 2012)

It's even better than before. I've been using it sine version 1.

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kaledii
By kaledii (Nov 27, 2012)

I was thrilled to see this update until I realised that the new Sony NEX-6 was not part of the RAW update! Indeed, non of the new Sony cameras are part of the update. Very annoyed.

I've been a long time user of ACD Pro. In my view it most closely resembles Lightroom as an photo management and RAW processing package, with basic editing functionality and reasonable publishing features.

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richard NO
By richard NO (Nov 29, 2012)

me too, very very annoyed.. i love acdsee 6 pro but this is bad.. i have sent them a mail regarding this.

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Peter v.d Werf
By Peter v.d Werf (Nov 27, 2012)

@toomanycanons:
Comparing Acdsee to CS5/6 (I take it you mean Photoshop) is comparing two completely different tools. While there is some overlap in functionality, my view is:
-Acdsee -> Fast image viewing/thumbnailing without mandatory cataloging (and yes, editing is possible)
-Lightroom -> Cataloging, photographer workflow editing
-Photoshop CS5/6 -> full blown image manipulation

I've always liked Acdsee because it's fast and user friendly viewer (for basic actions, sorting and metadata edits) and that it doens't need a catalogue etc, but just a speedy browser in a normal folder structure. But since version 4 it started to get more and more bloated. Still speedy, but I'd prefer they'd offer a non-bloated version optimized for speed.

But of course that won't happen as that's a too small niche and every supplier wants a piece of the "full digital editing" pie:-)

Just try the trial to see for yourself, eveybody has different needs and criteria for such applications..

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acdtech
By acdtech (Nov 27, 2012)

The link is a readme only. Once you find latest version the update is for 32 bit version only. No download available for 64 bit.

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Arsen
By Arsen (Nov 27, 2012)

Here is the link for both 32 bit and 64 bit. I just downloaded it and installed it.

http://www.acdsee.com/en/support/acdsee-pro-6

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toomanycanons
By toomanycanons (Nov 27, 2012)

I've never used ACDSee. Anyone want to comment on this update as opposed to, say, Lightroom 4 or CS5/6, if they're even comparable.

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ZAnton
By ZAnton (Nov 27, 2012)

I have stopped using ACDSee on its 7th version as its databese had taken whole drive C, it was slow, and unstable. I have no idea what is ACDSee now, but following the trend of all programs (except few), they become worse and worse. =)

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Pavel Sokolov
By Pavel Sokolov (Nov 27, 2012)

2ZAnton - 10th isn't better. I'm stopped with 10 version. It hangs sometimes and does not understand color spaces, but I can't find adequate alternative. I even started my own project ;)

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RawDogg
By RawDogg (Nov 28, 2012)

There are 2 things that ACDSee does and light room doesn't do well...well at least 2 things for me.

1. The batch editing is the best Resizing, Watermarking just to name 2 in that area.

With lightroom all the photos have to be the same res or the watermarking does not work correctly. Not with ACDSee.

2. The Healing tool. I can remove scars, and long streaking marks or items from ACDSee easier.

With lightroom you can not click and drag the healing tool. You have to do spot by spot. With ACDSee...just click and drag to remove long scars, streaks across and image (sky, ground). I use it to reshape something.

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jerry  eisner
By jerry eisner (Nov 28, 2012)

do they have ACDsee for MAC? je

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ZAnton
By ZAnton (Nov 28, 2012)

For viewing I use IrfanView, very small, fast, and versatile (plugins). Its copy/move window is genious, helps to sort lots of photos very fast. It also does Batch convertion/rotation/resize and lots of other stuff. For RAW editing - of course LR.
IrfanView doesn't have good viewing of the whole folder (small icons on the left, bigger photo on the right), but since it is free, I can live with that. Folder view can be made with Win7 or Total Commander + Plugins (also good for rotation/resize etc.)

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caitya
By caitya (Feb 3, 2013)

I really like pro 6.1 but as I changed to Sony a99, there is no support for raw. I don't like lightroom.

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