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ACD Systems issues ACDSee Pro 6 and ACDSee 15

By dpreview staff on Sep 25, 2012 at 16:00 GMT

ACD Systems has announced ACDSee Pro 6 and ACDSee 15, its image management and editing tools for Windows. Coming a year after the previous versions, the latest incarnations include a selection of tool improvements and smarter keyword handling. Both also gain improved noise reduction for working with high ISO images. On top of these, ACDSee Pro 6 gains native 64-bit support and a non-destructive adjustment brush for applying edits without affecting the underlying file, along with a list of tweaks and changes. The more basic ACDSee 15 gains color management for the first time. ACDSee Pro 6 will cost around $100 with version 15 costing half that.


Press Release:

ACDSEE INTRODUCES NEW VERSION OF PHOTO EDITING AND MANAGEMENT PRODUCTS

New ACDSee Pro 6 and ACDSee 15 Products Save Time and Gives Pro and Amateur Photographers Total Photography Control and Image Enhancement

Seattle, WA– September 25, 2012 –ACD Systems International Inc. today announced two photo editing and management products which provide professional and advanced amateur photographers and enthusiasts with a complete set of tools to perfect images, stay organized and save time. Both ACDSee Pro 6 and ACDSee 15 incorporate the company’s patented technology and user-focused design which have made ACDSee the product of choice for over 50 million users worldwide. 

ACDSee Pro 6 and ACDSee 15 allow professional photographers to carry out digital asset management and all the essential tasks of their photography workflow, from import to final presentation, in one complete solution.

“Our new features allow photographers to easily manage and create stunning images,” said Doug Vanderkerkhove, Founder and CEO of ACD Systems.  “With the edit brush, noticeable speed improvements, and industry-leading development tools, our latest products deliver incredible value and promise a unique photography experience.”

New features in ACDSee Pro 6 and ACDSee 15 include:

  • Brush on edits — Quickly brush on any editing effect or adjustment to a specific area of a photo, complete with size and feathering controls. Correct exposure, change the color, adjust details, or add a special effect.
  • Hierarchical keywords —  Create unlimited keyword hierarchies that span from general to very specific. Assign a keyword to an image with a check of a box and it automatically gets added to any higher keyword levels. Display all of the files assigned to a keyword with one click.
  • Burn to Blu-Ray — Easily archive images to a Blu-Ray disc directly from ACDSee.
  • Smart Blur — Apply the new Smart Blur filter as a creative editing effect or to reduce the noise in an image. Smooth out the grain and noise patterns between edges while still retaining sharpness and important details.
  • Clarity tool —  Add extra definition or soften a shot. The Clarity editing tool targets the mid-tones of photos, without affecting the highlights or shadow areas.
  • Improved noise reduction — Rescue high ISO photos with improved noise reduction controls for smoother and more natural results, while preserving as much edge detail as possible.

ACDSee Pro 6 offers additional workflow and development features to meet the demands of professional photographers:

  • Native 64-bit support — High resolution images require high amounts of handling power. Native 64-bit support on Windows operating systems allows users to speed through their image processing and workflow tasks.
  • Non-destructive adjustment brush — Make non-destructive edits to select areas of images using a versatile brush. Subtly or dramatically correct exposure, add clarity, boost vibrance and more.
  • New processing tools — Get a dreamy effect with Soft Focus, use Cross Process to add a surreal, retro look, and non-destructively reduce red-eye. Draw attention to a cropped portion of an image with Post-Crop Vignetting, complete with feathering, radius and roundness controls.
  • Improved color management — Reworked from the ground up, ACDSee Pro 6's color management system resolves color matching issues that can occur between different devices with much more accurate color matching and higher quality results. Multi-monitor support is also now included.
  • Improved sharpening — The new Detail slider adds control over the sharpening process by feathering or softening the sharpening halos.
  • Black and white mode — Take monochrome images to a new level of creativity with the dedicated black and white mode. Make high-quality non-destructive hue-based brightness adjustments and experiment with saturation-based tinting that provides the ability to add a specific hue back to a black and white image.
  • Advanced color improvements — Adjust individual or overall color in images with improved Advanced Color tools, built on a higher quality algorithm that uses modern color models for higher quality and more perceptual color adjustments. Add in more intuitive controls, and subtly fine-tune or dramatically change the hue, saturation, and lightness, for remarkably better results.

ACDSee 15 also includes the following enhancements:

  • Improved red eye — Quickly eliminate red eye, with noticeably better results.
  • Color management — Photos in a color space outside of sRGB are now color managed correctly.

ACDSee Online is also integrated in both products. Drop images straight from ACDSee Pro 6 or ACDSee 15 to a free personal space in the ACDSee Online cloud, for safe backup, storage and sharing via email, Facebook and Twitter. ACDSee Online also recently released the free iPhone and iPad app in the iTunes App store to manage and share digital assets on the go. For more information, go to www.acdseeonline.com.

Pricing & Availability
ACDSee Pro 6 is available beginning September 25, 2012 online at a suggested retail price of $99.99 (US). ACDSee 15 is also available September 25, 2012 online at a suggested retail price of $49.99 (US). Full system requirements, online tutorials and more information about both products can be found online as www.acdsee.com.

Comments

Total comments: 75
ImageAcquisitions
By ImageAcquisitions (Nov 8, 2012)

When I quickly started looking around for a media manager (for photo and video clips) I went through the usual suspects (LR, other third party, and noticed a buddy of mine using ACDSee Pro) I looked it up, and have been using it ever since.

One thing I like the most is ACDSee's ability to let me manage my files where as LR wants to manage my files and insulate me from the actual source media so it can "forever" handicap me having to use it to manage my material. Nope, no way. I don't care about any feature LR may offer as far as doing anything that involves working with my files - its confusing, I don't know where my original file is, or if its being masked, etc. I'm sure with hours of study I could "figure it out."
But the initial lag in just using the software caused me to stay away.
I do use LR for tethered capture however.
Something ACDSee didn't do in its previous versions unless I missed something. I'm using v6. I did have to relearn where they put the batch meta editor.

0 upvotes
JimsPC
By JimsPC (Nov 12, 2012)

Yes LR3 does not support my E-M5 so I downloaded all the editors and tried them out. ACDSee6pro was easily the best and now (with Topaz) the only photo software on the PC and it allowed me to manage files my way. I can adjust 1 photo or lots. And it has killer features that I like, the light adjustment is brilliant (literally). Print is a bit of a problem with metric (wake up software people the whole world is metric, including the US for the past 10 years and there are more people outside the US than in)
A top program

0 upvotes
ETTE
By ETTE (Oct 11, 2012)

I just purchased and downloaded ACDSee Pro 6 and I think I like it. Years ago I've had version 2.5 I think but I stopped using it because it was sluggish and crashed all the time, but that was on a 32bit windows.

Now, the program flies easily, lots of good organizing features, seems clear and straightforward, many adjustment options, batch processing, etc. It seems to have a lot more things that I remembered from the old one, so it will take some time to learn it (again), but my first impressions are good and very promising. Hope it will not disappoint (like so many others, such as Corel PaintShop Pro X14 for e.g. which is a total disaster). We will see... :-)

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CZFox
By CZFox (Oct 7, 2012)

Still poor multilingual support. No Czech support.

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english_Wolf
By english_Wolf (Sep 29, 2012)

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1000&message=42606320

Please read, found an important flaw that can lead to total destruction of data. I canceled my pre-order after I found it.

Basically ACDSee demands that you place the 'file delete' confirm at the OS level (recycle bin option) vs leaving it as an option limited to ACDSee image review manipulation.

Before we could select tools-option-file management confirm delete behavior on/off. Now this being set at the OS level. This means that if you accidentally select 'delete' when at the disk level or while opening a file (any program), say good bye to your data until you retrieve it from the recycle bin.

I am an IT consultnt and system administrator and ACDSee is now off my list of recommendation for those I consult for and definitively barred from the network I administer.

Note this information (use recycling option) came from ACDSee tech support.

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CaseyComo
By CaseyComo (Oct 1, 2012)

Seems a little panicky. It's in the recycle bin if accidentally deleted.

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english_Wolf
By english_Wolf (Oct 1, 2012)

Panicky? Open the delete 'delete w/o confirm at the OS level?

Ask any network administrator the mayhem that will cause. The option was there before. Why did they take it out?

As I said ACDSee 6 is banned in the networks I supervise (small photographer firms) and my own network. No one else other than MS has so far done this stupid thing.

You will change your tune when something important is deleted and the PC refuse to start and has to be restored with the accompanying loss of data (24/48 hours) on a somewhat correctly backed up system.

Also, note the 'until you retrieve from the recycling bin' IF possible. Folks that step on the mouse still exists, for info. ACDSee just empowers stupidity in this case.

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bricci_mn
By bricci_mn (Oct 4, 2012)

I barely worshipped ACDSee for years. I don't feel guilty about it.
When I shifted to the Bright Side I found ACDSee counterpart to be really worse than its Redmond-friendly father application. That's it.
I'll wait for a mature application with its own complete RAW support, colour management, fast image rendering, etc.
But every time I read comments on which programme is the best to use, I MUST laugh seing how many people compare ACDSee to Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom or... Whatever high level product of Adobe.
ACDSee costs about 1/10th of the lightest Photoshop license (don't say nothing about Elements, it DOESN'T exist... ;-), and I can witness that asking directly an offer to ACDSys is worth it the effort as I always had special discounts!
So, please, don't compare cats to lions, but have a nice point of view about the real high quality of ACDSee (PC version) and if you love it, take it with care, and if you hate it, use the pirated Photoshop of your own! :)

Nice life to everybody!

0 upvotes
yukonchris
By yukonchris (Oct 27, 2012)

I've been using ACDSee Pro for years and have a huge library of photos. I've never had a problem with inadvertently deleting photos and I'm not a Network Administrator. So, if I can use it without any worries, it seems odd to think that someone as tech savy as a network admin would be scared off. Frankly, I've tried many of the others (Lightroom, DxO, PhaseOne), and ACDsee still wins for me. It does what it does, and seems to do it quite well - easy peazy, as they say.

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ImageAcquisitions
By ImageAcquisitions (Nov 8, 2012)

I'm not sure what your talking about here. But I have had file names that I guess got too long for ACDS to work with. And after lets say attempting to do a drag and drop, the subdirectory just "disappeared." I mean gone. Not in the recycle bin, nothing.
So, I pay very close attention now to my directory drags and don't do them vs. using a clunky highlight right click cut and paste. But even that is worrisome because of my past experience. I make sure I look real close at the file name/directory length before doing anything.
I also had a problem where the folders directory didn't update when making a rename or what not of that structure (in the left column). I would have to click on view and refresh all to get that cleaned up. I hate how there is no right click refresh either.
I've always wondered by they don't have an "undo" feature for example to undo what you just did - Sometimes I'll drag a file and its gone accidentally in wrong place. and undo would recover it rather than search.

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Ian Johnston
By Ian Johnston (Nov 29, 2012)

Hi,

Been using Acdsee since before the PRO days and now have updated from Pro3 to Pro6........never had an issue with file deletion.
Saying that, to be used in a professional environment I can see the issue, companies need that extra layer incase "oops I never meant to do that" happens......however, the good far, far outways the bad and so this is fantastic sofware for the price.

20k photos on a RAID server and this is one of the few progs I've used that cache the thumbnails locally to a database to get around a speed issue when accessing pics across a Lan.

Ian.

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Arkon4ever
By Arkon4ever (Nov 30, 2012)

Wow off your list and barred?
Is a little over the top in my opinion.
But you will be happy to hear they fixed your concerns in the new patch.
http://www.acdsee.com/en/support/acdsee-pro-6/release-notes/6-1-197
I use ACDSee since they were free and love it. Most people i introduce the software to love it instantly

0 upvotes
Vincent He
By Vincent He (Sep 28, 2012)

I have been using ACDSee Pro for years. It is very fast, intuitive, organized, fast search. Just downloaded v6 and found it is much faster than V5. I love it.

I like the simplicity of ACDSee, slick and fast. V5 crashes sometimes, I don't know how good V6 yet. No import hassle of LR. I like to manage my files myself not by the stupid app where I have to export to get the output files.

I would like to see more features including

1. upload to more online album services
2. access to shutter actuation

4 upvotes
ImageAcquisitions
By ImageAcquisitions (Nov 8, 2012)

I just went through all of the v6 options and properties for EXIF and IPTC fields and didn't find the shutter count field - therefore, not existent. I mean how come they leave this apparently in demand piece of information to well PS properties feature. I hate going into photoshop just to find out about a file. I leave PS alone unless Im working on something very juicy. Other than that its file renames, batch EXIF/IPTC Information embeds, and then I go from there. I also don't use its internal copy to one directory to the other - takes way long (probably b/c of the library system trying to track stuff).
So I then use ACDS as the browser, find the material then copy but then paste using Windows Explorer window instead. Totally fast also go for cuts too.

Getting back to the shutter counts - come on people (at ACDS) I mean this is easily fixed - that and tether capture - that would be awesome - one more reason to stay out of Adobe's products such as LR I have to use now for tethering.

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JimsPC
By JimsPC (Sep 28, 2012)

I just found a problem.
The package is in imperial measurement, despite all countries now being officially metric, though some are slow adopters of the adoption made some years ago (USA comes to mind)
This means no standard metric sizes for printing. If a custom size is made using mm it defaults to the nearest imperial with adjusted mm in brackets, it also show the height before the width this is the wrong way round compared with printers, I use Epson. Printers seem to have adapted to A3, A4 sizing, why can't ACSee.
The print templates are also from pre history and when a custom print is created in lay out it is impossible to rotate the image. Though this is automatiic with the templates that suit no one.
Printing seems to be a very big downfall for a package that otherwise is the best of the crop for management, lighting editing, (including LR4)
Mr ACDSee you need to fix this. This version.

1 upvote
Piciul
By Piciul (Sep 27, 2012)

I downloaded it and it turned to be the most direct, efficient and intuitive photo editor on the market; and the default viewer, too.

2 upvotes
ImageAcquisitions
By ImageAcquisitions (Nov 8, 2012)

This is the short version of why I like it.
Very light footprint compared to LR.
Capture One's Variant also was problematic - I think it locked files on the fly and I could not delete work or temp directories - total insane. Deleted it off my system.
But yea, ACDSee is very refreshing. I mean its colors are like this website black with white letters.

0 upvotes
Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Sep 27, 2012)

can someone confirm this:

THE ACDSEE QUICK VIEWER HAS NO COLOR MANAGEMENT ???

skintones with the quick viewer look different then viewed with the normal acdsee viewer.

so much about fast viewing.. without the quick viewer acdsee is a SNAIL compared to other, leass bloated, viewers.

1 upvote
Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Sep 27, 2012)

LOL.... make a screenshot compare it in an image viewwer. that piece of work still has no working color management when using the quick viewer.

they show how much they care about color accuracy.
what a joke!!!

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JimsPC
By JimsPC (Sep 27, 2012)

Been using lightroom 3 and PSE 5 -10 for years. LR is a pain having to import all the time, not my style.
I just tried LR4.1, Photo director 2011, and ACDsee pro 6 and Aftershot Pro.
Tried to down load the cyberlink v4, PDF but it would not work even created an account, not working in IE9, Firefox . Emailed them and got a ticket #, 2 days and no reply!
Aftershot, nice little app easy to use, lacks a few things that i need.
LR4, = LR3 for my needs, I like to use the files system my way. But has E-m5 raw I need.
ACDSee pro6. I must say it does everything I want AND lets me do it my way. The edit screen better than LR and can create a lot more. I can use the file system I want and edit any picture I want. The exposure /lighting is magical, on 9 tone bands wow.
Seems ACDsee will get my money, I will wait a bit for Cyberlink but 2 days to fix their own link or get back to me, does not bode well.

2 upvotes
Pictus
By Pictus (Sep 26, 2012)

It is the best image browser, good organizer and RAW converter(the PRO), now it is faster and the color management finally works!

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schorscho
By schorscho (Sep 26, 2012)

ACDSee Pro rules!

No offence against Adobe ( I love their products too)

2 upvotes
John De Bord Photography
By John De Bord Photography (Sep 26, 2012)

The most under rated photo software on the planet. ACDSee Pro can compete straight away with Lightroom.

5 upvotes
MarceloSalup
By MarceloSalup (Sep 26, 2012)

I love it.

2 upvotes
tommy leong
By tommy leong (Sep 26, 2012)

they have the best file renaming software
EVER...I love to manage my photos with them.

2 upvotes
Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Sep 27, 2012)

well what do you know? how many apps have you tested that you think you know what´s the best...?

0 upvotes
Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Sep 26, 2012)

ACDsee Pro is a very good program, it has great image quality and simple to use.

I have to try try this version 6.

4 upvotes
AntonyVance
By AntonyVance (Sep 26, 2012)

I am not a professional photographer.I have been using this for last few years. I gave a try to LR for sometime but finally settled with ACDSee due to better rendering of Olympus ORF RAW files. The workflow is really quick. Lighting tool is best in market, LR is not even close.

2 upvotes
JimsPC
By JimsPC (Sep 27, 2012)

Yes, agree with lighting comment and file mgt so much easier.

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ImageAcquisitions
By ImageAcquisitions (Nov 8, 2012)

Some of the features I'd like are:
1. Tethered Capture
2. Green / Blue Screen or other color background replacement --> via a batch file and walla! done.
3. Shutter count access - (Come on ACDS!).
4. Better handling of video files - sluggish, doesn't portray good properties info or allow much in batch edit metadata tasks.

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Dean Baird
By Dean Baird (Sep 26, 2012)

ACD is the company that bought Canvas (from Deneba), then discontinued it on the Mac platform. I would never trust them with anything ever again. I can only presume that they will--on a whim--decide to discontinue a product.

With Canvas X, they wouldn't support it and they wouldn't sell it to anyone who would. They've made enemies of everyone on the Mac OS Canvas-using community.

If you choose to throw in with this company, you've been warned. If you're a Mac user, you're begging for trouble. That's the one thing ACD can be counted on to deliver.

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MarceloSalup
By MarceloSalup (Sep 26, 2012)

apart from sounding "precious" as they say in England. So what? You buy a program, especially something as cheap as ACDSee, work with it now and improve now. If they discontinue it, so what?

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yukonchris
By yukonchris (Oct 27, 2012)

A lot of software companies discontinued Mac software versions back when Apple had around 2% market share and who can blame them. Last time I checked they weren't charities. Now that the Mac is doing much better, I believe many of these same businesses are moving, or have moved, onto the platform again including ACDSee who recently released a Mac version of ACDSee Pro.

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photogeek
By photogeek (Sep 26, 2012)

$100 for this? What is it, 2005?

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smartphoto
By smartphoto (Sep 26, 2012)

I"ve downloaded it yesterday, thought give it a try. So far, so good. Actually I was shocked how good it is, just have a small problem - didn't find a way to transfer edited image directly to Photoshop - instead it opens in Camera Raw, without my edits. Is the only way to save a file? Because now I save Tiff, then open it manually in Photoshop. Other than that, I"m really really impressed, even coming from DPP.

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seigell
By seigell (Oct 10, 2012)

ACDSee (Pro and regular) allows you to define multiple "External Editors" (including whether each can handle multiple files). Then you simply Right-Click (or Tools/Editor menu) any Image file and select to use one of the defined External Editors. I use this functionality to invoke PSE or CS3 or my Pano App or my Astro Image Apps or...

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LVPhoto1
By LVPhoto1 (Sep 26, 2012)

I have used ACDSee from its; inception, and I think it is one of the best photo organizers out there, I have all of Adobe software, and they all work just as good, but for my work flow I use ACDSee as my default program when uploading and organizing all my photo jobs., and they have been to me’’ a very well respected company ‘and anytime I call them they are always very helpful, just my opinion.

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AnHund
By AnHund (Sep 27, 2012)

Couldn't agree more. It is an extremely nice package for next to no money.

2 upvotes
dennismullen
By dennismullen (Sep 26, 2012)

ACDSee Classic is still my preferred image viewer. Why does every company feel compelled to bloat the viewer software until it is too big and slow?

2 upvotes
Chekr
By Chekr (Sep 25, 2012)

Does ACDSee online support the backup of RAW files or does it just keep the rendered JPEG?

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Arsen
By Arsen (Sep 26, 2012)

I just uploaded a raw file on the online backup.. Thanks for bringing that up because It can be very usefull to store raw files.

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MrTed
By MrTed (Sep 25, 2012)

Is ACDSee Pro 6 faster than Photo Mechanic in terms of initially launching the application, and then to cull a large number or RAW images?

ACDSee 5 Pro and prior versions have been slow to start for me. I'm running Windows 7, 64-bit with 8 GB RAM.

Any one feel ACDSee Pro 6 is faster than Pro 5 from an image browser perspective?

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Rafa14
By Rafa14 (Sep 25, 2012)

I assume its faster now Pro 6 is 64 bit

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Sep 25, 2012)

i don´t think so... browsing a few thumbnails will not be faster with 64 bit.

but memory intensive operations will sure benefit from 64 bit mode.

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JBemus
By JBemus (Sep 26, 2012)

It is DEFINITELY noticeably faster than ACDsee Pro 5. I edit a couple of thousand images each week and have been using 4 and 5 for my workflow. On two different computers, both running Vista 64bit, I have run some processing tests. Much faster, and manages memory and processor load much better. Loads large directories faster, and I'm loading a 1300 image folder of 21mp raw files. Its a must have upgrade if you have a 64bit OS. It has even made my minimal laptop noticeably faster handling files (2ghz duo core, 4gb ram, Vista 64).

1 upvote
daniel fritzen
By daniel fritzen (Sep 26, 2012)

MrTed, are you letting ACDSee Pro create a database of your images? In version 5 and previous it always showed the speed at adding to the DB in the lower right hand corner. But once that process was complete ACDSee is very fast for browsing photos even if they are RAW.

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Sep 27, 2012)

he spoke about the IMAGE BROWSER .. not editing.... JBEMUS learn to read!!

and i have tested it on a i7 2600k with an 480GB SSD and 16 GB ram under win7 64 bit. it´s not faster browsing images then the 32 bit version.

i guess it´s just your imagination.....

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MrTed
By MrTed (Sep 29, 2012)

daniel fritzen - When I shoot Sports, I need to cull 400-500 images quickly to get 3 best shot to press after game. I want speed immediately to find the best images. Then I will load the rest 'keepers' into Lightroom's database for processing into a gallery for sale. So no, I don't want to wait for ACDSee to create a database of thumbnails... I want to quickly see the images immediately when first open the folder. For only 29.95, ACDSee 6 is tempting, but Photo Mechanic seems to be extreme faster than ACDSee 5 and lower at just image browsing. The Free ACDSee is good for browsing, but I can't tag images with that to make it easy to cull.

Per Gothmoth response, seems there is not improvement for browsing speed in ACDSee 6.

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Artak Hambarian
By Artak Hambarian (Sep 25, 2012)

I do not know any better viewer that also has very instant editing capability. I admire the possibility to use the mouse wheel at full screen to scroll the pictures, organize folders. The Pro 5 added instant or automatic view of the maps if the pics are geotagged. Which other soft has that? Keen to know. Will upgrade to 6 soon.

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Sep 25, 2012)

well i prefer lightroom + bridge + photoshop.

but that sure depends on how you like to work and what you do. i also found that bridge works faster with huge directorys then acdsee.

but my main complain about acdsee was that their color management was broken. they knew it for years but reacted only yet. i wrote them 3 years ago about it and had a lengthy discussion last year in the acdsee forum.

how a pro could use acdsee without proper color management puzzles me.

i stopped using it when v3 was released but i had a close look at any new release. no way i go back to acdsee.

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Artak Hambarian
By Artak Hambarian (Sep 25, 2012)

Sure! I use CS4 too.

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Raffix
By Raffix (Nov 22, 2012)

Bridge cannot handle servers, NAS drives or even large file sizes. It has crashed for so many versions under Win7 that it is Xed off the systems. Besides, it poops 2 files in EVERY FOLDER!!!

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yukonchris
By yukonchris (Dec 27, 2012)

I do quite well with my photo workflow without a single piece of Adobe software and that is the way I hope to keep it. ACDSee Pro, and a couple of other editing products give me as much range and capability as I need. I work efficiently and am able to produce high quality results without buying into the dominant graphics ecosystem or their pricing model. Suits me just fine.

0 upvotes
Arsen
By Arsen (Sep 25, 2012)

I have been using ACDSEE Pro for many years now. I find it to be the fastest viewer and quickest editor. The interface is so easy and fast to use. The catalog for finding files is easy also easiest on the market. For advance edit, I use Photoshop, Capture NX, LR (interface slow), I can launch any of these programs from ACDSEE. I guess at the end you use what you like. I do like the new features in Pro 6. I also upgraded for $29.00 no brainer. This is my main program to view photos and do some basic editing. For raw files from my Nikon D800E, I still find Cature NX and View NX to produce the best results. For batch Resize and edit, it is also very quick. The sliders for advance lighting and colors are the easiest to use. Every program has its pro and con.. I tried them all, but I keep going back to ACDSEE PRO for my main view, catalog and edit.

6 upvotes
agelis george
By agelis george (Sep 25, 2012)

Yes. Supports Olympus ORF raw files. Finally.

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ViTAR
By ViTAR (Sep 26, 2012)

Which model was not supported?

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agelis george
By agelis george (Sep 25, 2012)

I just try it. It is a little slow. Ps is much more quick.

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compositor20
By compositor20 (Sep 25, 2012)

Could someone compare high iso performance compared with lightroom 4? Thanks

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evan fotis
By evan fotis (Sep 25, 2012)

still no cmyk support...

1 upvote
jpzundel
By jpzundel (Sep 25, 2012)

Why ACDSee Pro?
I use more than just one tool: Photoshop, Olympus Viewer 2( free), ACDSee Pro 5 and as of today Pro 6
ACDSee Pro has unique tools for which I have not found an equivalent or even a plug-in in Photoshop. For instance the Lighting tool with a nine band equalizer is truly great.
Olympus Viewer 2 also has a unique tool, the Apical Auto Tone which I use very often. It works really well.

5 upvotes
Glen Barrington
By Glen Barrington (Sep 25, 2012)

Do they still freeze Raw camera support to whatever cameras were released at the time that ACDSee Pro was released? Also, is the DNG support NOT specific to Native DNG cameras? (in other words, can I open dng files created by lightroom?) Can I create DNG files from ACDSee pro? I'm willing to consider a change at this point from Lr, but I have no interest in throwing away a bunch of work either!

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Sep 25, 2012)

genius... even when it can open DNG files it will not render th files the same way as LR.

because the RAW ENGINE is entirely different.. so you are wasting work even when it can open all DNG files.....

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p51d007
By p51d007 (Sep 25, 2012)

I stopped using AcDsee when they started with the "suite" thingy like everyone is prone to do. I just wanted a quick & dirty image viewer that I could maybe resize & crop photos when I was in a hurry and didn't want to wait on photoshop. Since I found the Faststone image viewer, I had almost forgotten about AcDsee.

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Sep 25, 2012)

faststone does not support BIG PSD ... im right?

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Rafa14
By Rafa14 (Sep 25, 2012)

They had 3 updates for RAW camera support during the life span of Pro 5. See Build notes here
http://www.acdsee.com/en/support/acdsee-pro-5

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CollBaxter
By CollBaxter (Sep 25, 2012)

As to ACDsee pro I use it and find it superior to LR . It has some of the best lighting tools on the market. As to upgrades as a previous poster sated there where 3 upgraded with camera support in ver 5. The other advantage of the system is I have just upgraded from ver 5 to ver. 6 For a whole $29.99 . Try that with some other software. Maybe a few people should try the software and not rely on hearsay.

ACDsee pro is good software.

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Sep 25, 2012)

well yes "only" 3 updates....

and i have tested acdsee 5.
i think because of my complains in their forum they have finaly made their own color management instead of using microsofts.

i use LR 4 and i don´t see any superiority in acdsee.
maybe it´s just that you don´t know how to use LR and feel more at home with acdsee.

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Raffix
By Raffix (Nov 22, 2012)

Gothmoth,

It maybe that you don't have a lot of files and managing them is not something you are much interested in. Try to find any other file type besdies JPEG, PSD, Raw or TIF, You can't. and if you don't Sync up, you won't even find any of the mentioned newer files. It is a Developer, NOT a manager. ACDSee is FIRST a manager, and for those that like the develop side,Enjoy! I use ACDSee as my main app to start the day.

BUT!! if you read the IT Network guys comment above. He has a MAJOR point. I don't blame him for banning off any site he manages. If you have files on a NAS or server, you know that even the OS doesn't have a recycle bin for Networked drives. You delete a wrong file, YOU LOSE!. . NO WAY BACK!(unless you do a drive recovery$$$). Try that on a RAID5 parity.

I agree with his concern... And ACDSee's next big step in v7 SHOULD be to address this. It may dent the performance, but I hope it is so small, it would be worth it.
Super Manager!

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Doug Pardee
By Doug Pardee (Sep 25, 2012)

The non-Pro version *still* doesn't work with XMP?

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Sep 25, 2012)

what a plain stupid company.. you can´t test their trial without an acdsee account. im not going to create an account .. not even a fake one... for testing their mediocre product.

i hope for the acdsee customers they have finally included a working color management..... the old one was broken.

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Glen Barrington
By Glen Barrington (Sep 25, 2012)

Your problem is you're too shy! You need to open up and tell us how you FEEL!

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Sep 25, 2012)

i know.. and im working on it....

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Shotted
By Shotted (Sep 25, 2012)

Coll, where do you get your upgrade for $29.99? When I go their site my upgrade is $89.99.
Don

OOPS. When I dig deeper that is the price with superfluous add-ons.
Indeed, $29.99.
As you say, it has matured into a very good editor these days.

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CollBaxter
By CollBaxter (Sep 26, 2012)

Yep when you login and go to your registered software and select upgrade you will get all the other rubbish they try and sell with it. Remove all the other stuff from the cart and just leave the ACDsee Pro for $29.99. Talk about up-sizing Ieeeeeesh.

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Mark van Dam
By Mark van Dam (Sep 26, 2012)

Does anyone know if it's possible to incorporate an auto lighting and/or auto tone command into a develop preset. Alternatively, can anyone tell me, if it's possible, how to auto-light, and auto tone a selection of multiple raw images in ACDsee 6?

Thanks,

--Mark

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