Lightroom’s new competitor
ACDSee is an image viewer that’s been well known since the days of IrfanView. ACDSee had quite a few followers for its superior features back then, but IrfanView was generally known more for being freeware. ACDSee 2 Pro has moved from being just an image viewer. This new version boasts of great photo handling features for the professional photographer.
The first thing ACDSee 2 Pro does is catalogue all your images when you first run it. The interface is surrounded by sidebars, leaving only a small area to actually view images and the thumbnails.
Photos are sorted by time and can be viewed through the Calendar view. The other useful filtering feature is the Organise sidebar, which allows you to display photos from only a particular camera. A quick preview appears when you hover the pointer over an image. You can enter image editing mode by double-clicking on any of the photos. ACDSee 2 Pro even loads videos; you can not only view them, but also convert them using the codecs on your machine.
Images and videos can even be burnt onto CD and DVD. Wizards are available to create video CDs as well. Other than that, you can even export your photos as HTML albums, PDF, or PowerPoint presentations.
Memory consumption was well under 30 MB while browsing images, and only spiked by a few (5 to 10) MB while opening images.
Other than its clumsy interface, ACDSee 2 Pro seems a nice software, until you get to know about the price tag—$129.99. It’s still much cheaper than Adobe Lightroom, which is more than twice its price. It has quite a few features that can be compared to those of Lightroom, but it doesn’t match its simplicity.
|Features : 4|
|Performance : 3.5|
|Ease of use : 3|
|Value for money : 2.5|
|Overall : 3|
People looking for image viewers can stick to free ones like IrfanView, as ACDSee 2 Pro has gone far beyond that. Users who can’t afford Lightroom might want to consider ACDSee 2 Pro.
Web site : www.acdsee.com
Price : $129.99 (Rs 5,200)