ACDSee is the ideal photo editor and photo manager for the home or business user, with all the features you need to organize your photo collection, edit and add effects to your images, and share your photos online. Quickly find and organize your image files, get a perfect result every time with easy-to-use photo editing tools, and unleash your creativity with super-simple special effects. Then share your images through e-mail, social media or your own personal space on ACDSee Online.com. Go ahead, inspire yourself!
Reviewing 15.0.169 (Dec 18, 2012)
I see none of the reviews here are from a recent version, and because the product has been around for so long, there are a lot of bloatware complaints and complaints that it is not the same as it used to be.
In my case, I have version 15. I have been a Picasa user for 8 years, and finally had to give it up because with approximately 15,000+ images, I couldn't keep track of them in Picasa any more. I had long since given up on labeling the images in Picasa (too many duplicates), and was relying purely on a chronological file naming system. Which meant that any images that weren't taken with my Canon Powershot camera (and weren't in that folder hierarchy) wouldn't ordinarily be found. Picasa was so full of duplicates, and the navigator on the left side of the screen contained only terminal directory names, not paths. It was just a mess. I couldn't provide my husband with copies of all the photos I took of his art, I couldn't find head shots for artist biographies or for social media profiles, I couldn't find individual photos that I knew I had taken some time but couldn't remember when or the context - nothing.
So, last month I set off in search of a free tool to replace Picasa. I couldn't find one. I wanted something with a fairly uncluttered user interface, with some basic editing tools but with the primary strength being the ability to *organize* my images easily, and then to find them easily once they were organized. I also wanted to be able to browse them easily, but I did NOT want a completely filesystem-based browser. My computer has a lot of stuff on it that is NOT images, and it's too hard to find stuff that way.
Enter ACDSee. It got high marks for organizational abilities and ease of use on Top 10 Reviews, so I gave it a try. So far (I've had it about a month), it seems to be the answer to my prayers. I was easily able to import image files from my laptop hard drive and exclude nonimage files and the ones on the external hard drives (backups). The GUI is extremely flexible and intuitive, and well laid out for browsing images a directory at a time or by search criteria, for categorizing them singly or multiply, and for doing simple things like rotating the images. I chose the "tile" format and was able to configure what file information I want to show up in the tiles.
I've set up a huge number of categories in a hierarchical fashion, and I can easily assign images to multiple categories. I've got categories for whether the image is an original vs a derived image (duplicate or edited), my husband's art (with subcategories) or other peoples' art, family, friends or performers, home, work, school, parks, travel, neighborhood, other people's homes, businesses where my husband's art is located, entertainment venues, etc., different kinds of events, projects, items of interest, automobile, health - you name it.
I can also embed the organizational information into the image files themselves, so that when I copy them to somewhere that my less-than-computer-expert husband can get at them without accidentally erasing them, he will be able to search them, too.
I don't have any need for colored flags at this point, and may or may not be interested in rating them, but those features don't get in the way. I may later go back and translate the categories into keywords, so that other (simpler) programs that can't use ACDSee's "categories" can still search them.
I haven't yet tried exporting photos for uploading to web sites. It may well be that other programs are better for that. But that wasn't my highest need at the time that I went searching for an application. Organization was, and this program is great for that.
Reviewing 12.0.344 (Nov 27, 2010)
Horrible changes through entire UI. I had been forced to upgrade to 12 because earlier versions were incompatible with Windows7. What a bad move and a stupid way to waste $40 bucks. I have thorn this piece of junk (I actually wanted to use another word) and switching to LilghtRoom. Did it ever occur to the creators that people have habits developed with their program, they have work flows and the last they need in a program they had been loyal users for, is 100% change in every single damn tiny piece of UI. What for? This redesign sucks and I hope their bottom line will suck too. If you enjoyed previous versions of the program - do not bother with this one. It is a different software, much worse. Productivity is below 0, so is my satisfaction
Reviewing 12.0.344 (May 13, 2010)
No thanks ACDSee I don't like this at all.
I still use the old 3.0 version of this program and it's fine for what I need.
When you get too fancy, you start messing it up.
And as for Google Picasa, it's not my cup of tea either.
Reviewing 12.0.344 (May 13, 2010)
This software is obsolete. There are many free alternatives that does the same, even better, like Google Picasa, or even the built-in features of the latest Windows versions like Windows Vista or Windows 7.
Reviewing 12.0.344 (May 12, 2010)
Version 12 is so much better then 11.
It needs few more tweaks here and there but I like the progress.
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