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?

Things that work really well in ACDsee:

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.

Things that don’t work so well in ACDsee:

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!

All that being said, these pictures were processed using only ACDsee and installed Topaz filters. They took a long time to create, but I have to assume it will get easier with practice.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

28 thoughts on “WORKING WITH ACDsee”

  1. I had never heard of it, so had a look. There are so many programmes we can use but I no longer have a great interest. I had Photoshop on one of my computers, an old programme but discovered that Ribbet does it just as well for me and has a few integrated advanced tools similar to photoshop. Otherwise I found that the new iphone has a few new adjustments and that does me fine.


    1. There are some very high quality free programs, too. But this one wasn’t expensive and it worked with my other tools which was important to me. But there are a lot of good tools. You just have to find one that works for you. Your pictures come out beautifully, so you must be doing something right.

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      1. I know you put in LOTS of work on this. The pictures are BEAUTIFUL. Effort is rewarded.

        Pictures have a “George Stevens/John Ford” luminous glow. I LOVE them.


    1. If you can cope with working at 1/4 speed, the results are really excellent. As close to zero destruction of the original as I’ve seen, and a lot of ways to change aspects of the picture from colors to light to various shades of dark. I need to do a lot more work to get it all. I’m doing it one picture at a time.


        1. I try to do most of this while the TV is on in the evening. Garry watches with two eyes. I watch with my ears and an occasional glance. Otherwise, I really would get nothing done either. As it is, I am very strained for time. I can write, shoot, and process. I can’t also do much reading. Eventually, I’m going to have to make some choices.


    1. I haven’t had the strength of character to even approach it today. I did three pictures yesterday and it took me half a day. Maybe tomorrow. Or, since I have the oncologist tomorrow, maybe over the weekends.


        1. I assume it will eventually take less time, but right now, it’s a lot of trial and error involved. I don’t know the menus and I have to search for various functions and then hope I can figure out how to use them. It’s hard, but it will get easier.


    1. It’s just so much WORK to get this to work. They really need to make simple things SIMPLE to use. It works nicely when I can get it going, but I still wind up on the wrong screens as often as not … and there are parts of it that do something, but I have NO idea what they do.


  2. I always wonder if some company holds the exclusive patent on the “easy way” to do things, and that’s why different programs have to work in such different and usually complicated or awkward ways. “Well drat, Photoshop owns the right to slider bars. We’ll just have to use a paddle wheel to adjust the saturation. I’m sure our customers will figure out how it works!”


    1. I don’t know. I really don’t think so. I worked in this business most of my life. We had developers from Russia and India and Pakistan and Khurgastan — and many others. Everyone did their own thing and sometimes, the words they used didn’t always mean anything — in English.

      Most of the tools are just simple drawings. Anyone can use them. But everyone things that their idea is better than anyone else’s.

      Until Photoshop started stealing most of their tools from Corel, they were almost impossible to use. One day, they came out with a new version using basically the same tools Corel had been using for years and suddenly, we could all figure out how to use Photoshop.

      What they do is incredibly stupid and it makes it really hard for new users to work the application. Pointlessly difficult.


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