ACDSee Pro 5, ACDSee 14

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ACD Systems has two new photo editing and management products – ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 – incorporating the company’s patented technology and user-focused design.

ACDSee Pro 5 is claimed to be “the most complete solution” for the enhancement and control of image production for professional photographers, allowing photographers to carry out the essential elements of the photography creative process and distribution in one place.

The standard version, ACDSee 14, gives sophisticated amateurs the high end tools they need to produce professional quality results and easily manage their library of images.

Both products are said to provide professional quality features normally found across multiple traditional products such as Adobe Photoshop, Bridge and Lightroom, at a much lower cost. They also offer users the ability to share images via social media networks and on the company’s free online photo sharing service, ACDSeeOnline.com.

Both ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 new features include:

• Customizable colour labels – a new, powerful way to help photographers track an image through the various stages of multi-step workflows.

• Drawing tools – mark up an image; draw arrows, lines, circles or highlight to draw attention to certain aspects of photos or add subtle or dramatic drawing effects.

• New special effects – easily modify images. Apply popular effects without needing to go through a cumbersome, technical multi-step process. Create collages in Polaroid-like frames. Indulge in the art of Lomographic photography, or apply the Orton softening effect to portraits and landscapes.

ACDSee Pro 5 offers new editing and management features, including:

• Dodge and Burn – the traditional darkroom effect can be used to digitally apply saturation and vibrancy, as well as darken and/or lighten certain areas of photographs.

• Split Toning – the easiest way to selectively adjust the saturation of specific hues in your photograph’s shadows and highlights.

• Advanced sharpening tools – available via a new Mask slider-based interface that allows you to easily control the amount of sharpening applied to areas of texture and detail. This allows the photographer to mask out areas with little detail helping to avoid applying sharpening to noise in areas of low detail. This is especially useful for RAW conversion workflow.

• Remove Metadata – Protect the details of your photos, such as location, camera setting and equipment choices. To ensure that images are socially safe, photographers can remove and edit metadata to keep sensitive information private prior to sharing photographs with others or online.

ACDSee 14 gives pro-quality tools including:

• New map view and geotagging support – For security reasons photographers can strip out geotagging information automatically added by their camera.

• A new metadata panel includes custom metadata views for improved control over viewing important data.

• The ability to upload local files conveniently using Sync to Web folders.

Both products continue to provide:

• Full control of where images reside. Users never have to import or export images into a vendor-controlled database resulting in a virtual view. Unlike other solutions, ACDSee allows you to edit photographs in real-time, directly from the source – whether it is an external hard drive, local file system or network accessed folder.

• Editing can be seen in real-time and previewed in full screen, instantly, without waiting for image rendering.

• ACDSee’s catalogue-based technology stores key identifying metadata for each image, including date, location, and equipment used. This makes it fast and simple to perform searches according to keywords, dates and other important information using the Quick Search, Organize Pane and Saved Searches features.

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