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ACDSee 17

CNET Editors' review

ACDSee 16 is the latest version of this pro-class photo editor and collection manager. It's compatible with previous ACD Systems releases and comes with a database upgrade wizard. ACDSee 16 continues to emphasize ease of use and customer service. It still makes it easy to post and share images online, but it adds new features like the Info Palette, which collects and displays image data in one convenient spot; the Reverse Geocode feature for adding geotags; the Lens Blur tool for creating realistic bokeh effects; and Tilt-Shift for transforming images into simulated miniature scale models. Extras include slideshow, wallpaper, and screen capture tools. ACDSee 16 isn't cheap, but it's affordable, especially compared to some of the competition, and you can try it free for 15 days.

Installing and setting up ACDSee 16 takes several steps, including choosing plug-ins. We could also choose whether to associate the program with all image formats or just unassociated ones, which let us try ACDSee 16 without changing our current settings. A Quick Start Guide toured the program's features and let us set our preferences. ACDSee 16's user interface is busy but not confusing, and it bears many features common to image editors, such as the navigation sidebar with a tree view on the left, with a similar on the right for Mode-specific features. ACDSee 16 is based around four Modes: Manage, View, Edit, and Online. Four large buttons in the upper-right corner accesses each Mode with a single click. New users will need to set up a database to store their images, but if you've got an existing ACD account, you can simply log in and run the database conversion wizard (we did; it's fast and easy). Once you've loaded an image, ACDSee 16 transitions seamlessly between Modes, so that we could go directly from viewing an image to editing it to posting it online.

ACDSee 16 has more features and power than most users need, but it's well within the means of serious amateurs and those with large collections, and a bargain among pro tools.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of ACDSee 16.1.88. The trial version is limited to 15 days.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Too many crashes and conflicts"

    November 8, 2013  |   By chiappy

    Version: ACDSee 17 17.0.41

    Pros

    Easy to use very user friendly

    Cons

    Unfortunately crashes and locks up the machine cannot work well ADOBE PRODUCTS like Photoshop or lightroom

    Summary

    Best for file management but lacking. NO TECH SUPPORT to sort out the conflicts freezing and crashing problems. Constantly optimizing does not help

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very nice and easy to use"

    May 17, 2013  |   By BronnyBear

    Version: ACDSee 17 15.0.169

    Pros

    - Batch processing of the images!

    Cons

    - Sometimes hangs the computer and needs restarting (win xp)

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Bad Upgrade Policy"

    September 26, 2012  |   By sblakeok

    Version: ACDSee 17 15.0.169

    Pros

    None. There are free products that do much of what this program does.

    Cons

    I purchased Version 14 and 15 days after I installed it, Version 15 came out. I requested a free upgrade since it had only been 15 days and they asked $19.99 for an upgrade. Customer service is via email and their automated response indicates it takes 2 to 3 days for a response.

    Summary

    I feel it was unethical to sell a product when a new version was less than 30 days away. Most software companies gladly provide a free upgrade in cases like this.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Seriously TICKED. Must Register Even to TRY!"

    July 26, 2012  |   By B00kWyrm

    Version: ACDSee 17 14.2.157.0

    Pros

    I was unable to find any.

    Cons

    Unable to even try the product without registering.
    Not willing to register on a product that I am only trying.

    Summary

    This practice is very outdated.
    Most publishers do not do this.
    ACDSystems should wake up and join the 20th Century,
    Better yet join the 21st!
    If your product is good, people WILL come back and register ...
    WHEN the trial runs out... after all, by then they will have seen that they want it enough to buy it.
    Until then, you don't need any of our personal information,
    and we don't need your emails.
    I'll be looking elsewhere!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Just love it"

    June 19, 2012  |   By dwoodland

    Version: ACDSee 17 14.2.157.0

    Pros

    Have liked it for many year. It is getting a little bit better for every new version.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Still the best and most convenient!"

    March 26, 2012  |   By sellyourmom

    Version: ACDSee 17 14.0.110.0

    Pros

    ease of basic editing of photos, ease of viewing and organizing images, batch tasks (resizing, renaming, and so on), handles large files

    Cons

    sometimes crashes with big tasks or within folders that contain huge files

    Summary

    Convenient and easy to use, go get it now!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Better than nothing"

    October 12, 2011  |   By narnia

    Version: ACDSee 17 14.0.110.0

    Pros

    This software was a good choise in the 90s. Now on you could find easier and better free software.

    Cons

    Why had this company separated the software in 3 pieces (Photomanager, Photo Editor and Photo Slate), the answer is that will be much more expensive for you. Adobe Photoshop Essentials is lightyears better than this softwares together

    Summary

    Don't buy it, it is unstable och stupid to register.
    And it is not an easy one to work with.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Its free, easy to use, safe and... free"

    September 23, 2011  |   By Bettyblaze

    Version: ACDSee 17 12.0.344

    Pros

    Easy to figure out, quick to install, no problems for me and does what it says it will do

    Cons

    UI/Design looks more promising than features/product endgame. I don't remember exactly why I was disappointed. It looks promising till you realize there is key feature that got shafted. It's the apps equivalent of blue balls ( so im told)

    Summary

    It has potential and the reason I tried it out was because I wanted a quick way of batch editing, but in the end, I ended up going back to photoshop, picasa and acd to cover all the repetitious actions of my project.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It might be helpful but it is unstable ."

    June 25, 2011  |   By hunainahmed116

    Version: ACDSee 17 12.0.344

    Pros

    Variety of options .

    Cons

    Complicated to use and requires a lot of research which gets a bit boring

    Summary

    It`s just an average program and requires a bit of experience to use .

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  • 5.0 stars

    "good one to easy handle"

    April 1, 2011  |   By yogeshthorat

    Version: ACDSee 17 12.0.344

    Pros

    You can edit pictures in many ways. Good options for organizing and viewing.

    Cons

    Can't think of any

    Summary

    Overall it works well and gives you many optiions especially for editing. Takes a little time to learn all the feature and it has many.

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