ACDSee Pro is a feature-packed and professional graphics package that's designed to help you manage, view, process and share your best digital images.
The program has all the features of its base edition, ACDSee.
Management tools enable you to browse your folders, view images, or search for others by name or whatever metadata tags you need.
A smart viewer includes an Auto EQ feature to optimise exposure, Magnifying Glass and Navigator tools to zoom in on fine detail, while image metadata and histogram are always on hand.
Strong core editing tools include a host of filters, and more than 50 special effects. You're able to customise how these are applied with assorted selection tools, brushes, linear or radial gradients and more.
Images may be saved as individual files, slideshows, videos, HTML albums and more, and uploaded to flickr, SmugMug, Zenfolio, Facebook, or ACDSee's own custom cloud storage service.
ACDSee Pro extends all this with an array of professional developing tools. You get lens corrections, brightness and contrast adjustments by tone bands, non-destructive red-eye reduction, a configurable Vibrance tool, even the ability to create HDR-like results from a single image.
Editing features are also much improved. Skin Tuning enhances portrait shots, dehazing cleans up murky images, there are more filters and effects, and - new this time - Adobe Plugin support opens up a whole world of new image tweaking possibilities.
The ability to edit specific colors and tones gives you far more control over what you're doing. If you make a mistake, you can step back in your edit history to some previous point. Or, if you know exactly what you're doing, batch editing allows you to perform the same actions on multiple images.
Other extras include watermarking, selective removal of metadata, multi-monitor support and more.
Version 9 extends the package with Collections, essentially smart searches which make it even easier to locate and manage sets of photos.
Photos Mode enables quick browsing of your photo collection, organising it by year, month or day.
Many of the editing tools we've mentioned - Skin Tune, Dehaze, automation, Adobe Plugin support - are also new this time.
ACDSee now imports your Lightroom database in just a few clicks, while integrating your OneDrive folder for speedy access to cloud images.
There's also 4K monitor support, new pressure-sensitive brushes, improved white balance editing and a revamped colour picker.
What's new in 11 (see the release notes for information)?
¦ Smart Erase
Remove unwanted objects and the Smart Erase tool will fill in the area naturally.
¦ Actions Browser
Record your editing process, categorize and manage recordings, and batch apply any of 125+ pre-loaded recordings to multiple images at once.
¦ Grain Tool
Give your images an old, film grain look with the Grain tool.
Retouch portraits by moving pixels, not changing them. *Not supported on 32-bit.
¦ Pixel Targeting
Select and mask by targeting specific brightness ranges and colors within the image— even skin tones.
¦ Polygon Selection Tool
Select around edges and irregular shapes with the Polygon Selection tool.
¦ Chromatic Aberration
Heal colored fringes on the borders of high contrast areas with the Chromatic Aberration tool.
¦ Lens Correction
In Edit mode, correct barrel and pincushion distortion by applying the fix calibrated for the distortion inherent to the lens used.
¦ Improved Performance
Brushing is now 400% speedier! Also enjoy faster undoing and redoing, as well as Drawing tools.
¦ Keyboard Shortcuts
Whip through your process with hot keys available for every stage of your workflow.
¦ Improved Import
Avoid uploading the same old photos again and again with an import tool that remembers your previously imported photos.
¦ Categories/Keywords Panes
With Keywords and Categories on their own respective panes, you can enjoy proper space for managing your ever-growing hierarchies.
ACDSee Pro's editing features are significantly improved with this release, and with the program's many other professional tools there's very little it can't do.