Note: As of October, 2011 ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee Photo Manager 14 have been released.
ACDSee Pro 4 has become already available on the market so here is a short introduction of the product. ACDSee Pro 4 is full-featured photo management software for professionals and advanced photography users. According to its manufacturer, the software combines the best characteristics of ACDSee Pro 3 with a variety of new features and it brings together all the tools you need to treat your digital photos in the best possible way. You can view, manage, process, edit and publish your images online by using just one photo management software application. You are able to organize your photos, improve them with stunning visual effects for best perception results and achieve all you want with ease and quickly.
ACD Systems International Inc. has been one of the leading photo management software providers for both, amateur and professional photographers, since 1993. The company has won multiple awards for products like ACDSee Photo Manager, ACDSee Photo Editor, FotoSlate Photo Print Studio, etc. ACD Systems gained a loyal following offering one of the first shareware software products and a very good JPEG decoder in the 1990's. They have offices in the USA and Canada and a really large user base including millions of customers. So here is some more information on their new product (you can read about its previous reincarnation ACDSee Pro3 and ACDSee Photo Manager 12 here).
Some of the new features of ACDSee Pro 4 include:
- Geotagging and map view support;
- Creation of custom metadata views;
- Creation of metadata presets;
- Customizable access to your external editing software;
- Correction of fringing and chromatic aberration (see the picture on the left);
- Vingnette correction;
- Automatic upload of your photos to ACDSee online account.
Some of the improved features of ACDSee Pro 4 according to ACD Systems International Inc. are:
- Performing of high-quality RAW image decoding;
- Organizing and controlling your photos flexibly using file folders, metadata, ratings, keywords and custom categories;
- Adding and modifying IPTC 1.1 info to groups of images;
- Process RAW, JPEG and other format images in a non-destructive way in order to perfect color, exposure, geometry and clarity, while always having the possibility to adjust settings;
- Processing of RAW images while having complete control and precision;
- Creating slide shows and screen savers from your photos.
ACDSee Pro 4 photo manager is advertised like being the latest in DSLR photography management and it seems like a good professional photo management software that could be used by advanced amateur photographers as well. If its price is a little bit too high then you can consider buying ACDSee Photo Manager 12 which is more targeted towards amateur users. Either application is a good option but it's better first to think what your particular requirements are and make your decision based on them. And if it happens you are a Mac user, have in mind there is a Pro version for Mac too.