ACDSee Photo Manager 9 Visit Site

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ACDSee is more like photo album or photo organizing software than it is a photo editor. But, it does have some tools to fix common photo mistakes such as red-eye, color and lighting. It offers several ways to share your photos as well. Overall, the product is not easy to use and the functionality is cumbersome.

Editing Tools

ACDSee is not very user-friendly. The options are extremely technical and in some cases there are too many things to adjust. It could be intimidating to the average home user. It appears that this program focuses more on functionality than form.


ACDSee starts by catalogging the images on your hard drive so it will find them faster next time. It will import files from a digital camera, scanner, and removable storage device (e.g. CD, floppy). When I chose "Aquire images", it automatically found my SmartCard (digital camera storage disk). It then gives you the option to rename the files as you copy them over and choose the destination. You can also choose to delete the files from the device after you've copied them.

Import & Export Options

ACDSee offers only the tools to fix the most common problems in photos. There are no tools to add to an existing photo. The editing tools consist of: Exposure, Color, Red-eye, Sharpness, Blur, Noise, Resize, Crop, Rotate and Effects. The editing is done in real time and it also brings up a separate "preview". I'm not sure why the preview box is needed because you can see the effect in real-time and even click on a tab that takes you back to the saved version. There are only about 7 effects. No layers, no clone tool, no clipart, no selection tools, etc.

Help & Support

ACDSee provides 12 different file formats to save your images in. This is more than enough for the average user. The jpg file format has an "Options" button where you can modify its compression. This screen, however, is very technical and no "before and after" thumbnail is provided. There aren't even any compression options for GIF. If you do a lot of web optimizing, this is probably not the best solution for you.


This product is only a good solution for organizing your photos. If you want the ability to creatively add to your photos, this is not the program you need. It does offer sharing capabilities but the templates are few and horrible.

ACDSee Photo Manager 9 Visit Site