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Apr 25, 2018
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ACDSee Review

Fernando Ortega
Professional photo organizer and editor
A review of ACDSee by Fernando Ortega

ACDSee is a professional tool to organize photos. The photo manager packs in a lot of power and features a very intuitive graphical user interface with access to some of the most modern tools, giving you access to some of the cool features and tools the experts use.

Upon installation, you will be given the option to install the toolbar. Since this is a commercial product and quite expensive at that, we were a little disappointed to find out that ACDSee comes with this as a default installation option. We highly suggest unchecking the addon. You will also be asked for your email address and full name to activate the 7 day trial when the program first starts.

After getting ACDSee running, you'll automatically be taken to your My Pictures folder and from there, you can view the files in there. For our testing, we just decided to stick to this folder.

The Photo Manager can list photographs by several different parameters. You can list them by rating, album, places and people. By accessing the information about photos stored by digital cameras, you can view photos by a huge slew of different options. Some of the more common ones ACDSee Photo Manager will list are by shutter speed, image type, aperature, focal length, filesize and more (available under "Commonly Used"). Other photo properties ACDSee can list by are more technical in nature and include camera brand, camera model, ISO speed ratings, shutter speed, white balance, white balance based on brand name, GPS data and many more.

Editing photos is also surprisingly easy. You can edit photos in many ways like adding text to photos, borders, special effects, exposure and lighting, colour balance and basic geometry like rotate/flip/crop/resize.

ACDSee Plugins are made available generally from ACDSystems, mainly image quality and effects adjustment though there are also third-party plugins available if you're willing to do a little bit of research. And though ACDSee is pretty easy to use, there are also a number of ACDSee tutorials floating around the web which teach you how to pull off different effects.

All-in-all, ACDSee will conveniently save all of your photo information in a compact database, making it easy to keep track of-, finding and editing photos easily.

Do note that after the 30-day trial period has ended (which allows you to run ACDSee effectively as a full version), you're require to obtain a serial in order to continue using the program.

ACDSee can apply special effects to a picture, view EXIF data, create slideshows and optimize graphics.

ACDSee features and highlights:
  • Eliminate flaws such as red eyes from photos
  • Edit selectively with Photoshop-style wand
  • Frame your memories with automatic picture frames
  • Provides over 20 special effect filters
  • Light and colour enhancements and manipulation
  • Increase exposure of dark (underexposed) photos
  • Increase contrast and vibrancy of dull photos
  • Correct uneven lighting
  • Correct backlit photos
  • Reduce the effect of atmospheric haze
  • Automatically brighten dark areas and darken bright areas (automatic dodge and burn)
  • Organize photographs by location
  • Customize metadata information

ACDSee is licensed as Shareware for the Windows operating system / platform from graphics editors and can be used as a free trial until the trial period ends (after 30 days). The ACDSee 2018.2.818 demo is available to all software users as a free download with potential restrictions and is not necessarily the download of the full version.

This image viewer software is filed under:
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  • Software Reviews
  • Major release: ACDSee 2018.2

Compatibility with this image viewer software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of ACDSee may be available from ACD Systems.

ACDSee has been picked by our editors as very good.
ACDSee has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested ACDSee 2018.2.818 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]

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