ACDSee (32-bit) ACDSee (32-bit) 20.4.630 for Windows

by ACD Systems

Avg. Rating 3.0 (346 votes)

File Details

File Size 133.3 MB
License Shareware, $59.99
Operating System Windows 7/8/10
Date Added
Total Downloads 99,009
Publisher ACD Systems
Homepage ACDSee
Other Versions

Publisher's Description

ACDSee lets you organize, edit, and share your photos with ease. As the choice software for the practical amateur, ACDSee is trusted digital asset management paired with photo editing essentials. ACDSee is packed with efficiency-driven tools to help you organize your photos, tweak as needed, and inspire your friends, family and followers.

Now featuring improved performance and stability, increased interface customizability to suit your process, more advanced noise reduction, and much more, ACDSee provides all of the fundamental elements you need for your productivity-motivated photography workflow. With a new mode dedicated to assessing yours stats on the fly, as well as settings to easily identify orphans amidst your library, ACDSee is the perfect solution for your growing photo collection.

Latest Reviews

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v18.2.0.250 on May 28, 2015

I can't believe this crap still exist :S

RebeccahQP

RebeccahQP reviewed v15.0.169 on 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.

Rebeccah

dmitriko

dmitriko reviewed v12.0.344 on 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

DoHickey

DoHickey reviewed v12.0.344 on 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.

sn0wflake

sn0wflake reviewed v12.0.344 on 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.

Vexii

Vexii reviewed v12.0.344 on May 12, 2010

Version 12 is so much better then 11.

It needs few more tweaks here and there but I like the progress.

Terijan

Terijan reviewed v12.0.342 on Apr 23, 2010

ACDsee compared to COREL Paint shop Pro x3 is like a headache.
ACDsee photo viewer is nice, but editor is very uncomfortable ..
Better to get decent photo editor / manager so you won't at least rue you throw money for bad soft :)

-2.5 star because of editor;
+0.5 star because of price.
So, total 3 stars :)

camfrog123

camfrog123 reviewed v11.0.113 on Jun 17, 2009

ninjeratu is (in my unpaid opinion) is being a little hard on a $39.99 product - I have used ACDSee since version 5 and I have loved the changes that it has brought (however 6 was an absolute disaster and was probably one of the worst software downloads I have ever paid for)

ACDSee is unfairly compared to Photoshop - which it isnt, and it shouldnt be either - its a photo manager - not a photo editor... the beauty of this product is the fact that it can rate scale and search images / batch processing and many many more features that honestly you cant get with a free product like Picassa or Gimp.

Yes this product has some bloat
Yes it could be streamlined down a bit

But its a solid product for the price and has some great features that allows me to sync with my Flicr account + much more

I would like to see the PowerPack come back though - I would like to have FotoSlate back with ACDSee again

ninjeratu

ninjeratu reviewed v11.0.113 on Feb 24, 2009

No, I'm sorry. The paid 5-star reviewers (quite a few of them here on FileForum nowadays) make a fatal flaw.
They assume no one else try the latest versions and want to write their opinions. And the duped people who bought the latest versions will rate it 5 stars just beause they bought it and doesn't want to look like they've made a mistake.

The latest incarnations of ACDSee are not worth 5 stars. It's a terrible editing and Photoshop wannabe, and at the same time a slow and horribly bloated browser. What's worth 5 stars with that? GIMP or Paint.NET are free if you want to manipulate or edit pictures - and they're good at it. XnView or a million other quick and light picture browsers are also free. Who in their right mind would pay for something that is just bad at both?

ACDSee fell into that software trap so many other great products have fallen into .. Product's working so good they can't improve it. So they just add more and more features to attract customers (or so they think) and make sure the programmers have something to do beside drinking lattes...
This might sound like "added value" - but it's not in this case. It started out as a software to browse pictures and was, hands down, the best. Version 5 is still one of the best picture browsers ever made. Fast, light and with enough features to make it a Must Have software.
After that they just added more eye candy, more features and - let's face it - more bloat. ACDSee takes so long to load nowadays they had to add a new "quick" browsing mode to try and quiet their own paid customers who complained!
I'm sorry, but this is not Photoshop but at the same time it is not a simple picture browser either. It's something in between and unfortunately neither is any good anymore. One is too limited to be useful, the other is too bloated and slow.
But the GUI is pretty.

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v11.0.113 on Feb 24, 2009

Fantastic for what it's built to do (which is SO much more than a file viewer). Better than all the freeware apps - just so much more polished and complete.

Avg. Rating 3.0 (346 votes)
Your Rating
FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v18.2.0.250 on May 28, 2015

I can't believe this crap still exist :S

RebeccahQP

RebeccahQP reviewed v15.0.169 on 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.

Rebeccah

dmitriko

dmitriko reviewed v12.0.344 on 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

DoHickey

DoHickey reviewed v12.0.344 on 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.

sn0wflake

sn0wflake reviewed v12.0.344 on 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.

Vexii

Vexii reviewed v12.0.344 on May 12, 2010

Version 12 is so much better then 11.

It needs few more tweaks here and there but I like the progress.

Terijan

Terijan reviewed v12.0.342 on Apr 23, 2010

ACDsee compared to COREL Paint shop Pro x3 is like a headache.
ACDsee photo viewer is nice, but editor is very uncomfortable ..
Better to get decent photo editor / manager so you won't at least rue you throw money for bad soft :)

-2.5 star because of editor;
+0.5 star because of price.
So, total 3 stars :)

camfrog123

camfrog123 reviewed v11.0.113 on Jun 17, 2009

ninjeratu is (in my unpaid opinion) is being a little hard on a $39.99 product - I have used ACDSee since version 5 and I have loved the changes that it has brought (however 6 was an absolute disaster and was probably one of the worst software downloads I have ever paid for)

ACDSee is unfairly compared to Photoshop - which it isnt, and it shouldnt be either - its a photo manager - not a photo editor... the beauty of this product is the fact that it can rate scale and search images / batch processing and many many more features that honestly you cant get with a free product like Picassa or Gimp.

Yes this product has some bloat
Yes it could be streamlined down a bit

But its a solid product for the price and has some great features that allows me to sync with my Flicr account + much more

I would like to see the PowerPack come back though - I would like to have FotoSlate back with ACDSee again

ninjeratu

ninjeratu reviewed v11.0.113 on Feb 24, 2009

No, I'm sorry. The paid 5-star reviewers (quite a few of them here on FileForum nowadays) make a fatal flaw.
They assume no one else try the latest versions and want to write their opinions. And the duped people who bought the latest versions will rate it 5 stars just beause they bought it and doesn't want to look like they've made a mistake.

The latest incarnations of ACDSee are not worth 5 stars. It's a terrible editing and Photoshop wannabe, and at the same time a slow and horribly bloated browser. What's worth 5 stars with that? GIMP or Paint.NET are free if you want to manipulate or edit pictures - and they're good at it. XnView or a million other quick and light picture browsers are also free. Who in their right mind would pay for something that is just bad at both?

ACDSee fell into that software trap so many other great products have fallen into .. Product's working so good they can't improve it. So they just add more and more features to attract customers (or so they think) and make sure the programmers have something to do beside drinking lattes...
This might sound like "added value" - but it's not in this case. It started out as a software to browse pictures and was, hands down, the best. Version 5 is still one of the best picture browsers ever made. Fast, light and with enough features to make it a Must Have software.
After that they just added more eye candy, more features and - let's face it - more bloat. ACDSee takes so long to load nowadays they had to add a new "quick" browsing mode to try and quiet their own paid customers who complained!
I'm sorry, but this is not Photoshop but at the same time it is not a simple picture browser either. It's something in between and unfortunately neither is any good anymore. One is too limited to be useful, the other is too bloated and slow.
But the GUI is pretty.

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v11.0.113 on Feb 24, 2009

Fantastic for what it's built to do (which is SO much more than a file viewer). Better than all the freeware apps - just so much more polished and complete.

csb.milky

csb.milky reviewed v10.0.238 on Jun 6, 2008

The tag handling could be a bit more elegant but after all it's a great and fast tool to organize huge photo collections.

wickedfeel

wickedfeel reviewed v10.0.238 on Nov 30, 2007

I think most of the idiots on here haven't tried versions 9-10. If they had, they would know how much the software has improved by reverting back to speed as the primary focus. I will rate the software for what it is, a powerful tool for professionals or people who have MANY photographs to manipulate, organize and keep track of. In my opinion, it is too expensive for what I need, so I stick with XNView (which I give a 5/5). But everything ACDSee is supposed to do (which is most everything), it does quite well. 4.5/5 stars here.

undervas

undervas reviewed v10.0.238 on Nov 28, 2007

@BB88
Cool, it takes only few years and 7 versions to do again what was supposed to do.... I predict that version 23 will be able to load images again that fast.

Howell

Howell reviewed v10.0.238 on Nov 28, 2007

Used to be a reference software but grew to a bloated one...

Prefer XnView and lots of other FREEWARES !

guti

guti reviewed v10.0.238 on Nov 27, 2007

Good, but Xnview is same or better, and freeware.

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