ACD Systems International has announced ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac), a Mac-based photo editing and management software designed to reduce the time, cost and complexity of creatingphotography.
ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac) is designed to meet the exacting needs of the professional, yet it is simple and affordable enough for the passionate amateur photographer, says Doug Vanderkerkhove, founder and CEO of ACD Systems. As with other ACD products, it incorporates the company’s patented technology and user-focused design.
New features in ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac) include:
° The ability to import files from a connected device or access files from their original locations. When a folder is opened on a laptop or connected device, Pro 2 will begin to display thumbnails of photos.
° Customizable batch presets that apply rules as photos are imported. You can save, back-up, rename, resize, set metadata information and apply edits across any number of photos, all at once.
° A more intuitive user interface allows editing of photos faster with non-destructive editing tools that operate in real time. You can preview results in full screen or restore to the original photos at any time.
° LCE (Lighting & Contrast Enhancement) lets users experience the full power of ACDSee’s patented LCE technology. Use this lighting tool to gain complete control over shadows, mid-tones and highlights to create natural HDR-like results.
° Soft Focus and Clarity tools target mid-tones and allow you to make natural-looking adjustments to your images.
° Color labels identify groups within a large number of photos for further processing using customizable Color Labels.
° A Calendar feature that captures the day and time of photos and automatically indexes them by date.
° EXIF or IPTC fields now let users search using presets or keyboard shortcuts to accelerate a search.
° A Duplicate finder eliminates digital clutter. Users can look for duplicate files, no matter what format, to free up space on the hard drive.
The company also has its online photo sharing and storage site, acdseeonline.com which pairs with the new Mac product. ACDSee Online’s cloud-based environment allows photographers to store and share images in a free 10GB online space.
ACDSee Online users can archive any file format (including RAW formats), email photo albums, post albums on Facebook and Tweet links to albums. It doesn’t require the purchase of any ACDSee product. ACDSee Online also recently released their free iPhone and iPad app in the iTunes App store to manage and share digital assets on the go.
ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac) is available at a suggested retail price of US$139.99. Existing ACDSee Pro (Mac) users can upgrade for a suggested retail price of $79.99. A free 30-day trial is available online at acdsee.com. ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac) runs as a 64-bit application on Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion (10.6 and 10.7). Full system requirements, online tutorials and more information on ACDSee Pro 2 (Mac) can be found at acdsee.com.