ACD Systems Blog

New Release: ACDSee 5.2 and ACDSee 14.2

2012-04-20 22:20:43 GMT

As part of ACD Systems’commitment to continuous product improvement and unparalleled RAW support in our ACDSee photo editing and management products, we’re pleased to announce that ACDSee Pro 5.2 and ACDSee 14.2 are now available for download.

ACDSee Pro 5.2 and ACDSee 14.2 provide RAW support for the following new camera models:

  • Canon Powershot S100

  • Nikon 1J1

  • Nikon 1V1

  • Sony Alpha NEX-7

  • Panasonic DMC-GX1K

  • Samsung NX200

  • Ricoh GR Digital IV

In addition to the new additions to our list of supported digital camera models, ACDSee Pro 5.2 and ACDSee 14.2 also feature the following improvements:

  • Offline product registration is now possible if for some reason ACDSee is prevented from connecting to the Internet.

  • Users can now modify EXIF Make and Camera Model in the Properties Pane.

  • The category tree no longer scrolls when assigning categories in the Organize Pane.

Visit the Support page to see the complete release notes for each product.

Learn more about all the great features in ACDSee Pro 5.2 here.

Learn more about ACDSee 14 here.


Just in time for Valentine's Day: Romantic Photo Editing Techniques

2012-02-13 21:16:00 GMT

In today’s blog post, ACD Systems’ Graphic Designer and freelance photographer, Kirsten Harris, shows us a few tricks for adding maximum romance to your images.


The easiest way to give a romantic, ethereal look to any image using ACDSee software is to use the new Orton Effect, found in the Special Effects palette of ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee 14. The effect can be applied as-is or you can adjust it using the “blur” “contrast” and “brightness” sliders. It gives a soft, glamorous look to human subjects and is really simple way to diminish the look of facial and blemishes (though you might need to use the healing brush on a really wrinkly and/or pimply subject). Orton isn’t just for hands and faces, it’s a great effect to try on landscape images and urban scenes as well.

Orton effect


When you’re in love, everything fades away except the object of your affection. Here’s how to blur the background in an image, putting the viewer’s attention squarely on the subject: In the Edit mode of ACDSee 14 or Pro 5, use the Selection Tool (either Freehand or the Magic Wand) to outline your subjects. Then choose “Blur” from the Detail Palette to blur the background.Kirsten chose the Gaussian blur because it gives a more subtle, natural effect.

Blurring the background

Once you’ve outlined your subject, you could also use Dodge and Burn in Edit mode to desaturate colour from the background, leaving your subject in color.

Here’s the before and after:

Blur before and after

Convert to Black & White

Some folks believe that black & white can look a little cliched but it can be a a powerful way to draw attention to the subject and away from a very busy, colorful background. In the original version the image we see here, the bride and groom receded amongst all the colourful clutter in the images.

Convert to Black & White

Once the color was removed, the subjects came back into focus. Plus, let’s just admit that black and white IS romantic!

To convert an image to black and white quickly, just use the “Convert to Black & White” tool in the Color palette in Edit Mode and then use the sliders to adjust color percentages and brightness. If you want even more control you can desaturate the image with advanced color in Develop mode, then use the lighting tool and/or the brightness sliders of advanced color to set the tonality of certain brightness (lighting tool) or hues (brightness sliders of advanced color). In ACDSee 14, you can convert to black & white by choosing “Color Balance” on the Color palette, and then moving the saturation slider all the way to the left.

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Kirsten’s freelance photography is focused on travel and events. To see more of her work, visit Kirsten’s online gallery at ACDSee Online. While you’re in ACDSee Online, why not share some of your own favourite romantic photos?


Antivirus and Discounts and Bundles, Oh My!

2012-02-02 22:12:57 GMT

We’ve been talking about it for a month or so now, and yesterday we finally formally announced the launch of our new antivirus software, acdONE Antivirus + Total Security. While it may seem a little unusual for a company known for its photography management software to get into the antivirus business, this new offering, much like acdVIDEO Converter launched in December and the stand-alone ACDSee Duplicate Finder that we released to the Mac App Store, is really all about helping our customers better manage and protect their digital assets (like the thousands of images they process, save and share using our ACDSee photography editing and management software).

acdONE is intended to guard your system, protecting valuable assets such as photos, documents and videos from e-threats such as viruses, worms, malware and spam. It is available at at an introductory price of $34.99 for one PC computer for one year, or $39.99 for three PC computers for one year.

But that’s not all we announced this week! We’ve also dramatically discounted many of our products and added some really special pricing on product bundles. As our founder and CEO, Doug Vandekerkhove said in yesterday’s news release, “We are committed to making high-end photo editing and management software used by professional photographers available to the avid amateur. These price cuts allow anyone to take advantage of the benefits of our software by offering it at a fraction of the price of other professional quality options.” This means that right now you can get ACDSee Pro 5 for $99.99, down from the original MSRP of $239.99, or our standard product, ACDSee 14, for $49,99, discounted from $79.99. And you can get Pro 5 or ACDSee 14 bundled with our antivirus or video converter utility for even more savings. Check out our new special offers page to see all our bundles.

Football fans be sure to visit this weekend for even bigger savings during the Big Game Big Deal Event! Heck, come by anytime - we couldn’t wait till Sunday to start dishing out the big deals from our virtual tailgate - the sale starts now!