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ACDSee Pro 7 Review

Building on the photo editing and image management capabilities of ACDSee 15, ACDSee Pro 7 adds image processing, richer features, and improved flexibility to deliver a quality product for the professional and near-professional photographer alike. Free Trial

Natalie Gialluca

Natalie Gialluca

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Updated: January 11, 2014

The Good

Customizable user interface:

The design of ACDSee Pro 7 is very simple and straightforward. If you want to use the software for basic editing needs, it will be quite simple, but that same simplicity may slow down many advanced users. Luckily, the interface is built around customizable panels that are docked to the main window or placed elsewhere so you can create your own workspace.

Improved editing capabilities:

ACDSee Pro 7 included several new features not found in Pro 6. For example you can apply a radial and linear gradient as you correct exposure, contrast, clarity, and other aspects of the image. You can also use a brush to sharpen or blur a specific area of your photo, or non-destructively eliminate flaws or other unwanted blemishes. All of the features and more give you the power to dramatically improve the quality of your photos.

Excellent image organization and file management capabilities:

ACDSee Pro 7 excels when it comes to file management. You also have access to some of the photo editing features that the majority of professional or near-professional editors would use. If you put a high value on photo management and organization, this software has what you need. The only exception is the lack of facial recognition tagging.

Multiple modes for simple navigation:

You can operate the software in one of five modes (Manage, View, Develop, Edit, and Online) by selecting the options at the top right corner of the screen. The various modes allow you to operate ACDSee Pro 7 in a variety of ways. Manage mode allows you to quickly tackle your organization, file management, and photo management needs. The Online mode allows for simple access to the ACDSee website where you can load and store your photos. View mode operates as a standard image viewer with all of the usual options (rotate, full screen, zoom slide) conveniently placed. The Edit mode essentially builds onto the View mode so you can make quick adjustments to your photos.

Easy watermark creation and application:

ACDSee Pro 7 has an efficient way for you to watermark your images so nobody else can take credit for them online. You also have the option to create templates to define how and where these watermarks will appear on your selected images.

The Bad

Comparatively few professional editing tools:

A lack of layers sets ACDSee Pro 7 far behind the competition in terms of editing tools. Professional editors will also not appreciate the simple painting options that are available. But if you don't need painting utilities and you aren't interested in the most cutting-edge editing capabilities, then ACDSee Pro 7 might be worth your consideration based on its photo management capabilities alone.

No facial recognition tagging:

Although ACDSee Pro 7 offers strong image and file management capabilities, the one problem is in the area of facial recognition. With the increasing popularity of social media and the explosion of cameras in mobile devices, people are having their pictures taken more than ever. If you regularly deal with these types of images, then having a system that automatically tags each image with the names of the people in the photo becomes invaluable. It gives you the option to sort and find people and individual images.

Lacks video tutorials:

ACDSee doesn't provide video tutorials on their website. Although, ACDSee Pro 7 includes a simple walkthrough at the start of the program that delivers a guide to the general functionality of the product, the lack of supplemental video tutorials slows the learning process when compared to other photo editing products.

The Details

Free Trial 15 days
Platform Windows
Price $199.99
Upgrade Cost $59.95


Advanced Editing

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  • 16-Bit Image Editing - You can edit 16-bit images.
  • Add Grain/Noise - You can add graphical identification metadata to your images.
  • Advanced Color Image Operations - You can perform color image operations such as color correction, color zones, color transfer, and vibrance.
  • Audio Editing - You can perform basic audio editing within the software.
  • Black-and-White Conversion - You can convert a color image into a black and white image using any number of methods.
  • Blend - You can blend areas of an image together.
  • Blur - You can soften the detail of an image.
  • Collage - You can create a collage of images.
  • Color Adjustment Tools - You can use a tool to replace missing color or match existing colors.
  • Color Management - You can maintain color quality as an image moves from device to device.
  • Color to Grayscale - You can convert a color image into a black and white image using this specific method.
  • Control Points - You can use control points, a series of small squares placed on the edges and corners of a rectangular selection, to modify a selection by dragging the small squares as needed.
  • Distortion Control/Correction - You can reduce pincushion and barrel distortion effects.
  • Effects - You can add general effects to an image.
  • Exposure Adjustment - You can adjust the exposure of an image.
  • Filters - You can use any of the standard filter types to alter images.
  • Gradients - You can create smooth transitions between adjacent colors.
  • Image Correction - You can brighten shadows, fix unwanted flash, and repair backlight effects.
  • Image Zoom - You can enlarge or shrink the view of the image, in part or in total, as needed.
  • Masks - You can protect certain areas of an image from being modified.
  • Nondestructive Editing Environment - You can make changes to image without altering the original version.
  • Photo Text Entry - You can type right on the image you are working on and see the text in real time.
  • Post-Processing Effects - You can create effects after processing to include framing and vignetting.
  • Reshaping, Manipulating, and Resizing - You can enhance, enlarge or reduce images, cut images to predefined or custom formats, and measure and mark image content.
  • Retouch Brush - You can remove blemishes, dust and other unusual elements from images while maintaining its integrity.
  • Saturation/Warmth - You can control the strength and warmness of a color
  • Selection Options - Once you have made a selection, you can set aspect ratios, adjust selection sizes, move selections, turn the selection into a mask and/or add feathering to the edges.
  • Selection Tools - You can use different tools to select an area of the image to work on, including the circle, square, wand, and/or lasso.
  • Sepia Enhancement - You can add a sepia (brown-gray) tone to an image.
  • Shadow and Highlight Adjustment - You can control the levels of shadow and highlights in your image.
  • Sharpen - You can enhance the detailed edges within an image.
  • Text Effects - You can add effect to text, such as drop shadows, 3D, perspective, curved text, and path text.
  • Transformations - You can trim, skew, scale, flip, mirror, rotate, and/or add perspective to an image.
  • Watermarks - You can create savable, personalized, and usually semi-transparent watermarks for your images.
  • Generate Mosaic Images - You can create a single large image made from a number of other smaller images.
  • Layers - You can make changes to images on individual sheets that can be stacked to form the combined image. Each layer can be adjusted without changing the other layers.
  • Support for Custom Palettes - This software supports custom color palettes.
  • Templates - You can create project or metadata templates.

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ACDSee Pro 7 retails for $199.99 and can be tested out with a 15-day, full-service free trial.

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