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ACDSee Pro Review

article by Sandra Trentino author June 27, 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.
  • Complete range of photo editing tools
  • Skin enhancement tools
  • Instant haze removal
  • Extensive user resources
  • One Drive integration and responsive performance
  • Interface not user-friendly
  • Absence of panorama feature
  • Substandard lens profile-based image correction
Totally worth the price. It works like a charm!
Sandra Trentino, author
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Setup and Interface PC Compatibility Requirements

The minimum hardware requirements state that an Intel Pentium 3 processor with AMD Athlon or equivalent Intel Pentium 4/AMD Athlon XP is needed. 1 GB hard drive space is recommended, although 310 MB of free space will suffice. ACDSee Pro is compatible with Windows 7-10, Windows Explorer 9+, and Microsoft DirectX 9.0 C.

Setup Setup

The software comes with a free download and free trials. After downloading you will be prompted to register for an account at ACDSee and verify your email address. Once the program starts, you’re prompted to select a default folder and then you will be ready to edit your photographs. There is an introductory wizard attached to the Quickstart guide.

User Interface User Interface

ACDSee Pro features a 3-panel view. On the left-hand side you will see image source folders, in the middle section there is a viewing area, and on the right-hand panel there are tools & properties. Various mode choices are available including 365, Manage, Edit, Photos, Develop and View. The interface allows for total photography control, with a wealth of features including RAW photo editing, and hundreds of nondestructive adjustments.

Editing Tools

The edit mode is packed with a variety of features, making this one of the best photo editing software programs on the market. Standard functionality is available for altering white balance, exposure and color profile. It’s also possible to reduce visual noise, sharpen the image, and remove blemishes. Color EQ tools function subtly and dramatically for maximum hue, lightness and saturation edits.

Features and Specifications Features and Specifications

In total, there are 60 filters and a large number of more automated editing tools, like haze removal on landscape photographs. Other distinguishing features include red eye reduction, lens vignetting, and tinting highlights with a single color and shadows with a different color. Skin-tone smoothing features remove blemishes and other imperfections at the click of a button.

Import and Export Options

Importing and exporting photographs to/from ACDSee is relatively straightforward. For importing purposes, users can simply click on the ‘tools’ button à database à import à in database. To export, simply click on ‘tools’, navigate to the database and then click on ‘export’. The database export Wizard will provide all relevant information for exporting data to a text file, or elsewhere. Is also possible to export to a burn basket by dragging on the parent folder of the photographs in question and then clicking the burn button.

Pricing Pricing

ACDSee Pro is available via a subscription-based model or 1-time purchase. ACDSee offers a wide range of products for users, and the Pro Version is one of the more affordable photo editors available. It currently retails for $59.95, representing a major discount of 70% from the regular price of $219.97. This software is also available in a free trial mode, with upgrade pricing starting at $49.95 with a valid ACD ID account.

Bottom Line Bottom Line

ACDSee Pro is a professional-quality software program, with some of the best photo editor features on the market. What’s great about this software is that it allows you to organize all aspects of your photographs, and edit them with nondestructive tools. Whether you’re a novice or a professional photographer, you can easily track every single image, from 1 to several thousand with quick-click functionality. It is a lot more complex than other options among the best photo editing apps but with a little practice you can certainly enjoy its maximum functionality.