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Speed Up Your Workflow!

2013-12-31 19:30:01 GMT

When you’re trying to perfect your images in a timely manner for your family, friends, and clients to see, you want to do what you can to keep the process speedy and efficient. Here are a few ways to help:

With ACDSee you can edit your photo to meet your needs and save the settings as a preset to use on all similar photos. With ACDSee Pro 7 you can use presets in all modes, View, Edit, and Develop.

Improve areas that are too light or too dark with ACDSee’s patented LCE (Lighting and Contrast Enhancement) technology. This tool instantly lightens shadows, reduces highlights, and can change the tonal range and color balance with ease.

Organized Digital Photo Storage
There are a number of ways to keep your photo storage organized. You can add metadata, ratings, keywords, categories and location details to your images. Quickly identify photos for further processing with visual tags and color labels. You can use these search tools to find photos based on almost any criteria.
Metadata: Metadata refers to any information embedded within a file. For example, digital photos can contain information about the type of camera, flash speed, time of day, image size, and so on.
Keywords: Within ACDSee you can keyword your files in a hierarchy and maintain these groups in the Keyword tree. All you have to do is select the Organize tab in the Properties pane to create, rename, delete, and move your keywords.
Location: ACDSee uses the latitude and longitude information embedded in your photos to lookup the nearest readable address or place name. Simply select a pin on the map, choose “Reverse Geocode” and ACDSee will write the matching location details into the appropriate IPTC fields.
Tags & Color Labels: Tags and 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. Once your files assigned to that label. You can also use color labels in combination with the Group by, or Filter By features to refine your list. Color labels, like tagging, categories, and ratings, are a way to set aside, organize, and group your photos without moving them into different folders.

Copy & Paste Metadata
This new feature can save you time by copying and pasting all the metadata information from one image to another. You can easily select among IPTC, GPS, and ACDSee metadata.

Keyboard Shortcuts
There are pre-defined keyboard shortcuts for commands that you use frequently in Manage mode and View mode. You can change pre-defined shortcuts, or create keyboard shortcuts for commands that do not currently have shortcuts.

Batch Processing
In ACDSee Pro you can make one type of edit to many images, make multiple edits to multiple images, and save a batch of images to a variety of outputs quickly and easily with the Batch function.


5 Things That Could Speed Up Your ACDSee Pro Workflow

2013-08-28 18:10:54 GMT

1. Shortcut keys
There are a ton of shortcut keys in ACDSee Pro for both view mode and manage mode. Using these shortcut keys keeps your hands on the keyboard to save time.

2. Image Organization
With ACDSee Pro you can organize your images with metadata, keywords, colour labels and tags. Keeping your collection organized helps you find photos faster, know what camera was used to take the image, figure out where the photo was taken and work smarter.

3. Batch
With Batch processings you can make the same edits to multiple images at the same time. For example, if you need to resize, crop, correct color cast, and rotate multiple images, you can use the Batch Edit wizard to perform all the edits, to all the files, simultaneously.

4. Last used
In Develop mode, under the settings button, pick the option that says “apply last used” this will apply the last used function to your image. This is beneficial when you are editing a set of photos that are very similar.

5. Presets
Presets allow you to quickly apply changes to an image without having to repeat the steps each time you want to apply the same change. For example, if you always correct your images using the Contrast tool with the value of 25 and the Midtones tool with the value of -8, you can save these settings as a preset and quickly apply them to change the contrast and midtones in your images. You can also use presets to ensure that settings are applied consistently in your images. You can create a preset with one or multiple develop settings.


ACDSee Keyboard Shortcuts

2013-07-04 18:11:55 GMT

Shortcut keys are beneficial to your post production workflow. Use this cheat sheet with ACDSee Pro 6 and finish your editing fast!

View Mode keyboard shortcut keys:

\ (backslash) Tags or untags the image.
= (equal sign) Increases the magnification of the current image (zooms in).
ALT + ENTER Opens or closes the Properties pane.
ALT + DOWN ARROW Zooms the image to fit the height within View mode window. Does not enlarge, only reduces.
ALT + RIGHT ARROW Zooms the image to fight the width within View mode window. Does not enlarge, only reduces.
ALT + \ Toggles the zoom lock on and off.
ALT + 0 to 5 Assigns a color label to the currently selected item. Press ALT + 0 to remove a color label.
ALT + D Opens the Edit Caption dialog box.
ALT + M Moves the current item to a folder you specify.
ALT + O Opens the ACDSee pro Options dialog box.
ALT + PERIOD Moves the focus in the Properties pane to the next tab.
ALT + Q Removes currently displayed item from the Burn Basket in Manage mode.
ALT + R Opens the Rename File dialog box.
ALT + S Starts or stops the Auto Advance slideshow.
ALT + W Restores your desktop wallpaper to the settings you were using before you applied an ACDSee Pro wallpaper.
ALT + X Removes currently displayed item from the Image Basket in Manage mode.
B Displays or hides the status bar.
BACKSPACE Displays the previous item in the slideshow, Auto Advance, or View sequence.
CTRL + LEFT ARROW Displays the previous image.
CTRL + RIGHT ARROW Displays the next image.
CTRL + 0 to 5 Assigns a rating to the currently selected item. Use only the numeric keypad for these shortcuts. Press CTRL + 0 to remove a rating.
CTRL + A Displays or hides headers and footers.
CTRL + B Adds currently displayed item to the Image Basket in Manage mode.
CTRL + D Opens the currently selected image in Develop mode.
CTRL + E Opens the currently selected image in Edit mode.
CTRL + FOpens the Batch Convert File Format dialog box.
CTRL + F4 Closes the current item. CTRL + INSERT Copies the selected portion of an image to the clipboard.
CTRL + J Opens the Batch Rotate/Flip Images dialog box.
CTRL + MINUS Reduces the magnification of the area inside the Magnifying Glass pane.
CTRL + O Opens the Open files dialog box, in which you can select one or more images to open in View mode.
CTRL + PLUS Increases the magnification of the area inside the Magnifying Glass pane.
CTRL + T Opens the Batch Adjust Time Stamp dialog box.
CTRL + W Closes ACDSee.
CTRL + ALT + LEFT ARROW Rotates the current image 90° counterclockwise.
CTRL + ALT + RIGHT ARROW Rotates the current image 90° clockwise.
CTRL + ALT + B Opens the Batch Edit dialog box.
CTRL + ALT + E Opens the Export dialog box.
CTRL + ALT + L Opens the previous image.
CTRL + ALT + W Sets the selected image as a stretched desktop wallpaper.
CTRL + ALT + X Opens the current image in the default eternal editor.
CTRL + Right-click Opens the Windows Explorer context menu.
CTRL + SHIFT + A Opens or closes the Magnifying Glass.
CTRL + SHIFT + F Toggles full screen mode.
CTRL + SHIFT + F4 Closes all images.
CTRL + SHIFT + H Opens or closes the Histogram pane.
CTRL + SHIFT + P Prints all currently selected images, or all images in the current folder.
CTRL + SHIFT + Q Opens the Edit Header/Footer dialog box, in which you can specify the text to display on your images in View mode.
CTRL + SHIFT + S Opens or closes the Navigator pane.
CTRL + SHIFT + T Displays or hides the Bottom toolbar.
CTRL + SHIFT + W Sets the selected images as a tiled desktop wallpaper.
CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + W Sets the selected images as a centered desktop wallpaper.
CTRL + SHIFT + 1 Changes the image color depth to black and white.
CTRL + SHIFT + 2 Changes the image color depth to 16 grays.
CTRL + SHIFT + 3 Changes the image color depth to 256 grays.
CTRL + SHIFT + 4Changes the image color depth to 16 colors.
CTRL + SHIFT + 5 Changes the image color depth to 256 colors.
CTRL + SHIFT + 6 Changes the image color depth to Hicolor.
CTRL + SHIFT + 7 Changes the image color depth to Truecolor.
E Toggles the exposure warning on and off.
END Displays the last of your selected items, or the last item in the current folder.
ENTER Closes View mode and returns to the previous mode.
ESC Closes current dialog box, or closes View mode and returns to previous mode.
F Toggles full screen mode.
F1 opens the ACDSee Pro Help file.
F2 Opens the Rename file dialog box.
F5 Refreshes the View mode window and reloads the current image.
HOME Displays the first of your selected items, or the first item in the selected folder.
INSERT Opens the Open files dialog box, in which you can select one or more images to open in View mode.
L Toggles the pan lock.
SHIFT + DELETE Removes the current item from your hard drive.
SHIFT + E Opens the current file in the default system application or opens a dialog box where you can select an application.

There are still more shortcut keys for you to take advantage of! Check back next week for a listing of Manage mode keyboard shortcuts. Or, check out how you can customize your own keyboard shortcuts.


ACDSee 16 Highlights & Enhancements

2013-06-06 19:16:00 GMT

Now that ACDSee 16 has been out for a few weeks, we hope you’ve had a chance to give it a try. If not, you can download your free trial here.

One of the new features in ACDSee 16 in comparison to ACDSee 15 is the user interface. Here are a few of the most talked about upgrades:

New color choices! In the Quick Start Guide, you have three choices for background color. The new default being light, but you can still choose silver or charcoal.

Manage Mode
There were lots of updates done to Manage mode on ACDSee 16. Take a look at the comparison of ACDSee 15 and ACDSee 16 below:

ACDSee 15

ACDSee 16

You’ll notice ACDSee has a more clean, professional looking interface, with matching scroll bars, and the preview image is now scaled to fit the manage mode window - no longer any wasted space on right side!


Now with ACDSee 16, you can access key shooting information while managing, viewing, and editing your photos. The new Info Palette conveniently displays a host of data alongside your photo, without distracting you from your workflow.

And speaking of thumbnails, ACDSee 16 has larger thumbnail images and check out the new file type icons and the darker background.


View Mode
And last but not least, we’ve heard great praise on the Video Player updates. If your are on Windows 7 or higher, you’ll notice that ACDSee 16’s control panel has been simplified. With fewer buttons, it looks a lot less clunky and more chic.

ACDSee 15

ACDSee 16

These are just a few of the new user interface upgrades. Give ACDSee 16 a try and share on our Facebook page what you like most!