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ACD Systems releases ACDSee Photo Editor 6 with new Raw functionality

By dpreview staff on Mar 18, 2013 at 17:00 GMT

ACD Systems has released ACDSee Photo Editor 6, the company's photo editing software for enthusiasts. Among the highlights in version 6 are support for Raw files as non-destructive object layers and Lighting and Contrast Enhancement (LCE) technology that promises to improve the quality of poorly lit photos. Selective color editing tools have also been added. The software is available at a retail price of $49.99.

Press Release:

ACDSee Introduces an Easy Way to Get Professional Photo Editing Results

Advanced Lighting tool, powered by ACDSee’s patented LCE (Lighting and Contrast Enhancement) technology.

Seattle, WA – March 13, 2013- ACD Systems International Inc. today announced ACDSee Photo Editor 6, a powerful and feature-rich creative photo editing software solution for amateur photographers and enthusiasts. Ideal as a companion to the ACDSee Pro 6 and ACDSee 15 products or as a standalone application, ACDSee Photo Editor 6 allows photographers to quickly correct common photo flaws, perform advanced edits, work with object layers, and apply professional effects and filters to completely transform their images.

A full suite of editing features gives photographers the ability to turn any image, including those shot in RAW, into an extraordinary one. Correct lighting, fine-tune color, erase imperfections, and use fast-fix tools, including red eye, dodge, burn, sharpen and smudge, to quickly improve every aspect of any photo.

Key to the versatility and power of ACDSee Photo Editor 6 is its flexible work area where photos, text, and other objects, like shapes and lines, are arranged in object layers. Users can group these object layers, change their order, experiment with opacity and blends, and selectively adjust any object or apply changes to the entire layout. The original photos are always safely preserved.

“With ACDSee Photo Editor 6, photographers now have a way of unleashing their inner photo editing genius,” said Doug Vanderkerkhove, Founder and CEO of ACD Systems. “We’ve incorporated our user-focused design and patented technology to create a photo editing solution that delivers professional results with simplicity and ease.”

New features in ACDSee Photo Editor 6 include:

  • LCE Technology - Take control of brightness and contrast with the Advanced Lighting tool, powered by ACDSee’s patented Lighting and Contrast Enhancement (LCE) technology. Harness the power of LCE to improve the quality of poorly lit photos, and achieve HDR photo results from a single image. Use sliders for precise edits or adjust the internal curves by clicking and dragging on a photo.
  • Lighting fixes - Quickly rescue photos that are too light or too dark. Lighten shadows and reduce highlights in one click, adjust sliders to fine-tune shadows, midtones and highlights, or click directly on light and dark spots for instantly improved photos.
  • Advanced rich color tools - Enhance hues or change individual colors to completely alter images. Adjust the saturation, brightness and hue using sliders, or click directly on precise color ranges in photos for arresting results.
  • Creative effects and filters - Transform the mood and atmosphere of photos in a click with new Instagram-inspired artistic effects: Collage, edgy Lomo, etched-in Granite, and ethereal Orton.
  • RAW support - Edit high-resolution RAW files as objects in photo layouts. Non-destructively adjust color, apply effects, correct lighting issues, and more.

ACDSee Photo Editor 6 also offers these features to meet the creative editing needs of photographers:

  • Automatic editing - One-click Auto Color Balance, Levels, Sharpen, and Contrast take the guesswork and time out of editing.
  • Layouts tools - Easily select from among overlapping objects, and choose the exact place to paste elements. Open, load and utilize brush files. Resize, crop and rotate photos, and incorporate drop shadows, transparencies and text.
  • Dynamic adjustments - Quickly modify existing effects, switch their order for a different result, hide them, or delete them at any time. Original images always stay intact.
  • Stylize photos - Add a creative flair using vignette, blur and color tools. Try a sepia effect or heighten drama with the comprehensive black and white mode.
  • Batch editing - Save time by using the Batch Processor to edit groups of photos. Fix color, lighting and sharpness issues, or apply artistic effects, to everything all at once.
  • Add text to photos - Change the font and color of just a single word or an entire block, and wrap text inside a shape or along a custom or preset text path.
  • Work with metadata - Add and edit EXIF and IPTC metadata to help keep track of important photo information.

Pricing & Availability

ACDSee Photo Editor 6 is available online at a suggested retail price of $49.99 (US). More information, including full system requirements, can be found online at


Total comments: 23
By liran1 (Mar 20, 2013)

ACDSee is a great program, professional, and quick for editing mass amount of photos.

By yabokkie (Mar 19, 2013)

I'm still using an old version which is lighter faster for use on the run.

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By CameraLabTester (Mar 18, 2013)



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By Digitall (Mar 18, 2013)

Digital Negative (DNG) support is included, which is very good!

By huyzer (Mar 18, 2013)

This reminds me of U-point technology used in Nik Software.

By fuego6 (Mar 18, 2013)

Why another product from ACDSee? They have Pro 6 and ACDSee 15.. .so where the heck does this fit in and why? Another money grab? I'm confused!

By Revenant (Mar 18, 2013)

Why does Adobe offer Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom?

By fuego6 (Mar 19, 2013)

That is not a good comparison - my take is that ACDSee 15 is basically the same thing as this product... I don't get the place it fits in the lineup...

By snappur (Mar 19, 2013)

ACDSee 15 vs ACDSee Photo Editor 6: Right now, on its web store, the company is selling the former product at half price - $24.99. My guess is that this is a closeout sale, and that Photo Editor 6 is being positioned as the replacement.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 18, 2013)

i wonder why dpreview promotes al crap acdsee software that has not even full working color managment support and ignores other (better) software completely? even when you inform them about new releases.

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By KerryBE (Mar 18, 2013)

What software are they ignoring? I am considering a purchase so want to know of options. Thanks

By luchs (Mar 18, 2013)

dpreview completely ignores Photoline - it is an extremely capable photoshop alternative which not only fully supports 16bit colors, but also 32 bit and also CMYK.
Unlike other photo software it also has vector and text support, PDF import and export, layers and non destructive editing.

Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Mar 18, 2013)

we don't 'promote' we report. And in many cases we report because we got a press release. I'm pretty sure Photoline has never sent us a press release or ever contacted us, and personally this is the first time I have heard of it.

By AntonyVance (Mar 19, 2013)

Your statement is completely incorrect. I am usinng ACDsee Pro for last 3 years and very much satisfied. I settled with ACDsee Pro after working with lightroom and few other softwares (corel aftershot pro, bibble and silkypix).

By Sati32 (Mar 19, 2013)

I am responsible for PhotoLine.
In the past I sent information about our software on info(at) since I couldn't find any address on your site.
Sorry if it is not correct.
If you need a press release or something else, please contact me by email.

By simon65 (Mar 24, 2013)


Maybe that's the reason no one has heard of your software.

You need to be more proactive. What are you doing telling DPR to contact YOU for a press release? It's your job to contact the media and network them.

You need to get out more and get active, but most of all you need to get real.

Yes I work in media.

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By mpgxsvcd (Mar 18, 2013)

I really like Acdsee products. They are just so easy to use. I having been using their software for at least 14 years now.

By kodachromeguy (Mar 18, 2013)

I liked it on PCs, but the most recent versions do not agree with my Mac. The tech guys at work also could not get the recent version of Pro to work on Macs.

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By Archer66 (Mar 18, 2013)

RAW support seems to be limited at this point, no support for Sony A99, Nikon D600 or Canon 6D.

By fireplace33 (Mar 18, 2013)


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By arhphoto (Mar 19, 2013)

This might help you with the missing RAW support

Seattle, WA – March 7, 2013 – ACD Systems International Inc. today announced the availability of ACDSee Pro 6.2 and ACDSee 15.2. 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 improvements to Hierarchical Keywords and support for RAW file formats of the following camera models:

•Canon Powershot S110
•Canon EOS M
•Canon EOS 6D
•Canon PowerShot G15
•Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
•Nikon 1 V2
•Nikon D5200
•Nikon D600
•Olympus XZ-2 iHS
•Olympus E-PL5
•Olympus E-PM2
•Panasonic GH3
•Pentax K-5 II/K5 IIs
•Pentax Q10
•Samsung EX2F
•Sony SLT-A99V
•Sony Alpha NEX-6
•Sony Alpha NEX-5R
•Sony DSC-RX1

By Archer66 (Mar 19, 2013)

They need to update their RAW support page ASAP.

By AlanG (Mar 19, 2013)

The way ACDSee raw support works is with a plug-in. In the past one could simply add an updated raw plug-in for free to existing software. Now if you are using Pro 5 for instance, you need to upgrade to Pro 6 in order to get support for new cameras via updated plug-ins.

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