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For a number of years, ACDSee has had batch processing available for a variety of tasks. This ranged from converting file formats for large sets of images at once to mass sharpening and noise reduction, depending on whether you have ACDSee or ACDSee Pro and Ultimate. Batch processing did its job, but it was limited. It was only possible to make a fraction of the possible Edit mode adjustments available using Batch Editing. Now, in ACDSee Pro and ACDSee Ultimate we have something that will, frankly, blow batch processing out of the water. Through ACDSee Actions, you can basically “record” any and all 200+ possible adjustments in Edit mode, and then “play” them back on other images, which means that the concept of editing in batches is now completely limitless. ACDSee Ultimate users can also record actions across adjustments made in the Layered Editor, including any adjustment layers you might add. The benefit here is that when you apply the recordings that include layers, you can still adjust those settings further, allowing for non-destructive editing.

Let’s run through a scenario. Say you have a series of images you would like to add a border to. All you need to do is open one of those images in Edit mode, hit the Record button on the ACDSee Actions window, and then enter the Borders tool in the Add group. Configure your border as desired, and hit Done. Then press the Stop button on the ACDSee Actions window. It will prompt you to save the recording under a name of your choice. After saving, the recording will be available in the ACDSee Actions window and alongside the existing default actions. You can then apply your border recording to any number of images all at once in Manage mode, or on a case by case basis in View mode. Also, you can apply it to other images in Edit mode, if, say, you also wanted to do other edits at the same time.

When you open Edit mode, the ACDSee Actions window will be open by default. However, if you closed it before you knew its value, you can find it again by going to View | ACDSee Actions. In the window, under Actions, you will see that there are some default actions available. These are merely meant to illustrate the tool, and you can delete them, should you so choose. To delete any action, right-click it and choose Delete. (Note that you cannot undo deleting a recording. Your deleted recording will not appear in your system’s Recycle bin.) When you select an action, be it a default action or one that you recorded yourself, you have two ways of previewing the effects that it would have on your image, should you apply it. On the right side of the window, you can toggle viewing the steps of the selected action and a visual preview.

Let us now run through the steps in detail.

To Record Your Adjustments:

1.In Edit mode, at the top of the ACDSee Actions window, press the Record button. You’ll recognize it from the VCR age; it looks like this:

Record Button
Begin Recording

2. Make any adjustments you desire in Edit mode. So let’s do some lighting adjustment and then add a watermark, as I have a series of images that can benefit from these adjustments. So I enter the Light EQ tool in the Exposure/Lighting group.

Adjust Lighting

If you start doing stuff before you remembered to press Record, don’t sweat it. Simply use the Undo button at the bottom of the panel:

Undo

And then press Record. Then use the Redo button.

Redo

Bam! Like nothing ever happened.

3.Next, while still recording, I’m going to add my watermark.

Adding a Watermark

And make it just how I want it.

Adjust Transparency

Then I’ll press Done.

Satisfied that I have made the changes that I can apply to a number of images, I press the Stop button on the ACDSee Actions window. (If you pressed the Stop button by accident, press Cancel to continue recording.)

Stop button
Name Action

Your recording will now be available in the Actions column of the ACDSee Actions window.

Now, any time that you open another image and view the ACDSee Actions window, you can preview what that image would look like with the recording that you saved.

Select the recording you wish to preview from the Actions column. Toggle the Show Steps and Show Preview buttons, as desired.

Preview Steps
Preview

Applying Recordings:

Next, I will apply my recording to a number of images at once. If I wanted to apply it to individual images, I could do this in Manage, View, or Edit mode. However, for a batch of images, I will use Manage mode as I can select them all at once.

Select Series

Then, choose Tools | ACDSee Actions | <your desired recording> | Play, or right-click and choose ACDSee Actions | <your desired recording> | Play.

Apply Steps

When applied to images that are a different size than the one used in the recording, actions that involve drawings, geometry, or the layering of images will be scaled to the target image proportionally using a percentage of the width and height independently. (The “target image” being the one(s) you’re intending to apply your recording to.) However, crop size is absolute, (based on the number of pixels).

Crop position is relative, also based on the number of pixels. For best results with tools from the Geometry group, apply your recordings to similarly sized images.

Results

Recordings are applied in the same order they were recorded in.

To Apply a Recording in View Mode:

Do one of the following:

  • Choose Tools | ACDSee Actions | <your desired recording> | Play.
  • Choose View | ACDSee Actions. In the ACDSee Actions window, select the recording from the Actions column. Press the Play button.

To Apply a Recording in Edit Mode:

1.Open your image in Edit mode.

2.In the ACDSee Actions window, select the recording from the Actions column.

3.Press the Play button.

In ACDSee Ultimate, you can apply a recording to a singular layer by selecting the layer in the Layered Editor and pressing the Play button in the ACDSee Actions window.

You can customize the output settings for each action. In less fancy-speak, that means that you can tell ACDSee Pro and Ultimate how you want the recordings to be applied when you press Play. To configure the options, right-click an action in the Actions window and select Options.

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