Seattle — ACD Systems International introduced Thursday updated versions of its popular photo editing and management software products.
The company said instead of having to invest in expensive suites of software programs — ACDSee Pro 8 (targeted at professional photographers and businesses) and ACDSee 18 (targeted at basic photography enthusiasts) — offer comprehensive packages of cutting-edge photo-editing and handling tools in single, cost-effective solutions.
The company said it hopes to attract photographers and enthusiasts looking for more user-friendly, comprehensive and affordable alternatives to programs like Adobe PhotoShop and Lightroom.
ACDSee Pro 8 is available for $199, and ACDSee 18 is available for $79.99. Subscription options starting at $79.99 per year are also available for either product at 365.ACDSee.com.
Using either program, ACDSee said it offers users the ability to manage and share up to hundreds of thousands of images quickly with a high level of security and with quality results.
“Due to advanced smartphone lenses and affordable high-end cameras, there has been a transformation in the way people are capturing and sharing memories,” stated Doug Vanderkerkhove, ACD Systems founder and CEO. “At ACD Systems, we’ve noticed the great divide between the high-end photography software and low-end is beginning to disappear and the market needs to adapt. We’re launching products that offer our customers a feature-rich solution at a tremendous value, with the same quality they’ve always trusted from ACDSee.”
New features and improvements in both versions include the following:
PicaView: a quick and easy file previewer using the OS’s context menu, without having to open them in an application.
1-Step EQ: automatic exposure adjustment, for fast enhancements on the fly.
Smart Indexer: a folder cataloger that adds organized images to the ACDSee Database when the user’s computer is idle. The Indexer knows when changes have been made and automatically keeps everything up-to-date.
SeeDrive: a tool to help quickly access and manage online images, control privacy settings and share photos appropriately.
Auto EQ: one-touch exposure boost while viewing images.
Auto Lens View: on-the-fly tool to see how images would appear using a variety of effects.
Folder Tree & GUI Enhancements: presents photo files in a familiar Windows format, without the need to learn a new system.
New Special Effects: a variety of effects that don’t require technical multi-step processes to utilize.
Improved Selections: selections tools are available on the main edit mode panel, allowing quickly selecting images and moving them into edit mode tools.
Edit Mode Navigator Window: automatic navigator appears when zooming into a photo, allowing users to easily move it around to view specific details.
Raw Updates: ACDSee supports hundreds of the latest RAW file formats.
ACDSee Pro 8 also adds the following new features:
Pixel Targeting: pixel-level adjustments using a variety of Edit mode tools to target specific colors and tones within the image
Edit Mode Fill Tool: pixel color adjustment to make every pixel the same color as the a selected background color for fast enhancements.
Edit Mode History Window: an adjustment history log to help return to a specific adjustment, with the ability to undo all changes at once.