ACDSee 17 Review

ACDSee 17 offers many features found in advanced editing software for a fraction of the price, making it a solid choice for the average consumer or amateur photographer.

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The Good

Simple and adjustable user interface

ACDSee 17 is simple by design, which, in this case, can breed efficiency and effectiveness if you have simple needs. The adjustable interface is built around four modes: Manage, View, Edit, and Online. You can access the modes by clicking on buttons located in the upper-right corner of the screen. In the Manage mode, you can create PDF files, albums, HTML albums, slideshows, and process your images. Online mode loads the ACDSee website in your program window, which acts as a portal to the program’s online storage and cloud-based functionality. All you have to do is log in and start uploading.

Solid file management and image organization tools

ACDSee 17 offers standout file management and image organizing features while providing a competent selection of photo editing tools for a majority of consumers. ACDSee 17 allows you to access key shooting information like the ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, and more while managing, viewing, or editing your photos. From a management and organizational perspective, the software offers just about everything an amateur photographer (and some professionals) would need.

Nice array of publishing options

ACDSee 17 offers a wide selection of choices for you to publish, print, or save your images. You can use your images to create slideshows, screensavers, and web galleries or you can store the images on the cloud. ACDSee 17 also allows you to directly upload your photos to Facebook. You can add photos to an existing album, or create a new one, add your location, description, and specify the privacy level. This feature is a must-have if you are a regular Facebook user.

Different modes make for easy editing

View mode is your standard image viewer with all of the usual options you would find with a standard photo editor, like rotate, full screen, and zoom slide. Edit mode takes the viewer and adds an additional menu of logically structured, collapsible categories of editing features on the left-hand side of the window. The edits take place in the viewing pane as you make them, but you can compare them to the original at any time. This is a very easy way to judge your progress (or lack thereof). On a more negative note, the functionality of the interface becomes less intuitive when moving from edit to edit, where the undo’s and redo’s appear and disappear from the bottom of the screen.

Bang for the buck

Due mainly to its competent feature set and efficient interface, ACDSee 17 provides solid value for the price when compared to other consumer-level photo editing options. Even better, ACDSee 17 delivers many similar tools that can be found in the professionally-geared ACDSee Pro 6 for half the price.

The Bad

Limited professional editing tools

As a consumer level product, you wouldn’t expect a large volume of professional editing features, but ACDSee 17 has very few, especially when you compare it to competing products. If you are an amateur photo editor, this probably won’t make much of a difference to your overall satisfaction of the product since you likely have little use for professional editing tools anyway, but it’s still worth noting.

Few painting/drawing choices

ACDSee provides basic painting tools, but, like elsewhere in the program, does not include more advanced elements. If you aren’t looking for advanced editing needs but still want high-quality image management capabilities, then ACDSee 17 could work for you. On the other hand, if you desire greater editing flexibility, painting options, and overall selection, then there are many other products on the market that will better suit your requirements.

Lacks video tutorials

Although ACDSee offers a nice walkthrough at the outset of the program, they don’t provide you with video tutorials on their website in order to guide your use of the product. ACDSee also doesn’t provide targeted video clips, which would probably speed up the learning curve for the software and get you editing photos much quicker.

The Details


  • Free Trial: 15 days
  • Platform: Windows
  • Price: $49.95
  • Upgrade Cost: $29.95


ACDSee 17 retails with a price of $49.99 and has a 15-day, full-service free trial of the software.

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