Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Photographers Seek All-in-One Applications

VICTORIA, British Columbia – Feb. 2, 2009 - Whether they are professionals on assignment or avid amateurs on holiday, photographers want software that is fast, efficient and provides the quality they demand for their creative pursuits. Many photo workflow packages cost $300 or more, but for less than half the price, ACDSee™ Pro offers the same professional level of support plus specialized features all wrapped into one workflow solution.

For more than 15 years, ACD Systems has designed software especially for photographers, and the company’s developer team seeks the input of thousands of users for each new update. This knowledge base has produced ACDSee Pro, a program that offers the most professional support and functionality for $129.99 (USD).

“I don’t go on assignment without ACDSee Pro,” said Serge Timacheff, official photographer for the international fencing association. “There is no other software that allows me to upload, edit and deliver images in a matter of minutes – all within the same application. ACDSee Pro is the only package that offers the speed and all-around functionality I need.”

Photographers want value
ACDSee Pro’s value is derived from features that have become user favorites, such as:

* speed of viewing and browsing
* ability to see results of image processing in real time
* instant retrieval of images based on robust and flexible criteria, including file properties, date, IPTC, EXIF and custom metadata
* wide range of publishing and presentation options

When it comes to RAW processing, ACDSee Pro’s tools are state-of-the-art. The software offers the ability to recover up to two stops of lost highlight detail and the convenience of copying and pasting RAW settings or batch processing multiple files. ACDSee Pro is compatible with the multitude of file formats associated with today’s top digital camera models.

“Our users want the most value they can get out of their primary editing and organization software without sacrificing a professional level of support,” said Cam Carmichael, product manager of ACDSee Pro and an avid digital photographer. “Most photographers can’t afford to waste time switching between several different customized pieces of software or Web pages that may only perform one specific function, like black-and-white conversion or uploading to a sharing site. That’s why ACDSee Pro has all of these built in.”

What’s next for ACDSee?
This spring, ACD Systems will announce beta testing for its upcoming releases, ACDSee Pro 3 and the long-awaited ACDSee Pro for Mac. Both tools retain the functions that have proven their worth with professional photographers. Photographers will test workflow modes that make editing, archiving and delivering images more efficient. ACD Systems will also offer a new suite of online services for its users in these upcoming releases. Following beta testing, ACDSee Pro 3 and ACDSee Pro for Mac are expected to be released in the fall.

Pricing and availability
ACDSee Pro 2.5 is available for a free 30-day trial and for purchase for $129.99 (USD) by visiting www.acdsee.com. ACDSee Pro 2 users are eligible for a free upgrade to this new version.

Source: ACDSee

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