It is, in my opinion, a major upgrade to an already mature and well seasoned product line. This won't be a review, as such, so much as a comment on the overall effectiveness of ACDSee Ultimate 9 and some comments on specific new features.
But Ultimate 9 seems to me to be a welcome upgrade in my eyes. Note that ACDSee sells other products as well. There are three products in this line, the current versions are: It is a full featured media manager and media database application.
It not only allows for some pretty sophisticated management of your photos, it also allows for the simple 'touch-up edits people have come to expect with this sort of product. For instance, I could even blend the unedited exposure version of a photo with the edited exposure version! I won't go into detail on the differences between the two products, ACDSee has a web page that explains the differences. The Edit tab has some additional enhancements that most people will want as well. This includes Pixel targeting, trust me you want Pixel Targeting!
If you see a pattern where each level of software builds on the features of the one that comes before it and then adds features, you would be correct. They all use the same database and the same user interface.
Learning one product gives you most of the skills you need to successfully use a different product. This is the top of the line in this series of software. It costs the most, but it does the most.
I have listed below what I consider the major enhancements. I won't attempt to tell you which functions are in which product. ACDSee has a web page that does that quite well. My goal in this article is to give you MY impression of the new features of Ultimate 9. Please do not consider this a formal review, mainly because I haven't spent enough time with the product to render a final judgement AS I write this, the software was released the day before , and also I don't like final judgements on software since the review is of.
The reviews rarely change or get updated, but with software upgrades, the software does, often rendering, the review less accurate than at the time of publication, but the reader has no way of knowing how accurate that review remains. I want to avoid that problem as much as possible, so I consider these an independent, third party, set of release notes for the initial release of ACDSee Ultimate 9.
If you MUST think of this as a review, think of it as a brief review of functionality. Below are the major new features that I think most people will be interested in.
I will discuss them individually. X-Trans Support Well, it's about time! Most current X-Trans users have already selected their raw development software by now.
So if ACDSee wants them to consider switching, the quality of the X-Trans conversion must be at least as good as they currently are getting. I can't comment on the quality of the conversion itself, since I shoot m43s. If any X-Trans users want to download a trial version, and let me know their opinions, I would be happy to publish their comments. Adjustment Layers This is a major feature upgrade for Ultimate 9.
The ability to mask and apply adjustments to layers in Ultimate 9 takes the layering function of Ultimate 8 from a handy convenience feature to a significant workflow tool. Automated lens corrections Geometric and CA Again, this is really important. It was frustrating to know that my m43s system embedded distortion data into the image but that ACDSee couldn't access that information. And manual correction was fine for gross obvious distortion, but pretty useless for more subtle correction.
If they are using LensFun, then a simple internet search will yield all sorts of ways to create Lensfun profiles for lenses using tools many people now have. I even found one that uses the open source stitching tool Hugin. However, what we need from ACDSee is clarification of, will they use a different, more proprietary, process to create new lens profiles and insert them into ACDSee; or will there be a more generic, process created?
I'm sure this announcement will come in time, the new release has only been out one day at this point. Snapshots Virtual copies This does not appear to be an exact one for one replication of Lightroom's Virtual copies where the database stores and displays a thumbnail of the revised image and search and select the Virtual copy as if it were an independant photo.
Instead it allows the user to save the Develop tab's, development setting and give it a name without creating a new thumbnail for that setting. The Snapshot defaults to a datetime stamp as a default name, but clearly, more meaningful Snapshot names would be useful to most people.
Changing the default name is easy enough, so I urge users to do so. Is this as useful, overall, as Lightroom Virtual copies? This alters significantly how the programmers must code their program. Relational databases get their powerful flexibility at a price of speed though.
For those who don't like Lr's speed and response time, this may prove a most satisfactory alternative. It does not work in the Develop tab at all, though I can see some valid uses for it in the Develop tab, maybe Version 10 or 11 will offer this feature. Overall it works pretty well, you select 'record', perform an action or a series of actions in the Edit Tab, then you hit "save", give the recorded action a name.
After that, you can bring up any photo, or a Batch of photos, in either the "Manage" tab or the "Edit" tab and apply the same actions to all those photos in the order recorded. Presently, there is no way to edit a recorded action. If you spot an error in the recorded action file, you will need to delete that action file and create an entirely new one. Again, a nice addition for subsequent versions, I guess. So far, I can only confirm that it works with 64 bit plug-ins, so favorite 32 bit Plug-ins might not work.
I want to make sure I correct any misconceptions I may have left. Basically you create and name a collection and then select a group of photos right click on them and add them to the desired collection. Smart collections seem to have a search function added to them.
At this point I haven't really used the Smart Collection feature. If I find it particularly useful or poetentially useful I may write an article specifically on this topic. Photos Mode Allows you to view entire photo database regardless of location on the hard drive or in other logical ACDSee constructs.
So, in effect, you can see your entire collection of managed photos, or a subset of photos that were taken AFTER a specific date.
I'm not sure I will use this much, but I suspect people involved in commercial photo management will find it useful. Dehaze Is this a fad for the software publishers or what?
It seems every publisher is adding a dehaze slider. What does this do that can't be done with other tools? Well I tested it out, and when compared to other techniques,where no other conditions needed to be met, it is a tiny bit better than I could do on my own. Skin Tune I would point you to my comments on Dehaze. I have no way to test it out. Lightroom Database conversion I haven't tested, I got rid of my Lr database some time ago. I wish I had it years ago when I switched from Lr.
Summary All in all, I would say this Windows only application has had a serious upgrade in functionality. I like it better than Lightroom, primarily for its speed of operation, and the Light equalizer see my previous article here. However, these, functionality enhancements really seal the deal, in my mind. Of the new functions, I think I will use the adjustment layers, the Snapshot functions, and the Photoshop Plug-ins feature the most.
But the exciting thing is, I don't know with absolute certainty! One of the other new tools might surprise me. Posted by.
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