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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.

Split Toning. Before & After.

2013-05-16 17:40:00 GMT

Split toning is a powerful technique originating in film photography to tint the highlights and shadows.

The Split Tone tool gives you creative control over the Hue and Saturation of your highlights and shadows. Use the sliders to adjust the balance of tones in the highlights and shadows of your photos. Split toning allows you to add a creative element to RAW conversion and non-destructive editing in ACDSee Pro 6.


To adjust the Highlights & Shadows
1. In Develop mode, select the Tune tab.
2. Drag the sliders to apply colored highlights and shadows as described below.

Note: you can right-click a slider to reset to the default value.


Adjustment Options

Hue: Drag the slider to the right to select a highlight color.
Saturation: Drag the slider to the right to increase saturation of the color in the highlights of the image.


Hue: Drag the slider to the right to select a shadow color.
Saturation: Drag the slider to the right to increase saturation of the color in the shadows of the image.


Drag the slider to the right to emphasize the highlight color; drag the slider to the left to emphasize the shadow color. For example if the slider is set to the maximum at 50, then full emphasis is applied to the highlight color; if the slider is set to the minimum -50, then full emphasis is applied to the shadow color.

Note: You can save your settings as a preset for future use.


“Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.”

2013-04-16 16:33:00 GMT


Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was a photographer and environmentalist revered for his black-and-white landscape photographs, and his commitment to the conservation of those lands. Ansel Adams had a great long career as a nature photographer, here are some tidbits about him:

  • Over the course of 60 years Adams took many monochromatic photos in every National Park in the United States.
  • He gave up his dream of being a concert pianist to become a photographer.
  • His first book “Making a Photograph” was published in 1935
  • Adams felt an intense commitment to promoting photography as a fine art.
  • His images became the symbols and icons of wild America.
  • He fought for new parks and wilderness areas, for the Wilderness Act, for wild Alaska and the Big Sur coast of central California, for the mighty redwoods, for endangered sea lions and sea otters, and for clean air and water. An advocate of balanced, restrained use of resources, Adams also fought relentlessly against overbuilt highways, billboards, and all manner of environmental mendacity and shortsightedness. Yet he invariably treated his opponents with respect and courtesy.
  • Adams was often criticized for failing to include humans or evidence of “humanity” in his landscape photographs.
  • Adams was ready for digital photography he once said “I believe the electronic image will be the next major advance. Such systems will have their own inherent and inescapable structural characteristics, and the artist and functional practitioner will again strive to comprehend and control them.”

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Want to create your own stunning black and white images? Here’s a step-by-step how-to for ACDSee Pro 6:

You can create rich greyscale images when you can control the brightness of the red, green and blue channels, as well as the overall brightness. Use the Convert to Black and White tool to emphasize different areas or aspects of a photo, as well as alter its mood and tone.

If you hover your mouse over each slider and watch the effect on the small preview, it shows you which parts of the image will be affected by each channel. This helps to gauge the effect of each slider on the image.


  1. In Edit mode, in the Color group, click Convert to Black & White.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • Drag the Percent Red slider to the left or right.
      The more red there is in a pixel, the more effect the red slider has on that pixel. The area of red in the picture is brightened or darkened more than other areas.
    • Drag the Percent Green slider to the left or right.
      The more green there is in a pixel, the more effect the green slider has on that pixel. The area of green in the picture is brightened or darkened more than other areas.
    • Drag the Percent Blue slider to the left or right.
      The more blue there is in a pixel, the more effect the blue slider has on that pixel. The area of blue in the picture is brightened or darkened more than other areas.
    • Drag the Percent Brightness slider to the right or left to brighten or darken the whole image.
    Hint - you can right-click the slider to reset the value to zero.

  3. Click Done to save your changes, or click Cancel to discard your changes and return to the Edit mode menu.

Hint - you can use the Edit Brush to paint this effect onto specific areas of your image.

Featured Facebook Photo of the Week

2013-04-11 15:49:00 GMT

Always wanted to see your photos somewhere other than your own facebook account? Well, we’re giving you the chance to show them off on OUR Facebook page!

Here’s how:

Upload your best shots to your ACDSee Online account (, it’s free if you don’t already have one! And in the comments section enter the hashtag #acdseephotooftheweek.

Every week we will choose a new photo with the tag #acdseephotooftheweek to be featured on the ACD Systems Facebook page as the cover photo!

You can see the first one already in place here: