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Photography Blog Reviews ACDSee Pro 7!

2014-07-22 20:25:15 GMT

Our friends over at Photography Blog reviewed ACDSee Pro 7!

Read their in-depth review and see how they feel it competes with the likes of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Find it here.


Searching Within ACDSee Pro 7

2013-10-22 21:42:55 GMT

There are a number of ways to search your computer for files and folders. With ACDSee Pro 7 you can use the Search pane to search by file name, keywords, or image properties. You can create advanced searches to locate files that fall within a date or rating range and then save and name the search to use later. You can also use the Duplicate Finder to locate and manage identical files.

Using the Search Pane
The Search Pane contains several areas to help you manage your searches, Saved Searches, Files and Text, and the Properties area. When you create a search, remember that the search tool will only return files that match ALL of the criteria that you specify.

In the Saved searches area, you can save a complex search to use later, select a search to run again, or delete a saved search.

To search for files or folders type a portion of the name of which you want to search, or select a previous search term from the drop-down list. When you click Start at the bottom of the pane, the search results are listed in the File List pane.

Saved searches are also listed on the Catalog pane, from where you can run them with a single click on the Saved Search name.

To save a search, click the Save icon, and then Save or Save As to save or overwrite a saved search. When the Saved Search dialog opens, type in a name for the search. If you use a descriptive name, it makes it easier to remember the criteria in your saved search.

Deleting a search is easy too. Select a search from the drop-down list then click the Delete icon. Click Yes to confirm the deletion, when the prompt opens.

In the Files and Text area, you can identify what you are searching for, and where you want to search for it.

Go ahead and type a portion of the file or folder name for which you want to search, or select a previous search term from the dropdown list. You can also use wildcards to search for file name patterns. To exclude all non-image files, click the right-arrow button beside the field and select Images only.

When you search by both file name and a keyword or phrase, an item is included in the search result only when it includes BOTH criteria.

To specify what parts of the database you want to search, and indicate how to treat the text you type in the field, click the arrow next to the field and select any of the following options:

  • Find all words: Only returns files that match all the words you enter.
  • Find whole words only: Only returns files that contain the entire word, exactly as you typed it.
  • Search in Caption: Searches the Caption field of files in the database.
  • Search in Keywords: Searches the Keyword field of files in the database.
  • Search in Notes: Searches in the Notes field of files in the database.
  • Search in Categories: Searches the Category assignments of files in the database.
  • Search in Folders: Searches in the name of folders in the database.
  • Search in Labels: Searches the labeled images by color.

In the Properties area, you can identify file properties that you want to search for, and specify ranges of valves to include or exclude from your search.

To Use the Properties Area:

  1. Below the Search file properties field, click Add.
  2. In the Add Search Criteria dialog box, select one or more properties on which to base your search.
  3. Click Ok.
  4. In the Properties area, click the hyperlinks to define conditional statements for each property.
  5. Click Start to perform the search.

Lose the chaos with these 7 ways to organize your photo storage

2013-10-10 23:30:26 GMT

It gets a little crazy when your photos start getting up in the tens of thousands. When this happens you sometimes don’t know where to start to get everything organized. Here are 7 ways in ACDSee Pro 7 that you do to can lose the chaos!

  1. Cataloging
    Categories are an easy way to organize your files into context-related sections. In ACDSee Pro 7 your categories can be simple or complex and use any names you choose. There are different icons to use for different categories to help you identify them at a glance.

    One way to assign files to a category is to select and drag one or more files from the file list and drop them onto the category. Any file that is assigned to a category has a blue tab above its thumbnail in the file list. A file can belong to multiple categories, but it will only have one blue tab.

    Once your files are in categories, you can search, sort, group, and find them by category.

  2. Color Labels
    Color labels are useful for naming and quickly identifying your processing plans for your images. Different colors can be used to represent different stages of your workflow. For example, as you review your photos you can quickly label files to upload, print, reject, review, or sharpen, or any other term that matches your workflow needs.

    Begin by creating a label set so you can quickly select and assign specified labels.

    - In the Catalog pane, click the Labels settings buttons and select Edit Label Sets.
    - Enter names for your labels and click the Save icon.
    - Click Save As from the Save Label Set dialog box.
    - Enter a name for your new label set.
    - Click OK.

  3. Properties Pane
    The Properties Pane is divided into three tabs: Metadata tab, Organize tab, and File tab.

    The Metadata tab displays the rating, category, IPTC, EXIF and ACDSee metadata stored with a photo. The ACDSee metadata fields are available for you to enter the caption for your photographs as well as date, author, and notes. The keywords field is display-only and can be entered in the Organize tab. The label field can be entered here or selected from the Labels section in the Catalog pane. IPTC information is automatically embedded into your image, while ACDSee Metadata is not embedded in your files, but instead is held in the database.

    The Organize tab displays a tree of categories and a tree of keywords. The Category tree context-menu (right-click) allows you to add and delete categories and sub-categories. You can create category sets to quickly categorize your files. Right-clicking the keyword tree also allows the same options.

    The file tab displays detailed file information and image attributes for a selected file or files. You can set or change the Read-Only and Hidden properties of a file or folder, and view a summary of any EXIF contained in a file.

  4. Adding Metadata
    You can add information to your images using IPTC and ACDSee Metadata. IPTC information is automatically embedded into your image, while ACDSee Metadata can be embedded into your file, or stored in the database. You can add this information to one or multiple files at a time.

    Follow these steps to add metadata to one or more files:
    - In Manage mode, select one or more files in the File List pane.
    - In the Properties pane, select the Metadata tab.
    - Enter information into the metadata fields.
    - Click Apply or press Enter to apply your changes.
  5. Map Pane
    Use the map pane to add photo locations from anywhere in the world to your photos. You can then recall and view that information for reference at any time. Use the map to select groups of files for further workflow steps, and select photos for display in View mode.

    The location of files displayed in the Map pane is based on the latitude and longitude information in the file properties. If you have a camera with geotagging capabilities, the geographic location is automatically conveyed visually on the map. You can also add map coordinates to files by dragging them directly onto the map and pressing the Save All button.

    Geotagged images are indicated on the map with pins. You can click a pin on the map select files within a geographic location for viewing or processing.

  6. Hierarchical Keywords
    You can keyword your files in a hierarchy and maintain these groups in the keyword tree.

    To create keywords you must go to the properties pane, located to the right of the File List pane, and do one of the following:
    - Right-click Keywords in the Organize tab, and then select New Keyword.
    - Type a keyword into the field of the Keyword groups and press Enter.

    To establish a hierarchy, do one of the following:
    - In the keyword field, type the lesser or more specific keyword, followed by the less than symbol, followed by the greater or more general keyword.
    For example: Owl > Bird or Madrid - Right-click an existing keyword, then select New Keyword. The new keyword will automatically become a child to the existing keyword.
    **Note** When assigning multiple keywords to a file, it is important to note that separating keywords with commas will not generate a hierarchy.

  7. Copy & Pasting Files
    You can cut or copy files to the clipboard, and then paste them into another folder without losing your ACDSee metadata!

    To cut and paste files:
    - Go to Manage mode, in the File List or Folders pane, select one or more files or folders.
    - Click Edit | Copy or Cut.
    - In the Folders pane, browse to a new location.
    - Click Edit | Paste to place the files or folders into the new location.


2013-09-27 22:17:30 GMT

Seattle, WA – September 25, 2013 - ACD Systems International Inc. announced the availability of ACDSee 365, a membership-based desktop and web application that will bring together everything users need to edit, manage, share, and access their entire photo and video library in one place.

“Packed with the latest and greatest in photo editing and management software, video conversion and sharing, — not to mention the ability to organize and store in the cloud,” said Doug Vanderkerkhove, Founder and CEO of ACD Systems, “ACDSee 365 puts the most technology in your hands for the best value.”

Membership Plans
ACDSee 365 consists of three membership plans. The Basic membership gives access to ACDSee 365, and advanced stats and analytics. The ACDSee 365 Family Plan membership offers the best value; it includes the same as the Basic membership along with the most current ACDSee software, with free upgrades for one year. The ACDSee Free membership gives users unlimited enjoyment of the Family Plan for 15 days. All memberships have the option to purchase storage plans up to 100GB.

Designed to act as an online extension of a user’s ACDSee application experience, ACDSee 365 securely preserves images in the cloud. Its clean, advertising-free interface puts the user’s images in the spotlight without distractions.

ACDSee 365 Family Plan allows access to all the latest in ACDSee software, including the company’s newest releases, ACDSee Pro 7 and ACDSee 17.

ACDSee Pro 7
Professional photo management at its best, ACDSee Pro 7 empowers users with the ability to catalog, organize, perform advanced edits, and share photos — all in one complete, speedy application. Some new features include:

  • Lighting and Contrast Enhancement - Photographers are able to rescue photos that are too light or too dark with ACDSee’s patented LCE technology. This allows them to instantly lighten shadows and reduce highlights in one click, or adjust individual sliders to fine tune every aspect.
  • Non-destructive repair tool - Users will now be introduced to the ability to non-destructively erase flaws, blemishes and other unwanted objects with powerful Heal and Clone options. They can even copy and paste an adjustment — such as the removal of dust spots — onto multiple similar images.
  • Radial and Linear Gradient tools - Photographers can non-destructively apply a radial or linear gradient as they correct exposure, saturation, fill light, contrast, and clarity, to gradually progress outward from a center point or subtly across a photo. They can also copy and paste settings from one photo to another or apply in batches, and blend multiple gradients for even more compelling results.
  • Non-destructive Sharpen/Blur brush - Photographers can utilize brushes to non-destructively blur or sharpen specific areas of images. They can choose their brush size and the amount of feathering, and add a linear or radial gradient to help achieve exactly the look they want.
  • Info Palette - Users can access key shooting information while working with their photos. The Info Palette will conveniently display a host of data alongside an image, including white balance, metering mode, exposure program, and whether the flash fired. Plus the ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, exposure compensation, focal length, and more are all visible in one spot.
  • Copy and paste metadata - Users will be pleased at being able to save time by copying and pasting metadata on the fly, from one image to another. They can easily select among IPTC, GPS, and ACDSee metadata.
  • Secondary monitor support - The viewing real estate is now increased. With added support for a secondary monitor, users can see a large preview of any image they select during the review process, without missing a beat.

ACDSee 17
Photographers will now find that managing a growing photo collection has never been so easy. And with so many ways to edit shots like a professional, they will be proud to share their best. What’s new in ACDSee 17:

  • Lighting and Contrast Enhancement - Photographers can rescue photos that are too light or too dark with ACDSee’s patented LCE technology. They will find that they can instantly lighten shadows and reduce highlights in one click, or adjust individual sliders to fine tune every aspect.
  • Radial Gradient tool - Users can apply radial gradients to any editing effect to subtly progress across the photo. They can create off-center vignette effects or multiple vignetted areas, or draw focus to a specific object.
  • Switch between databases - Now users can create as many ACDSee databases as they like, and quickly and easily switch between them.
  • Improved interface - The look and feel of ACDSee has been revamped in order to showcase photos as the clear center of attention.
  • Find the unfindable - Photographers can easily search and filter for photos that have no keywords assigned to them.
  • WebP support - Users working with webP files will be happy to know that ACDSee supports viewing and converting to this new image format.
  • Better access to metadata tools - Users can conveniently access any metadata function in the new Metadata sub menu via Tools.

About ACD Systems
Founded in Texas in 1993 by imaging visionary Doug Vanderkerkhove, ACD Systems is one of the largest and most respected independent digital editing and management companies in the world. Doug foresaw the importance of the convergence of analog and digital (print, photos, scans, video and metadata).
The company’s products include ACDSee Pro 6, ACDSee 15, Canvas 14 and Canvas 14 +GIS, which helps Fortune 500 companies enhance, manage and disseminate their valuable digital assets. Customers include General Motors, Caterpillar, Boeing, The New York City Fire Department, NASA, CNN and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Today ACD holds six patents and millions of ACDSee products are in use throughout the world. In fact, ACDSee products are so popular in Asia that they are second only to Louis Vuitton in product piracy.