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ACDSee Pro Review

article by Maria Perinic author September 12, 2019
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ACDSee Pro is an advanced software program with a comprehensive solution of premium grade tools and resources. Beginners will likely require extensive reading via tutorials and articles about how best to use the full range of services offered by ACDSee Pro.
pros
  • Complete range of photo editing tools
  • Skin enhancement tools
  • Instant haze removal
  • Extensive user resources
  • One Drive integration and responsive performance
cons
  • Interface not user-friendly
  • Absence of panorama feature
  • Substandard lens profile-based image correction
Totally worth the price. It works like a charm!
Maria Perinic, author
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Setup Setup

To set up ACDSee Photo Studio Pro, you will need to purchase the program either by subscribing or simplifying the whole process by paying for the one-time download. As you purchase the software you will have to sign up for an account and verify that through email verification.

When the program restarts you will be able to choose a default photo folder and you’re all set to start editing. You will have to go through an introductory wizard as well as a quick start guide which will go into the details of all the features that you can find within the program, which is really quite helpful.

After you choose your photo folder you will also have the option of building a catalog which is a database that will enable non-destructive editing – basically, it saves all your edits but also keeps the original photo.

As soon as you have finished the editing process, you can export a version of your new image, storing it wherever you like. The great news is that the catalog will keep track of the file location. Additionally, if you add any ratings, keyword tags, notes or any other information that will be stored in the catalog as well.

Personal Use Benefits User Interface

Many users will find the ACDSee Photo Studio Pro interface much friendlier than some competing software packages. The program uses a three-panel view which includes the image source folders found on the left-hand side, the viewing area, which takes up a majority of the space in the middle and the editing tools and properties found on the right.

The cool thing about the ACDSee interface is that you can choose from three different colors which include silver, charcoal, and light, as gray makes the colors in any image pop that little bit more – that’s why you’ll see it used across most photo editing software packages as the default color.

Using a model interface you will find tabs across the top of the window which will alter the interface depending on what you are doing within the app such as editing, organizing or exporting. A customizable interface such as this one allows the user to undock and auto-hide panels you might not have any use for.

Staying with the theme of customizing your interface, ACDSee Photo Studio Pro allows you to also choose which modes appear in the interface and all the photos are grouped by their date making it easier to navigate, finding the exact image you need.

There are touch availabilities on the app, so if you have a touch PC you can pinch-zoom or swipe through folders without any trouble, but it should be noted that when doing so the buttons might be too small when you need to screen tap.

Bottom Line Editing Tools

When it comes to editing you can import and organize your photos using the Manage mode. In addition to that, you can also open music and video files as well as images. If you need to organize your images you can do so by categories which include people, places and other various categories.

There are standard as well as advanced editing tools within ACDSee Pro which can be found under the Develop and Edit tabs. They include the simplest tools which will just adjust exposure to some of the more advanced features such as tone curves and white balance. The Edit tab has tools that will allow you to crop and adjust color. Because they are separated it can be hard to find the tools you need, but the quality of those tools is fantastic.

You can make your image look just the way you want it by using tools that smooth out the skin as well as reducing any blemishes by using the red-eye reduction tool. The great thing about this program is that it will allow you to make nondestructive edits so even though you have made the changes you want, your original copy will not be affected.

An interesting feature that is unique to ACDSee Pro is the ability to switch to Standard mode where the Light EQ tools have detailed sliders which will let you adjust more particular levels. What’s even better is that you can adjust with a wand tool over your photo which will, in‌ ‌turn, adjust the brightness based where your cursor hovers.

You also have access to pincushion and distortion tools as well as auto-fix tools, pixel-level tools including watermarking, retouching and text overlay. Noise removal is also available which will eradicate any noise and create a smooth image, however, there is no auto option which means you will have to do that step manually.

There is an app available for both Android and iOS devices which you can always use on the go to make some quick edits too.

Ease of Use Features

Due to the fact that ACDSee Photo Studio Pro has added quite a number of tools in the latest 2019 model, we thought we would start off with the latest features that are on offer from this photo editor.

Facial recognition will automatically identify faces and assign names to those particular faces. There are now new brush capabilities which will allow you to use brushes for white balance, vibrancy and color adjustments.

You also have color LUT support which allows you to apply powerful lookup tables as well as support for HEIF, luminosity selection which will generate ranges based on the brightness in any image. In addition to all that there are new keyboard shortcuts that you can customize in the Manage mode as well as Smart Erase which you can use to eliminate objects on photos while your background remains consistent.

The liquefy tool will distort images, but will not compromise on image quality and you can use the ACDSee Mobile Sync to instantly send photo and video files wirelessly to your ACDSee PC studio directly from your smartphone.

You can give your photos an old film grain look by using the Grain Tool and select around irregular shapes with the Polygon Selection Tool. One of our favorite updates is the Actions Browse which will manage recordings and apply over 125 preloaded recordings to batch images.

A lot of the time, photographers find the prospect of working with new software very intimidating, but the great thing about ACDSee Pro is that no matter if you’re a seasoned photo editing veteran or a beginner there are tools to help you out every step of the way.

If you have any questions regarding the features on offer from this software there is a comprehensive community that will guide you all the way and includes things like interactive workshops, forums as well as a chat widget. On top of all that, video tutorials explain visually just how much the photo editing tool offers users.

Sharing your photos is not an issue as you will be able to do it directly from the software to various social media platforms like Facebook, Flickr, and SmugMug. The program does come with SeeDrive which is a cloud storage service, however, it comes at an extra cost of $25 per year for 50GB.

Multiple Devices PC Compatibility Requirements

When it comes to activating your ACDSee Pro software, you will need a valid email address. In addition to that you will need to have the following hardware:

  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support
  • Intel i3 or better processor recommended
  • 2 GB RAM (6 GB RAM or more recommended)
  • 512 MB Video RAM (VRAM)
  • DirectX 10 compatible graphics adapter
  • 1024 x 768 display resolution (1920 x 1080 recommended)
  • 2 GB of available hard disk space

You also need software including Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, if you’re using a PC. If you have a Mac computer you will need an Intel processor with at least 512 RAM, but 1GB is recommended, as well as 100MG free hard drive space. In terms of software, you will need Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6 or 10.7.

Any further information you may need about device compatibility can be found on the ACDSee website.

Pricing Pricing

In addition to the ACDSee Photo Studio Pro which is now priced at $46.95 (down from $99.99), there are other packages you can purchase from ACDSee.

ACDSee Home Pack 2019 is the photo editing tool for the whole family, with as many as five computers being able to download the software. As it says on the ACDSee website,

“When creative needs arise at home or at the office, the ACDSee Home Pack 2019 answers with seats for the whole family. With tools for organizing, developing, producing, sharing, and much more, ACDSee Home Pack 2019 supplies everything you need to take your content to the next level. ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate and Photo Studio for Mac provide total photography control on both the Windows and Mac platforms, while ACDSee Video Studio and Video Converter Pro make quick work of your video editing and processing requirements. This pack comes loaded with everything you need to develop inspired content and share it with the world.” 

The ACDSee Home Pack 2019 costs $89 down from $189. Alternatively, you can purchase ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2019 for just $69.95 which has a saving of $80. ACDSee Photo Studio Standard 2019 which will set you back $27.95, down from $59.99 while ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac 5 is just $34.95 with a saving of $65 and the ACDSee Photo Editor 10 comes at $229.95, down from $59.99.

It should be noted that these savings are only available through September 4 so if you wish to make a purchase, make sure to do it before that date to take advantage of the available savings. All of these photo editing packages come with a 30-day guarantee too.

Bottom Line

With so many notable editing tools that have been added to ACDSee Photo Studio Pro this year, it would be a shame not to give it a go. With batch processing allowing users to export, edit, develop, rotate and resize a number of photos at the one time. The ability to rename a batch of photos at once is also great for saving time. Selecting a group of photos and editing their metadata is also an option with ACDSee Photo Studio Pro.

With an app available for iPhones and Android devices, you can edit and view photos wherever you are and upload them to your ACDSee Photo Studio. The facial recognition feature is a welcome addition as are the other new tools like Smart Erase, Color LUT support, improved convert to black and white and the new brush capabilities.

Another impressive highlight is the support that can be found on the ACDSee website which takes users through detailed video tutorials and explanations as to how features work. We love that ACDSee has attempted to make their photo editing program accessible to photography professionals as well as beginners. With a free trial run available for all packages, there is no reason as to why you shouldn’t give ACDSee Photo Studio Pro a go.