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Editors' Review

ACDSee Ultimate 8 offers pro photography features like workflow management, cataloging, and archiving. It also sends email and creates CDs, DVDs, PDFs, and slideshows. A fully customizable workspace is organized around Modes: Manage, View, and Edit/Develop, plus 365 Mode, which integrates ACDSee Ultimate 8 with related software. New features include Pixel Targeting, PicaView, 1-Step EQ, Smart Indexer, and SeeDrive.

Pros

Quick setup: ACDSee Ultimate 8's Quick Start Guide helps you convert databases, set preferences, catalog files, or learn more.

Extensive editing: While the app excels at organizing and managing your image catalogs and databases, it's also a top-quality image editor with layers, palettes, and filters, plus quick fixes for issues like red-eye.

SeeDrive: The new SeeDrive manages your cloud folders and shares, including privacy settings, from a sidebar window. Like ACDSee Ultimate 8's other windows and sidebars, the SeeDrive window can be closed, minimized, undocked, or floated.

Rights management: ACDSee Ultimate 8 manages pro-level EXIF metadata, such as Intellectual Gene, IPTC Code, Job Identifier, Credit Line, Copyright Notice, and Rights Usage Terms.

Cons

Registration and activation: Some of ADCSee's features require an active account, but you shouldn't have to provide a phone number to create one. Initially, ACDSee Ultimate 8 wouldn't recognize our new account when we tried to activate it.

Bottom Line

ACDSee Ultimate 8 brings a lot to a crowded software sector. This powerful and easy-to-use suite challenges tools that cost more -- sometimes quite a bit more.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of ACDSee Ultimate 8.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 12.0.0.1132

  • Face Detection & Facial Recognition: automatically identify faces and assign name to the detected faces.
  • Develop mode brushes now include Vibrance, White Balance, Color Overlay, Color EQ (Saturation, Brightness, Hue, and Contrast), and Tone Curves
  • Improved Convert to Black & White tool in Develop and Edit mode: can increase or decrease the contrast of each individual color, and specify the brightness range that the contrast adjustment will target
  • Import and apply Color LUTs in Edit mode
  • Support for HEIF: decodes this high efficiency media container format for images and image sequences
  • Auto Advance: adding metadata prompts ACDSee to automatically advance to the next image
  • Develop Settings pane: displays adjustment settings made to your images in Develop mode
  • Import and export Develop and Edit mode presets
  • Import and export ACDSee Actions
  • Luminosity Selection: creates selections based on the brightness in images
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts in Manage mode
  • Improved Curve control
  • Added Process drop-down menu in Manage mode
  • Increased the number of cells in Quick Categories and Keywords table
  • Doubled the Exposure range in Develop mode
  • Doubled the Highlight Enhancement range
  • Improved brush panel workflow in Develop mode
  • Added Smart Erase to Repair tool in Edit mode
  • Added an extra brush in Develop mode
  • Added Adjustments tab in Print dialog
  • Added AutoSave in Edit mode options
  • Added option to resize by percentage in Batch Export
  • Added support for underscore as separator in Import dialog
  • Added ability to undo/redo individual sliders in Develop mode
  • General

    Publisher ACD Systems
    Publisher web site http://www.acdsee.com
    Release Date September 20, 2018
    Date Added September 25, 2018
    Version 12.0.0.1132

    Category

    Category Digital Photo Software
    Subcategory Photo Editors

    Operating Systems

    Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10
    Additional Requirements None

    Download Information

    File Size 1.13MB
    File Name acdsee-pro-cnet.exe

    Popularity

    Total Downloads 1,701,857
    Downloads Last Week 65

    Pricing

    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 30-day trial
    Price $99.99
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