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ACDSee Photo Manager / ACDSee Pro / ACDSee Ultimate

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Basic data

developer ACD Systems
Current  version ACDSee Photo Studio Standard 2019, v22.0.0, Build 1101

ACDSee Professional 2019, v12.0.0, Build 1145
ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2019, v12.0.0, Build 1609
ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac 5, v5.1.1130
(October 28, 2018 (all Windows versions)
March 13, 2019 (macOS Version))

operating system Windows , macOS
category image editing
License Proprietary (Shareware)
German speaking Yes
ACDSee (German)

ACDSee refers to software products from ACD Systems and mostly refers to the original ACDSee photo manager . There is also the "ACDSee Pro" series with different versioning; This can lead to misunderstandings, as the scope of performance of the ACDSee 4 image viewer from 2002, for example, differs considerably from the ACDSee Pro 4 photo manager from 2011. Finally, the "ACDSee Ultimate" edition came out, through which the Pro version was supplemented with a layer editor, here the version number corresponds to the Pro version.


As an image viewer, the program in its early versions is one of the most widespread of its kind and already offered a variety of options for image viewing, organization and management. The basic functionalities have since been divided into two main areas, the overview mode (browser) and the single image mode (viewer). Version 1.0 appeared in 1994 and already ran under the Windows 3.1 operating system (16-bit native). From version 3.0 the development moved away from the pure image viewer in the direction of image management, which was noticeable in the range of functions and the file size.

In the newer versions, for example, an image editor, various output processors ( HTML , Powerpoint , print layout, etc.) and database functions have been added as additional functionalities.

In September 2007, "ACDSee Pro" established itself as a professional variant 2, on the one hand, through significant enhancements to image processing in the image editor, color management , batch processing , IPTC and Exif processing, etc., but especially through the RAW converter implemented here . From version ACDSee Pro 2.5 (September 2008) the program also supports XMP .

The most significant change in version Pro 3.0 was the new user interface with the underlying editing modes Manage – View – Process – Online . In processing mode, for example, images in JPEG format can be processed with the same tools and just as non-destructively as those in a raw data format .

In version 4.0, the introduction of geotagging functionality and, in addition to the improvement of the raw data converter, the ability to correct chromatic aberrations and color fringes and a changed management of the metadata were essential.

With version 5.0, some improvements to the raw data converter (default adjustments, focus mask), a batch export tool, organization labels, a drawing tool and some additional special effects have been added. ACDSee supports color management , but not CMYK color profiles.

In addition to numerous additions and improvements to the development and processing functions (development brush, correction brush, noise suppression, clarity, RAW / SW mode, cross process, etc.), version 6.0 introduces a hierarchical model of the keyword database and an independent 64-bit variant. With the new color management architecture, Microsoft ICM or LittleCMS can be selected as the color management engine.

In version 7.0, many more tools for the development brushes are available in development mode, and many new non-destructive correction brushes are also available. In addition, multi-monitor setups are now very well supported.

Version 8 essentially offers some enhancements in edit mode. A few weeks after the ACDSee Pro 8 was released, the ACDSee Ultimate 8 was a variant of the Pro 8 with the addition of layer editing to the edit mode.

With the implementation of the “Lensfun” library, ACDSee Pro v9 and ACDSee Ultimate v9 provide functions for correcting aberrations in lenses.

Since 2011, ACDSee Pro has also been offered in a separate version for macOS .

ACDSee Standard is the last remaining version still available for 32-bit Windows. ACDSee Ultimate and ACDSee Pro have only been available for 64-bit Windows since 2018.


With the exception of ACDSee Pro (Mac) , all products for Windows are available for German-speaking countries .


ACDSee Standard is aimed at home and office users. It has functions for organizing pictures, for editing pictures (with picture effects) and for online sharing. It does not support raw data development like the Pro version and generally has a reduced functionality compared to this.

It offers the following main features:

  • Manage
  • view
  • To edit
  • Present

ACDSee Pro

As an essential extension, ACDSee Pro provides an environment for image processing and image management with raw data development and processing. The software offers the user the following main user interfaces:

ACDSee Ultimate

In 2014, an Ultimate variant appeared, which, in addition to the functions of the Pro variant, provides layer technology for the "edit" mode. Layered images can only be saved in the proprietary .acdc file format.

ACDSee Pro (macOS)

The user interface of the macOS variant, which runs from Mac OS X Leopard , is based heavily on the Windows variant. The functionality is smaller in ACDSee Pro 3.7 (Mac) (Build 201).

ACDSee Video Converter

The ACDSee Video Converter 4 allows the conversion of various video formats into other formats.

ACDSee Video Converter Pro

In addition to the functionality of the ACDSee Video Converter 4 , the ACDSee Video Converter Pro 4 also offers tools for digitally reading (“ ripping ”) and burning video DVDs as well as simple video editing.

Web links

Commons : Created with ACD Photo Editor  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. Company and product history on the manufacturer's website (English)
  2. lensfun site