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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.


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.


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
  • Smart Erase: select unwanted objects for removal and use the Smart Erase function to fill in the area with a matching background.
  • Liquify tool: allows you to distort objects in images without compromising quality.
  • ACDSee Mobile Sync: wirelessly and instantly send photos and videos directly to ACDSee Photo Studio from your mobile device.
  • ACDSee Actions Browser: manage recordings, and batch apply any of 125+ pre-loaded recordings to multiple images at once.
  • Lens Correction now available in Edit Mode.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts: optimize your workflow with predefined and customizable hot keys.
  • Frequency Separation: smooth out flaws without losing texture.
  • Pixel Targeting: select and mask by targeting specific brightness ranges and colors within the image.
  • Grain tool: give your images an old, film grain look.
  • Polygon Selection tool: select around edges and irregular shapes.
  • New Adjustment Layer Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?¢?? Split Tone: non-destructively tint shadows and highlights respectively.
  • Chromatic Aberration in Edit Mode: heal colored fringes on the borders of high contrast areas.
  • WIA 2.0 Scanner Support. (64-bit support only)
  • Improved Import: avoid uploading the same photos repeatedly with an import tool that remembers your previously imported photos.
  • Digital Asset Management improvement: Keywords and Categories on their own respective panes allows for proper space to manage growing hierarchies.
  • Upload to Facebook in the background.
  • ACDSee Photo Studio now comes pre-loaded with over 100 new borders and textures.
  • New History Window as a pane.
  • New Clone tool pressure slider.
  • View Mode Slide Show can now play videos.
  • You can now browse your iPhone or Android phone in ACDSee Photo Studio.
  • Fixed an issue with uploading to Flickr.
  • And other bug fixes.
Publisher ACD Systems
Publisher web site
Release Date January 24, 2018
Date Added January 25, 2018
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.17MB
File Name acdsee-ultimate-cnet.exe
Total Downloads 31,993
Downloads Last Week 59
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $149.99
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