ACDSee Pro 10 Classy Way To Professional Photo Management
It’s loaded with all the tools you can ever need to achieve best results in your final images. It allows users to effortlessly manage their digital assets through hundreds of adjustments to enhance and control the production of high quality images.
It comes with all the features of the base edition. Its management tools allow browsing of folders, viewing of images or searching using the names or any other metadata tag. Its smart viewer has an Auto EQ feature that optimizes exposure, Navigator tool and Magnifying Glass to zoom into finer details while image histogram and metadata are always at hand.
ACDSee Pro 10 runs on Windows 7, windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 operating system. It supports both the 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. Basically, the application can work well on a computer with 512MB of memory but this may freeze the PC from time to time when using it. As such, at least 1GB of memory is recommended.
As for the hard drive space, you will need at least 310 MB of free hard disk space and a screen resolution of at least 1024 by 768. The recommended color display adapter is one with a resolution of 1280 by 1024.
ACDSee uses the same method used by Adobe to offer its products. ACDSee Pro 10 is now available on a subscription basis but a one-time fee model is also available. The monthly subscription plan costs US$ 6.90 while the one time purchase is at US$ 99.99. By buying the program at the one-time fee, you will be able to access all the features of the application for a lifetime.
The pricing plan of ACDSee is quite accommodative as a user is has the option of trying the full features for free for a period of 30 days. You’ll get the chance to experience how the application works and if it’s suitable for your needs before making a purchase. ACDSee also offers exclusive upgrade price plans starting from US$59.99.
You are also given a satisfaction guarantee with a full money back guarantee for a period of 30 days. That means that, if you make a purchase and feel that the software doesn’t meet your expectations by before 30 days have elapsed, you can request your money and it will be refunded. This applies not only on the ACDSee Pro 10, but also for all the products from the developer.
To activate the application and get started, you must have an ACDSee account. An account can be opened from the developer’s site or via the application’s interface. This will also validate your plan subscription to enable you access other services that are available on the developer’s site.
Once you’ve selected a default photo directory, the program will then restart. You are then ready to start editing. The step that follows involves an introductory step by step guide wizard. This will lead you into the program and is very helpful for beginners.
After selecting the photo directory, you are presented with an option of building catalog. This is simply database that allows you to do non-destructive photo editing. That simply means that your photo is saved separately without altering the original file. Once editing is complete, a version of the photo is simply exported. The catalog will also save any organization down with the photos such as ratings, keyword tags, notes, etc. just like many other photo editing apps, ACDSee Pro 10 will prompt you to back up the catalog file every month.
The program has a 3 panel view, which includes the image source folder to the left side, viewing section at the center and a properties and tools to the right side. You get to choose up to three different interface theme colors, including silver, charcoal and light. The application uses modal interface, which are simply tabs lying across the application’s top side. The interface is then changed according to what you are doing on the app, editing, exporting, organizing, etc.
Mode choices on the program include the Manage, Photos, View, Develop, Edit and 365. These are simply straightforward and self-explanatory to use, except the 365. The 365 mode allows you to upload your photos to the cloud storage of ACDSee. The difference between View and Photos is brought about by the number of images displayed on the screen. The Photos mode will display every single image available in the database grouped using their dates.
ACDSee Pro 10 has a flexible interface, which allows you to auto-hide and undock the panels whenever you need to. The interface also supports touch gestures if used on a touch screen PC. You can pinch size and swipe through the photos. Touch screen interactions are however not very responsive and reliable.
ACDSee Pro 10 has quite a number of great features, which include those from the previous version and new others.
- Develop mode – this is a conversion environment specifically designed to let users perform a wide range of adjustments to their photos. It allows users to create adjustment instructions apart from just adjusting pixels. This mode works on a wide range of image formats including JPG, PBG, RAW and many others.
- Pixel targeting – this feature allows you to make selective adjustments to the pixels using a number of Edit Mode tools. This is achieved by targeting certain colors on the image.
- Adjustment automation – through the ACDSee Actions, you can perform a wide range of adjustments from recording to batch playing any of the adjustments of Edit mode.
- Adjustment snapshots - When making adjustments to your photos, ACDSee allows you to take snapshots of your work at any time and save it. As you continue with editing, you can also return back to the saved snapshot any time. This allows you to keep the good adjustments and get rid of the unwanted adjustments.
- Support for Photoshop plugin – you can expand the scope of your creativity by importing Photoshop plugins into your workflow. Through this feature, you can create your own effects and then use them together with the best image editing tools.
- Improved organization – you can directly connect to folders in your computer without importing into a different library. This enhances the program’s performance and speed through cataloging and organizing photos as they are received from the device.
- Advanced searching – you don’t have to spend much time doing an aimless search. The application lets you find your photos based on their metadata, properties, event, date, keywords, ratings, GPS location and color label. Through the quick search bar, you can quickly locate your photos. You have the option of adding rating, keywords, location data and categories to the photos. Through these visual tags you can quickly organize and identify your images for further customization.
Importing and organizing images
Just as you’d expect, these activities are done in Manage mode. Users can rename the files during import as well as enter metadata, though adjustment presets can’t be applied. The good thing with ACDSee Pro 10 is that you don’t need to import an image. You can simply open the image using the program from the former’s location. You can as well import audios and videos but the process is more difficult than importing photos.
The program also supports importation of media files from most of the popular professional cameras. For instance, it supports files from Cannon T6s but not those from Pentax K-3 II. The quality of import is also quite an issue. The natural lighting of images is altered lightly.
Options for organizing images include color-coding, ratings, categories (e.g. Places, People and Various) and captions. Photos can also be grouped into Smart Collections and Collections, though it doesn’t come out clearly unless you’ve read the manual.
Another fun feature for organizing photos is through maps. The application makes use of GPS encoding for the files that have the feature to show photos on a map. The program also lets you drag image thumbnails on the map to pin them on their locations.
The Develop mode has all the color and light correction tools you can ever need – Exposure, Contrast and Saturation. Clarity and vibrancy are also included. Interface used to make these adjustments works intuitively well. For every section that an adjustment is made, the reset button appears. B&W tools have also been availed for use.
A great feature that is not common with other software is switching to a standard mode for Light EQ tools that present detailed sliders. However, one missing feature was the auto-correct for basic color and lighting sliders.
Lens geometry correction is yet another feature which was introduced with the ACDSee Pro 9 version. This feature tries to correct barrel and pincushion distortion depending on some known characteristics of used equipment. It makes the program correctly identify a camera model and the autofix option makes a subtle enhancement to wide-angle shots. When it comes to correction of chromatic aberration, ACDSee Pro 10 doesn’t do so well. It barely affects purple and green fringing.
When it comes to cropping of photos, the application handles it pretty well, but one may find it difficult changing the aspect ratio. The program preserves original ration by default. The cropping options are located at the bottom of right panel, which is a bit separated from the cropping tool.
This is where tools like watermarking, retouching, text overlay among others are located. This mode also includes a number of tools on the left panel that also includes Develop tools as well.
The Dehaze tool that was first introduced with version Pro 9 is also included. This tool works well on winter landscape photo, but tends to enhance the contrast more than needed. It provides a brush that only applies Dehaze to the selected parts of the photo.
Importing 52 raw files each of 6MB from Pentax K30 camera takes about 37 seconds. ACDSee Pro 10 allows you to start working on the photos even before the import process is complete. Generally, when opening as well as editing images, the program offers a snappy performance as compared to other competing software in the market.
Output and sharing
Sharing takes place at the 365 mode. Actually, a web browser has been embedded into the application via this mode. Through the browser, you can sign into the ACDSee cloud account. Once logged in, users can upload their images through transfer sub-mode as well as drag and drop. The photos available in the cloud storage are viewed on the top split view while the local ones are viewed at the bottom. Photos can be uploaded into the cloud storage (SeeDrive) by simply drag and drop.
JPG files are uploaded to 365, though one can choose the raw files together with the associated data. Local folders can be designated to synchronize with the cloud storage, but actual syncing takes place after clicking the “Sync to Web”. The application doesn’t have a link to the online gallery. All the synced photos can be viewed online by other users if you allowed it.
You can upload your photos to social media platforms including Facebook and Flickr platforms such as Zenfolio and SmugMug.
- Has an intuitive interface.
- It includes many upgraded photo editing and management features than most competing software.
- Photos can be saved on cloud storage or other platforms.
- Supports importing photos from a wide range of professional cameras.
- Affordable pricing plans.
- Even though the program has lots of excellent photo management tools and features, it can be a little overwhelming to use by a novice.