I am not finding ACDsee easy to use, but it works. It makes things that used to be easy harder, but makes other things that were impossible, not only possible, but easy.
I wish I could take the best piece of each of my graphics programs and put them together into one package! I suppose that’s just a dream, but wouldn’t it be nice if the best of the best could be packaged into a single application? Why should it be merely a dream?
1 – Organization. It took time, but all 101,000+ photographs got cataloged today. It cataloged pictures I didn’t know I had. All my missing photographs from 2003 through 2011 showed up. After that, it organized everything into dated folders making it far easier to find pictures. It took about an hour to catalog everything.
2 – Light. It has an array of lighting tools including the elusive “fill light.” The lighting function is sensitive and there are many ways to use it, many kinds of filters. I’ve barely touched on them yet.
3 – Other repair and exposure tools are highly effective. Clumsy to use, probably because they are so different than Photoshop. I’m hoping they will feel less awkward with time.
1 – No simple leveling function.
2 – Really complicated menus and not much online explanation of where to find a particular function. They have a lot of material on their website, but online help would be a huge help.
3 – Terrible batch naming function. They need to fix it! It’s like Photoshop was 25 years ago.
4 – Please, please simplify the cropping tool!