Where it All Started

In the 1980s, imaging visionary, Doug Vandekerkhove foresaw the convergence of analog and digital media, and in 1993 he founded ACD Systems International Inc. to answer the call of photographers everywhere. Today, ACD Systems holds seven patents, has products translated into eleven languages, and has produced millions of ACDSee products in use in every corner of the globe. ACD Systems develops revolutionary software in offices in the United States, China, and Canada.

Did you know: ACD Systems was one of the original pioneers of online sales.

ACD Systems became a public company in 1999. It was first listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2000, and then became a private company in 2007.

Did you know: One of our co-ops eventually rose to become the CTO. Every year, ACD Systems supports dozens of university co-ops in their quest for experience in software development.

Also born in the 80s, Deneba Software created Canvas for the Mac platform. In 1993, Deneba released the first Canvas for Windows, and it was a runaway success. In 2003, ACD Systems and Deneba merged.

Did you know: ACDSee software was used to serve the complex, large-scale image management needs in the creation of the 1997 blockbuster, Titanic.

In recent years, ACD Systems has branched into image editing apps on a variety of mobile platforms. Each year we continue to augment our ever-expanding product family with solutions for professional and amateur photographers, businesses, graphic artists, technical illustrators, and everyone in between.


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From Then to Now


1994
The first version of ACDSee is initially distributed via BBS. It sold for $15 USD.

1995
The first version of PicaView.

1997
ACDSee 95 (the first 32-bit version) and ACDSee 32 (with file management, thumbnails, format conversion, and animated GIF support) are released.

2002
Added relational database, calendar view, and categories to ACDSee 5.0.

2001
First version of ACDSee for Windows CE pocket PCs.

1999
Added image editing, plug-ins, video, scanner, and digital camera import, and online functionality to ACDSee 3.0.

2004
LCE Research begins.

2005
Released ACDSee 7.0 with support for digital camera RAW images.

2006
Released the first ACDSee Pro, which included our pioneering patented LCE technology.

2011
Launched ACDSee Pro 4, ACDSee Mac Pro 1, and the introduction of ACDSee Video Converter and ACDSee Online, an online photo sharing site.

2009
The first version of ACDSee Mac was released.

2007
ACDSee 8 and ACDSee 9 were launched in all languages.

2013
Launched ACDSee Photo Editor 6, with stunning effects and filters, and the ability to work with object layers.

2014
20 years of software greatness is celebrated with the launch of ACDSee Ultimate 8, the first digital asset management software with layered editor.

2016
ACDSee Ultimate 10 is released with edge detection brushing and selecting.


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