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Chapter 1 Welcome .............................................................................................................1
Welcome to ACDSee Pro .........................................................................................................................1
Key features in ACDSee Pro ...................................................................................................................2
Manage your photographs ...........................................................................................................2
Streamline your workflow ..............................................................................................................3
Accelerate your productivity ........................................................................................................4
Chapter 2 Getting started ..................................................................................................7
Starting ACDSee Pro .................................................................................................................................8
About the ACDSee user interface ........................................................................................................8
The Browser ........................................................................................................................................8
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The Viewer ...........................................................................................................................................9
Edit Mode ............................................................................................................................................9
Using the Browser .....................................................................................................................................9
About Browser panes ................................................................................................................... 10
Working with Browser panes .................................................................................................... 11
Using the Viewer ..................................................................................................................................... 13
Viewing images in full screen mode ....................................................................................... 14
Using the Viewer panes ............................................................................................................... 14
Returning to the Browser ............................................................................................................ 15
Using Edit Mode ...................................................................................................................................... 15
Editing images ................................................................................................................................ 15
Working in Edit Mode .................................................................................................................. 16
Closing Edit Mode ......................................................................................................................... 18
Getting photos with ACDSee ............................................................................................................. 18
About removable devices ........................................................................................................... 19
Organizing and managing files in ACDSee ................................................................................... 19
Searching with ACDSee ....................................................................................................................... 20
Sharing images with ACDSee ............................................................................................................ 20
Chapter 3 Getting Help .................................................................................................... 21
Using the ACDInTouch Service .......................................................................................................... 22
Using myACD ........................................................................................................................................... 22
Contacting ACD Systems ..................................................................................................................... 23
Chapter 4 Getting photos ................................................................................................ 25
About the Device Detector ................................................................................................................. 26
Using device profiles ............................................................................................................................. 26
Configuring a device .................................................................................................................... 27
Custom settings for destination and naming options ..................................................... 28
Custom settings for device storage options ........................................................................ 28
Getting photos from a profiled device ........................................................................................... 29
Updating or deleting a device profile ............................................................................................. 30
Getting photos from a digital camera ............................................................................................ 30
Getting photos from a scanner (TWAIN) ........................................................................................ 31
Getting photos from a mass storage device ................................................................................ 32
Getting photos from a CD ................................................................................................................... 32
Getting photos from a mobile phone ............................................................................................. 33
Creating a renaming template .......................................................................................................... 34
Taking a screen capture ....................................................................................................................... 34
Chapter 5 Browsing ......................................................................................................... 37
Browsing files in the File List pane ................................................................................................... 38
Sections of the File List pane ..................................................................................................... 38
Maximizing the File List pane .................................................................................................... 39
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Browsing files in one or more folders .............................................................................................. 39
Selecting multiple folders ........................................................................................................... 40
Creating and managing folders ................................................................................................ 40
Browsing files by category, rating, or classification ................................................................... 40
Selecting multiple categories, ratings, and classifications ............................................. 41
Organize pane classifications .................................................................................................... 41
Browsing files by date ........................................................................................................................... 42
Calendar pane toolbar buttons ................................................................................................ 42
Navigating in the Calendar pane ............................................................................................. 43
Calendar pane shortcuts ............................................................................................................. 43
Browsing favorite files ........................................................................................................................... 44
Creating a shortcut ........................................................................................................................ 44
Creating a new folder ................................................................................................................... 44
Deleting a shortcut or folder ...................................................................................................... 45
Browsing RAW files ................................................................................................................................ 45
Changing view modes .......................................................................................................................... 45
View modes ...................................................................................................................................... 46
Customizing the Details view mode ....................................................................................... 46
Sorting files ............................................................................................................................................... 47
Sorting files using column headers ......................................................................................... 48
Custom sorting files ...................................................................................................................... 48
Filtering files ............................................................................................................................................. 48
Selecting files ........................................................................................................................................... 49
Previewing images ................................................................................................................................. 49
Gathering images in the Image Basket ........................................................................................... 50
Chapter 6 Viewing ............................................................................................................ 51
Zooming images ..................................................................................................................................... 52
Zooming an image ........................................................................................................................ 52
Setting the zoom level ................................................................................................................. 53
Automatically shrinking or enlarging images ..................................................................... 53
Displaying a thumbnail of a magnified image .................................................................... 55
Panning a magnified image ....................................................................................................... 55
Magnifying specific areas of an image ................................................................................... 55
Viewing and configuring a slide show ............................................................................................ 56
Starting a slide show automatically ................................................................................................. 59
Viewing images with Auto Advance ................................................................................................ 60
Displaying text on images in the Viewer ........................................................................................ 61
Hiding image text .......................................................................................................................... 62
Viewing RAW images ............................................................................................................................ 62
Synchronizing the Viewer to a folder .............................................................................................. 63
Viewing offline images ......................................................................................................................... 63
Rebinding Photo Discs ................................................................................................................. 64
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Viewing images in another application ......................................................................................... 65
Creating a desktop screen saver ....................................................................................................... 65
Setting an image as the desktop wallpaper ................................................................................. 67
Chapter 7 Playing ............................................................................................................. 69
Playing audio and video files ............................................................................................................. 70
Automatically playing audio and video files ....................................................................... 70
The Media toolbar ......................................................................................................................... 70
Selecting part of a media file .............................................................................................................. 71
Saving video frames as images ......................................................................................................... 71
Adding or editing image audio ......................................................................................................... 72
Chapter 8 Editing ............................................................................................................. 75
Using the undo/redo system ............................................................................................................. 76
Previewing changes to images ......................................................................................................... 76
Resizing an image .................................................................................................................................. 76
Rotating an image .................................................................................................................................. 78
Flipping an image .................................................................................................................................. 78
Cropping an image ................................................................................................................................ 79
Resizing the crop window .......................................................................................................... 79
Adding text to an image ...................................................................................................................... 80
Adding a watermark to an image ..................................................................................................... 82
Selecting part of an image .................................................................................................................. 83
Saving or discarding changes in Edit Mode ................................................................................. 84
Saving tool settings ............................................................................................................................... 85
Repairing images .................................................................................................................................... 85
Removing flaws .............................................................................................................................. 85
Reducing red-eye ........................................................................................................................... 87
Straightening crooked photos .......................................................................................................... 87
Correcting perspective distortion .................................................................................................... 88
Correcting barrel, pincushion, and fisheye distortion .............................................................. 89
Correcting shadows and highlights ................................................................................................ 90
Adding light to shadows ............................................................................................................. 90
Adding shadows to highlights .................................................................................................. 90
Adding color to pale areas of a photo .................................................................................... 91
Tips for adjusting the shadows and highlights in your photos .................................... 91
Adjusting image light levels ............................................................................................................... 92
Automatically adjusting exposure .......................................................................................... 92
Adjusting image brightness ...................................................................................................... 92
Adjusting image levels ................................................................................................................ 93
Adjusting brightness curves ...................................................................................................... 94
Adjusting image color .......................................................................................................................... 95
Using the Histogram ..................................................................................................................... 95
Applying Auto Color ..................................................................................................................... 95
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Removing a color cast .................................................................................................................. 96
Changing image color depth ..................................................................................................... 96
Changing HSL values .................................................................................................................... 97
Changing RGB values ................................................................................................................... 97
Sharpening and blurring an image .................................................................................................. 98
Using the Sharpness tool ............................................................................................................ 98
Using the Unsharp Mask tool .................................................................................................... 98
Blurring an image ........................................................................................................................... 99
Adding and removing image noise ...............................................................................................100
About noise and noise reduction ...........................................................................................100
Removing noise from an image ..............................................................................................101
Adding noise to an image .........................................................................................................102
Batch editing ..........................................................................................................................................103
About batch editing ....................................................................................................................103
Converting multiple images to another file format ........................................................104
Rotating or flipping multiple images ....................................................................................105
Resizing multiple images ..........................................................................................................106
Adjusting exposure for multiple images .............................................................................108
Changing the color profiles of multiple images ...............................................................109
Using the Batch Processor ........................................................................................................110
RAW image processing .......................................................................................................................125
About RAW image processing ................................................................................................125
Processing a RAW image ...........................................................................................................126
Processing a batch of RAW images .......................................................................................130
Sharing RAW processing settings ..........................................................................................131
Removing RAW processing settings .....................................................................................131
Editing RAW images ....................................................................................................................132
Applying special effects filters .........................................................................................................132
About special effect filters ........................................................................................................132
Applying a Bathroom Window effect ...................................................................................132
Applying a Blinds effect .............................................................................................................133
Applying a Bulge effect ..............................................................................................................134
Applying a Colored Edges effect ............................................................................................135
Applying a Contours effect .......................................................................................................135
Applying a Crayon Drawing effect .........................................................................................136
Applying a Crosshatch effect ...................................................................................................136
Applying a Dauber effect ..........................................................................................................136
Applying an Edge Detect effect ..............................................................................................137
Applying an Emboss effect .......................................................................................................137
Applying a Furry Edges effect .................................................................................................138
Applying a Glowing Edges effect ...........................................................................................139
Applying a Granite effect ..........................................................................................................139
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Applying a Mirror effect ............................................................................................................140
Applying a Negative effect .......................................................................................................140
Applying an Oil Paint effect .....................................................................................................141
Applying the Old effect .............................................................................................................141
Applying an Outline effect .......................................................................................................142
Applying a Pencil Drawing effect ..........................................................................................142
Applying a Pixel Explosion effect ...........................................................................................142
Applying a Pixelate effect .........................................................................................................143
Applying a Posterize effect ......................................................................................................144
Applying a Radial Waves effect ..............................................................................................144
Applying a Rain effect ................................................................................................................145
Applying a Ripple effect ............................................................................................................146
Applying a Scattered Tiles effect ............................................................................................147
Applying a Sepia effect ..............................................................................................................147
Applying a Sheet Metal effect .................................................................................................148
Applying a Shift effect ................................................................................................................148
Applying a Slant effect ...............................................................................................................149
Applying a Sobel effect .............................................................................................................150
Applying a Solarize effect .........................................................................................................150
Applying a Stained Glass effect ..............................................................................................151
Applying a Sunspot effect ........................................................................................................151
Applying a Swirl effect ...............................................................................................................152
Applying the Threshold effect ................................................................................................153
Applying a Topographic Map effect .....................................................................................153
Applying a Vignette effect ........................................................................................................154
Applying a Water effect .............................................................................................................155
Applying a Water Drops effect ................................................................................................156
Applying a Waves effect ............................................................................................................157
Applying a Weave effect ...........................................................................................................158
Applying a Wind effect ..............................................................................................................158
Creating a custom special effect filter ..................................................................................159
Chapter 9 Organizing .................................................................................................... 161
Copying and moving files .................................................................................................................162
Copying images ....................................................................................................................................163
Pasting files and folders .....................................................................................................................163
Replacing or overwriting files ..........................................................................................................163
Renaming a file or folder ...................................................................................................................164
Renaming multiple files .....................................................................................................................164
Tagging images ....................................................................................................................................166
Creating categories ..............................................................................................................................167
Assigning categories and ratings ...................................................................................................168
Removing files from classifications .......................................................................................169
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Comparing images ...............................................................................................................................169
Viewing file properties in the Viewer ............................................................................................172
Using the Properties pane .................................................................................................................172
Properties pane areas .................................................................................................................173
Changing the date and time properties of images ..................................................................175
Creating and assigning keywords ..................................................................................................176
Adding database, EXIF, and IPTC information to multiple files ...........................................176
Removing IPTC keywords and supplemental categories .......................................................178
Backing up your files to another computer ................................................................................179
Updating or deleting a synchronization ..............................................................................179
Running a saved synchronization ..........................................................................................180
Creating archives of your files ..........................................................................................................180
Managing database information ....................................................................................................181
About the ACDSee database ...................................................................................................181
Excluding folders from the database ....................................................................................182
Cataloging files in the database .............................................................................................182
Converting an older database .................................................................................................183
Importing database information ............................................................................................184
Importing file information from other sources .................................................................184
Exporting database information ............................................................................................186
Generating file lists ......................................................................................................................186
Backing up your database ........................................................................................................187
Restoring database information from a backup ...............................................................188
Maintaining the database .........................................................................................................189
Optimizing the database ...........................................................................................................190
Rebuilding thumbnails ..............................................................................................................190
Quarantining files ........................................................................................................................190
Chapter 10 Searching .................................................................................................... 191
Using the Quick Search bar ...............................................................................................................192
Using the Search pane ........................................................................................................................193
Search pane areas ........................................................................................................................193
Files and Text .................................................................................................................................193
Properties area ..............................................................................................................................194
Searching with file name patterns .................................................................................................195
Finding duplicate files .........................................................................................................................196
Finding images quickly .......................................................................................................................196
Using selective browsing ...................................................................................................................197
Setting selective browsing criteria ........................................................................................197
Tips for selective browsing .......................................................................................................198
Hiding the Selective Browsing pane .....................................................................................198
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Chapter 11 Sharing ........................................................................................................ 199
E-mailing images ..................................................................................................................................200
Sharing slide shows and screen savers .........................................................................................200
Creating a PDF .......................................................................................................................................202
Creating a CD or DVD ..........................................................................................................................202
Creating video files and VCDs ..........................................................................................................204
Creating an HTML album ...................................................................................................................204
Creating a contact sheet ....................................................................................................................206
Publishing images to TiVo .................................................................................................................207
Creating a SendPix album .................................................................................................................208
Chapter 12 Printing ....................................................................................................... 209
Printing images in ACDSee ...............................................................................................................210
Creating custom print formats ...............................................................................................210
Setting printer options .......................................................................................................................211
Setting image size and positioning ...............................................................................................212
Adding text to pages ..........................................................................................................................212
Setting contact sheet printing options ........................................................................................213
Ordering prints online ........................................................................................................................214
Chapter 13 Customizing ................................................................................................ 215
Setting options ......................................................................................................................................216
Setting the General options .....................................................................................................216
Setting Browser options ............................................................................................................217
Setting the Quick Search options ..........................................................................................218
Setting File List pane options ..................................................................................................218
Setting the Thumbnail Display options ...............................................................................220
Setting the Thumbnail Ratio options ...................................................................................222
Setting the Details View options ............................................................................................222
Setting the Preview pane options .........................................................................................223
Setting the Folders pane options ..........................................................................................224
Setting the Organize pane options .......................................................................................224
Setting the Calendar pane options .......................................................................................225
Setting the CD/DVD Management options .......................................................................226
Setting the Properties Pane options .....................................................................................227
Setting File Management options .........................................................................................227
Setting the Color Management options .............................................................................228
Setting the Database options .................................................................................................231
Setting Viewer options ..............................................................................................................232
Setting the Viewer Display options .......................................................................................233
Setting RAW Image Preview options ....................................................................................234
Customizing and configuring ..........................................................................................................235
Creating custom Browser layouts ..........................................................................................235
Auto-hiding panes and panels ...............................................................................................236
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Using the Custom tab in the Properties pane ...................................................................236
Using the Task Pane ....................................................................................................................237
Using the Context Sensitive toolbar .....................................................................................238
Customizing toolbars .................................................................................................................238
Customizing the Edit Panel ......................................................................................................240
Configuring image editors .......................................................................................................241
Customizing keyboard shortcuts ...........................................................................................241
Chapter 14 Shortcuts ..................................................................................................... 243
Browser keyboard shortcuts .............................................................................................................244
Viewer keyboard shortcuts ...............................................................................................................247
Viewer mouse shortcuts .....................................................................................................................252
Appendix A Plug-ins ................................................................................................... 255
Types of plug-ins ...................................................................................................................................256
Managing plug-ins ...............................................................................................................................256
Disabling a plug-in ......................................................................................................................257
Changing the plug-in order .....................................................................................................257
Viewing plug-in properties and getting help .............................................................................257
Appendix B File formats ................................................................................................ 259
Supported file formats ........................................................................................................................260
Supported RAW formats ....................................................................................................................265
Associating files .....................................................................................................................................267
Appendix C System requirements ............................................................................... 269
Glossary .......................................................................................................................... 271
Index ............................................................................................................................... 285
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Welcome to ACDSee Pro
Welcome to ACDSee Pro Photo Manager, and congratulations on choosing the industry-leading
digital photo management software.
ACDSee is the essential application for acquiring, organizing, viewing, enhancing, and sharing your
digital photos and other media files.
ACDSee's Browser lets you copy photos from your camera to your computer, categorize and rate your
files, and manage photo collections of any size - from a few hundred to a few hundred thousand.
Choose to view thumbnail previews of any size, or use a detailed list of file properties to sort your files.
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Can't find a particular photo? No problem - ACDSee includes a variety of powerful searching tools and
a Compare Images feature to eliminate duplicates.
ACDSee's full-featured image viewer and media player quickly generates high-quality displays of your
images and media files. You can run slide shows, play embedded audio, and display multiple-page
images in any of the more than 50 image and multimedia file formats.
Also, ACDSee includes a wide variety of image editing tools you can use to create, edit, and touch-up
your digital images. Use tools such as red-eye reduction, crop, sharpen, blur, and photo repair to
enhance or correct your images. Image management tools, such as exposure adjustment, convert,
resize, rename, and rotate, can be performed on multiple files at the same time.
The user interface is completely customizable, and provides quick access to tools and features. You
can customize the screen layout, the order of images, toolbar display, and many other options to suit
your preferences. ACDSee contains extensive context-sensitive Help to assist you as you move
through the application.
ACDSee Pro Photo Manager is a fast, powerful, and easy-to-use image management system that
everyone from beginners to professionals can use and enjoy.
Related topics
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Starting ACDSee Pro
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About the ACDSee user interface
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Getting photos with ACDSee
Key features in ACDSee Pro
Manage your photographs
View all your RAW files faster than ever before.
ACDSee Pro supports DNG (Digital Negative Specification)-the widely available archival RAW format,
guaranteeing you'll be able to access and view your RAW images quickly and trouble free. It also
guarantees you'll be able to view your RAW files in the future, despite changes made to industry
software and camera technology.
You'll never have to worry again about not being able to view your images in their native RAW
formats. Why? Pro also supports a wide range of RAW formats from Nikon, Canon, Konica-Minolta,
Olympus, Fuji, and Pentax cameras, including popular new DSLR models like the Nikon D2X, Nikon
D70S, Canon EOS1Ds Mark II, Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, and the Olympus E-300.
Powerful RAW processing gives you precision, control, and a creative edge.
Process your RAW images the way you want. Experiment and fine-tune image development settings
to ensure each of your images look great. Get full control over your images with precision tools for
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adjusting exposure, white balance, sharpness, and noise, taking your digital photography to a whole
new level.
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Save settings so you can use them repeatedly.
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Process multiple RAW images in a single step.
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View RAW files faster than ever before.
Batch processing allows you to manage thousands of images at once.
Simultaneously resize, change color depth, convert to sepia, crop, rotate, reduce noise (grain),
sharpen, change exposure, rename, add text, add copyright, copy, move, and convert the format of
images all in a single operation. You can then save these settings for future use.
Insert IPTC information in batches too, including captions, keywords, copyright, credit, origin, and
others. This feature allows you to apply unique information to one file, or the same information to
multiple files, in one operation. The benefits of setting IPTC information in batches are speed and
efficiency. Setting IPTC information also makes it easy to find and identify the photographer, similar
sets of photos, or a single specific photo.
Streamline your workflow
Personalizing your desktop workspace is essential to creating a streamlined workflow. With ACDSee
Pro, it's easy. You can tailor a wide range of functionality to suit your personal preferences, making it
easier and faster to the use the application in your daily workflow.
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Customize the buttons to display on the File List toolbar.
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Customize the workspace layout to suit each of your workflows. Save each layout and then
quickly load that workspace for a specific task.
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Customize the image/media decoder to use for a specific file extension.
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Customize the Properties tab and create custom Info Tips. Configure both the properties and the
Info Tips information to display in the Choose Properties dialog. The Choose Properties dialog is
where you select information from EXIF, IPTC, ACD Database, and File Properties.
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Preview images in the Browser with a histogram and essential properties information.
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Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly assign categories and sort files. You can also customize your
own keyboard shortcuts.
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Create and save contact sheet print settings.
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Use the new feature on the Status bar in the Viewer to set ratings or tag your photographs.
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Accelerate your productivity
Add text captions.
Write descriptive text captions, insert the filename, or add the photographer's name using styles and
special effects. Styles include talk and thought bubbles, as well as drop shadows. Add up to 13 special
effects such as Blur, Ripple, Shift and Twirl.
Include the photographer's name and the date, company logo, and indexing information that stay
with the photograph in transit, allowing you to work with more efficiently with clients and colleagues.
Add watermarks to your photographs.
Now you can easily add watermarks to your photographs to properly reflect copyright and ownership
laws, or to mark specific photographs or images with pertinent business related information like logos
and graphics.
Use powerful lens correction tools.
Easily fix common lens distortions such as barrel, pincushion, and fish-eye. You can also fix perspective
distortions.
Fine tune your images with shadows and highlights adjustments.
While most other editing functions such as "brightness" and "levels" tend to affect all areas of the
image in the same way, the Shadows and Highlights tool allows the user to enhance only the
shadows, or only the highlights, or both shadows and highlights independently.
If your subject is placed in front of a bright background, such as a sky, this often results in a sky that is
too bright or a subject that is too dark. Shadows and Highlights allows you to make the subject
brighter and make the sky darker whereas other functions such as brightness or levels only allow you
to brighten or darken the photograph as a whole.
Shadows and Highlights also allows you to increase or decrease the color saturation of the photos
when you make adjustments.
Take advantage of improved HTML albums.
Choose from several HTML album templates designed to suit your professional needs, or customize
them by adding your contact information and company logo, and so give your Web pages a look and
feel appropriate for your business.
Get fully integrated color-management support.
View and print accurately with full color management support for ICC and ICM color profiles. For
increased productivity, remove or convert the color profiles of multiple files simultaneously.
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Quickly identify your best photos with the new tagging feature.
When you acquire photographs from a fashion photo shoot, for example, you can tag each image with
a mark that denotes whether or not you wish to keep it.
Tagging is a fast, and time-efficient way to sort through preferred photographs, helping you keep
your hard drive and memory cards uncluttered by making image deletion a simpler process.
With a single keystroke you can tag and un-tag images from within the Browser or the Viewer. Tagged
images appear with a check mark and remain tagged across sessions.
A tagged category in the Organize pane allows you to search and view all your tagged images
whenever you want. Selecting and unselecting tagged images is a single click operation.
Use the histogram to adjust your photographs with pinpoint accuracy.
Now you can view a histogram when browsing through thumbnails, viewing full size images, or
editing your photographs. The Histogram displays a graphical representation of the distribution of
intensity levels of pixels for each color channel in an image, so you can immediately identify what
aspects of the image need to be edited as you browse through your thousands of photographs.
With the Histogram you can make adjustments to brightness curves. Use the Curves tool to change
the tonal range of an image in the Histogram, which displays a visual representation of the color
information levels in the image, based on the selected channel. Click and drag the line to manipulate
the curve. Simply click and drag the line to manipulate the curve. Select the RGB color channel to
adjust the entire range of the image, or select a specific color.
Quickly edit and retouch images with professional tools.
ACDSee Pro provides all of the most common photo editing tools in one single application, so you
don't have to import images to a more difficult editing software just to make necessary changes to
your photographs.
Remove noise from images with the new hybrid Median Noise Reduction tool, all using 48-bit (16 bits
per channel) editing functionality. Be creative with over 15 new special effects like vignette, old,
stained glass, and more.
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The ACDSee user interface has three main functional areas; the Browser, the Viewer, and Edit Mode.
The Browser displays your photos and files as a list of thumbnail previews that you can resize,
customize, tag, organize, or sort in many ways. The central File List is surrounded by customizable
toolbars and panes, each designed to help you organize and streamline your workflow.
With the Viewer, you can view your photos and media files at actual size, or at any magnification. The
Edit Mode is a powerful image editor where you can quickly fix common problems like red-eye, color
cast, exposure and more. You can also enhance images by adding text and watermarks, or using a
variety of special effects. Many of these editing functions are available in the Batch Processor, a
powerful tool that you can use to apply multiple edits to multiple files, simultaneously.
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Starting ACDSee Pro
After you install ACDSee Pro Photo Manager on your computer, an application icon is placed on the
desktop and in the Start menu.
To start ACDSee Pro:
Do one of the following:
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Double-click the ACDSee Pro icon on the desktop.
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Click Start, and select Programs | ACD Systems | ACDSee Pro.
About the ACDSee user interface
The ACDSee user interface provides easy access to the various tools and features you can use to
browse, view, edit, and manage your photos and media files. ACDSee consists of three main parts: the
Browser, the Viewer, and Edit Mode.
The Browser
The ACDSee Browser is the main browsing and managing component of the user interface, and is
what you see when you start ACDSee using the shortcut icon on your desktop. In the Browser, you can
find, move, preview, and sort your files, and access organization and sharing tools.
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The Browser consists of 12 panes, most of which can be closed when not in use. The File List pane is
always visible, and displays the contents of the current folder, the results of your latest search, or the
files in your database that match your filtering criteria. A status bar at the bottom of the Browser
window displays information about the currently selected file, folder, or category.
The Browser also features two toolbars: the main toolbar, which provides shortcuts to commonly-used
commands, and the context-sensitive toolbar, which provides different shortcuts depending on what
is currently selected in the Browser.
You can open and close panes, move them to different areas of your screen, and stack them on other
panes or dock them to the edge of the Browser. Most panes also have additional options you can set
to further customize their behavior and appearance.
The Viewer
The ACDSee Viewer plays media files and displays images in full resolution, one at a time. You can also
open panes in the Viewer to view image properties, display areas of an image at varying
magnifications, or examine detailed color information.
You can open the Viewer directly by double-clicking an associated file type in Windows Explorer, and
you can use the Viewer to flip quickly between all of the images in a folder. The Viewer contains a
toolbar with shortcuts to commonly-used commands, and a status bar at the bottom of the Viewer
window, which displays information about the current image or media file.
Edit Mode
You can open your images in ACDSee's Edit Mode to adjust or enhance them using the editing tools
and effects.
Edit Mode displays the available tools on the Edit Panel, a customizable menu that can be closed or
hidden when not in use. Clicking the name of a tool on the menu opens that tool in the Edit Panel,
where you can adjust the settings to edit or enhance your image.
The Edit Mode also contains a status bar, which displays information about the image you are editing.
Using the Browser
With the ACDSee Browser, you can browse, sort, manage, manipulate, and share your files and images.
You can combine different tools and panes to perform sophisticated searching and filtering
operations, and view thumbnail previews of images and media files.
The Browser panes are fully customizable, and can be moved, resized, hidden, docked, or closed. You
can also stack the panes together for easy reference and accessibility, and to maximize your screen
space.
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About Browser panes
The ACDSee Browser consists of the following panes:
File List
This pane displays the contents of the currently selected folder, the results of
your latest search, or the files and folders that match your selective browsing
criteria. The File List pane is always visible, and cannot be hidden or closed. You
can customize the File List pane by changing the way the files are displayed, or
the size of the thumbnails.
Folders
This pane displays the directory structure of your computer, much like the
directory tree in Windows Explorer. You can use the Folders pane to browse
through the folders and display their contents in the File List pane. You can also
display the contents of multiple folders in the File List by clicking the Easy
Select box opposite each folder, on the left side of the pane.
Calendar
This pane displays a calendar that you can use to organize and browse your
files according to their associated dates. For more information about the
Calendar pane, as well as a description of the toolbar buttons, see Using the
Calendar pane.
Favorites
This pane stores shortcuts to your favorite images, files, folders or even
applications. Dragging an image, file, or folder into the Favorites pane creates a
shortcut to the original without affecting it in any way.
Search
This pane provides access to ACDSee's powerful search utility. You can specify
the type of search you want to perform, and enter your search criteria into the
fields provided in the Search pane.
Preview
This pane displays a thumbnail preview and histogram of any image or media
file currently selected in the File List pane. You can adjust the size of the
thumbnail by resizing the Preview pane, and also specify whether you want the
Preview pane to play media files or just display the first frame.
Selective
Browsing
This pane combines input from the Folders, Organize, and Calendar panes to
limit the list of files in the File List pane to those that match a specific set of
criteria. You can include or exclude files by adjusting the different criteria in the
Selective Browsing pane.
Organize
This pane lists the categories and ratings to which you can assign your files to
help sort and manage them more easily. You can also use the Special Items
area in the Organize pane to quickly view all of the images on your computer,
or see any uncategorized files in the current folder.
Task
This pane displays menus of commonly-used buttons and commands from the
menus and toolbars. The menus change dynamically based on your current
location and selections in ACDSee.
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Properties
This pane displays file properties and database information for any file or folder
you select in the File List pane. You can use the Properties pane to view and
edit database information for your files, and the EXIF metadata included in
digital photos.
Image Basket
While browsing through your files and folders, you can place images in the
Image Basket to hold them temporarily. You can then edit, print, or share those
images without moving them all into a single folder.
Burn Basket
This pane provides the tools you need to group and organize files and then
burn them to CDs and DVDs from within ACDSee.
Working with Browser panes
You can open and close panes in the Browser to suit your preferences, and move, float, or stack any of
the panes to customize the layout of the Browser window.
To open or close a Browser pane:
Click View and select the pane you want to open or close.
Moving panes
You can move a pane from a docked or floating position to a new location. You can move one pane at
a time, or several stacked panes.
To move a pane:
1
Drag the pane's title bar and hold your mouse pointer over any of the arrows of the Docking
Compass.
2
When the shaded marquee displays the position of the pane you want, release the mouse
button.
3
To return a pane to its previous location, double-click its title bar.
To move a docked or floating pane:
Do one of the following:
•
Drag the pane's tab to a new location. Only one pane moves.
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Drag the pane's title bar to a new location. Any panes stacked beneath it also move.
Docking panes
When you select a pane in the Browser, the Docking Compass activates to help you place the pane
precisely. The Docking Compass consists of an outer and inner ring of arrows. When you hold your
mouse pointer over any of the arrows, a shaded marquee displays the potential position of the pane.
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To dock a pane in the Browser window:
1
Drag the pane's title bar or tab to activate the Docking Compass.
2
To dock a pane around the outer edge of the Browser window, hold your mouse pointer over any
of the outer arrows of the Docking Compass, and then release the mouse button.
3
To dock a pane around the outer edge of the File List pane, or another Browser pane, hold your
mouse pointer over the inner arrows of the Docking compass, and then release the mouse
button.
Stacking panes
You can stack panes and reorder their tabs to suit your needs.
To stack panes:
1
Do one of the following:
•
Drag one pane's title bar onto the title bar of another pane until the shaded marquee
appears, and then release the mouse button.
•
Drag one pane inside another, hold your mouse pointer over the center of the Docking
Compass, and then release the mouse button.
2
To reorder the panes, drag a tab to the left or right in the tab order.
3
To separate a tabbed pane, drag the pane's tab to another location on the screen.
Resizing panes
You can resize all the panes in the browser, whether they are docked or floating.
To resize a docked pane:
1
Hold your mouse pointer over the edge of the pane until the pointer changes to arrows and lines.
2
Drag the edge of the pane to the size you want.
To resize a floating pane:
Hold your mouse pointer over the edge or corner of the pane and then drag the pane to the size
you want.
Resetting the Browser layout
You can return all of the Browser panes to their default positions at any time.
To reset the Browser layout:
Click View | Reset Layout.
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Using the Viewer
You can use the Viewer to display your images and media files using their actual dimensions or at a
variety of magnifications. You can also display a group of images in sequential order.
The Viewer window contains four main areas:
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Viewer toolbar: Located at the top of the Viewer and below the menu bar, the Viewer toolbar
provides shortcut buttons to commonly-used tools and commands, such as the zoom and scroll
tools. You can set the options on the toolbar to show or hide the toolbar, and to use large or small
icons.
•
Editing toolbar: Located on the left side of the Viewer, the Editing toolbar provides shortcuts to
the editing tools available in ACDSee's Edit Mode.
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View area: This is the main Viewer area, which displays the current image or media file. You can
customize the Viewer window, and zoom in or out on your images and media files.
•
Status bar: Located at the bottom of the View area, the Status bar displays information and
properties for the current image or media file. It also displays overlay icons for rating and tagging
that you can click to edit.
The Viewer can also display the Properties pane to show database, EXIF, and IPTC
information about the image or file. The Viewer also has the Navigator, Magnifying
Glass and Histogram panes, each of which show detailed image information.
To open an image or media file in the Viewer:
In the File List pane, do one of the following:
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Select a file and press Enter.
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Double-click a file.
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Right-click an image or media file, and then select View.
To open a group of images in the Viewer:
1
In the File List pane, select a group of images.
2
Press Enter.
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To navigate through the images, do the following:
•
To view the next image in the sequence, click View | Next Image.
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To view the previous image in the sequence, click View | Previous Image.
By default, the Viewer displays all of the files in a folder. You can customize the
Viewer to display only those files that you select in the File List pane.
Viewing images in full screen mode
You can use the entire screen of your monitor to display images. In full screen mode, the window
borders, menu bar, status bar, and toolbars are hidden, and only the image is visible. If you want to
always view your images in full screen mode, you can set this option as the default for the Viewer.
To view images in full screen mode:
1
Open an image, or a group of images, in the Viewer.
2
Click View | Full Screen.
3
Right-click the image to access the Viewer tools and options via a shortcut menu.
To exit full screen mode:
Do one of the following:
•
Press the F key.
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Right-click the image and select View | Full Screen.
Using the Viewer panes
To open the Viewer panes:
1
Open an image in the Viewer.
2
Do one of the following:
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Click View | Histogram to display the histogram for the image.
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Click View | Magnifying glass to magnify the area of the image under your cursor.
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Click View | Navigator to display a thumbnail overview of a magnified image.
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Click View | Properties to display file, database, EXIF, or IPTC information about the image.
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Returning to the Browser
You can close the Viewer window and return to the Browser at any time.
To return to the Browser from the Viewer window:
Do one of the following:
•
Press Esc.
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Press Enter.
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Double-click the image.
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Click File | Browse.
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Click the Browse button on the toolbar.
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Magnifying specific areas of an image
Using Edit Mode
Editing images
ACDSee includes a powerful, yet easy-to-use image editor with an array of useful tools to help reduce
red-eye in digital images, remove an unwanted color cast, apply special effects, and much more.
You can also edit and enhance your images by adjusting the light and color levels, cropping images
that are too large, rotating or flipping images that are incorrectly aligned, and adjusting sharpness.
When you are finished editing, you can preview your changes, and then save your images in over 10
different file formats.
You can use the Edit Mode to edit and enhance your images, or you can configure ACDSee to work
with a variety of editing applications, such as ACD Photo Editor.
To open an image in Edit Mode:
Do one of the following:
•
In the Browser, select an image and click Tools | Open In Editor, and then select ACDSee.
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In the Viewer, click Modify, and then select Edit Mode.
•
In the Viewer, click Modify, and then select the name of the tool you want to apply to your
image. Edit Mode will open directly to that tool.
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To edit an image in another image editing application:
Do one of the following:
•
In the Browser, click Tools | Open in Editor, and then select the editing application you want
to use.
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In the Viewer, click Modify | Open in Editor, and then select the editing application you
want to use.
For more information about editing in other applications, such as Canvas or ACD
Photo Editor, see Configuring image editors.
Working in Edit Mode
In Edit Mode, the right side of your screen displays the Edit Panel, which provides access to all of the
editing tools and effects. Click a name in the Edit Panel to open that tool and use it to edit your image.
The Edit Panel contains extensive context-sensitive Help to assist you as you move through the
application -- click the Help button at any time to view a Help file page specific to that tool.
At the top of the screen, just below the Edit Mode toolbar, are the Current, Saved, and Preview tabs.
You can select these tabs at any time to compare your original image with the edited version, and
preview your editing choices before saving them to your hard drive.
The Edit Mode toolbar provides access to commonly used commands and zooming controls.
Edit Mode toolbar
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Editing
Closes Edit Mode, after prompting you to save any unsaved changes,
and returns you to the Viewer.
Save As
Opens the Save Image As dialog box so you can save your changes as
a new image.
Previous
Image
Displays the previous image in your selection.
Next Image
Displays the next image in your selection.
Zoom In
Increases the magnification of the current image.
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Reduces the magnification of the current image.
Zoom Menu
Opens a menu of zoom options.
Print
Opens the Print dialog box.
Help
Opens the Help file.
Zoom controls
While editing an image, you can adjust the magnification with the Edit Mode Zoom controls, located
in the top-right corner of the Edit Mode.
Actual Size
Returns the current image to its actual size.
Fit Image
Reduces the image to fit within the Edit Mode area.
Navigator
Displays a thumbnail preview of the current image. Click and drag
across the thumbnail to select an image area. This feature is most
useful at higher magnifications.
You can also drag the slider beside the Zoom controls to set a precise magnification.
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Closing Edit Mode
You can close the Edit Mode window and return to the Viewer or Browser at any time.
To close Edit Mode:
Do one of the following:
•
Click the Finished Editing button on the toolbar.
•
Press Esc.
If you are currently working with a tool, the Finished Editing button may be
disabled. Close the tool first, and then click Finished Editing to return to the Browser
or Viewer.
Getting photos with ACDSee
You can use ACDSee to download images from your digital camera, scanner, mobile phone, or other
removable device. You can also use ACDSee to capture images of your screen and save them as files.
When you connect your digital camera or other device to your computer, ACDSee detects it
automatically with the Device Detector, and prompts you to choose one of the following:
•
Acquire images from the device with ACDSee: Select this option and click OK to start creating
a profile for your device. You can then specify naming, storage, and destination options once, and
have ACDSee automatically download your photos to a new directory every time you connect
that device. This is particularly useful if you have more than one digital camera or card reader.
•
Do nothing: Select this option and click OK if you don't want to create a device profile, but want
to use the Get Photos Wizard from within ACDSee to copy your photos to a specific directory,
rename files as you copy them, and clear the originals from your device. For more specific
instructions, select the type of device you connected from the list below:
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Getting photos from a scanner (TWAIN)
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Getting photos from a mass storage device
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Getting photos from a CD
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About removable devices
With ACDSee, there are several ways to obtain images from your digital camera, scanner, or memory
card. For more information about how your device communicates with your computer, please consult
your device's Help file or manual. The different types of removable devices are:
•
USB mass storage device: mass storage devices include removable memory cards that you can
attach to your computer using a USB card reader, and cameras that contain an internal memory
card, and can be attached directly to your computer. USB Mass Storage devices are detected by
your system as a removable drive.
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Windows Image Acquisition: cameras and scanners that use Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
drivers.
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TWAIN: cameras and scanners that use the TWAIN interface. TWAIN-supported devices use
TWAIN drivers that you must install on your computer to communicate with the device. For more
information about drivers, and whether or not your device uses TWAIN, please consult your
device's Help file.
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Older model digital cameras: some older model cameras require an ACD Systems digital
camera plug-in. Newer camera models connect to your computer as a mass storage device, or
with TWAIN or WIA drivers, and do not require a camera plug-in.
You may require DirectX and QuickTime to copy and view audio or video files.
Related topics
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About the Device Detector
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Using device profiles
Organizing and managing files in ACDSee
In addition to its browsing, viewing, and editing capabilities, ACDSee features integrated
management tools you can use to better organize and sort your images and media files. These tools
include batch functions (tools that can alter or adjust multiple files at the same time), category and
rating systems, and a powerful database to hold all of your important image information.
You can use ACDSee's batch functions to rename, resize, rotate, add EXIF information, and adjust the
exposure of a single image, a group of images, or the contents of an entire folder all at once. With the
category and rating systems, you can create a virtual folder structure, and use it to find related images
and media files with a single click.
ACDSee displays file properties and image information in an easily accessible Properties pane that you
can use to directly add and edit file information, including metadata and database content. You can
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add an author, description, notes, and keywords to your files, and adjust the category and rating
assignments at the same time.
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Related topics
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About the ACDSee database
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Setting the Database options
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Using the Properties pane
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Browsing files by category, rating, or classification
Searching with ACDSee
ACDSee includes a number of ways to search your computer for files and folders. You can use the
Search pane to search by file name, keywords, or image properties. You can create advanced searches
to locate files that fall within a date or rating range, or use the Duplicate Finder to locate and manage
identical files.
For simpler searches, you can use the Quick Search bar to quickly locate files and folders, or search the
database for specific names and keywords. You can also customize the Quick Search bar to only search
for specific items or certain parts of the database.
Also, you can use the Organize pane to quickly locate and list all images on your hard drive, or to
locate any files in a folder that have not been categorized. If you are working with larger image
collections, you can use Selective Browsing to specify broad or narrow criteria for the images you want
to display in the File List pane.
Related topics
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Using the Quick Search bar
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Using the Search pane
Sharing images with ACDSee
ACDSee makes it easy to share your images with friends and family. You can e-mail images right out of
the File List, post images on the Internet with ACD Systems' secure SendPix servers, and create your
own Web pages with the HTML Album plug-in.
ACDSee includes a Burn Basket pane, to help you burn your images safely onto a disc. You can also
create slide shows and screen savers that you can give to anyone with a computer - they don't need
ACDSee to view them. You can even publish your images to your TiVo, and view them on your
television screen.
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ACDSee Pro includes a context-sensitive Help system to instantly provide you with more information
about whatever tool you are using. To read instructions or tips for any part of the interface, click that
area to select it, and then press the F1 key to open that topic in the Help. In many dialogs there is a
What’s this? icon. To use What's this? help, click the ? button in the top-right corner of the dialog box,
and then click on the control to open its tool tip.
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Using the ACDInTouch Service
ACDInTouch is a data exchange service. When you connect, information is sent to you so that you can
read up-to-date information directly in the ACDInTouch Viewer. This information is relevant to your
product, such as upgrades, add-ons, and related software from ACD Systems that may also be of
interest to you.
To view languages other than English, click the Site Language drop-down list, and then select the
desired language.
Using myACD
You can use myACD to manage your ACD Systems software. With it, you can check the status of your
software, enter a license code to update your trial versions, and download other products to try or
buy.
To open the myACD Control Panel:
Click Help, and then select myACD.
For complete access to all the myACD features, you must be connected to the
Internet.
The myACD Control Panel displays a list of currently installed software, and whether that software is a
trial or full version. You can purchase software and even update your trials to a full version. You can
also view a list of additional products that you can download and install on your hard drive.
To obtain a full version license code for trial software already installed on your hard drive:
1
In the Installed Products list of the myACD Control Panel dialog box, select a product containing
a trial version status.
2
Click the Buy button below the Installed Products list. You will be prompted with further
instructions.
To update a trial version with a full version license code:
1
In the Installed Products list of the myACD Control Panel, select a product that contains a trial
version status.
2
Click Enter License Code.
3
In the License Code dialog box, type the license code provided to you by ACD Systems.
4
Click OK.
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To download and install free software:
1
In the Additional Products list of the myACD Control Panel dialog box, select a free product.
2
Click the Install button. You will be prompted with further instructions.
To download and install trial version software:
1
In the Additional Products list of the myACD Control Panel dialog box, select a product.
2
Click the Try button located below the Additional Products list. You will be prompted with
further instructions.
To buy, download, and install full version software:
1
In the Additional Products list of the myACD Control Panel dialog box, select a product.
2
Click the Buy button located below the Additional Products list. You will be prompted with
further instructions.
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Appendix A Plug-ins
Contacting ACD Systems
For information about purchasing software, customer service, and technical support, click Help, and
then select Contacting ACD Systems.
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ACDSee Pro makes it easy to download photos and movies from your digital camera or other devices.
Plug your camera, scanner, card reader, or removable drive into your computer, and ACDSee Pro
automatically detects it and guides you through the process of copying the photos to your hard drive.
You can set up a profile for your device to specify how you want to handle the photos you get from
each device. For example, you can automatically copy all of the photos from your scanner into one
folder and those from your digital camera into another folder, while using a completely different
renaming system for photos from your mobile phone.
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About the Device Detector
You can use the ACDSee Device Detector to access the photos stored on your camera, scanner, mass
storage device, or CD and display them using ACDSee.
To start Device Detector:
Click File | Get Photos, and then select ACDSee Device Detector.
After you start the ACDSee Device Detector, it runs in the background and displays a camera icon in
the Taskbar Notification area. When you plug a camera or other device into your computer, the Device
Detector detects the connection, the icon changes color, and either prompts you to specify what you
would like to do with your images, or automatically launches the Photo Transfer Wizard or the Get
Photos Wizard.
ACDSee Device Detector replaces the Windows XP AutoPlay feature. To resume
AutoPlay functionality, close the ACDSee Device Detector.
The ACDSee Device Detector can also detect when you insert a CD into your CD-ROM drive, or attach
a mass storage or Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) device to your computer. Such devices may
include cameras, card readers, Web cams, and scanners.
If your device does not have a TWAIN or WIA driver installed, is not a mass storage device, or if there
are no files on your device, ACDSee Device Detector will not be able to detect it.
For more detailed information about using the Device Detector, click the camera icon in the Taskbar
Notification area and select Help.
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Using device profiles
You can use ACDSee to automate the transfer of files from a removable device to your computer.
ACDSee's Photo Transfer Wizard guides you through the process of automatically downloading
images from a camera, memory card, or other storage device. You can name the device, specify the
actions you want to take each time you connect the device, and edit or remove the device's profile at
a later time.
To use the Photo Transfer Wizard, your device needs to connect as a mass storage device. If you are
uncertain about how your camera, scanner, or memory card connects to your computer, please see
About removable devices.
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Configuring a device
The first time you connect a device to your computer, the Photo Transfer Wizard will work in
conjunction with ACDSee's Device Detector to configure and profile your device. To perform the initial
configuration, Device Detector needs to be active. If you choose not to use the Device Detector, you
can get your photos using the Get Photos Wizard, or the Folders pane and File List.
If there are no files on your device, Device Detector will not detect it.
To configure a device the first time you acquire your images:
1
Connect the device to your computer. Make sure your device is turned on, and the cable is
properly connected to your computer.
2
Depending on the settings of your Device Detector options, the wizard opens or prompts you to
select options. When the Device Detector prompts you, select the Acquire images from the
device with ACDSee radio button.
3
On the Welcome page of the Photo Transfer Wizard, type a name for your device. Click Next when
you are ready to continue.
4
On the Photo Transfer Settings page, specify how you would like to download and process files
each time you connect the device to your computer, and click Next to continue:
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Files options: select whether the wizard will automatically select and copy new files to your
hard drive, or ask you which new files to copy.
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Destination and naming options: select whether the wizard will automatically retain file
names used on your device and place files in your My Pictures folder, prompt you to name
the files and select a destination, or use a custom file and folder naming template. Click
Settings to create a custom naming template and specify folder options as explained
below.
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Device storage space options: select whether the wizard will automatically delete files
from your device once they are copied to your hard drive, prompt you to delete files, or use
custom storage settings. Click Settings to specify custom storage and deletion options as
explained below.
5
If you selected the Files option Always prompt for which files to copy, on the Files to Copy
page, select which files to copy to your hard drive, and then click Next.
6
If you selected the Destination and naming option Ask what to do each time, on the Output
Options page, specify the file name and folder options. Click Edit if you would like to specify a
naming template. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
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If you selected the Device storage space option Ask what to do each time, on the Device
Storage Options page, specify whether, or how, you would like to delete files from your device.
Click OK when you are finished.
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Click Finish to close the wizard. Your files will be placed in the specified location on your hard
drive, and the profile for your device will be saved.
Custom settings for destination and naming options
In your device profiles, you can set the destination and naming options to specify the file names for
copied photos, and the location on your hard drive where you want to store them.
To set the custom destination and naming options:
1
On the Photo Transfer Settings page of the Photo Transfer Wizard, in the Destination and naming
options area, click Settings.
2
In the Destination and Naming Options dialog box, in the File names area, select one of the
following options:
•
Keep original file names: copies photos using the original file names created by the device.
If there are duplicate file names already in the destination folder, they are overwritten.
•
Rename using template: renames the photos as they are copied. Click Edit to create or
adjust the renaming template.
3
In the Destination folder area, click Browse to locate a destination folder on your hard drive.
4
Select one of the following options from the drop-down list:
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Use Today's Date: creates a new subfolder, named after the current date, in the folder you
specified.
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Always use root of: copies your photos directly into the folder you specified, without
creating a subfolder.
5
To rotate your photos automatically as you copy them, select the Automatically rotate images
check box.
6
Click OK to return to the Photo Transfer Wizard.
Custom settings for device storage options
In your device profiles, you can set the device storage options to specify the amount of free space you
want to maintain on your device.
To set the custom device storage options:
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On the Photo Transfer Settings page of the Photo Transfer Wizard, in the Device storage space
options area, click Settings.
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In the Device Storage Options dialog box, in the Delete options area, select one of the following
options:
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Do not delete files from the device: leaves the photos on your device after copying.
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Prompt me to select which files to delete: prompts you to specify which photos you want
to delete each time.
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Delete all files from device after copying to hard drive: automatically removes all photos
and files from your device after copying them to your hard drive.
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Automatically delete files: deletes files after copying, based on the choices in the
Automatic delete settings area.
If you selected to automatically delete files, select one of the following options in the Automatic
delete settings area:
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Delete oldest files, freeing up __% of the total space on the media: automatically deletes
files from your device, beginning with the oldest files, until the specified percentage of free
space is attained. (Type the amount of free space you want to maintain on your device into
the field.)
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Delete oldest files, freeing space for approximately __ new images: automatically
deletes files from your device, beginning with the oldest files, until enough free space for the
specified number of photos is attained. The Photo Transfer Wizard analyzes the device to
determine how much space is actually required. (Type a number of photos into the field.)
•
Delete files that are older than: automatically deletes any files on your device that are
older than the specified date. (Type a number into the first field, and select a period of time
from the drop-down list.)
Click OK to return to the Photo Transfer Wizard.
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Getting photos with ACDSee
Getting photos from a profiled device
After you complete an initial device configuration, you can access your device by connecting it while
the Device Detector is running, or from the File | Get Photos menu in the Browser. Each time you
connect that device to your computer, ACDSee will acquire any new files based on the settings you
selected in the initial configuration.
To acquire files from a profiled device:
1
Connect your device to your computer. If you experience problems, make sure your camera is
turned on, and your device's cable is properly connected to your computer.
2
Do one of the following:
•
If Device Detector is active, depending on the configuration of your Device Detector
options, the wizard will automatically open or you will be prompted. When the Device
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Detector prompts you, select the Acquire images from the device with ACDSee radio
button.
•
3
In the Browser, click File | Acquire, and select the name of your device.
Follow the instructions in the wizard. You will be prompted with different dialog boxes
depending on the settings you selected in the initial configuration.
Updating or deleting a device profile
You can adjust the settings of a profiled device, or delete the profile from ACDSee.
To update or delete a profile:
1
In the Browser, click File | Get Photos, and select Edit Photo Transfer Settings.
2
In the Edit Photo Transfer Settings dialog box, select a device from the list.
3
Do one of the following:
4
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To adjust the profiled settings, click Edit. In the Edit Device Profile dialog box, change the
options, and then click OK.
•
To rename the profile, click Rename. Type a new name for the profile, and then click OK.
•
To delete the profile, click Delete.
Click Close to accept your changes and return to ACDSee.
Getting photos from a digital camera
ACDSee's Get Photos Wizard guides you through the process of downloading files from your camera.
You can preview the images you want to download, and specify a location for them on your hard
drive.
To use the Get Photos Wizard, your camera needs to do one of the following:
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Connect as a mass storage device.
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Use a digital camera plug-in.
If your camera connects to the computer as a removable drive, you can download photos directly
from the File List and Folders pane as ACDSee detects and displays the drive letter in the folder list.
To download photos from a camera using the Get Photos Wizard:
1
Connect your camera to your computer. Make sure your camera is turned on, and the cable is
properly connected to your computer.
2
Click File | Get Photos, and then click From Camera or Card Reader.
3
On the Welcome page, select the Skip this step next time check box to bypass this page the next
time you use the wizard. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
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4
On the Source Device page, select the type of device from the Type list. ACDSee scans your device
and displays the available options. In the Device list, select the name of your camera, and then
click Next.
5
On the File Format Options page, select a file format to save your images. You can click the
Options button to select any file-specific options available for your chosen format. Note that not
every file format has additional options. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
6
Finally, on the Output Options page, specify whether you want to rename your acquired images
using a renaming template, and where to store them on your hard drive. You can also select
options to automatically correct the orientation of images taken with certain digital cameras, and
to remove the files from your camera after copying. When you are ready, click Next to copy your
photos.
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Select Browse to your images if you want to view the files in the Browser, and click Finish to
return to ACDSee.
You may require DirectX and QuickTime to download audio and video files from
your camera. For more information, please refer to the system requirements.
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Appendix C System requirements
Getting photos from a scanner (TWAIN)
ACDSee's Get Photos Wizard guides you through the process of downloading files from your scanner.
You can preview the images you want to download, and specify a location for them on your hard
drive.
To use the Get Photos Wizard, your scanner needs to use Windows Imaging Acquisition or TWAIN.
To download photos from a scanner:
1
Connect your scanner to your computer. Make sure your scanner is turned on, and the cable is
properly connected to your computer.
2
Click File | Get Photos, and select From Scanner.
3
On the Welcome page, select the Skip this step next time check box to bypass the Welcome
page the next time you use the wizard. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
4
On the Source Device page, select TWAIN from the Type list. In the Device list, select the specific
name of the scanner from which to download your files. Click Next when you are ready to
continue.
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On the File Format Options page, select a file format to save your images. You can click the
Options button to select any file-specific options available for your chosen format. Note that not
every file format has additional options. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
6
Finally, on the Output Options page, specify whether you want to rename your acquired images
using a name template, and where to place them on your hard drive. When you are ready, click
Next to copy your images.
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Select Browse to your images if you want to view the files in the Browser, and click Finish to
return to ACDSee.
Getting photos from a mass storage device
The ACDSee Get Photos Wizard guides you through the process of downloading photos or files from a
USB mass storage device or a Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) device. You can preview the images
you want to download, and specify a location for them on your hard drive.
If your device does not have an MSD or WIA driver installed, ACDSee Device Detector will not be able
to detect it.
To download photos from a mass storage device using the Get Photos Wizard:
1
Connect the USB mass storage device to your computer.
2
Click File | Get Photos, and then click From Camera or Card Reader.
3
On the Welcome page, select the Skip this step next time check box to bypass the Welcome
page the next time you use the wizard. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
4
On the Source Device page, select the Mass Storage Device from the Type list. ACDSee scans your
device and displays the available options. In the Device list, select the specific name of the device
from which to download your files. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
5
On the File Format Options page, select a file format to save your images. You can click the
Options button to select any file-specific options available for your chosen format. Note that not
every file format has additional options. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
6
Finally, on the Output Options page, specify whether you want to rename your images using a
template, and where to place them on your hard drive. You can select options to automatically
correct the orientation of images taken with certain digital cameras, and to remove the files from
your device after copying. When you are ready, click Next to copy your photos and files.
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Select Browse to your images if you want to view the files in the Browser, and click Finish to
return to ACDSee.
Getting photos from a CD
You can download photos from a CD using the Device Detector and the Get Photos Wizard, or the
Folders pane.
You can set options in the Device Detector so that when you place a disc in your CD-ROM drive, the
Get Photos Wizard opens automatically. You can also set options to open photos in the File List
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automatically, to be prompted for new options each time you insert a CD, or to create an ACDSee
Photo Disc.
If the Device Detector is running and the option is set to Automatically launch ACDSee's Get Photos
Wizard, the wizard opens as soon as you insert a CD in the drive.
To download photos from a CD using the Get Photos Wizard:
1
Insert the CD into the drive, and wait for a moment while Device Detector locates the CD and
launches the Get Photos Wizard.
2
On the Welcome page of the Get Photos Wizard, select the Skip this step next time check box to
bypass the Welcome page the next time you use the wizard.
3
In the Files to Copy page, select the images you want to copy, and then click Next.
4
On the Output Options page, select whether you want to rename your images using a template,
and where to place them on your hard drive. You can also select options to automatically correct
the orientation of images taken with certain digital cameras, and to remove the files from your
camera after copying. When you are ready, click Next to copy your photos.
5
Select Browse to your images if you want to view the files in the Browser, and click Finish to
return to ACDSee.
If you select Automatically view files with ACDSee in the Device Detector options,
your files will appear in the File List pane as soon as you insert a CD in your CD-ROM
drive.
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Viewing offline images
Getting photos from a mobile phone
ACDSee's Mobile Phone Acquire Wizard will guide you through the process of downloading images
from your mobile phone folder.
To download photos from your mobile phone:
1
Click File | Get Photos, and select From Mobile Phone Folder.
2
On the Welcome page, select the location of your mobile phone folder, and where you want to
place the images on your hard drive. You can select options to place images in a dated subfolder,
and to remove the files from your device once they are on your hard drive. Click Next when you
are ready to continue.
3
On the Downloaded Images page, preview your downloaded images. Click Next when you are
ready to place the images on your hard drive.
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Creating a renaming template
On the Output Options page of the Get Photos Wizard, you can set up a template to rename your files
as they are placed on your hard drive. You can create a template with a numerical sequence, add
custom text, and insert file-specific information into each new file name.
To use a renaming template:
1
On the Output Options page of the Get Photos Wizard, click Edit.
2
In the Edit File Name Template dialog box, do one or both of the following:
•
In the Template field, type a word or phrase to use in each file name.
•
Click the Insert Property button and select specific properties to add to each file name. The
property is added as a placeholder, e.g., <Date>. When the file is renamed, the actual date is
inserted into the file name.
3
Click the Insert Sequence Number button to add number signs to your template. Any number
signs (#) in the template are replaced with sequential numeric characters, starting at the number
you specified in the wizard. For example, if you enter ###, the first photo copied will be
numbered 001, the next 002, and so on.
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Click OK to return to the wizard.
Taking a screen capture
You can use the ACDSee Screen Capture utility to create images from different areas of your screen.
You can select what areas to capture, how you want to perform the capture, and where to store the
captured image.
To take a screen capture:
1
Click Tools | Screen Capture.
2
In the Source area of the Screen Capture dialog box, identify the part of the screen you want to
capture. See the table below for a description of the Source options.
3
If you want to include your mouse pointer in the output image, select the Include mouse cursor
check box
4
In the Destination area, identify where you want to place the output image.
5
In the Initiate capture area, identify how you want to take the screen capture.
6
Click Start to launch the screen capture tool. An icon appears in the Taskbar Notification area.
7
Prepare your screen to show the area you want to capture, and then follow the steps that appear
in the bubble above the Screen Capture icon.
8
To exit the Screen Capture utility without taking a screen capture, right-click the Screen Capture
icon, and then select Exit Screen Capture.
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Screen Capture options
Source options
Desktop
Current monitor
Captures an image of the entire area displayed on the
screen.
Window
Entire window
Captures an image of the entire active window.
Content only
Captures an image of the window contents (does not
include the frame or title bar).
Fixed size
Captures an image of a fixed area on the screen.
Click the drop-down button and select a dimension
setting or select Custom, and enter the dimension in
pixels.
Selected region
Captures a selected area of the screen. Click and drag
your mouse pointer to surround the area you want to
capture.
Child window
Captures an image of sections of the window. For
example, a toolbar or button.
Menu under cursor
Captures selected menu commands.
Region
Object
Destination options
Clipboard
Places a copy of the image on the Clipboard. From the
Clipboard you can paste the image in a new location.
File
Displays the Save dialog box to save the file; you can
specify location, format, and file name.
Editor
Opens the captured image in the default editor.
Initiate Capture options
Hot key
Designates a keystroke combination to trigger the
screen capture.
To set the Hot Key, press a key or combination of keys
(e.g., Ctrl + S) on the keyboard; do not type in the box.
Timer
Takes a screen capture after a designated period.
Choose enough time to set up your desktop or
window for the screen capture. The maximum setting
is 60 seconds.
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Chapter 5 Browsing
In ACDSee Pro you can preview, sort, tag, and filter files in a simple, fast, drag-and-drop interface, the
Browser. The main part of the Browser is the File List pane, which displays all of the contents of the
current folder, the result of your latest search, or whichever files match your current browsing criteria.
Use the Easy-Select bar in the Folders pane to view the contents of one folder or multiple folders, with
a single click. Click any thumbnail to see a larger preview and histogram in the Preview pane. Organize
your photo collections using the Organize pane, or see detailed EXIF, database, or file information
using the Properties pane. Find your photos quickly using Quick Search or use Image Compare to view
the histograms of up to four photos simultaneously while assigning metadata, color profiles,
categories or ratings to each photo.
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Browsing files in the File List pane
The File List pane is the large pane in the center of the Browser. The File List pane displays the contents
of the currently selected folder, the results of your latest search, or the files and folders that match
your selective browsing criteria. The File List pane is always visible, and cannot be hidden or closed.
Files display as thumbnails in the File List pane by default. However, you can change the File List pane
view mode from thumbnails to details, list, icons, tiles, or filmstrip. You can sort your files according to
name, size, image properties, and more. You can also use filters to control which files display in the File
List pane.
Sections of the File List pane
There are two sections in the File List pane: the Contents bar and the File List toolbar.
The contents bar
The Contents bar is located at the top of the File List pane and describes what you are currently
browsing. When you are using the Folders pane, the Contents bar will display the path or paths to the
folders you are browsing, as in the following example:
If you are browsing files by category or rating with the Organize pane, the Contents bar displays the
selected classifications, as in the following example:
The Contents bar also displays a date range when browsing with the Calendar pane, and a summary
of your search criteria when you use the Search pane.
File List toolbar
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Filters
Opens the Filters dialog box, where you can specify
what types of files to display in the File List pane.
View Modes
Opens the View Modes menu, where you can select
how to display files in the File List pane.
Sort
Displays a list of available file attributes you can use to
sort the files in the File List pane, and choose the order
in which you want to display your files.
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Select
Displays a list of available selection types. Choose one
of the following to make or change your selection:
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Select All
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Select All Files
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Select All Images
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Select by Rating
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Clear Selection
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Invert Selection
Thumbnail
Size
Controls the size of the thumbnails in the File List
pane. Drag the slider to adjust the thumbnails.
Maximizing the File List pane
To make the most of your available screen space, you can choose to maximize the File List pane and
hide the rest of the Browser panes. The only parts of the Browser that remain visible are the File List
pane and whichever toolbars you are currently using.
To maximize the File List pane:
1
Click View | Maximize File List.
2
To show only the File List pane and its toolbar, click View | Full Screen. Click the Close Full
Screen button to return to the Browser.
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Setting File List pane options
Browsing files in one or more folders
The Folders pane displays a directory tree of all the folders on your computer, similar to Windows
Explorer. You can select one or more folders in the Folders pane to display their contents in the File List
pane.
You can also use the Folders pane to create shortcuts to your favorite files, folders, or applications.
Then, instead of having to search for a specific file, you can quickly access it in the Favorites pane.
Whenever you browse to a folder using the Folders pane, the ACDSee database catalogs any images
or media files in the folder.
To open or close the Folders pane:
Click View | Folders.
When you connect a removable device, such as a mass storage device or digital camera, the Folders
pane displays the device as another drive, and assigns it a drive letter automatically. You can access
the device, and its contents, by clicking on it in the Folders pane.
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Selecting multiple folders
Easy-Select bars are vertical columns of check boxes on the left side of the Folders and Organize
panes. You can use the Easy-Select bars to select multiple folders or categories, and display their
contents in the File List pane.
To use the Easy-Select bar:
In the Folders pane, select the check box to the left of each folder with contents you want to
display.
You can also use the Easy-Select bars with the Selective Browsing pane.
Creating and managing folders
You can use the Folders and File List panes to create, delete, rename, and move folders on your hard
drive to help organize your files.
To manage your folders:
1
In the Folders pane, browse to where you want to add, delete, or rename a folder.
2
Do one of the following:
•
To create a folder, click File | New, and then select Folder. Type a name for the new folder
and press Enter.
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To delete a folder, select a folder and press Delete.
•
To rename a folder, right-click the folder you want to rename and select Rename. Type a
new name for the folder and press Enter.
You cannot rename a drive or any folder on a read-only file system, such as a CDROM.
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Setting the Folders pane options
Browsing files by category, rating, or classification
The Organize pane displays a list of categories, ratings, and special classifications. If you select a
category in the Organize Pane, all images and media files assigned that category display in the File List
pane. You can also use the Easy-Select bar to select a combination of categories, ratings, and special
classifications.
The images and media files display in the File List pane, but are not moved from folder to folder -categories, ratings, and special classifications work independently of file location.
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To view organized files:
Select one or more categories, ratings, or special classifications. Files assigned to those
classifications are displayed in the File List pane.
The Contents bar at the top of the File List pane displays your currently selected categories or
classifications. You can browse through specific classifications within specific folders using the
Selective Browsing pane.
Selecting multiple categories, ratings, and classifications
Easy-Select bars are vertical columns of check boxes on the left side of the Folders and Organize
panes. You can use the Easy-Select bars to select multiple folders or categories, and display their
contents in the File List pane. You can also use the Easy-Select bars with the Selective Browsing pane.
To use the Easy-Select bar:
In the Organize pane, select the check box to the left of each item with contents you want to
display.
Organize pane classifications
The Organize pane contains the following classification areas: Categories, Ratings, and Special Items.
Categories
You can use categories to organize and group your files without creating extra copies or moving files
into different folders. You can create new categories, rename or delete existing categories, and assign
multiple categories to files.
Ratings
You can assign a numerical rating from 1 to 5 to your images and files, and store the ratings in the
database. Once you have assigned ratings, you can search, sort, and organize your files based on the
ratings.
Special Items
You can use Special Items to quickly view all of the images in your database, any uncategorized
images, and any tagged files. Select one of the following items:
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Image Well (ALL Images): displays all images cataloged in the ACDSee database. If you have a
substantial image collection, it may take a few moments to gather all of the information.
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Uncategorized: displays any images cataloged in the database that have not been assigned to a
category.
•
Tagged: displays any images cataloged in the database that have been assigned to the Tagged
category.
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You can assign a rating or category to any type of file, but the options in the Special Items area only
apply to images.
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About the ACDSee database
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Assigning categories and ratings
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Setting the Organize pane options
Browsing files by date
With the Calendar pane, you can organize and browse your collection of image and media files using
the dates associated with each file. The Calendar pane includes Year, Month, and Day view modes that
you can select to view and sort your files. You can click any date in the Calendar pane to display a list of
files associated with that date.
You can set the Calendar pane options to specify which date you want to use to organize your files.
Calendar pane toolbar buttons
The Calendar toolbar is located at the bottom of the pane, and consists of six buttons separated by a
scroll bar.
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Year View
Switches the Calendar pane to Year view.
Month View
Switches the Calendar pane to Month view.
Day View
Switches the Calendar pane to Day view.
Options
Opens the Calendar options dialog box.
Previous Item
Selects the closest previous date that has associated files.
Next Item
Selects the next closest date that has associated files.
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Navigating in the Calendar pane
In the Calendar pane, each table can represent one year, one month, or one day, depending on the
view mode you select. Each table's cells represent the parts of the year, month, or day. If the month,
day, or hour has any images associated with it, the label on the cell is bold. At the top of each table, a
title bar displays the date on the left, and the number of items associated with that date on the right.
Example
If you select Year view, the Calendar pane displays a row of tables. Each table represents a single
calendar year, and the cells in the table display the months of the year. A bolded month indicates that
month has associated files. By selecting a bolded month, you can display all files associated with that
month in the File List pane, no matter where the files are located on your computer.
Calendar pane shortcuts
You can use the various parts of the Calendar pane as shortcuts to navigate through the different view
modes to isolate and view files associated with specific dates.
Year view
•
Click the title bar on a year table to select the entire year and view all files associated with that
year.
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Right-click the title bar on a year table to scroll through and select from adjacent years.
•
Double-click any month to switch to Month view.
Month view
•
Click the title bar on a month table to select the entire month and view all files associated with
that month.
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Right-click the title bar on a month table to scroll through and select from adjacent months.
•
In the table heading, click the letter indicating a day of the week to select a column of days in the
month table. For example, click F to select all Fridays in that month.
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Double-click any date to switch to Day view.
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Click the title bar on a day table to select the entire day and view all files associated with that day.
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Right-click the title bar on a day table to scroll through and select from adjacent days.
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In the table heading, click AM or PM to select the first or second half of a day.
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Setting the Calendar pane options
Browsing favorite files
Creating a shortcut
You can create shortcuts to folders and files, and even run executable files, from inside the Favorites
pane. Favorites shortcuts can be copied, renamed, moved, or deleted just like a folder. You can even
use an executable shortcut to start another application from inside ACDSee.
To create a Favorites shortcut:
1
In the File List pane, select a file, folder, or executable file.
2
Do one of the following:
3
•
Right-click the item you selected, and then select Add to Favorites.
•
Click File | Add to Favorites.
Type a name for the new shortcut and click OK.
You can also create a shortcut by dragging a file, folder, or executable file directly from the File List
pane to the Favorites pane.
Creating a new folder
You can create a folder, or an entire directory tree, in the Favorites pane to help organize your
shortcuts.
To create a new folder:
1
In the Favorites pane, right-click the Favorites folder, or a folder you previously created, and then
select New | Folder.
2
Type the name of the folder and press Enter.
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Deleting a shortcut or folder
You can delete a shortcut or folder from within the Favorites pane.
To delete a shortcut or folder:
In the Favorites pane, right-click the shortcut or folder, and then click Delete.
Related topics
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Setting the Folders pane options
Browsing RAW files
Because a RAW file is similar to a negative, it is necessary to develop, or process it before it is visible. It
would be very inconvenient if you had to process all of your RAW files before you could browse your
photos. In ACDSee you don't have to process your RAW files to browse your photos.
If there is a thumbnail of the photo embedded in the RAW file, ACDSee display it in the Browser.
Sometimes the quality of embedded thumbnails is poor, so ACDSee initially displays embedded
thumbnails in the Browser, then displays higher-quality thumbnails. If you find that it takes too long to
display the higher-quality thumbnails you can turn off that option. (Click Tools | Options, select File
List, and then clear the Generate high quality thumbnail checkbox.)
If there is no thumbnail of the photo embedded in the RAW file, ACDSee quickly creates a high quality
thumbnail to display in the Browser.
ACDSee also searches the database to see if you have selected processing settings for the RAW file. If it
finds processing settings for the RAW file, ACDSee uses the settings to display the thumbnail in the
Browser.
Once generated, the thumbnails are stored in the ACDSee database to speed up retrieval and display
time for later browsing.
Related topics
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Setting File List pane options
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Processing a RAW image
Changing view modes
You can select different view modes to display your files in the File List pane, including thumbnail
previews and file details. You can also customize the appearance and size of thumbnails, and specify
the information displayed in the Details view mode.
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View modes
Thumbs+Details
Displays file names and details in a list, and adds a thumbnail preview
to the Filename column.
Filmstrip
Displays thumbnail previews of your files in a single row across the
bottom of the File List pane, and displays the currently selected file in
an expanded Preview pane.
Thumbnails
Displays thumbnail previews of all image and media files in the File
List pane. You can customize the appearance of thumbnails, and
specify what information to display with them.
Tiles
Displays each file in the File List pane on a "tile" that includes a
thumbnail preview and file information. You can resize the tiles using
the Thumbnail Size slider.
Icons
Displays files in a list, represented by large default system icons for
each file type.
List
Displays a list of file names and extensions.
Details
Displays a list of file names and details about each file, such as size,
format, and creation date. You can customize the appearance of the
Details view mode, as explained below, and specify what information
it displays.
Customizing the Details view mode
You can set the Details view mode to automatically resize columns, display or hide grid lines, and
select an entire row when you select a column entry in that row. You can also change the appearance
of the Details view mode, select which columns to display, and customize the column order.
To select columns and set column order:
1
Click View | View Mode, and then select Choose Details.
2
In the Choose Details dialog box, do one or more of the following:
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To add a column, select a folder or detail name in the Available Details pane, and then click
Add. Adding a folder adds all detail names within the folder.
•
To remove a column, select a detail name in the Currently Displayed Details pane, and then
click Remove.
•
To move a column to the left in the File List pane, select its name in the Currently Displayed
Details pane and click Move Up.
•
To move a column to the right in the File List pane, select its name in the Currently Displayed
Details pane and click Move Down.
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Click OK.
You can click Reset to display only the default column names in the Currently
Displayed Details pane, and you can also move a column in the File List pane by
dragging its header to a new position. A vertical line indicates where the column
will be inserted.
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Setting File List pane options
Sorting files
In any view mode, you can sort your files according to different file properties to quickly organize your
images, find specific files, and create a range of files with similar attributes for easy selection.
To sort items in the File List:
1
2
Click View | Sort, and then select one of the following criteria:
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Filename
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Size (KB)
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Image Type
•
Modified Date
•
Image Properties
•
Caption
•
Rating
•
Tagged
•
More (sort by database, EXIF, file properties, image attributes, IPTC information, or
multimedia attributes.)
To set the direction of the sort, click View | Sort, and then select a direction:
•
Sort Forward
•
Sort Backward
Your sort settings are saved until you change them. For example, if you sort images
in the File List pane according to Rating, the images will remain sorted according to
Rating until you change the sort settings.
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Sorting files using column headers
You can quickly sort files in Details view mode using column headings.
To sort files using a column header:
1
Click a column header. An arrow appears, indicating the sort direction.
2
Click the column header again to change the sort direction.
Custom sorting files
You can use custom sorting to customize the order of files in the File List pane. After custom sorting
your files, ACDSee automatically saves the file order for the selected folder until you change it or
delete the custom sort order.
To customize the sorting order of your files:
1
Select one or more files.
2
Drag the selected files to a new location in the File List.
3
To delete a custom sort order, click View | Sort, and then select Delete Custom Sort.
Filtering files
You can set the Filters options to identify the types of files and folders you want to display in the File
List pane.
To set File List pane filters:
1
Do one of the following:
•
Click View | Filters.
•
Click the Filters button on the File List pane toolbar.
2
In the Filters dialog box, select Apply filtering criteria.
3
Select or clear one or more of the following filters to show or hide that file or folder type in the
File List pane:
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Show image files
•
Show media files
•
Show folders
•
Show archive files
•
Show hidden files and folders
Click OK to accept your changes and return to ACDSee.
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Selecting files
In the File List pane, you can select all of your files and folders at once, select all of the files in the
current folder, select only the image files, or clear your selection entirely.
You can also set an option to automatically select new files whenever you add them to the File List.
To select your files or folders:
1
Click Edit.
2
Select one of the following options:
•
Select All: selects all files and subfolders in the current folder.
•
Select All Files: selects all files in the current folder.
•
Select All Images: selects all image files in the current folder.
•
Select Tagged: selects all tagged image files regardless of their folder.
•
Select by Rating: displays a list of ratings, and selects all files currently assigned to the
rating you select.
•
Clear Selection: clears your selection.
•
Invert Selection: selects all files except for your original selections.
Related topics
•
Setting File List pane options
Previewing images
You can preview image, audio, and video files in the Preview pane. The Preview pane displays a
thumbnail of the currently selected image or media file. You can resize the pane to adjust the
thumbnail dimensions, and reposition the pane anywhere on your screen. You can also display
information other than the histogram below the image in the Preview pane by setting the Preview
options.
To open or close the Preview pane:
Click View | Preview.
To show or hide the histogram from Preview pane:
Right-click the Preview pane, and then click Show Preview Info.
Related topics
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Setting the Preview pane options
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Gathering images in the Image Basket
You can use the Image Basket to gather and hold images and media files from different locations or
folders. Once you have placed items in the Image Basket, you can use any of the tools or features in
ACDSee to edit, share, or view those files.
To use the Image Basket:
1
To open the Image Basket, click View | Image Basket.
2
In the File List pane, select the files you want to add. Drag the items to the Image Basket, or rightclick a selected item and select Add to Image Basket.
3
To remove one or more files, right-click the file, and then select Remove from Image Basket.
4
To remove all files, right-click the Image Basket, and then select Clear Image Basket.
You can also add images to the Image Basket by dragging them from Windows
Explorer.
Related topics
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Sharing slide shows and screen savers
•
Creating an HTML album
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The Viewer is where you can view your photos at any size or magnification. Useful tools include the
Navigator and the Magnifying Glass, each of which provide different ways to view magnified areas
and overviews of images simultaneously. Double-click a photo to view it at full resolution then use the
Page Up and Page Down keys to scroll through the rest of the photos in the folder. (Press Enter to
return to the Browser.) You can also configure a slide show set to music with timed transitions.
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Zooming images
Zooming an image
By default, the Viewer displays images using their actual dimensions. You can use the Zoom tools to
enlarge or reduce the size of the image you are viewing.
When an image is zoomed to a larger size than the Viewer window, the mouse pointer changes to a
hand so that you can pan or scroll the image.
To zoom an image in or out:
Do one of the following:
•
Click Zoom, and then select one of the zoom options described below.
•
Click View | Zoom Tool, and then click the image to zoom in, or right-click the image to
zoom out.
Zoom menu options
Zoom In
Increases the magnification of the image.
Zoom Out
Decreases the magnification of the image.
Actual Size
Displays the image at its original dimensions.
Fit Image
Displays the image at the largest magnification that fits in the Viewer
window.
Fit Width
Fits the image within the left and right sides of the Viewer window.
Fit Height
Fits the image within the top and bottom of the Viewer window.
Zoom Lock
Displays all images at the zoom option of the current image. If the zoom
level is adjusted, the new zoom level is applied to all images that you view.
Zoom To
Opens a dialog box where you can select a zoom level.
Pan Lock
Locks the “panned” area of an image.
If you select Fit Image you can display the previous or next image by pressing the
left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.
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Setting the zoom level
You can use the Set Zoom Level dialog box to set a specific zoom level in the Viewer or in Edit Mode.
To set a specific zoom level:
1
Click Zoom | Zoom To.
2
In the Zoom level area, select one of the following:
•
Fit whole image: zooms the image to fit entirely within the Viewer window.
•
Fit width: zooms the image to fit the width of the Viewer window.
•
Fit height: zooms the image to fit the height of the Viewer window.
•
Specify: specifies a zoom percentage. Type a number in the field or click the drop-down list
and select a zoom level.
3
To use this setting as the default Viewer zoom level, select the Lock at this zoom level check box.
The Viewer displays all images based on the specified zoom level.
4
Click OK.
If you select Fit whole image you can display the previous or next image by pressing
the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.
Automatically shrinking or enlarging images
You can use the settings on the Display page of the ACDSee Options dialog box to automatically
enlarge or shrink images to fit the size of the Viewer. For information about how the combination of
the choices affects the display of images, see the Zoom mode and Resize results table below.
To automatically shrink or enlarge images:
1
Click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, under Viewer, click Display.
3
In the Window size area, select Fix window size.
4
In the Zoom options area, select one of the following options from the Default zoom mode
drop-down list:
•
Actual Size: displays the image at its original dimensions.
•
Fit Image: displays the image at the largest magnification that fits in the Viewer window.
•
Fit Width: fits the image within the left and right sides of the Viewer window.
•
Fit Height: fits the image within the top and bottom of the Viewer window.
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Select one of the following options from the Resize drop-down list:
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Reduce only: reduces large images to fit the size of the Viewer.
•
Enlarge only: enlarges smaller images to fit the size of the Viewer.
•
Reduce or Enlarge: reduces large images, and enlarges smaller images to fit the size of the
Viewer.
Click OK.
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Fit Image
Fit Width
Fit Height
Reduce
Only
Reduces large images to
fit the size of the Viewer.
Images that are smaller
than the Viewer are
displayed at their original
size.
Reduces large images to
fit between the left and
right sides of the Viewer.
Images that are smaller
than the Viewer are
displayed at their original
size.
Reduces large images to
fit between the top and
bottom of the Viewer.
Images that are smaller
than the Viewer are
displayed at their original
size.
Enlarge
Only
Enlarges small images to
fit the size of the Viewer.
Images that are larger
than the Viewer are
displayed at their original
size.
Enlarges small images to
fit between the left and
right sides of the Viewer.
Images that are larger
than the Viewer are
displayed at their original
size.
Enlarges small images to
fit between the top and
bottom of the Viewer.
Images that are larger
than the Viewer are
displayed at their original
size.
Reduce
and
Enlarge
Reduces large images
and enlarges small
images to fit the size of
the Viewer.
Reduces large images
and enlarges small
images to fit between the
left and right sides of the
Viewer.
Reduces large images
and enlarges small
images to fit between the
top and bottom of the
Viewer.
If you select Fit Image you can display the previous or next image by pressing the
left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.
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Displaying a thumbnail of a magnified image
Use the Navigator pane to display a thumbnail overview of magnified images. A marquee indicates
the area of the magnified image that is visible in the Viewer.
To display and use the Navigator pane:
1
In the Viewer, click View, and select Navigator.
2
Drag the slider to increase or decrease the magnification of the image in the Viewer.
3
Drag the marquee to the area of the image you would like to display in the Viewer.
Panning a magnified image
In the ACDSee Viewer, you can pan large images by moving them vertically, horizontally, and
diagonally across the display area to view specific areas of the image. When an image is larger than
the Viewer window, the mouse pointer changes to a hand.
To pan an image:
Do one of the following:
•
Drag the image to center the area you want to view.
•
Press an arrow key. You can hold the Ctrl key to pan quickly, or hold the Shift key to pan
more slowly.
You can use the Pan Lock setting to automatically center the same area of a series of larger images in
the Viewer window.
To use Pan Lock:
1
In the Viewer, pan over a large image to a specific area you want to view.
2
Using the Zoom menu, zoom in on the image until you reach the magnification you want to use
for all of your images.
3
Click Zoom | Zoom Lock to keep the current zoom level.
4
Click Zoom | Pan Lock.
As you move through your images, each one will be automatically zoomed and panned to the same
area.
Magnifying specific areas of an image
You can view specific areas of an image at a higher magnification in the Magnifying Glass pane.
To use the Magnifying Glass pane:
1
In the Viewer, click View | Magnifying Glass Pane.
2
Move the mouse pointer over an area of the image to view that area in the Magnifying Glass
pane.
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Change the Magnifying Glass pane settings by doing any of the following:
•
Move the slider at the bottom of the Magnifying Glass pane to increase or decrease the
magnification.
•
Select the Fixed check box to apply the slider setting to the original size of the image. Clear
the Fixed check box to apply the slider setting to the magnification of the zoomed image in
the Viewer.
•
Select the Smooth check box to apply anti-aliasing to the magnified portion of the image,
or clear the Smooth check box to view the individual pixels.
Viewing and configuring a slide show
You can view a slide show of images from the Browser, or from the Viewer. You can also configure your
slide show to start automatically whenever you run it, and set the slide show options to adjust how
long each image is displayed, set the background color, apply transition effects, and add header or
footer text.
To start a slide show from the Browser:
1
Do one of the following:
•
In the File List pane, select a group of images.
•
In the Folders pane, select a folder or use the Easy-Select bar to select multiple folders that
contain images.
2
Click Tools | Auto Slide Show.
3
Click OK.
To start a slide show in the Viewer:
1
Click View | Auto Slide Show.
2
In the Slide Show Properties dialog box, select or change the slide show options as described
below.
3
To save your settings as the default slide show behavior, select the Save current settings as
default check box.
4
Click OK.
To configure a slide show:
1
2
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Do one of the following:
•
In the File List pane, select a group of images.
•
In the Folders pane, select a folder or use the Easy-Select bar to select multiple folders that
contain images.
Click Tools | Configure Auto Slide Show.
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3
In the Slide Show Properties dialog box, select or change the slide show options as described
below.
4
To save your settings as the default slide show behavior, select the Save current settings as
default check box.
5
Click OK.
Slide show options
File Selection
Basic
Slide show contents
Specifies the locations and images you want to
use in the slide show.
Always use these
contents for this
selection type and start
slide show
automatically
Retains the current Slide show contents setting
and starts automatically the next time you launch
the slide show.
Select transition effects
Select or clear the check box next to each
transition effect. The slide show will randomly
select transitions from your choices.
Background color
Specifies the background color. Click the color
picker arrow to select or change the color.
Image delay (in
seconds)
Specifies how long you want the slide show to
display each image.
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Advanced
Text
Transition quality
Drag the slider to the left to improve slide show
speed, or drag to the right to improve the quality
of the transition effects.
General settings
Select or clear any of the following options:
•
Play embedded audio: plays any audio clips
embedded in the images.
•
Autohide control bar: hides the slide show
controls whenever the mouse pointer stops
moving for more than a few seconds.
•
Repeat: repeats the slide show after
displaying the last image.
•
Stretch images to fit screen: enlarges small
images to fill the entire screen.
•
Stretch video to fit screen: enlarge video
files to fill the entire screen.
Slide order
Select one of the following options to specify the
order to display your images:
•
Forward
•
Backward
•
Random
Display header text
Displays a text caption at the top of each image.
Set the options to specify the text you want to
display.
Display footer text
Displays a text caption at the bottom of each
image. Set the options to specify the text you
want to display.
Save current settings as default
Retains the current settings on all of the tabbed
pages and applies them the next time you view a
slide show.
Slide show text options
Alignment
Specifies the alignment of the text captions.
Background color
Specifies a background color for the caption text.
Text
Specifies the text to display as a caption.
Font
Opens the Font dialog box where you can select or change the font
options for your text.
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Insert Metadata
Tag
Inserts file-specific information called metadata into the caption.
Click to open the Choose Property dialog box and select the metadata you
want to insert.
Related topics
•
Sharing slide shows and screen savers
Starting a slide show automatically
You can configure your slide show to use your preferred settings and start playing automatically when
you click the menu command or the Auto Slide Show button on the toolbar. The combination of items
you select in the Browser determines the content of the slide show, and whether it starts
automatically.
To configure a slide show to start automatically:
1
In the Browser, do one of the following:
•
Select two or more images in the File List pane.
•
Select two or more folders in the File List pane.
•
Select a combination of files and folders in the File List pane.
•
Add two or more images to the Image Basket.
2
Click Tools | Configure Auto Slide Show.
3
In the Slide Show Properties dialog box, select the File Selection tab.
4
In the Slide show contents drop-down list, select the items you want to use in the slide show.
The options available change depending on the type and variety of files and folders that you
selected in Step 1.
5
Select the Always use these contents for this selection type and start slide show
automatically check box.
6
Click OK.
7
To exit the slide show, press Esc.
To start a slide show automatically, select the same type of files or folders you selected in Step 1, and
then click Tools | Auto Slide Show.
Example One
When you select a combination of files and folders, you can configure the slide show to start
automatically using the media files that you select, as well as the contents of the selected folders.
In the File List pane, select at least one image file and one folder, and then click Tools | Configure
Auto Slide Show. On the File Selection tab, from the Slide show contents drop-down list, select
Selected media, and media in selected folders.
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Select the Always use these contents for this selection type and start slide show automatically
check box, and then click OK to launch the slide show. Press Esc to return to the Browser.
Now, whenever you select any combination of media files and folders in the File List pane and click
Tools | Auto Slide Show, the slide show will start automatically, and display any media items you
selected, as well as any media items contained in the selected folders. The slide show will not display
any of the other images or media files in the current folder, or those files contained in any subfolders
of the selected folders.
Example Two
You can now make a different selection and configure your slide show to start automatically using all
of the files in the current folder - not just those you have selected.
In the File List pane, select one or more image or media files and click Tools | Configure Auto Slide
Show. On the File Selection tab, from the Slide show contents drop-down list, select All media in
current folder and subfolders.
Select the Always use these contents for this selection type and start slide show automatically
check box, and then click OK to launch the slide show. Press Esc to return to the Browser.
Now, whenever you select two or more images or media files and click Tools | Auto Slide Show, the
slide show will start automatically, and display all media items in the folder that you have open in the
File List pane, as well as any subfolders.
Related topics
•
Sharing slide shows and screen savers
Viewing images with Auto Advance
You can use the Auto Advance feature to create a quick slide show preview of a group of images, or all
the images in a folder.
To start Auto Advance:
1
Open a group of images in the Viewer.
2
From the View menu, select Auto Advance | Options.
3
In the Auto Advance dialog box, set the options as described below.
4
Click Start.
5
To advance to the next image, press Space.
6
To return to the previous image, press Backspace.
7
To stop or restart Auto Advance, press Pause.
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Auto Advance options
Sequence
Determines the order that you want to display your images. Select one of
the following options:
•
Forward
•
Reverse
•
Random
Repeat
Automatically restarts the slide show after the last image has been
displayed.
Delay
Specifies how long to display each image. Drag the slider or type a value
from 0 to 864000000 to set the time (in milliseconds).
Sound
Select the Play audio clips check box to play any audio embedded in the
selected images.
Displaying text on images in the Viewer
You can use the Header/Footer tool to display text with your images in the Viewer. The text is
displayed while you are viewing the image, but does not modify the original image. You can also hide
the headers and footers without changing the settings.
To edit image headers and footers:
1
In the Viewer, click View | Edit Header/Footer.
2
Do one or both of the following:
•
Select the Header check box to add text at the top of the image.
•
Select the Footer check box to add text at the bottom of the image.
3
Select or change the text options as described below.
4
Click OK.
Text options
Alignment
Specifies the justification of the captions.
Background
Adds a background color to the text. Click Color to specify a color.
Description
Displays the text you want to see on your images. Type the text you want
to appear, or click inside the field to set an insertion point for inserting
metadata.
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Insert
Metadata
Inserts file-specific information into the text for each image.
Font
Sets the font, size, and color of the caption text.
To insert metadata in image text:
1
Position the cursor in the Description field where you want to display the file information and
click Insert Metadata.
2
In the Choose Property dialog box, select the file information you want to include.
3
Click OK. The information you added is inserted as a placeholder that will be replaced by the
specific text for each image.
4
Repeat steps 1 through 3 for each metadata item you want to add.
Hiding image text
You can hide either the header or footer, or disable both at once without changing or deleting the
information in the header and footer fields.
To hide the image text:
1
From the Viewer, click View | Edit Header/Footer.
2
Do one or both of the following:
•
Clear the Header check box to remove text from the top of the image.
•
Clear the Footer check box to remove text from the bottom of the image.
3
Click OK.
4
To show or hide both headers and footers simultaneously, click View | Show Header/Footer.
Related topics
•
Adding text to an image
•
Setting Viewer options
Viewing RAW images
A RAW file is like a negative. It is necessary to develop, or process, your RAW files to view a photo.
When you double-click the thumbnail of a RAW image file the Browser, ACDSee checks to see if you
previously processed the RAW file. If you have, ACDSee displays the processed photo in the Viewer. If
you have not, ACDSee quickly processes the RAW file and displays a temporary photo of the RAW file
in the Viewer.
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Synchronizing the Viewer to a folder
You can use the Sync to Folder option to change the images being displayed in the Viewer. If you sync
ACDSee to the folder used by your newsreader, images downloaded into the folder are displayed in
the Viewer automatically.
To synchronize to a folder:
1
In the Viewer window, click Tools | Sync To Folder.
2
Type the path to the folder you want to synchronize, or click the Browse button to locate the
folder.
3
Select or change the New Images options as described below.
4
Click OK.
All images in the folder are displayed as a slide show in the Viewer. As you add or remove images from
the folder, the slide show updates automatically.
New Images options
Show new image(s)
immediately
Displays images as soon as they appear in the folder. If this option is
cleared, new images are added to the end of the slide show.
Ignore open files
Delays adding a new file to the slide show until the transferring
application has finished moving or downloading the file.
Sort by name
Sorts the images displayed in the slide show by their file name.
To stop synchronizing to a folder:
In the Viewer, click Tools | Sync To Folder.
Viewing offline images
ACDSee stores thumbnails and database information for images contained on CDs or other
removable media as Photo Discs. You can then browse the thumbnails and view the information for
those images even when the disc is not in your CD-ROM drive.
To add a Photo Disc:
1
Place a disc containing images into your CD-ROM drive.
2
Do one of the following:
•
If Device Detector is active, follow the steps to create an ACDSee Photo Disc.
•
If Device Detector is not active, click File | New, and then select Photo Disc.
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In the New Disc dialog box, type a name for your disc in the Title field, and then click OK.
4
You can then browse the contents of the Photo Disc in the Offline Media section of the Folders
pane.
If you add or remove images from a disc that you have already added to ACDSee as
a Photo Disc, you can update the information stored in the database. Insert the disc
in your CD-ROM drive, and then right-click the name of the disc in the Folders pane
and select Update Photo Disc.
By default, ACDSee identifies Photo Discs by their serial numbers. This is the most reliable setting to
use when working with Photo Discs, particularly if you are importing or converting Photo Discs from
previous versions of ACDSee.
However, if you are working with, or planning to work with, multi-session discs, the serial number may
be regenerated or changed each time you change the contents of a disc. Therefore, the volume label
is the required method of identification for multi-session Photo Discs.
Rebinding Photo Discs
Depending on the method used to identify Photo Discs, ACDSee may encounter a Photo Disc that it
does not recognize. This is most common when you are using the serial number method to identify
Photo Discs and you insert a multi-session disc. ACDSee may not recognize the disc, as serial numbers
are likely to change when updating a multi-session disc.
You can use the Rebind option to update the identification information, and associate the correct
database information with your disc.
To rebind a Photo Disc to its ACDSee database information:
1
In the Rebind Photo Disc dialog box, carefully review the Current disc information to be sure that
the correct disc is in the drive.
2
Select the Photo Disc record that you want to rebind to the current disc from the Photo Disc
Name list.
3
Click Rebind.
Related topics
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Getting photos from a CD
•
Setting the CD/DVD Management options
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Viewing images in another application
You can open a file in another program from within ACDSee. For example, you can open documents in
the application used to create them.
To use the shell open and edit commands:
1
Click File | Shell.
2
Select one of the following options:
•
Open: opens the file using the application that Windows associates with its file extension.
•
Edit: opens the file using the default system application, or opens a dialog box where you
can select an application.
Creating a desktop screen saver
You can create a desktop screen saver using your own images. You can set the screen saver options to
adjust how long each image is displayed, set the background color, apply transition effects, and add
header or footer text.
To create a screen saver:
1
In the File List pane, select a group of images, and then click Tools | Configure Screen Saver.
2
In the ACDSee Screen Saver dialog box, click Add to browse for more images to add to your
screen saver, or select images you do not want to include and click Remove.
3
Click Configure.
4
In the ACDSee Screen Saver dialog box, specify the options as described below, and then click
OK.
5
To automatically use the screen saver on your desktop, select the Set as default screen saver
check box.
6
When you are satisfied with your choices, click OK.
To activate the screen saver on your computer, select the Screen Saver tab in your Windows Display
Properties dialog box, and select ACDSee Screen Saver from the drop-down list.
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Screen saver options
Basic tab
Advanced tab
Text tab
Select transition
effects
Select or clear the check box next to each transition
effect. The screen saver will randomly select transitions
from your choices.
Background color
Specifies the background color. Click the color picker
arrow to select or change the color.
Image delay (in
seconds)
Specifies how long you want the screen saver to
display each image.
Transition quality
Drag the slider to the left to improve screen saver
speed, or drag to the right to improve the quality of
the transition effects.
General settings
Select or clear any of the following options:
•
Play embedded audio: plays any audio clips
embedded in the images.
•
Repeat: repeats the images after displaying the
last image.
•
Stretch images to fit screen: enlarges small
images to fill the entire screen.
Slide order
Select one of the following options to specify the order
to display your images:
•
Forward
•
Backward
•
Random
Display header text
Displays a text caption at the top of each image. Set
the options to specify the text you want to display.
Display footer text
Displays a text caption at the bottom of each image.
Set the options to specify the text you want to display.
Related topics
•
Setting an image as the desktop wallpaper
•
Sharing slide shows and screen savers
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Setting an image as the desktop wallpaper
You can select any image and set it as the Windows desktop wallpaper. You can also automatically
stretch a wallpapered image to fill the screen, and restore your previous wallpaper.
To set an image as the desktop wallpaper:
1
2
Do one of the following:
•
In the Browser, select an image, and then click Tools | Set Wallpaper.
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In the Viewer, click Tools | Set Wallpaper.
Select one of the following:
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Centered: places the image in the center of the screen. If the image is larger than the screen,
it is shrunk to fit.
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Tiled: places the image in a tiled pattern that fills the entire desktop.
The selected image is saved as ACD Wallpaper.bmp in the Windows folder. ACDSee automatically
changes the wallpaper settings in the Control Panel Display properties to display the image.
To automatically stretch wallpapered images to fit the screen:
1
Click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click General.
3
On the General page, select the Automatically stretch wallpaper to fit screen check box.
4
Click OK.
To display the previous wallpaper:
Click Tools | Set Wallpaper, and then select Restore.
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ACDSee Pro supports images with embedded audio and images associated with audio files. You can
play audio and video files in many formats in the Viewer, or in the Preview Pane of the Browser. It is
also possible to control playback volume and appearance, or select parts of a media file to play or
save. You can also save separate video frames as images.
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Playing audio and video files
You can play audio and video files in many formats with the ACDSee Viewer. You can control playback
volume and appearance, select parts of a media file to play or save, and create an image from a video
frame.
To play audio or video files:
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2
In the File List pane, do one of the following:
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Double-click an audio or video file.
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Select one or more files and press Enter.
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Select one or more files, right-click a selected file, and then select View.
Use the Media toolbar to adjust the volume, stop, pause or restart the file playback, and control
the appearance of media files.
Automatically playing audio and video files
You can configure your settings to play audio and video files automatically, as soon as you open them
in the Viewer, or as you view them in the Browser's Preview pane.
To start playing media files automatically:
1
In the Browser or Viewer, click Tools | Options, and then click Preview.
2
Select the Autoplay audio or video clips check box.
3
Click OK.
The Media toolbar
You can use the Viewer's Media toolbar to quickly access common media viewing and editing tools.
Media toolbar buttons
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Play
Plays the media file or selection. Changes into the Pause button
when a media file or selection is playing.
Pause
Pauses the media file or selection.
Stop
Stops playback of the media file or selection.
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Selection and media controls toolbar buttons
Show Selection
Toggles between showing and hiding the selection handles.
Play Selection
Plays only the selected portion of the media file.
Save As
Opens a dialog you can use to save the video with a new file
name.
Extract Frames
Opens a menu you can use to copy, save, and extract video
frames.
Loop
Continuously plays the media file or selection.
Rotate
Rotates a video clockwise in 90-degree increments.
Auto Levels Effect
Automatically adjusts the color and light levels in a video.
Gamma Effect
Opens the Gamma dialog box, which you can use to adjust the
gamma of a video. Higher values brighten the video, while lower
values darken it. To reset the gamma level, click Default.
Related topics
•
Creating video files and VCDs
Selecting part of a media file
You can select a segment of an audio or video file and play it.
To select part of an audio or video file:
1
Click the Show Selection button.
2
Move the selection handles to specify the beginning and end of the selection.
3
To play the selection, click the Play Selection button.
Saving video frames as images
You can extract an individual frame from a video and save it as a still image, or extract multiple frames
and save each one as a single image.
To extract and save a single video frame as an image:
1
Do one of the following:
2
While the video is playing, click the Pause button at the frame you want to save.
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On the progress slider, move the pointer to display the frame you want to save.
4
On the Selection and media controls toolbar, click the Extract Frames button and select Extract
Current Frame.
5
In the Extract Current Frame dialog box, select a folder in which to save your file.
6
In the File name field, type a file name.
7
Click the Save as type drop-down list and select a file format. You can click the Options button
to select or change any options associated with the file format.
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Click Save.
To extract and save multiple video frames as images:
1
Select part of the video.
2
On the Selection and media controls toolbar, click the Extract Frames button, and then select
one of the following options:
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Extract Selected Frames: extracts all the video frames contained in the selected portion of
the video file.
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Extract All Frames: extracts all of the video frames in the video file.
3
In the Extracting Frames dialog box, click the Browse button, and then select the folder where
you want to save your files.
4
In the Filename Template field, type a filename template to use when saving the images. Type a
number sign (#) to insert a sequential number.
5
Click the Format drop-down list and select a file format. You can click the Options button to
select or change any options associated with the file format.
6
Click OK.
Adding or editing image audio
ACDSee supports images with embedded audio and images with associated audio files.
Images with embedded audio are TIFF or JPEG images with audio saved inside the image file. You can
embed audio inside an image file by adding audio to the image.
Images with associated audio are image files paired with separate WAV audio files. Image files and
their associated audio files contain the same file name and are located in the same folder. You can
associate any WAV file with an image file by giving them the same name and placing them in the same
folder, or by adding audio to the image.
If you move or rename either an image file or the audio file associated with it, both
files must be renamed and in the same folder or they will no longer be associated.
This does not apply to images with embedded audio.
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To add audio to an image:
1
Do one of the following:
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Select an image in the Browser.
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Open an image in the Viewer.
2
From the Tools menu, select Image Audio | Edit.
3
In the Edit Audio dialog box, click the Browse button.
4
Select a WAV file and click Save.
5
If you would like to truncate or clip the audio file, select the Use markers check box, and drag the
Start marker and End marker sliders. Do one of the following.
•
Click the Truncate button to remove the beginning and end of the audio file (the sections
outside of the start and end markers).
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Click the Clip button to remove the section of the audio file inside the start and end
markers.
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To hear a preview of the file, click the Play button.
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Click OK.
Recording audio to an image:
You can record your own audio files and add them to your images. When you add audio to a JPG or
TIFF image, the audio is embedded in the image. With other file formats, the audio file is associated
with the image; the audio file is saved in the same folder and is played when the image is viewed.
To record and add an audio file to an image:
1
Do one of the following:
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Select an image in the Browser.
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Open an image in the Viewer.
2
From the Tools menu, select Image Audio | Edit.
3
In the Edit Audio dialog box, select or change the Record sound settings options as described
below.
4
Click Record and do one of the following:
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Use a microphone and record a sound.
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Play audio from an audio player on your computer.
5
Click Record to stop the recording.
6
Click Save As to save the audio file.
7
In the Save Sound File dialog box, type a name in the File name field, and then click Save.
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Click OK.
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Record sound settings options
Capture device
Specifies which of your computer's devices you want to record the
audio.
Input format
Determines which sample rate and audio type are used to record the
sound. The formats displayed depend on the sound card you have
installed on your computer.
Overwrite
Replaces the recorded audio from the Start marker slider location.
Mix
Combines the recording with the existing audio file.
Insert using start
marker
Inserts the recording at the start marker location. Drag the Start
marker slider to select a position.
Append to sound file
Adds the recording to the existing audio file.
Replace sound file
Replaces the entire audio file with the new recording.
Related topics
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Creating video files and VCDs
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In Edit Mode you can make precise edits to individual photos. You can also use the powerful Batch
Processor to make multiple edits to a single image, or multiple edits to multiple images. This means
that you can fix the images in an entire folder with just a few clicks of your mouse.
If you work with RAW files, you can use the RAW Processor to select exposure, color, and sharpness
settings then process your RAW file. You can save the processing settings to use again and again. The
saved settings can also be applied to hundreds of files using the Batch RAW Processing tool.
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Using the undo/redo system
You can undo and redo your changes when editing an image.
To undo a change:
Do one of the following:
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In the Viewer, click Edit | Undo.
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In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click the Undo button.
To redo a reversed change:
Do one of the following:
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In the Viewer, click Edit | Redo.
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In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click the Redo button.
Related topics
•
Using Edit Mode
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Saving or discarding changes in Edit Mode
Previewing changes to images
You can use the Preview bar with some editing tools to see how the current editing tool affects a
specific area of your image. You can pan either image in the Preview bar by dragging it within its pane,
and drag the edges or corners of the Preview bar to resize it.
To open the Preview bar:
1
On the Edit Panel, open an editing tool.
2
On the tool panel, click the Preview Bar button.
The Preview bar displays the original version of your image in the top pane, and the edited version of
your image in the bottom pane, with a toolbar between the two.
Related topics
•
Saving or discarding changes in Edit Mode
Resizing an image
You can resize an image by adjusting its dimensions in pixels, percentage, or actual/print size. While
resizing, you can also choose an aspect ratio and a resampling filter to adjust the resized image's
appearance. You can save your options as a preset for future use.
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To resize an image:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Resize.
2
Select one of the following resize options:
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Pixels: resizes the image to specific dimensions in pixels.
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Percent: resizes the image to a percentage of the original.
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Actual/Print size in: resizes the image to match a specific output size. Click the drop-down
list to specify a unit of measurement.
If you want to maintain a specific width to height ratio, select the Preserve aspect ratio check
box, and then select one of the following options from the drop-down list:
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Original: maintains the original image's width to height ratio.
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1 x 1: forces the width and height to be equal.
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2 x 3: forces a width to height ratio of 2:3.
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3 x 2: forces a width to height ratio of 3:2.
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3 x 5: forces a width to height ratio of 3:5.
•
5 x 3 forces a width to height ratio of 5:3.
•
Custom: applies a custom ratio. Enter a width to height ratio in the Custom Aspect Ratio
dialog box.
4
Select a resample filter from the Filter drop-down list.
5
Under the resize option you selected in step #2, type the image's new dimensions into the Width
and Height spin boxes. If you selected Actual/Print size in, click the Resolution drop-down list,
and then select a resolution (in dots per inch) for your output image.
6
To estimate the size of the output image, click Estimate new file size.
7
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Resize tool.
•
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Resizing tips:
Maintain image quality by reducing images only by 33%, 50%, or 66%. Other percentages can distort
the aspect ratio.
Avoid resizing an image repeatedly. Each resizing places image pixels using a slightly different
orientation. As a result, multiple resizes can change the overall color and appearance of the image. If
your first resize attempt does not produce the desired result, click the Undo button.
Avoid increasing the size of an image. Increasing image size makes the image's pixels more apparent,
causing a grainy effect.
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Rotating an image
You can rotate an image at preset or custom angles in Edit Mode. You can save the rotation settings as
a preset for future use.
To rotate an image at a custom angle:
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2
3
Do one of the following:
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Open an image in the Viewer, and then click Rotate. The image displays in Edit Mode.
•
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Rotate.
On the Rotate tab, select one of the preset angle options, or select Custom angle and do one of
the following:
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Click the arrow and drag it around the circle until the image is rotated to the desired angle,
or enter the desired angle as a number.
•
Select a Background color. The color that you select displays behind the rotated image.
•
Click the Horizontal or Vertical button, and then use the mouse pointer to draw a line on
the image that you want set as horizontal or vertical.
Do one of the following:
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Click Apply to apply your changes and set options on another tab in the Rotate/Flip tool.
•
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
•
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Related topics
•
Rotating or flipping multiple images
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Using the Batch Processor
Flipping an image
You can flip an image both vertically and horizontally in Edit Mode.
To flip an image:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Rotate.
2
On the Flip tab, do one or both of the following:
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Click the Horizontal Flip button.
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Click the Vertical Flip button.
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Do one of the following:
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Click Apply to apply your changes and set options on another tab in the Rotate/Flip tool.
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
•
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Related topics
•
Rotating or flipping multiple images
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Using the Batch Processor
Cropping an image
You can use the Crop tool to remove unwanted parts of your images, or to reduce the image canvas to
a particular size. You can save your options as a preset for future use.
To crop an image:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Crop.
2
Resize the crop window, and position it over the area of the image you want to keep.
3
To darken the parts of the image outside the crop window, drag the Darken outside crop area
slider to the left. Drag the slider to the right to lighten the area outside the crop window.
4
Do one of the following:
•
Double-click on the crop window to crop the image and close the Crop tool.
•
Click Done to crop the image and close the tool.
•
Click Cancel to exit the tool without cropping the image.
Resizing the crop window
You can resize the crop window in three ways:
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Drag the edges of the crop window to the desired size.
•
Specify an exact size for the crop window in pixels, inches, centimeters, or millimeters.
•
Apply a ratio to constrain the crop window proportions.
To resize the crop window by dragging:
1
Position your mouse cursor over the edge or corner of the crop window until it changes into a
double-pointed arrow.
2
Drag the crop window's border to the desired size.
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To specify an exact size for the crop window:
1
In the Units drop-down list, select a unit of measurement.
2
Use the Dots per inch spin box to specify a resolution.
3
Type the desired crop window proportions into the Width and Height spin boxes.
To constrain the crop window to a ratio:
1
Select the Constrain cropping proportion check box.
2
Select a ratio from the drop-down list and select or clear the Landscape check box to toggle the
crop window between landscape and portrait orientation.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Position your mouse cursor over the edge of the crop window until it changes into a doublepointed arrow, and then drag the edge of the crop window to the desired size.
•
Use the Width or Height spin box to specify a dimension for one side of the crop window.
ACDSee automatically resizes the other dimension based on the ratio you selected.
Related topics
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Using the Batch Processor
Adding text to an image
You can use the Add Text tool in Edit Mode to add formatted text to a photo, or add talk and thought
bubbles to create a comic-book effect. You can apply special effects to your text to add artistic flair,
and preview your changes as you make them. You can also adjust the opacity of the text to create a
watermark effect - useful for putting copyright information onto your photos.
You can save your options as a preset for future use.
To add text to an image:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Add Text.
2
On the Add Text tab, type the text you want to add in the Text field.
3
In the Font area, specify the font you want to use, the formatting options such as italics or
justification, and the color of the text. Drag the Size slider to specify a point size, and then drag
the Opacity slider to specify the transparency of the text.
4
Click and drag the text marquee to reposition it anywhere on your image, or drag the marquee's
handles to resize it.
5
Select an option from the Blend Mode drop-down list to specify how you want the text to blend
into the underlying image.
6
Do one of the following:
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Select the Bubble Text check box, and set the Bubble Text Settings as explained in the table
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Select one or more of the Effects, Drop Shadow, and Bevel check boxes to customize your
text. Click the Settings button to adjust the settings for each of these options as explained
in the table below.
Do one of the following:
•
Click Apply to add the text to your image, and keep the Add Text tool open so you can add
more text. The Add Text tool creates a new, empty marquee, and you can return to step 2 in
the list above.
•
Click Done to add the text to your image, and return to Edit Mode. If you still have an empty
marquee open, it will be discarded.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and return to Edit Mode.
Add Text options
Bubble Text
Settings
Effect Settings
Talk
Encloses your text in a comic-book text bubble with a
pointed stem.
Thought
Encloses your text in a comic-book text bubble with a
dotted stem.
Stem Angle
Specifies the direction of the text bubble stem. Drag the
arrow to adjust the angle.
Thickness
Specifies the thickness of the text bubble border.
Length
Specifies the length of the text bubble stem.
Fill
Specifies the background color of the text bubble. Click the
arrow to select a color.
Border
Specifies the color of the text bubble border. Click the
arrow to select a color.
Effect
Specifies the effect you want to apply to your text. Each
effect has different options that control its appearance.
Drag the sliders to adjust the appearance of the text.
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Drop Shadow
Settings
Bevel Settings
Distance
Specifies the distance between the drop shadow and the
text. The higher the value, the farther the shadow and the
higher the text appears.
If a drop shadow is cut off, or has a noticeably sharp edge,
you may need to increase the size of the text rectangle.
Blur
Specifies the amount of blur applied to the drop shadow.
Sharp shadows tend to seem less realistic than those with a
slight blur.
Opacity
Specifies the darkness of the drop shadow where it falls on
the image.
Angle
Specifies the direction of the imaginary light source that
creates the drop shadow. Drag the arrow to adjust the
angle - note that this also adjusts the shading of the text
bevel.
Bevel
Specifies how much of each letter's edge is bevelled. Higher
values give the text a more rounded, smoother look.
Strength
Specifies the difference between the highest and lowest
points on the text. Higher values heighten the difference
between the flat portions of the text and the bevelled
edges.
Elevation
Specifies the height of the imaginary light source that
creates the bevel's shadowed effect. Lower values produce
longer shadows on the text, while a higher value produces
a more direct lighting effect and shorter shadows.
Angle
Specifies the direction of the imaginary light source that
creates the bevel effect. Drag the arrow to adjust the angle note that this also adjusts the angle of the drop shadow.
Related topics
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Using the Batch Processor
Adding a watermark to an image
You can use the Watermark tool in Edit Mode to add a watermark to a photo. You can move the
watermark to any position on the photo. You can also change the opacity of the watermark and blend
the watermark into the image. You can save your options as a preset for future use.
You will need to create a watermark image before you can add the watermark to your photos.
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To add a watermark to an image:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Watermark.
2
Click Browse, select your watermark, and then click Open. The watermark displays in the center
of the photo by default.
3
Click and drag the watermark to reposition it anywhere on your image, or click Center to quickly
position the watermark image in the center.
4
Drag the marquee handles to resize the watermark image. Select Maintain aspect ratio when
resizing if you want to resize the watermark image without distorting it.
5
Select Apply Alpha Channel to apply the alpha channel if it is present in the watermark. (Only
TIF, PNG, and ICO watermark files can have an alpha channel.)
6
Select Apply Transparency to make a color in the watermark transparent. The default color is
white. You can enter the RGB value of the color. If you do not know the RGB value, move your
mouse over the watermark preview thumbnail on the Edit Panel, and then click on the color that
you want to make transparent.
7
Select an option from the Blending Mode drop-down list to specify how you want the
watermark to blend into the underlying image.
8
Drag the Opacity slider to specify the transparency of the watermark.
9
Do one of the following:
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Click Apply to add the watermark to your image, and keep the Watermark tool open.
•
Click Done to add the watermark to your image, and return to Edit Mode.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and return to Edit Mode.
Related topics
•
Using the Batch Processor
Selecting part of an image
You can use the Select tool in the Viewer to select a rectangular area of an image. You can then zoom
in on the selection, copy the selection, save the selection as a new image, print the selection, and use
the selection as the desktop wallpaper.
To select part of an image:
1
Drag the mouse pointer across the image to create a marquee.
2
Right-click inside the marquee and select one of the options described below.
3
To cancel the selection, click an area of the image outside of the marquee.
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Selection options
Zoom To
Zooms in on the selected area.
Copy
Copies the selected area to the Clipboard.
Save Crop As
Saves the selected area as a new image.
Print
Prints the selected area.
Wallpaper Centered
Creates desktop wallpaper using the selected area and centers it on
your desktop, shrinking it to fit if necessary.
Wallpaper Tiled
Creates a tiled desktop wallpaper pattern using the selected area.
Related topics
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Pasting files and folders
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Setting an image as the desktop wallpaper
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Printing images in ACDSee
Saving or discarding changes in Edit Mode
After editing or enhancing your images in Edit Mode, you can:
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Overwrite the original image with your changes.
•
Save the image with a new file name or format.
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Discard the changes you made to the image.
To overwrite the original image:
1
Click the Finished Editing button on the toolbar.
2
In the Save Changes dialog box, click Save.
To save the image with a new file name or format:
1
Click the Finished Editing button on the toolbar.
2
In the Save Changes dialog box, click Save As.
3
In the File name field, type a name for the edited image.
4
In the Save as type drop-down list, select a file format for the new image. Click Options to select
settings specific to that image format.
5
Click Save.
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To discard the changes you made to the image:
1
Click the Finished Editing button on the toolbar.
2
In the Save Changes dialog box, click Discard.
Related topics
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Using the undo/redo system
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Converting multiple images to another file format
Saving tool settings
Many ACDSee editing tools and special effects allow you to save your settings as presets. This is
convenient when you frequently use the same settings for a particular tool or effect.
For most tools, ACDSee automatically saves the last option settings you applied to an image when you
clicked Apply or Done. This preset is called Last Used.
To save tool settings:
1
Select a tool and specify its settings.
2
In the Presets area, click the Save button.
3
In the New Preset dialog box, enter a name for your preset, and then click OK.
To use a previously-saved preset:
1
Select the tool for which you created the preset.
2
Click the Presets drop-down list and select the preset you want to apply.
To delete a preset:
1
Select the tool for which you created the preset.
2
Click the Presets drop-down list and select the preset you want to delete.
3
Click the Delete button.
4
In the Confirm Delete dialog box, click Yes.
Repairing images
Removing flaws
Use the Photo Repair tool to remove flaws such as:
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Skin blemishes
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Telephone wires and other unwanted objects
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Flash flares from snowflakes or windows
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Lens scratches and water drops
There are two options available for the Photo Repair tool: the Healing Brush and the Cloning Brush.
When the Healing Brush is selected the Photo Repair tool copies pixels from one area of a photo to
another, but it analyzes the pixels in the source area before copying them. It also analyzes the pixels in
the target location, and blends the pixels to match the surrounding area. This ensures that the lighting
and color of the replacement pixels integrate more closely with the surrounding area. The Healing
Brush works particularly well with photos that involve complicated textures like skin or fur.
When the Cloning Brush is selected the Photo Repair tool copies pixels from one area of a photo to
another, creating an identical image area. The cloning brush is more effective for photos that have
strong, simple textures or uniform colors, as it is more difficult to identify the copied pixels in the
finished photo.
You can save your options as a preset for future use.
To remove flaws from a photo:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Photo Repair.
2
On the Photo Repair tab, select one of the following:
•
Heal: copies the pixels from the source area to the target area, and blends pixels into the
surrounding image area.
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Clone: copies the pixels from the source area to the target area.
3
Drag the Nib Width and Feathering sliders as described in the table below.
4
Right-click the image to set a source location. Pixels will be copied from this location and used in
the target location.
5
Click and drag over the area that you want to cover. If you selected the healing brush, ACDSee
analyzes and replaces the pixels when you release the mouse button.
6
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to apply your changes and return to the Viewer or Edit Mode.
•
Click Cancel to exit the tool without applying your changes.
Photo Repair options
Nib Width
Sets the width of the brush in pixels.
Feathering
Sets the amount to feather on the edge of the brush to prevent sharp
transitions between the original and healed part of the photo.
Feathering is set as a percentage of the nib width, not as a specific number of
pixels. This means that you do not have to adjust the feathering when you reset
the Nib Width, as it automatically adjusts to a percentage of the new nib width.
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Reducing red-eye
You can use the Red Eye tool to correct the red-eye effect in digital photographs.
To correct red-eye:
1
In Edit Mode, zoom the image to enlarge and center the eye you want to correct.
2
On the Edit Panel, click Red Eye.
3
Click within the red portion of the eye. If necessary, drag the handles on the marquee to center it
over the eye.
4
Set the options as described below.
5
Do one of the following:
•
Click Apply and repeat for each eye needing correction.
•
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Red-Eye tool.
•
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Red Eye options
Amount
Specifies how much color to use. Higher values fill more of the ellipse.
Eye color
Specifies the eye color to apply. You may need to experiment with colors to
produce realistic-looking eyes. To do this, select Custom, select a color, click
Add to Custom Colors, and click OK.
Show outline
Displays an ellipse inside the marquee.
Straightening crooked photos
You can straighten a crooked photo in Edit Mode by rotating the photo at a custom angle and
cropping the photo.
To correct a crooked photo:
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Do one of the following:
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Open an image in the Viewer, and then click Rotate. The image displays in Edit Mode.
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In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Rotate.
On the Rotate tab, in the Custom angle rotation area, do one of the following:
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Click the arrow and drag it around the circle until the image is rotated to the desired angle,
or type the precise angle as a number.
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Click the Horizontal or Vertical button, and then use the mouse pointer to draw a line on
the image that you want set as horizontal or vertical.
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Click Automatic Cropping.
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Do one of the following:
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Click Apply to apply your changes and set options on another tab in the Rotate/Flip tool.
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Correcting perspective distortion
You can use the Perspective Correction tool to correct perspective distortion in digital photographs.
Perspective distortion is caused by wide-angle and telephoto lenses, which distort the perspective of
large or far-away objects. For example, if you take a photo of a tall building, the building may appear
to be narrower at the top even though the building is the same width from top to bottom.
To correct perspective distortion:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Lens Correction.
2
On the Edit Panel, click Perspective Correction.
3
An outline displays around the image. The outline has handles at all four corners, and in the
middle of all the sides. Drag the handles to change the perspective.
4
Set the options as described below.
5
Do one of the following:
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Perspective Correction options
Background color
When you correct distortion in a photo, the edges of the photo may
bulge outwards or shrink inwards. Use the Background color
options to fill gaps in the corners or sides of a corrected photo. Select
Image if you want to fill gaps in the corners or sides of a corrected
photo by placing the uncorrected photo in the background. This is
useful if the gaps are small.
Show Grid
Select this option if you want to display a grid over the photo while
you correct distortion. This is useful if you want to assess whether
objects in the photo are straight.
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Correcting barrel, pincushion, and fisheye distortion
You can use the Distortion Correction tool to correct barrel, pincushion, and fisheye distortion in
digital photographs. In barrel distortion the photo appears to bulge outwards from the center. In
pincushion distortion the photo appears to shrink inwards toward the center. In fisheye distortion, the
photo appears to bulge outwards from the center, as if the photo were wrapped around a sphere.
Barrel, pincushion, and fisheye distortion are common in photos that were taken with wide angle or
zoom lenses.
To correct barrel, pincushion, or fisheye distortion:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Lens Correction.
2
On the Edit Panel, click Distortion Correction.
3
In the Type of Distortion section, select Barrel, Pincushion, or Fisheye.
4
Set the options as described below.
5
Do one of the following:
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Distortion Correction options
Horizontal center
Drag the slider to the left or right to identify the center of the image
on the horizontal axis.
Vertical center
Drag the slider to the left or right to identify the center of the image
on the vertical axis.
Correction strength
Drag the slider to the right until the objects in the photo appear to be
straight.
Scale
Drag the slider to the left or right to change the scale of the photo.
Background color
When you correct distortion in a photo, the edges of the photo may
bulge outwards or shrink inwards. Use the Background color
options to fill gaps in the corners or sides of a corrected photo. Select
Image if you want to fill gaps in the corners or sides of a corrected
photo by placing the uncorrected photo in the background. This is
useful if the gaps are small.
Show Grid
Select this option if you want to display a grid over the photo while
you correct distortion. This is useful if you want to assess whether
objects in the photo are straight.
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Correcting shadows and highlights
You can use the Shadow/Highlight to adjust areas in an image that are too dark or too light, without
affecting areas that are already light or dark. You can also use the Shadow/Highlight tool to add color,
or to replace color that the Shadow/Highlight tool has removed. You can save your options as a preset
for future use.
Adding light to shadows
You can use the Shadow/Highlight tool to add light to shadows, without adding light to existing
highlights. This is useful if you have a photo of a person standing against a bright background, and the
person is in shadow. It is also useful if you have a photo taken indoors without a flash and most areas
of the photo are shadowed, or a photo taken at night and some areas of the photo appear to be
completely black.
To add light to shadows:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit panel, click Shadow/Highlight.
2
In the Lighten Shadows area, drag the Range slider to the left or right to select the range of pixels
to which you want to add light.
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Select a lower range if you want to add light to only the darkest areas in the photo.
•
Select a higher range if you want to add light to most of the dark areas and some lighter
areas in the photo.
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Click Exposure warning to see pixels that are over- or underexposed.
3
In the Lighten Shadows area, drag the Amount slider to the left or right to select the amount of
light to add to the selected pixels.
4
Do one of the following:
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Adding shadows to highlights
You can use the Shadow/Highlight tool to add shadows to highlights, without adding shadows to
existing dark areas. This can be useful if some areas of your photo are overexposed. For example, a
photo taken in bright sunlight so that some areas of the photo lack detail or are too bright.
To add shadows to highlights:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit panel, click Shadow/Highlight.
2
In the Darken Highlights area, drag the Range slider to the left or right to select the range of
pixels to which you want to add shadows.
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Select a higher range if you want to add shadows to most of the bright areas in the photo
and some of the darker areas.
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Click Exposure warning to see pixels that are over- or underexposed.
In the Darken Highlights area, drag the Amount slider to the left or right to select the amount of
shadow to add to the selected pixels.
Do one of the following:
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Adding color to pale areas of a photo
You can use the Shadow/Highlight tool to add color to a photo. This is useful if the colors in the photo
are pale because of inadequate or excessive light. For example, you may want to add color to a photo
if the sky is too pale. You can also add color to a photo to make the photo more dramatic. For example,
you may want to add color to a photo of a sunset to make the colors of the sunset more vibrant.
To add color to pale areas of an image:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit panel, click Shadow/Highlight.
2
In the Color Boost area, drag the slider to the left or right to add or remove color from the photo.
3
Do one of the following:
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Tips for adjusting the shadows and highlights in your photos
You can make an image look unnatural if you add too much light to shadows or too many shadows to
highlights. For example, if you have a close-up photo of a person's face there will be shadows on the
person's face. If you eliminate too many of those shadows the person's face will look flat. You should
leave natural shadows and highlights in your photos.
The shadows and highlights in your photo will look more natural if you drag the Range slider to the
right to select a greater range of pixels to change. For example, if you add light to only the darkest
areas in the photo, you reduce the overall contrast in the photo.
Adjusting image light levels
Automatically adjusting exposure
You can use the Auto Exposure tool to automatically correct the exposure of your images. Auto
Exposure makes the darkest image pixels darker, and the brightest pixels brighter. You can save your
options as a preset for future use.
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To automatically correct an image's exposure:
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In Edit Mode, on the Edit panel, click Exposure, and then select the Auto Exposure tab.
2
Select one of the following options:
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Auto Contrast and Color: adjusts color differences, brightness, and image color channels.
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Auto Contrast: adjusts the color differences and brightness only.
3
Use the slider to fine tune the amount of exposure you want to apply.
4
Do one of the following:
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Select another tab to use another tool.
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the Auto Exposure tool.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Adjusting image brightness
You can use the Brightness tool to adjust an image's brightness, contrast, and gamma. You can save
your options as a preset for future use.
To adjust an image's light levels:
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In Edit Mode, on the Edit panel, click Exposure, and then select the Brightness tab.
2
On the Brightness tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
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Click Apply to apply your changes and set options on another tab.
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the Brightness tool.
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Brightness options
Brightness
Specifies the image's light intensity. Moving the slider to the right lightens the
image, while moving the slider to the left darkens it.
Contrast
Specifies the amount of difference between color and brightness in an image.
Moving the slider to the right darkens the shadowed areas in an image, while
moving the slider to the left brightens them.
Gamma
Specifies the intensity of the light spectrum in an image. Moving the slider to
the right lightens the image, while moving the slider to the left darkens it.
Adjusting image levels
You can use the Levels tool to precisely adjust the contrast and light levels in your images. You can
save your options as a preset for future use.
To adjust image levels:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Exposure, and then select the Levels tab.
2
Do one of the following:
3
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Set the options as described below to adjust the contrast and light levels manually.
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Click Auto and select a menu option to automatically adjust image properties.
Do one of the following:
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Click Apply to apply your changes and set options on another tab.
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the Levels tool.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Levels options
Channel
Specifies the brightness or color channel you want to adjust.
Shadows
Specifies the blackpoint of an image.
Move the slider or type a number from 0 to 255 into the spin box to define the
blackest area of an image. As the value increases, the dark colored areas of the
image become darker.
Midtones
Specifies the gamma correction in an image.
Move the slider or type a number from 0.00 to 2.00 into the spin box to set the
amount of gamma correction. Higher values make the image appear brighter,
while lower values make the image appear darker.
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Highlights
Specifies the whitepoint of an image.
Move the slider or type a number from 0 to 255 into the spin box to define the
whitest area of an image. As the value increases, the light colored areas of the
image become lighter.
Clipped %
Indicates how much of the image detail is lost due to blackpoint and
whitepoint correction.
Shadows
picker
Click the Shadows picker and then click the image area you want to set as the
blackpoint.
Midtones
picker
Click the Midtones picker and then click the image area you want to set as the
gamma correction value.
Highlights
picker
Click the Highlights picker and then click the image area you want to set as the
whitepoint.
Auto
Select one of the following options:
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Adjust Contrast: automatically analyzes and adjusts image contrast.
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Adjust Color and Contrast: automatically analyzes and adjusts each color
channel independently, and then adjusts the contrast.
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Adjust Color and Brightness: automatically analyzes and adjusts image
color and brightness.
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Tolerance: opens the Tolerance settings dialog box. Specify the
maximum clipping percentage for Shadows and Highlights, and click
OK. ACDSee adjusts the image levels automatically.
Reset
Discards all changes and reverts to the original image levels.
Adjusting brightness curves
You can use the Curves tool to change the tonal range of an image. Select the RGB color channel to
adjust the entire range of the image, or select a specific color.
You can save your options as a preset for future use.
To adjust the brightness curves in an image:
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In Edit Mode, on the Edit panel, click Exposure, and then select the Curves tab.
2
On the Curves tab, set the options as described below.
3
Drag the histogram bar to manipulate the image.
4
Do one of the following:
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the Curves tool.
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Curves options
Channel
Specifies the color channels to adjust.
Show
Histogram
Toggles the histogram display.
Histogram
Displays a visual representation of the color information levels in the image,
based on the selected channel. Click and drag the line to manipulate the curve.
Reset
Discards all changes and reverts to the original image.
Exposure
warning
Highlights over- and under-exposed areas of the image.
Adjusting image color
Using the Histogram
The Histogram displays a graphical representation of the distribution of intensity levels of pixels for
each color channel in an image.
To display and use the Histogram:
1
In the Viewer, click View, and then select Histogram.
2
On the Histogram, select or clear the following check boxes:
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R: shows or hides the red color channel.
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G: shows or hides the green color channel.
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B: shows or hides the blue color channel.
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L: shows or hides the lightness of the image.
Applying Auto Color
You can use the Auto Color tool to automatically adjust an image's colors.
To automatically adjust image colors:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Color.
2
Select the Auto Color tab.
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Drag the slider to adjust the amount of color correction you want to apply.
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Do one of the following:
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the Auto Color tool.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Removing a color cast
You can use the Color Cast tool to remove an unwanted hue from an image. For example, if you take a
photo at sunset and the resulting image has a reddish hue, you can use the Color Cast tool to remove
it. You can save your options as a preset for future use.
To remove a color cast from an image:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Color.
2
Select the Color Cast tab.
3
Click an image area that should be white or gray. The color square shows the color of the original
pixel on the left, and of the modified pixel on the right.
4
If desired, move the slider to specify the color cast removal strength. Higher settings remove
more of the unwanted color.
5
Do one of the following:
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
If you are having difficulties achieving the desired effect, try clicking an image area
that is a different shade of white or gray.
Changing image color depth
You can modify an image's color depth in the Viewer. Color depth refers to the range of colors an
image contains.
To change the color depth of an image:
Click Modify | Change Color Depth, and select one of the options described below.
Color depth options
Black and White
Two-color black and white palette
16 Grays
16-color grayscale palette
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256 Grays
256-color grayscale palette
16 Colors
16-color palette
256 Colors
256-color palette (GIF format uses 256 colors by default)
Hicolor
32,768-color palette
Truecolor
16,777,216-color palette of all colors visible to humans
16 bit grayscale
16-bit grayscale palette
48 bit color
48-bit color palette
You can use ACDSee to convert an image to any of these color depths. However, to use certain image
enhancement tools, filters, blends, and adjustment options, the image must be Hicolor or Truecolor.
To edit an image that is not originally Hicolor or Truecolor, you can convert it, edit the image, and then
convert it back to its original color depth.
Changing HSL values
You can adjust an image's HSL (hue, saturation, and lightness) values. You can save your options as a
preset for future use.
To adjust an image's HSL:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Color.
2
Select the HSL tab, and then move the sliders to adjust the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness
amounts.
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Do one of the following:
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Click Apply to apply your changes and set options on another tab.
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Changing RGB values
You can adjust an image's red, green, and blue (RGB) color values. You can save your options as a
preset for future use.
To adjust an image's RGB values:
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In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Color.
2
Select the RGB tab, and then move the sliders to adjust the amount of Red, Green, and Blue.
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Do one of the following:
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Click Apply to apply your changes and set options on another tab.
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the tool.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Sharpening and blurring an image
Using the Sharpness tool
You can use the Sharpness tool to increase the color difference in adjacent pixels, resulting in sharper
images. You can save your options as a preset for future use.
To sharpen an image using the Sharpness tool:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Sharpness, and then select the Sharpness tab.
2
To increase the image's sharpness, move the slider to the right. To decrease the image's
sharpness, move the slider to the left.
3
Do one of the following:
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Click Apply to apply your changes and set options on another tab.
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the Sharpness tool.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Using the Unsharp Mask tool
You can use the Unsharp Mask tool to sharpen an image by enhancing the contrast of medium- and
high-contrast edges. You can save your options as a preset for future use.
To sharpen an image using the Unsharp Mask tool:
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In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Sharpness, and then select the Unsharp Mask tab.
2
Drag the sliders to enhance or fix your image as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
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Unsharp Mask options
Amount
Specifies the amount of light added to or removed from each edge. Higher
values produce darker edges.
Radius
Specifies the number of pixels to adjust around each edge. Higher values
increases the number of sharpened pixels.
Threshold
Specifies how different the lightness values of two adjacent pixels must be
before they are sharpened. Higher values increase the required difference. It is
recommended that you set the threshold so that it enhances edges while
keeping background noise to a minimum.
Blurring an image
You can use the Blur tool to apply different kinds of blur to an image, and you can save your options as
a preset for future use.
To blur an image:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Sharpness, and then select the Blur tab.
2
In the Blur type drop-down list, select the type of blur to apply.
3
Specify the blur options as described below.
4
Do one of the following:
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the Blur tool.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
Blur types
Gaussian
Produces an even, smooth blur.
Amount
Linear
Specifies the amount of blur. Move the slider to the right to
intensify the effect.
Produces a blurring effect that gives the illusion of movement.
Amount
Specifies the amount of blur. Move the slider to the right to
intensify the effect.
Angle
Specifies the direction of the blur effect.
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Spread
Produces blur around a center point. Click the image to set the center
point.
Amount
Specifies the amount of blur. Move the slider to the right to
intensify the effect.
Clockwise
Specifies clockwise blur.
Counterclockwise
Specifies counter-clockwise blur.
Horizontal
position
Specifies the blur's center point on the horizontal axis.
Vertical
position
Specifies the blur's center point on the vertical axis.
Produces a smeared or frosted blur.
Amount
Zoom
Specifies the amount of blur. Move the slider to the right to
intensify the effect.
Produces inward or outward blur to or from a center point.
Amount
Specifies the amount of blur. Move the slider to the right to
intensify the effect.
Zoom in
Creates a blur that zooms in to the image's center.
Zoom out
Creates a blur that zooms out from the image's center.
Horizontal
position
Specifies the blur's center point on the horizontal axis.
Vertical
position
Specifies the blur's center point on the vertical axis.
Adding and removing image noise
About noise and noise reduction
Image noise looks like random black, white, or colored pixels in an area of a photo where there should
be solid color, such as a dark night sky. In digital photography, noise is typically more visible in the
dark areas of a photo.
There are many causes of image noise. You will increase image noise if you use a high ISO setting (such
as ISO 400) to capture a photo, or if you extend the exposure time. (You would typically use a high ISO
setting and extend exposure time to take a photo in low light.) However, image noise can be caused
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by dead or stuck pixels in a digital camera's image sensor. Similarly, dust on a camera lens or scanner
bed can cause noise by blocking or reflecting light.
Noise is visually distracting, so in most cases you will want to reduce noise in your photos. However, if
you reduce noise too much you may unintentionally reduce image sharpness.
ACDSee Pro supports median noise removal. This method of noise removal is called median noise
removal because a mathematical algorithm identifies noisy pixels in a photo and adjusts their values
based on the median (or middle) value of neighboring pixels. Median noise removal is useful for
reducing Gaussian noise, which is the most common type of noise in digital photography because it
originates in a digital camera's image sensor.
You can apply median noise removal to all of the pixels in a square area, to pixels along diagonal lines,
or to pixels along horizontal and vertical lines. ACDSee Pro also has a hybrid option, which you would
use if you want to apply median noise removal to more pixels in a photo, or if you want to reduce the
color variations that are sometimes caused by noise.
Removing noise from an image
You can use the Remove Noise filter to remove noise from your images while preserving details that
you want to retain.
To remove noise from an image:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Noise, and then select the Remove Noise tab.
2
Set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the Remove Noise tool.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.
You can use the Remove Noise filter to remove hot image pixels caused by digital
cameras with malfunctioning CCD array sensors, or the extra pixels caused by a
dusty scanner or camera lens.
Median Noise Removal options
Despeckle
Removes noise.
Square
Removes noise using a 3 x 3 pixel square.
X
Removes noise using a 3 x 3 pixel X shape. Use this option when you want to
preserve an image's thin and diagonal lines.
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Plus
Removes noise using a 3 x 3 pixel plus (+) shape. Use this option when you
want to preserve an image's thin, vertical, and horizontal lines.
Hybrid
Removes noise using a 3 x 3 pixel square, a 3 x 3 pixel X shape, and a 3 x 3 pixel
plus (+) shape. Use this option when you want to preserve and image's thin,
diagonal, horizontal, and vertical lines. When hybrid is selected you have
additional noise removal options:
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Amount: Drag the slider to the left or right to select the range of pixels
that will be identified as noise. You would typically select a threshold of 10
to 20.
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Radius: Drag the slider to the left or right to apply median noise removal
to smaller or larger areas. For example, you typically increase the Radius
value to remove larger areas of noise, but this also removes detail from the
photo.
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Color Noise Reduction: Drag the slider to the left or right to control how
much the color variation in a photo is reduced. For example, drag the
slider to the right if you want to reduce color variation. However, you
should be careful about reducing color variation (that is caused by noise)
because you could unintentionally reduce real color variations in a photo.
Related topics
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Using the Sharpness tool
Adding noise to an image
You can use the Add Noise filter to add a grainy texture to an image. Adding small amounts of noise
can reduce the appearance of minor imperfections in the original image. You can save your options as
a preset for future use.
To add noise to an image:
1
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Noise, and then select the Add Noise tab.
2
Set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
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Add Noise options
Intensity
Specifies the amount of noise to add to the image. A higher intensity increases
the chance that a noise pixel will replace a pixel in the original image.
Color
proximity
Specifies the color of noise pixels to add to the image. A lower value gives each
noise pixel a color similar to the pixel it replaces. Higher values result in a
random selection of the noise pixel color.
Noise color
Select one of the following options to specify noise pixel color:
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Random: randomly selects the color.
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Monochrome: produces black and white noise pixels.
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Adjustable: randomly selects the color of each noise pixel, but more
pixels match a defined color. To define a color, click the color picker and
select a color.
Noise
placement
Adds noise to image areas that closely match a defined color. Select the Set
color check box to enable noise placement, and click the color picker to specify
a color.
Random Seed
Indicates the random placement of noise in an image. When you apply the Add
Noise filter to an image, ACDSee places the noise pixels based on a random
seed. This makes the image noise different each time you apply the filter. You
can define a specific random seed to generate identical image noise. To
generate a new random seed, click Random Seed.
Related topics
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Blurring an image
Batch editing
About batch editing
In ACDSee Pro you can:
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Make one type of edit to many photos: For example, if you need to resize multiple photos you
can use the Batch Resize tool. Or, if you need to rotate multiple photos by 90 degrees you can use
the Batch Rotate/Flip tool.
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Make multiple types of edits to multiple photos: For example, if you need to resize, crop,
correct color cast, and rotate multiple photos, you can use the Batch Processor to perform all the
edits, to all the files, simultaneously.
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You can speed up the batch editing work flow by tagging your files. For example, you can quickly tag
the files you want to change, then click Tagged in the Organize pane to display all the tagged files in
the File List pane. Then you can select the files and choose a batch editing tool or the Batch Processor
wizard.
Related topics
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Using the Batch Processor
Converting multiple images to another file format
You can convert multiple images to any supported file format. You can set the options for each format
individually, specify how to handle multiple-page images, and apply the conversion defaults
automatically. The Convert File Format Wizard guides you through the process.
To get more help with any of the controls within the Convert File Format Wizard,
click the What's This Help button in the top right corner of the wizard, and then click
any control for more information.
To convert an image to another file format:
1
Do one of the following:
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In the Browser, select one or more images, and then click Tools | Batch Convert File Format.
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In the Viewer, click Modify | Convert File Format.
2
On the Select a format page, select a new format for your image or images from the list displayed
on the Format tab. Select the Advanced Options tab to change the settings for this wizard, or
click Next to continue.
3
On the Set output options page, identify where you want to place the converted images, and
specify how you want the wizard to handle any file name conflicts by selecting one of the
following options from the Overwrite existing files drop-down list:
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Ask: prompts you when overwriting a file.
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Skip: cancels the operation if there is a file with the same file name and extension.
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Replace: overwrites the file without prompting for confirmation.
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Rename: prompts you to rename the file.
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On the Set multiple page options page, you can specify how you want to handle any multiplepage images you are converting. If you did not select any multiple-page images to convert, and
did not specify a multiple-page image format as your output file format, you can skip the options
on this page.
5
When you are satisfied with your choices, click Start Convert, and wait a few seconds while the
wizard converts your images.
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Appendix B File formats
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Rotating or flipping multiple images
You can rotate or flip multiple images at preset angles.
To rotate or flip an image:
1
In the Browser, select one or more images, and then click Tools | Batch Rotate / Flip Images.
2
In the Batch Rotate/Flip Images dialog box, select the angle of rotation you want to apply. See
below for an explanation of each angle.
3
If you selected an image with multiple pages and want to apply the selected angle of rotation to
all of the pages, select the Apply to all pages of the current image check box.
4
Do one of the following:
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Click Next Image to move on to the next selected image.
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If you selected multiple images and you want to apply the same angle of rotation to all of
them, select the Apply to all selected images check box.
5
Click Options to specify how you want to save and store the images.
6
When you are ready to apply the rotations to your images, click Start Rotate.
Rotate / Flip angles
Rotates the image counter-clockwise 90 degrees.
Rotates the image 180 degrees.
Rotates the image clockwise 90 degrees.
Rotates the image according to any EXIF data contained within the image.
(Does not affect images without EXIF information.)
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Flips the image along the vertical axis.
Flips the image along the horizontal axis.
Flips the image along the vertical axis, and then rotates it counter-clockwise 90
degrees.
Flips the image along the vertical axis, and then rotates it clockwise 90 degrees.
You can also use the Rotate tool in Edit Mode to rotate an image using a custom
angle of rotation.
Related topics
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Rotating an image
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Resizing multiple images
You can resize a group of images by specifying their dimensions in pixels, specifying a percentage of
their original size, or by constraining them to a physical print size. The Batch Resize Images tool guides
you through the process.
To resize a group of images:
1
In the Browser, select one or more images, and then click Tools | Batch Resize Images.
2
In the Batch Resize Images tool, select one of the following options:
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Percentage of original: resizes the images to a percentage of their original size.
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Size in pixels: resizes the images to a specific size in pixels.
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Actual/Print size: resize the images to specific printed dimensions.
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Click Options to specify how you want to save and store the images.
5
When you are satisfied with your choices, click Start Resize.
You can also resize an image, and use alternate resampling filters, in Edit Mode.
Resize options
Percentage of
original
Size in pixels
Percentage
Specifies how to resize the images. Enter a percentage less
than 100 to reduce the images, and greater than 100 to
enlarge them.
Apply to
Specifies whether the resize is applied to the height, width,
or both.
Width
Specifies the new width for the images in pixels.
Height
Specifies the new height for the images in pixels.
Resize
Specifies how to scale the images. Select one of the
following options:
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Enlarge only: Resizes only those images that are
smaller than the specified height and width.
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Reduce only: Resizes only those images that are larger
than the specified height and width.
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Enlarge and reduce: Resizes all images to the
specified height and width.
Preserve
original aspect
ratio
Retains the width-to-height ratio of the original images.
Fit within
Specifies whether the aspect ratio is maintained based on
the specified width. For more information about how the
different combinations affect the images, see Pixel resize
options and resulting action.
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size
Units
Specifies the units of measurement.
Width
Specifies the new width for the images.
Height
Specifies the new height for the images.
Resolution
Specifies the print resolution for the images.
Preserve
original aspect
ratio
Retains the width-to-height ratio of the original images.
Fit within
Specifies whether the aspect ratio is maintained based on
the specified width. For more information about how the
different combinations affect the images, see Pixel resize
options and resulting action.
Related topics
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Resizing an image
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Using the Batch Processor
Adjusting exposure for multiple images
In ACDSee, you can lighten or darken the colors of an image or a group of images with the Batch
Adjust Exposure Wizard. You can adjust each image individually and preview the changes before
applying, or make your adjustments to a single image and automatically apply the same changes to
all of the images you selected.
You can also save your settings as a preset for future use.
To adjust image exposure:
1
In the Browser, select one or more images, and then click Tools | Batch Adjust Exposure.
2
In the Batch Adjust Exposure tool, do one or more of the following:
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To adjust your images' exposure automatically, select the Auto Exposure tab and set the
options.
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To adjust your images' brightness, contrast, and gamma level, select the Brightness tab and
adjust the options.
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To precisely adjust the contrast and light levels in your images, select the Levels tab and set
the options.
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To precisely adjust the RGB color channels in your image, select the Curves tab and set the
options.
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Do one of the following:
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Click Next Image to move on to the next image and repeat step 2 for each image you want
to adjust.
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Select the Apply settings to all selected images check box to apply the current settings to
all of the images you selected.
4
Click Options to specify how you want to save and store the images.
5
Click Filter All Images.
You can also adjust your image's exposure and color levels in Edit
Mode.
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Changing the color profiles of multiple images
You can change the color profiles of multiple images using the Batch Convert Color Profile tool.
To change the color profiles used in images:
1
In the Browser, select one or more images.
2
Click Tools | Batch Convert ICC Profile.
3
In the Color profile to convert from list, select the color profile currently associated with the
images. For example, you will typically use the Batch Convert Profile tool to convert from your
camera's color profile to a more universal color profile, such as sRGB. If you select Use profile
information when found in JPEG and TIFF images, ACDSee will convert from the color profile
embedded in the images, not the color profile that you select in the list.
4
In the Color profile to convert to list, select color profile that you want to associate with the
image.
5
In the Rendering Intent list, select the rendering intent. The most common rendering intent is
Perceptual. Some color profiles ignore the rendering intent, so results can vary depending on the
profile that you select.
6
Click Options to specify whether ACDSee should overwrite the image file (which effectively
deletes the original color profile) or create new files with the new color profiles. You can also
select options for JPEG compression.
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Click Start.
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Click Done.
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You can use the Batch Processor to make multiple types of edits to multiple images. You can save your
editing settings as a preset for future use. See the links below for detailed descriptions of the editing
options for each editing tool.
To use the Batch Processor:
1
In the Browser, select the images that you want to edit, and then click Tools | Batch Processor.
The Batch Processor wizard displays.
2
On the Batch Image Processing Options page, on the Processing Profile tab, select the types of
edits that you want to make to the images.
3
Click on the word for each edit (for example, Rotate) to display the options that are available for
that type of edit.
4
You can see how the editing options will affect an image in the Preview area:
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Click the Before and After tabs to evaluate how the currently selected editing options affect
the image, or click and hold the Preview icon to switch between the Before and After tabs.
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Click Original Image or Final Image, at the top and bottom of the Edit list, to evaluate how
all the editing options affect the image.
•
Drag the Zoom slider to the left or right to see the entire image, or to zoom in to a specific
area in the image.
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Click the Fit Image button to fit the image into the Preview area, or click the Actual Size
button to display the image at full size in the Preview area. If you click the Actual Size button
you will need to use the horizontal and vertical scroll bars to see different parts of the fullsize image.
5
To see how the selected editing options affect each image, click the Image List tab and select
each image in turn to display it in the Preview area.
6
If you decide that you no longer want to edit an image, click the Image List tab, select an image,
and then click Remove.
7
If you decide that you want to edit more images:
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Click the Image List tab, and then click Add.
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Navigate to the folder containing the images that you want to add.
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Select the images in the Available items area, and then click Add.
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Click OK.
8
When you are satisfied with the images and the editing options, click Next.
9
On the Output Options page, specify where you would like to save the edited images, how you
want to rename them, and other options. The output options are described below.
10 When you are satisfied with the output options, click Next.
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11 On the Batch Process Progress page, the progress bars indicate which images and edits are being
processed.
12 On the Batch Process Completed page, you have the following options:
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In the Summary section, click View Log to see a log that explains any process warnings or
failures.
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Click Browse with Explorer to open Windows Explorer so you can look at the edited
images.
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Click Save Preset to save all of the editing options as a preset for future use.
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Select Browse the output folder with ACDSee Pro if you want look at the edited images in
the File List pane.
13 Click Finish.
Rotate options
You can use the options in the Rotate section to rotate the image at a pre-set angle or at a custom
angle.
No rotation
This option is selected by default so you see the unrotated image
until you are ready to select a rotation option.
180
Rotates the image 180 degrees.
Left 90
Rotates the image to the left by 90 degrees.
Right 90
Rotates the image to the right by 90 degrees.
Custom angle
Select this option and then either type a custom angle number into
the spin box or click the arrow and drag it around the circle until the
image is rotated to the desired angle.
Background color
The color that you select displays behind the rotated image.
Draw a line on the
image that you want to
become vertical or
horizontal
Click the Horizontal or Vertical button, and then use the mouse
pointer to draw a line on the image that you want set as horizontal or
vertical.
Automatic cropping
When you rotate an image at a custom angle, select Automatic
cropping if you want to crop the image to the largest possible
rectangular size within the rotated image.
Reset
Click to reset all options to the default.
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Crop options
You can use the options in the Crop section to control the size and orientation of the cropped area.
Cropping proportion
Select the size of the cropped area or the ratio to use to determine
the cropped area. Select Custom to define a custom crop area.
Orientation
Select the orientation of the cropped area:
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Automatic: Base the orientation of the cropped area on the
orientation of the original image. For example, if the original
image has a landscape orientation, the cropped area will also
have a landscape orientation.
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Landscape: Use a landscape orientation for the cropped area.
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Portrait: Use a portrait orientation for the cropped area.
Reset
Click to reset all options to the default.
Resize options
You can use the options in the Resize section to reduce or enlarge the image.
Resize by
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Megapixels
Select this option to reduce or enlarge the image to the
specified number of megapixels while maintaining the
height/width aspect ratio. For example, if you have a 6
megapixel image with an aspect ratio of 3000 by 2000 and
you select 1.5 megapixels, the image will be reduced to
1500 by 1000.
Use the drop-down to select from a pre-set list of megapixel
sizes. Alternately, enter the megapixels into the
Megapixels spin box. The Reduce/Enlarge drop-down
determines how the image will be resized:
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Reduce only: Reduce the size of the image.
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Enlarge only: Make the image larger.
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Enlarge or reduce: Either reduce the size of the image,
or make the image larger.
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Percentage
Select this option to reduce or
enlarge the image to a
percentage of the original. For
example, if you want to
reduce the image, enter a
percentage that is less than
100. If you want to enlarge the
image, enter a percentage
that is greater than 100.
Pixel
dimensions
Select this option to reduce or
enlarge the image to a specific
width and height, measured in
pixels.
Print
dimensions
Select this option to reduce or
enlarge the image to specific
print dimensions, such as the
dimensions of a photographic
print. Use the drop-down to
select from a pre-set list of
print dimensions. Alternately,
enter a specific height, width,
and resolution.
The Reduce/Enlarge dropdown determines how the
image will be resized:
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Reduce only: Reduce the
size of the image.
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Enlarge only: Make the
image larger.
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Enlarge or reduce: Either
reduce the size of the
image, or make the
image larger.
The Fitting method,
which applies to the
Percentage, Pixel
dimensions, and Print
dimensions options,
determines how the
image will be fit into the
new image area:
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Best fit preserving
original aspect
ratio: Select this
option to preserve
the width/height
aspect ratio from the
original image. For
example, if the
aspect ratio of the
original image is 4:3,
the aspect ratio of
the resized image
will also be 4:3.
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Fit exactly by
stretching: Select
this option if you
want to stretch the
image to fit a
particular width and
height.
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Fit exactly by
adding bars: Select
this option if you
want to fit the image
into an area that is
larger than the
image. You can
select the color of
the bars that fill the
gaps between the
image and the edge
of the area.
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Resampling
method
Use this option to determine the method used to resize (resample) the image:
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Box: Displays considerable tiling or jaggies when you resize an image.
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Triangle: Produces good results for image reduction and enlargement,
but displays sharp transition lines.
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Bicubic: Produces good results with photo-realistic images and with
images that are irregular or complex. Uses interpolation to minimize the
raggedness normally associated with image expansion.
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Bell: Smooths the image.
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B-spline: Produces smooth transitions, but may cause excessive blurring.
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Lanczos: Produces the sharpest images, but may also introduce some
ringing artifacts.
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Mitchell: Produces smooth transitions when enlarging photo-realistic
images. This filter is good compromise between the ringing effect of
Lanczos and the blurring effect of other filters.
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ClearIQZ: Slower than Bicubic and Lanczos, but produces the best results.
Reset
Click to reset all options to the default.
Color cast options
You can use the options in the Color cast section to remove an unwanted hue from an image.
To use the Color cast options:
1
Click an image area that should be white or gray. The color square shows the color of the original
pixel on the left, and of the modified pixel on the right.
2
Select one of the following White Point correction color cast options:
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Custom: Displays the color temperature of the area in the image that you clicked.
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Sunny: Adjusts the color temperature to 5500K, approximately that of the midday sun.
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Cloudy: Adjusts the color temperature to 6500K, approximately that of a lightly overcast sky.
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Shade: Adjusts the color temperature to 7500K, approximately that of a heavily overcast sky.
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Tungsten: Adjusts the color temperature to 2850K, approximately that of a household light
bulb.
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Fluorescent: Adjusts the color temperature to 3800K, approximately that of a fluorescent
light bulb.
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Flash: Adjusts the color temperature to 5500K, approximately that of a camera flash.
3
Drag the Strength slider to specify the color cast removal strength. Higher settings remove more
of the unwanted color.
4
Drag the Temperature slider to select a specific color temperature.
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Drag the Tint slider to the left (more green) or right (more magenta) to match the settings you
used when you took the photo.
6
Click Reset to reset all options to the default.
Exposure options
You can use the options in the Exposure section to correct the exposure of your images. There are four
tabs in the Exposure section: Auto Exposure, Brightness, Levels, and Curves.
Auto Exposure options
Strength
Adjusts the amount of exposure applied to the image.
Auto Contrast and Color
Adjusts color differences, brightness, and image color channels.
Auto Contrast
Adjusts the color differences and brightness only.
Exposure warning
Highlights over- and under-exposed areas of the image.
Reset
Discards all changes and reverts to the original exposure levels.
Brightness options
Brightness
Specifies the image's light intensity. Moving the slider to the right
lightens the image, while moving the slider to the left darkens it.
Contrast
Specifies the amount of difference between color and brightness in
an image. Moving the slider to the right darkens the shadowed areas
in an image, while moving the slider to the left brightens them.
Gamma
Specifies the intensity of the light spectrum in an image. Moving the
slider to the right lightens the image, while moving the slider to the
left darkens it.
Exposure warning
Highlights over- and under-exposed areas of the image.
Reset
Discards all changes and reverts to the original brightness levels.
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Levels options
Channel
Specifies the brightness or color channel you want to adjust.
Shadows
Specifies the blackpoint of an image.
Move the slider or type a number from 0 to 255 into the spin box to
define the blackest area of an image. As the value increases, the dark
colored areas of the image become darker.
Midtones
Specifies the gamma correction in an image.
Move the slider or type a number from 0.00 to 2.00 into the spin box
to set the amount of gamma correction. Higher values make the
image appear brighter, while lower values make the image appear
darker.
Highlights
Specifies the whitepoint of an image.
Move the slider or type a number from 0 to 255 into the spin box to
define the whitest area of an image. As the value increases, the light
colored areas of the image become lighter.
Clipped %
Indicates how much of the image detail is lost due to blackpoint and
whitepoint correction.
Shadows picker
Click the Shadows picker and then click the image area you want to
set as the blackpoint.
Midtones picker
Click the Midtones picker and then click the image area you want to
set as the gamma correction value.
Highlights picker
Click the Highlights picker and then click the image area you want to
set as the whitepoint.
Auto
Select one of the following options:
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Adjust Contrast: automatically analyzes and adjusts image
contrast.
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Adjust Color and Contrast: automatically analyzes and adjusts
each color channel independently, and then adjusts the
contrast.
•
Adjust Color and Brightness: automatically analyzes and
adjusts image color and brightness.
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Tolerance: opens the Tolerance settings dialog box. Specify the
maximum clipping percentage for Shadows and Highlights,
and click OK. ACDSee adjusts the image levels automatically.
Exposure warning
Highlights over- and under-exposed areas of the image.
Reset
Discards all changes and reverts to the original image levels.
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Curves options
Channel
Specifies the color channels to adjust.
Show Histogram
Toggles the histogram display.
Histogram
Displays a visual representation of the color information levels in the
image, based on the selected channel. Click and drag the line to
manipulate the curve.
Exposure warning
Highlights over- and under-exposed areas of the image.
Reset
Discards all changes and reverts to the original curve levels.
Noise removal options
You can use the options in the Noise removal section to remove noise from your images while
preserving details that you want to retain.
Despeckle
Removes noise.
Square
Removes noise using a 3 x 3 pixel square.
X
Removes noise using a 3 x 3 pixel X shape. Use this option when you want to
preserve an image's thin and diagonal lines.
Plus
Removes noise using a 3 x 3 pixel plus (+) shape. Use this option when you
want to preserve an image's thin, vertical, and horizontal lines.
Hybrid
Removes noise using a 3 x 3 pixel square, a 3 x 3 pixel X shape, and a 3 x 3 pixel
plus (+) shape. Use this option when you want to preserve and image's thin,
diagonal, horizontal, and vertical lines. When hybrid is selected you have
additional noise removal options:
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Amount: Drag the slider to the left or right to select the range of pixels
that will be identified as noise. You would typically select a threshold of 10
to 20.
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Radius: Drag the slider to the left or right to apply median noise removal
to smaller or larger areas. For example, you will typically increase the
Radius value to remove larger areas of noise, but this will also remove
detail from the photo.
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Color noise reduction: Drag the slider to the left or right to control how
much the color variation in a photo is reduced. For example, drag the
slider to the right if you want to reduce color variation. However, you
should be careful about reducing color variation (that is caused by noise)
because you could unintentionally reduce real color variations in a photo.
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Sharpening options
You can use the options in the Noise removal section to sharpen an image by enhancing the contrast
of medium- and high-contrast edges.
Amount
Specifies the amount of light added to or removed from each edge. Higher
values produce darker edges.
Radius
Specifies the number of pixels to adjust around each edge. Higher values
increases the number of sharpened pixels.
Threshold
Specifies how different the lightness values of two adjacent pixels must be
before they are sharpened. Higher values increase the required difference. It is
recommended that you set the threshold so that it enhances edges while
keeping background noise to a minimum.
Threshold
feathering
Select this option to create smoother transitions between sharpened and
unsharpened pixels. If this option is not selected, you may see lines between
pixels that have been sharpened and pixels that have not been sharpened.
Vignette options
You can use the options in the Vignette section to add a frame around a subject, such as a person or a
bouquet of flowers. You can change the focal point in the portrait. You can also control the
appearance of the border.
Horizontal
Specifies the focal point of the portrait on the horizontal axis. A value of 500
places the center in the middle of the photo.
Vertical
Specifies the focal point of the portrait on the vertical axis. A value of 500
places the center in the middle of the photo.
Clear zone
Specifies the size of the clear area around the focal point in the portrait. Drag
the slider to the left to reduce the size of the clear area. Drag the slider to the
right to increase the size of the clear area.
Transition
zone
Specifies the width of the transition area between the clear zone and the frame.
Drag the slider to the left to narrow the transition area. Drag the slider to the
right to widen the transition area.
Shape
Specifies the shape of the frame:
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Round: Select Round if you want the frame to be round.
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Rectangular: Select Rectangular if you want the frame to be square.
Show outline
Select Show outline if you want to display an outline that shows the outside
edge of the clear zone and the inside edge of the frame.
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Specifies special effects that you can apply to the frame around the focal point:
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Color: Select Color to display apply a color over the people or objects in
the frame area.
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Saturation: Select Saturation to remove color from the people or objects
in the frame area.
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Blur: Select Blur to blur the people or objects in the frame area.
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Clouds: Select Clouds to display clouds over people or objects in the
frame area.
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Edges: Select Edges to trace the lines and details of people or objects in
the frame area with neon colors.
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Radial Waves: Select Radial Waves to create the appearance of waves
radiating from the focal point into the frame area.
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Radial Blur: Select Radial Blur to rotate and stretch people or objects in
the frame area.
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Zoom Blur: Select Zoom Blur to blur the people or objects in the frame
area.
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Crayon Edges: Select Crayon Edges to trace the lines and details around
people or objects in the frame area with crayon.
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Dauber: Select Dauber to create the impression that the people or objects
in the frame area around the portrait were painted with a paint dauber.
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Pixelate: Select Pixelate to blur images by increase the size of the pixels in
the images.
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Old: Select Old to give your images an antique look.
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Glowing Edges: Select Glowing Edges to add color to the lines and details
of people or objects in your images. The colored lines and details appear
to glow.
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Ripple: Select Ripple to divide your images into concentric circles that
resembles what you see when you drop a pebble into water.
Filter Settings
The settings that display in the Settings area vary for each frame effect. For
example, if you select Color in the Operation area, a color picker displays in the
Filter Settings area. Similarly, if you select Blur in the Operation area, a slider
that controls the level of blurriness displays in the Filter Settings area.
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Text overlay options
You can use the options in the Text overlay section to add formatted text to a photo. You can apply
special effects to your text to add artistic flair. You can also adjust the opacity of the text to create a
watermark effect - useful for putting copyright information onto your photos.
Text options
Text
Text Box
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Type the text you want to add in the available field, then specify the font you
want to use and the formatting options such as bold, italics, and underline.
Click the drop-down to the right of the Text field to insert a registration,
copyright, or trademark symbol or image metadata.
Size
Drag the slider to specify a point size.
Color
Specify the color of the text.
Opacity
Drag the slider to specify the transparency of the text.
Alignment
Click a square to specify the alignment of the text in the text
box.
Rotation
Specify the rotation of the text.
Left
Specify the alignment of the text box from the left edge of
the image.
Right
Specify the alignment of the text box from the right edge of
the image.
Top
Specify the alignment of the text box from the top edge of
the image.
Bottom
Specify the alignment of the text box from the bottom
edge of the image.
Border
Specify the color of the border of the text box, then drag
the slider to specify the transparency of the border.
Fill
Specify the color of the fill in the text box, then drag the
slider to specify the transparency of the fill.
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Special Effect
Specifies the effect you want to apply to the box. Each effect has different
options that control its appearance. Drag the sliders to adjust the appearance
of the box.
Bevel
Angle
Specifies the direction of the imaginary light source that
creates the bevel effect. Drag the arrow to adjust the angle note that this also adjusts the angle of the drop shadow.
Elevation
Specifies the height of the imaginary light source that
creates the bevel's shadowed effect. Lower values produce
longer shadows on the box, while a higher value produces
a more direct lighting effect and shorter shadows.
Bevel
Specifies how much of each box's edge is bevelled. Higher
values give the box a more rounded, smoother look.
Strength
Specifies the difference between the highest and lowest
points on the box. Higher values heighten the difference
between the flat portions of the box and the bevelled
edges.
Angle
Specifies the direction of the imaginary light source that
creates the drop shadow. Drag the arrow to adjust the
angle - note that this also adjusts the shading of the box
bevel.
Blur
Specifies the amount of blur applied to the drop shadow.
Sharp shadows tend to seem less realistic than those with a
slight blur.
Opacity
Specifies the darkness of the drop shadow where it falls on
the image.
Distance
Specifies the distance between the drop shadow and the
box. The higher the value, the farther the shadow and the
higher the box appears.
If a drop shadow is cut off, or has a noticeably sharp edge,
you may need to increase the size of the box rectangle.
Drop Shadow
Blend Mode
Select an option from the Blend Mode drop-down list to specify how you want
the box to blend into the underlying image.
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Text Effects options
Special Effect
Specifies the effect you want to apply to your text. Each effect has different
options that control its appearance. Drag the sliders to adjust the appearance
of the text.
Bevel
Angle
Specifies the direction of the imaginary light source that
creates the bevel effect. Drag the arrow to adjust the angle note that this also adjusts the angle of the drop shadow.
Elevation
Specifies the height of the imaginary light source that
creates the bevel's shadowed effect. Lower values produce
longer shadows on the text, while a higher value produces
a more direct lighting effect and shorter shadows.
Bevel
Specifies how much of each letter's edge is bevelled. Higher
values give the text a more rounded, smoother look.
Strength
Specifies the difference between the highest and lowest
points on the text. Higher values heighten the difference
between the flat portions of the text and the bevelled
edges.
Angle
Specifies the direction of the imaginary light source that
creates the drop shadow. Drag the arrow to adjust the
angle - note that this also adjusts the shading of the text
bevel.
Blur
Specifies the amount of blur applied to the drop shadow.
Sharp shadows tend to seem less realistic than those with a
slight blur.
Opacity
Specifies the darkness of the drop shadow where it falls on
the image.
Distance
Specifies the distance between the drop shadow and the
text. The higher the value, the farther the shadow and the
higher the text appears.
If a drop shadow is cut off, or has a noticeably sharp edge,
you may need to increase the size of the text rectangle.
Drop Shadow
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Select an option from the Blend Mode drop-down list to specify how you want
the text to blend into the underlying image.
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Watermark options
You can use the options in the Watermark section to add a watermark to an image. You can move the
watermark to any position on the image. You can also change the opacity of the watermark and blend
the watermark into the image.
1
Click Browse, select your watermark, and click Open. The watermark displays in the center of the
photo by default.
2
Click and drag the watermark to reposition it anywhere on your image. Alternately, click the
Position & Blending tab and use the options to reposition the watermark.
3
Drag the marquee handles to resize the watermark image. Select Maintain aspect ratio while
resizing if you want to resize the watermark image without stretching it.
4
Select Apply Alpha Channel to apply the alpha channel if it is present in the watermark. (Only
TIF, PNG, and ICO watermark files can have an alpha channel.)
5
Select Apply Transparency to make a color in the watermark transparent. The default color is
white. You can enter the RGB value of the color. If you do not know the RGB value, move your
mouse over the watermark preview thumbnail on the Edit Panel and click on the color that you
want to make transparent.
6
Click the Position & Blending tab.
7
Select an option from the Blending Mode drop-down list to specify how you want the
watermark to blend into the underlying image.
8
Drag the Opacity slider to specify the transparency of the watermark.
Output options
Destination
folder
File names
Same as source folder
Select this option if you want to save the edited
images in the same folder as the original images.
Specific folder
Select this option if you want to save the edited
images to a specific folder.
Create a new subfolder
for the files
Creates a new subfolder in the folder that you
selected from the Specific folder drop-down.
Type a name for the new folder in the Create a
new subfolder for the files text box.
Keep original file names
Select this option if you want to save the edited
images with the same file name as the original
images.
Name using template
Select this option if you want to rename the
edited images using a renaming template.
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format
Metadata
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File format
If you want to change the file format of the edited
images, select the file format in which you would
like to save the edited images.
Pixel format
Use this option to determine number of bits per
pixel (BPP) in the output images, and whether the
images will be color or grayscale. Select
Automatic if you want the output images to have
the same pixel format (or the closest possible
match) as the original images. You can use this
option to convert the images from color to
grayscale, or to convert the images to a pixel
format that is compatible with other software or
processes.
Preserve metadata
Select this option if the original image contains
metadata, and you want the edited image to
contain the same metadata.
Preserve embedded
audio
Select this option if the original image contains
embedded audio, and you want the edited image
to contain the same embedded audio.
Preserve color profile
Select this option if the original image contains a
color profile, and you want the edited image to
contain the same color profile.
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Other options
Preserve last-modified
date
Select this option if the original image has a lastmodified date, and you want the edited image to
have the same last-modified date.
Copy database
information
Select this option if you want to copy database
information for the original image and enter it
into the database for the edited image.
When output file
already exists
Use this option to determine what ACDSee
should do if the destination folder contains an
image with the same file name as one of the
edited images:
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Ask: Select this option if you want to choose
different options (skip, rename, overwrite)
depending on the image.
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Skip: Select this option if you want ACDSee
to stop processing that image, and begin
processing the next image.
•
Replace: Select this option if you want
ACDSee to replace the image in the
destination folder with the edited image.
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Rename: Select this option if you want
ACDSee to rename the edited file.
RAW image processing
About RAW image processing
A RAW file is like a negative. RAW files contain all of the data that was collected by your digital
camera's sensor when you took a photo. If you tried to view a RAW file without processing, it would
appear almost completely black. It is therefore necessary to develop, or process, your RAW files to
produce a photo.
You can use the RAW Processing tool to select exposure, color, and image sharpness settings for your
RAW files. You can select and save unique settings for each RAW file, or you can select and save
generic settings as presets. If you save generic settings as presets, you can apply those presets to
numerous RAW files using the Batch RAW Processing tool.
You cannot use the RAW Processing tool to change your original RAW files permanently. The RAW files
remain intact after processing to preserve all the data captured by your camera. The processing
settings that you select for a particular image are saved to the database and associated with the
image. This means that the processing settings for a particular image can always be reapplied,
although this can take some time.
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To save any changes you make to a RAW file permanently, you need to save it as a separate file, in a
different file format (JPEG or TIFF, for example). This also applies to any editing of a RAW image that
you apply after processing.
Related topics
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Supported RAW formats
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Viewing RAW images
Processing a RAW image
In ACDSee Pro, RAW files are preprocessed so you can see them in the Browser and Viewer. During
preprocessing, levels and curves are adjusted to achieve the best possible exposure for browsing and
viewing. You can use the RAW Processing tool to improve exposure, and to adjust color and image
sharpness.
The Preprocess Exposure option plays an important role in the RAW Processing tool. It controls
whether or not you use the exposure options that were applied during preprocessing. Refer to the
exposure options below for a detailed explanation.
To process a RAW image:
1
Do one of the following:
•
In the Browser, select one or more images, and then click Tools | RAW Processing.
•
In the Viewer, click Modify | RAW Processing.
2
If you selected more than one image in the Browser, select the image that you want to process
from the Thumbnails section.
3
In the RAW Processing tool, select exposure, color, and image sharpness settings.
4
As you are selecting exposure, color, and image sharpness settings, click Exposure Warning to
highlight over- and under-exposed areas of the image. Click Reset to discard the settings that
you have selected and revert to the default settings.
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Do one of the following:
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Click Save As to produce a photo from the RAW file and save it (as a different file, in a
different file format).
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Click Done to save the RAW processing settings to the database (without producing a
photo). These will be re-applied if you open the same image later.
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Click Cancel to discard the RAW processing settings and return to the Browser or Viewer.
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Exposure options
Preprocess
Exposure
Select this option if you want to use the levels and curves that were applied
during preprocessing, and make further changes to those levels and curves.
Clear this option if you do not want to use the levels and curves that were
applied during preprocessing and would prefer, instead, to select completely
new levels and curves. Selecting exposure options can be very timeconsuming, however, so the Preprocess Exposure option is selected by
default and it is recommended that you use the levels and curves that were
applied during preprocessing as a starting point for further adjustments.
Channel
Specifies the brightness or color channel you want to adjust.
Shadows
Specifies the blackpoint of an image.
Move the slider or type a number from 0 to 255 into the spin box, to define the
blackest area of an image. As the value increases, the dark colored areas of the
image become darker.
Midtones
Specifies the gamma correction in an image.
Move the slider, or type a number from 0.00 to 2.00 into the spin box, to set the
amount of gamma correction. Higher values make the image appear brighter,
while lower values make the image appear darker.
Highlights
Specifies the whitepoint of an image.
Move the slider, or type a number from 0 to 255 into the spin box, to define the
whitest area of an image. As the value increases, the light colored areas of the
image become lighter.
Clipped %
Indicates how much of the image detail is lost due to blackpoint and
whitepoint correction.
Shadows
picker
Click the Shadows picker, and then click the image area you want to set as the
blackpoint.
Midtones
picker
Click the Midtones picker, and then click the image area you want to set as the
gamma correction value.
Highlights
picker
Click the Highlights picker, and then click the image area you want to set as
the whitepoint.
Exposure
Compensation
Specifies the brightness or darkness of the image.
Move the slider to the right to brighten the image to a maximum of +4. Move
the slider to the left to darken the image to a minimum of -4. The value
increments are approximately equivalent to f-stops.
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Auto
Select one of the following options:
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Adjust Contrast: Automatically analyzes and adjusts image contrast.
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Adjust Color and Contrast: Automatically analyzes and adjusts each
color channel independently, and then adjusts the contrast.
•
Adjust Color and Brightness: Automatically analyzes and adjusts image
color and brightness.
•
Tolerance: Opens the Tolerance settings dialog box. Specify the
maximum clipping percentage for Shadows and Highlights, and click
OK. ACDSee adjusts the image levels automatically.
Color options
White Balance
When you take RAW images your digital camera's sensor ignores any white
balance settings you have selected. Instead, the digital camera's sensor collects
as much information as it can. Therefore it is necessary to select the
appropriate white balance during processing. Select one of the following white
balance correction options:
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RAW Adjust: Selected automatically. Adjusts the color temperature to
3000K.
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Sunny: Adjusts the color temperature to 5500K, approximately that of the
midday sun.
•
Cloudy: Adjusts the color temperature to 6500K, approximately that of a
lightly overcast sky.
•
Shade: Adjusts the color temperature to 7500K, approximately that of a
heavily overcast sky.
•
Tungsten: Adjusts the color temperature to 2850K, approximately that of
a household light bulb.
•
Fluorescent: Adjusts the color temperature to 3800K, approximately that
of a fluorescent light bulb.
•
Flash: Adjusts the color temperature to 5500K, approximately that of a
camera flash.
Auto
Select one of the following options:
•
Adjust Contrast: Automatically analyzes and adjusts image contrast.
•
Adjust Color and Contrast: Automatically analyzes and adjusts each
color channel independently, and then adjusts the contrast.
•
Adjust Color and Brightness: Automatically analyzes and adjusts image
color and brightness.
•
Tolerance: Opens the Tolerance settings dialog box. Specify the
maximum clipping percentage for Shadows and Highlights, and click
OK. ACDSee adjusts the image levels automatically.
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As Shot
Click to use the white balance settings that you selected when you took the
photo. The As Shot button displays the settings you selected. For example: As
Shot (Auto) indicates that you selected Auto white balance settings when you
took the photo, while As Shot (Sunny) indicates that you selected Sunny white
balance settings when you took the photo.
Temperature
Drag the Temperature slider to the left or right to select a specific color
temperature.
Tint
Drag the Tint slider to the left (more magenta) or right (more green) to match
the white balance settings that you selected when you took the photo.
As Shot
Click to use the saturation settings that you selected when you took the photo.
The As Shot button displays the settings you selected. For example: As Shot
(Low) indicates that you selected Low saturation settings when you took the
photo.
Saturation
Drag the Saturation slider to the left or right to change the intensity of hues in
the photo.
Use a working
color space
Select this option, then select a color space from the drop-down list to use a
specific working color space during RAW image processing.
Detail options
Sharpness
As Shot
Click to use the sharpness settings that you selected when
you took the photo. The As Shot button displays the
settings you selected. For example: As Shot (Normal)
indicates that you selected Normal sharpness settings
when you took the photo.
Amount
Specifies the amount of light added to, or removed from,
each edge. Higher values produce darker edges.
Radius
Specifies the number of pixels to adjust around each edge.
Higher values increases the number of sharpened pixels.
Threshold
Specifies how different the lightness values of two adjacent
pixels must be before they are sharpened. Higher values
increase the required difference. It is recommended that
you set the threshold so that it enhances edges while
keeping background noise to a minimum.
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Noise
Reduction
Amount
Specifies the amount of noise to remove from the image.
Higher values reduce more noise.
Radius
Drag the slider to the left or right to apply median noise
removal to smaller or larger areas. For example, you
typically increase the Radius value to remove larger areas of
noise, but this also removes detail from the photo.
Color Noise
Reduction
Drag the slider to the left or right to select the range of
pixels that are identified as noise. You typically select a
threshold of 10 to 20.
Processing a batch of RAW images
In the RAW Processing tool you can save selected exposure, color, and image sharpness settings as
presets. If you save generic settings as presets, you can apply those presets to a batch of RAW files
using the Batch RAW Processing tool. You can also use the Batch RAW Processing tool to remove all
processing settings from a batch of RAW files.
To process a batch of RAW files:
1
In the Browser, select the images that you want to process, and then click Tools | Batch RAW
Processing.
2
If you want to apply presets to the RAW files, select a preset in the Processing options section.
3
If you want to remove all processing settings from the RAW files, select Undo processing
settings in the Processing options section.
4
Select Convert files to another format after processing if you want to produce photos from
the RAW file and save them as separate files, in a different file format (JPEG or TIFF, for example).
5
Do one of the following:
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Click Process to save or remove RAW processing settings, and, if you selected Convert files
after processing, to produce photos using those settings.
•
Click Cancel to discard any selections you made and return to the Browser.
If you selected Convert files to another format after processing, the Convert File Format dialog
displays. Follow the steps in Converting images to another format to select an appropriate file
format and produce the photos.
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Sharing RAW processing settings
You can share your RAW processing settings with other ACDSee Pro users. To do this, you export the
processing settings from the database to a file, which has an .rpp file extension. You can then send the
RAW file, and the processing settings, to another ACDSee Pro user, who can import the .rpp settings
into their ACDSee database. When they open the RAW file in ACDSee, the processed photo will have
the appearance you intended.
To export your RAW processing settings:
1
In the Browser, select the RAW file (or files) that you want to share.
2
Click Database | Export, and then select RPP Files. A summary of the export process displays in
the Summary dialog.
3
Click OK.
The .rpp file is saved in the same folder as the source RAW file. When you send the RAW file and the
.rpp file to another ACDSee Pro user, tell them to keep the RAW file and the .rpp file together in the
same folder.
To import RAW processing settings:
1
In the Browser, select the shared RAW file (or files).
2
Click Database | Import and select RPP Files. A summary of the import process displays in the
Summary dialog.
3
Click OK.
The thumbnails of the shared RAW files are updated to reflect your processing settings.
Removing RAW processing settings
Once you have processed a RAW file, the settings you use are saved in the database and will be
applied again each time you open that file. You can remove the RAW processing settings from a single
RAW file or from a batch or RAW files.
To remove RAW processing settings from a single RAW file:
1
In the Browser, double-click the RAW file. It displays in the Viewer.
2
In the Viewer, click Modify | Revert RAW Processing. The RAW processing settings are deleted
from the ACDSee database.
3
Close the Viewer.
To remove RAW processing settings from a batch of RAW files:
1
In the Browser, select the RAW files, and then click Tools | Batch RAW Processing.
2
Select Undo processing settings in the Processing options section.
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Do one of the following:
•
Click Process to remove RAW processing settings.
•
Click Cancel to discard any selections you made and return to the Browser.
Editing RAW images
You can select a RAW file and open it in Edit Mode.
If you processed the file previously, ACDSee applies those processing settings to display the photo in
Edit Mode. If you have not selected processing settings, ACDSee uses generic processing settings to
display the photo in Edit Mode.
When you click Finished Editing, you are prompted to save the photo as a separate file in a different
file format (JPEG or TIFF, for example).
Applying special effects filters
About special effect filters
You can use filters to add unique effects to your images. ACDSee includes more than 20 special effect
filters, such as Crosshatch, Pixel Explosion, and Solarize.
To access the special effects filters:
In Edit Mode, on the Edit Panel, click Effects.
For more information about each effect, click the Help button to view a Help file page specific to that
effect.
Related topics
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Saving tool settings
•
Using the undo/redo system
Applying a Bathroom Window effect
The Bathroom Window effect divides your images into bars, transforming them so they resemble the
view through privacy glass often found in bathrooms. You can select or change the Bathroom
Window options to apply this effect to your image, and save your options as a preset for use at
another time.
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To apply a Bathroom Window effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Bathroom Window.
2
In the Bathroom Window dialog box, in the Bar direction area, select one of the following to
specify the orientation of the bars in your image:
•
Vertical
•
Horizontal
3
Drag the Bar width slider to set the thickness of the bars. Thinner bars result in a more distorted
image.
4
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Bathroom Window tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tab.
Applying a Blinds effect
You can use the Blinds effect to divide your image into bars that look like venetian or vertical window
blinds. You can select or change the Blinds options to add blinds to your image, and save your options
as a preset for use at another time.
To apply a Blinds effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Blinds.
2
On the Blinds tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Blinds tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tab.
Blinds options
Blind width
Specifies the width of the blinds. Type a number from 1 to 1000 or drag the
slider to adjust the width of each blind. As the value increases, the width of the
blind also increases.
Blind opacity
Specifies the opacity of the blinds. Type a number from 1 to 99 or drag the
slider to adjust the opacity of the blinds. The higher the opacity, the more the
image is obscured.
Angle
Specifies the angle of the blinds. Type a number from 1 to 360 or drag the
arrow to adjust the angle.
Blind color
Specifies the color of the blinds.
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Applying a Bulge effect
You can use the Bulge effect to stretch or shrink areas of your images horizontally and vertically. You
can set the radius and position of the distortion, and save the options as a preset for use at another
time.
To apply a Bulge and Shrink effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Bulge.
2
On the Bulge tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Bulge tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tab.
Bulge and Shrink options
Horizontal
position
Specifies the center of the distortion along the horizontal axis. A lower value
moves the distortion towards the left side of the image, while a higher value
moves it towards the right side of the image.
Vertical
position
Specifies the center of the distortion along the vertical axis. A lower value
moves the distortion towards the bottom of the image, while a higher value
moves it towards the top of the image.
Radius
Specifies the radius of the distorted area. A lower value decreases the radius of
the distortion, while a higher value increases the radius of the distortion.
Strength
Specifies the strength of the distortion. A negative value shrinks the center of
the distortion, while a higher value bulges the distortion.
Background
color
Specifies the background color for the filtered image.
Select the Image check box to use the original image color, or click the color
picker to select a different color.
Bulge
direction
Specifies the direction of the distortion. Select one or both of the following
options:
•
Horizontal: moves the distortion horizontally.
•
Vertical: moves the distortion vertically.
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Applying a Colored Edges effect
You can use the Colored Edges effect to trace the lines and details of people or objects in your images.
You can save your options as a preset value for future use.
To apply a Colored Edges effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Colored Edges.
2
On the Colored Edges tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Colored Edges tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tab.
Colored Edges options
Intensity
Specifies the amount of color added to the edges within the image. The higher
the setting, the thicker the color that is applied to the image.
Edge color
Specifies the color of the edges.
Edge
detection
Specifies the edge detection algorithm. The algorithm controls the formula
used to detect the edges and the direction of the edge indicators.
Blurring
Blurs the edges in the image. Select the Use blurring check box, and then
select a blur setting to determine how much blur is applied.
Applying a Contours effect
You can use the Contours effect to draw contour lines on your image that create a cartoon effect. You
can select or change the Contours options to apply the effect to your image, and save your options as
a preset for use at another time.
To apply a Contours effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Contours.
2
On the Contours tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Contours tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tab.
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Contours options
Rounding
Specifies the amount of curve in the contour lines. The higher the value, the
rounder the lines.
Line frequency
Specifies the amount of space between the contour lines. The higher the value,
the closer the lines move together.
Line strength
Specifies the strength of the line. The higher the value, the darker the line.
Line color
Specifies the color of the contour lines.
Applying a Crayon Drawing effect
You can use the Crayon Drawing effect to give your photos the appearance of a crayon drawing.
To use the Crayon Drawing effect:
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Crayon Drawing.
Applying a Crosshatch effect
You can use the Crosshatch effect to add crosshatching to an image.
To use the Crosshatch effect:
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Crosshatch.
Applying a Dauber effect
You can use the Dauber effect to make your images look like they were painted with a paint dauber.
You can select or change the Dauber options to apply the effect to your image, and save your options
as a preset for use at another time.
To use the Dauber effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Dauber.
2
On the Dauber tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the Dauber tab.
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Dauber options
Intensity
Specifies the amount of color applied with each daub.
Frequency
Specifies the number of daubs added to the image.
Background
color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image.
Select the Image check box to use the original image colors or click the color
picker to select a different color.
Random Seed
Indicates the random placement of the paint daubs. When you apply the
Dauber effect to an image, ACDSee places the daubs randomly. This makes the
paint daubs different every time you apply the filter. You can define a specific
random seed to generate identical daubs. To generate a new random seed,
click Random Seed.
Applying an Edge Detect effect
You can use the Edge Detect effect to create a highlighted outline of your image. After creating a black
image, the effect uses colored lines to outline the detail of an image where significant color
differences exist. Greater differences between colors in the original image produce brighter outline
colors. (The Sobel effect is similar to the Edge Detect effect, but produces sharper and brighter
outlines.)
To use the Edge Detect effect:
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double click Edge Detect.
Related topics
•
Applying a Sobel effect
Applying an Emboss effect
You can use the Emboss effect to add a grayscale relief to an image. You can save your options as a
preset for future use.
To emboss an image:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Emboss.
2
On the Emboss tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the Emboss tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
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Emboss options
Elevation
Specifies the light source's elevation on the image. Lower values produce more
shadows and a darker image. Higher values produce fewer shadows and a
lighter image.
Weight
Specifies the amount of relief added to the image. Higher values increase the
relief depth.
Azimuth
Specifies the angle of shadows that extend from the edges of image details. A
value of 0 adds shadows to the left side, while a value of 180 adds shadows to
the right side.
Applying a Furry Edges effect
You can use the Furry Edges effect to add fur and bristles to the lines and details of people or objects
in your images. You can save your options as a preset for future use.
To use the Furry Edges effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Furry Edges.
2
On the Furry Edges tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the Furry Edges tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Furry Edges options
Frequency
Specifies how much fur is added to the image. The higher the setting, the more
dense the fur that is applied to the image.
Threshold
Specifies how sharp an edge must be before fur is applied to it. As the value
decreases, the area of the image that fur is added to increases.
Fur length
Specifies the length of each strand of fur. As the value increases, the length of
each fur strand also increases.
Variance
Specifies how much of the fur grows in the direction indicated by the Hair
direction setting. The higher the value, the more random the fur direction will
be.
Hair direction
Specifies the general direction in which fur will appear to grow.
Edge
detection
Specifies the edge detection algorithm. The algorithm controls the formula
used to detect the edges and the direction of the edge indicators.
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Background
color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image. Select the Image check
box to use the original image colors, or click the color picker to select a
different color.
Fur color
Specifies the color of the fur. Select the Image check box to use the original
image colors, or click the color picker to select a different color.
Random Seed
Indicates the random placement of the fur strands. When you apply the Furry
Edges effect to an image, ACDSee places the fur randomly. This makes the fur
strands different every time you apply the filter. You can define a specific
random seed to generate identical fur patterns. To generate a new random
seed, click Random Seed.
Applying a Glowing Edges effect
You can use the Glowing Edges effect to add color to the lines and details of people or objects in your
images. The colored lines and details appear to glow. You can save your options as a preset value for
future use.
To apply a Glowing Edges effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Glowing Edges.
2
On the Glowing Edges tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tab.
Glowing Edges options
Intensity
Specifies the amount of color added to the edges within the image. The higher
the setting, the more intense the color that is applied to the image.
Color
Specifies the color of the edges.
Applying a Granite effect
You can use the Granite effect to give your images the appearance of being painted on a rock wall.
You can save your options as a preset for future use.
To use the Granite effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Granite.
2
On the Granite tab, set the options as described below.
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Do one of the following:
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Click Done to accept your changes and close the tab.
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Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Granite options
Light Angle
Specifies the direction from which an imaginary light source is shining on the
image. Drag the arrow to adjust the angle. Different light angles will change
the highlights and shadows in the peaks and valleys on the rock.
Applying a Mirror effect
You can use the Mirror effect to reflect an image along the horizontal or vertical axis. You can select or
change the Mirror options to apply mirroring to your image, and save your options as a preset for use
at another time.
To apply a Mirror effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Mirror.
2
On the Mirror tab, in the Mirror direction area, select one of the following options to indicate
which direction you want to mirror the image:
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Horizontal
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Vertical
3
Drag the Mirror axis slider to adjust the position of the mirror. A value of 500 places the mirror in
the center of the image.
4
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Mirror tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Applying a Negative effect
You can use the Negative effect to create a negative of your image. You can also apply the Negative
filter to a negative scanned from a roll of film to produce a positive image.
To create an image negative:
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Negative.
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Applying an Oil Paint effect
You can use the Oil Paint effect to give your images a painted appearance. You can save your options
as a preset for future use.
To create an oil painting from a photo:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Oil Paint.
2
On the Oil Paint tab, drag the Brush width slider to specify the width of the brush strokes in the
effect. The higher the value, the wider the brush stroke.
3
Drag the Variance slider to specify the color variance in each brush stroke. Higher values increase
the number of colors used in each stroke.
4
Drag the Vibrance slider to adjust the intensity of the colors in the image.
5
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to apply your changes and close the Oil Paint tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Applying the Old effect
You can use the Old effect to give your images an antique look. (The Old effect is similar to the Sepia
effect, but produces a more realistic appearance of age.)
To apply the Old effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Old.
2
On the Old tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Old options
Age
Specifies the intensity or degree of the effect. (The numbers do not correspond
to how old the photo should appear.)
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Applying an Outline effect
The Outline effect is similar to the Edge Detect effect. You can use the Outline effect to create a
highlighted outline of your image. However, with the Outline effect you can control the thickness of
the outline, whether an edge is outlined or not, and the color that displays behind the outlined image.
You can save your options as a preset for future use.
To use the Outline effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Outline.
2
On the Outline tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Outline options
Line width
Specifies the width of the outline in the effect. The higher the value, the wider
the outline.
Threshold
Specifies how sharp an edge must be in order to be outlined. If you specify a
higher value, more edges in the photo will be outlined.
Background
color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image. Click the color picker to
select a different color.
Applying a Pencil Drawing effect
You can use the Pencil Drawing effect to create a pencil drawing from your images.
To create a pencil drawing from an image:
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Pencil Drawing.
Applying a Pixel Explosion effect
You can use the Pixel Explosion effect to explode pixels from a center point in your images. You can
select or change the Pixel Explosion options to apply this effect to your image, and save your options
as a preset for use at another time.
To use the Pixel Explosion effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Pixel Explosion.
2
On the Pixel Explosion tab, set the options as described below.
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Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the Pixel Explosion tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Pixel Explosion options
Horizontal
center
Specifies the center point of the explosion on the horizontal axis. A value of 500
places the explosion at the middle of the image.
Vertical center
Specifies the center point of the explosion on the vertical axis. A value of 500
places the explosion at the middle of the image.
Intensity
Specifies the intensity of the explosion. A higher value creates a larger, more
brilliant spread of the pixels in the image.
Explosion
direction
Specifies the direction of the explosion. Select one or both of the following:
•
Explode horizontally: explodes the pixels towards the right and left sides
of the image.
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Explode vertically: explodes the pixels towards the top and bottom of
the image.
Random Seed
Indicates the random placement of the pixels. When you apply the Pixel
Explosion effect to an image, ACDSee places the pixels randomly. This makes
the pixels different every time you apply the filter. You can define a specific
random seed to generate identical pixel patterns. To generate a new random
seed, click Random Seed.
Applying a Pixelate effect
A pixel is the smallest piece of a digital image, arranged in rows and columns. When you reduce the
resolution of your image, the size of the pixel increases and produces blurring. You can use the
Pixelate effect to increase the size of the pixels in your image, and save your options as a preset for
future use.
To apply a Pixelate effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Pixelate.
2
On the Pixelate tab, drag the Width and Height sliders to set the size of the pixels in your image.
Select the Square check box to make the width and height equal.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the Pixelate tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
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Applying a Posterize effect
You can use the Posterize effect to reduce the number of brightness levels in your image. You can
select or change the Posterize options to apply this effect to your image, and save your options as a
preset for use at another time.
To apply a Posterize effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Posterize.
2
On the Posterize tab, drag the Brightness levels slider to adjust the variance of colors in the
image. The lower the value, the fewer colors used in the image.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the Posterize tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Applying a Radial Waves effect
You can use the Radial Waves effect to display waves radiating from a center point in the photo. You
can change the center point in the photo and you can also control the appearance of the waves. You
can save your options as a preset for use at another time.
To apply a Radial Waves effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Radial Waves.
2
On the Radial waves tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Radial waves options
Horizontal
position
Specifies the center of the waves on the horizontal axis. A value of 500 places
the waves in the middle of the image.
Vertical
position
Specifies the center of the waves on the vertical axis. A value of 500 places the
waves in the middle of the image.
Amplitude
Specifies the depth and height of each wave.
Wavelength
Specifies the amount of space between waves.
Light strength
Specifies the amount of light contrast between the top and bottom of each
wave.
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Background
color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image. Select the Image check
box to use the original image colors, or click the color picker to select a
different color.
Wave
direction
Specifies the direction of the waves. Select one, or both, of the following:
•
Wave horizontally: makes the waves move towards the right and left
sides of the image.
•
Wave vertically: makes the waves move towards the top and bottom of
the image.
Applying a Rain effect
You can use the Rain effect to make it look like it was raining when you took a photo. You can control
the amount of rain, the angle of the rain, and other characteristics of the rain. You can save your
options as a preset for use at another time.
To apply rain to a photo:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Rain.
2
On the Rain tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tab.
Rain options
Strength
Specifies the length of the rain drops. Drag the slider to the right to increase
the length.
Opacity
Specifies the opacity of the rain drops. Type a number from 1 to 99 or drag the
slider to adjust the opacity of the rain drops. The higher the opacity, the more
the image is obscured.
Amount
Specifies the number of rain drops.
Angle variance
Specifies the angle of the rain drops. Type a number from 1 to 360 or drag the
arrow to adjust the angle.
Strength
variance
Specifies how much variety there should be in the length of the rain drops.
Drag the slider to the left if you want rain drops to have a similar length. Drag
the slider to the right if you want to vary the length of rain drops. If you vary the
length of rain drops they look natural.
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blur
Specifies the amount of blur in the photo. Heavy rain will block your vision. Use
this option to blur the photo so the rain effect looks natural.
Angle
Specifies the angle at which the rain drops are falling.
Color
Specifies the color of the rain drops.
Applying a Ripple effect
You can use the Ripple effect to divide your images into concentric circles that resembles what you
see when you drop a pebble into water. You can select or change the Ripple options to apply ripples
to your image, and save your options as a preset for use at another time.
To apply a Ripple effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Ripple.
2
On the Ripple tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the Ripple tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Ripple options
Horizontal
position
Specifies the center of the ripples on the horizontal axis. A value of 500 places
the ripples in the middle of the image.
Vertical
position
Specifies the center of the ripples on the vertical axis. A value of 500 places the
ripples in the middle of the image.
Amplitude
Specifies the depth and height of each ripple.
Wavelength
Specifies the amount of space between ripples.
Light strength
Specifies the amount of light contrast between the top and bottom of each
ripple.
Background
color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image. Select the Image check
box to use the original image colors, or click the color picker to select a
different color.
Ripple
direction
Specifies the direction of the ripples. Select one or both of the following:
•
Ripple vertically: makes the ripples move towards the top and bottom of
the image.
•
Ripple horizontally: makes the ripples move towards the right and left
sides of the image.
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Applying a Scattered Tiles effect
You can use the Scattered Tiles effect to divide your images into rectangular tiles, and scatter and
stack the tiles. You can select or change the Scattered Tiles options to apply this effect to your image,
and save your options as a preset for use at another time.
To apply a Scattered Tiles effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Scattered Tiles.
2
On the Scattered Tiles tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the Scattered Tiles tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Scattered Tiles options
Tile size
Specifies the size of the tiles.
Scatter
amount
Specifies how much the tiles will move from their original positions.
Background
color
Specifies the color of the background. Click the color picker to select a different
color.
Random Seed
Indicates the random placement of the tiles. When you apply the Scattered
Tiles effect to an image, ACDSee places the tiles randomly. This makes the
effect different every time you apply the filter. You can define a specific
random seed to generate identical tile patterns. To generate a new random
seed, click Random Seed.
Applying a Sepia effect
You can use the Sepia effect to give your images an antique look. (The Old effect is similar to the Sepia
effect, but produces a more realistic appearance of age.)
To add a sepia tone to an image:
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Sepia.
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Applying a Sheet Metal effect
You can use the Sheet Metal effect to turn your images into sheet metal impressions. You can save
your options as a preset for future use.
To apply a Sheet Metal effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Sheet Metal.
2
On the Sheet Metal tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the Sheet Metal tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Sheet Metal options
Rounding
Specifies the amount of curve in the edges of the impressions.
Detail
Specifies the amount of detail in the impression.
Angle
Specifies the angle of the grain in the sheet metal.
Metal color
Specifies the color of the sheet metal.
Direction
Specifies the direction in which the sheet metal was manipulated. Select one of
the following:
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Indented: stamps the metal from the top side of the image.
•
Pushed out: stamps the metal from underneath the image.
Applying a Shift effect
You can use the Shift effect to divide your images into bars and shift them in random directions. You
can save your options as a preset for future use.
To apply a Shift effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Shift.
2
On the Shift tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
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Strength
Specifies the amount of shift between the bars.
Width
Specifies the width of each bar.
Angle
Specifies the angle of the bars.
Background
color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image. Select the Image check
box to use the original image colors, or click the color picker to select a
different color.
Applying a Slant effect
You can use the Slant effect to make a photo appear slanted. For example, you could use the Slant
effect to distort a photo by pushing the top of the photo to the left and the bottom of the photo to
the right. Similarly, you could use the slant effect to push the left side of the photo upwards and the
right side of the photo downwards. You can save your options as a preset for future use.
To apply a Slant effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Slant.
2
On the Slant tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Slant options
Amount
Specifies the degree of the slant.
Fulcrum
Specifies the center of the slant. Drag the slider to the left to place the center of
the slant near the bottom of the photo. Drag the slider to the right to place the
center of the slant near the top of the photo.
Background
color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image. Click the color picker to
select a different color.
Slant Direction
Specifies the angle of the slant:
•
Horizontal: Select Horizontal to push the top or bottom of the photo to
the left or right.
•
Vertical: Select Vertical to push the left or right side of the photo up or
down.
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Applying a Sobel effect
You can use the Sobel effect to create a highlighted outline of your image. After creating a black
image, the effect uses colored lines to outline the detail of an image where significant color
differences exist. Greater differences between colors in the original image produce brighter outline
colors. (The Sobel effect is similar to the Edge Detect effect, but produces sharper and brighter
outlines.)
To use the Sobel effect:
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Sobel.
Related topics
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Applying an Edge Detect effect
Applying a Solarize effect
You can use the Solarize effect to simulate the effect of overexposing an image, as though the film was
exposed to light before developing. You can select or change the Solarize options to apply this effect
to your image, and save your options as a preset for use at another time.
To apply a Solarize effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Solarize.
2
On the Solarize tab, drag the Threshold slider to specify the brightness threshold of the image.
3
In the Effect area, specify which pixels you want to adjust by selecting one of the following
options:
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Solarize: adjusts pixels located above the specified threshold option. The effect takes any
pixels above the threshold and replaces them with their negative value. When you solarize
an image, a higher threshold value sets a brighter threshold, and colors need to be brighter
to be overexposed.
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Lunarize: adjusts pixels located below the specified threshold option. The effect takes any
pixels below the threshold and replaces them with their negative value. When you lunarize
an image, a higher threshold value sets a darker threshold, and colors do not have to be as
bright to be overexposed.
Do one of the following:
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Click Done to accept your changes and close the Solarize tab.
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Applying a Stained Glass effect
You can use the Stained Glass effect to divide your images into fragments of a random size and shape,
to give the photo the appearance of a stained glass window. You can control the size and position of
the fragments. You can save your options as a preset for use at another time.
To apply a Stained Glass effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Stained Glass.
2
On the Stained Glass tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Stained Glass options
Fragment size
Specifies the size of the fragments.
Random Seed
Indicates the random placement of the fragments. When you apply the Stained
Glass effect to an image, ACDSee places the fragments randomly. This makes
the effect different every time you apply the filter. You can define a specific
random seed to generate identical fragment patterns. To generate a new
random seed, click Random Seed.
Applying a Sunspot effect
You can use the Sunspot effect to add a bright spot in your images. You can save your options as a
preset for future use.
To apply a Sunspot effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Sunspot.
2
On the Sunspot tab, drag the Horizontal and Vertical sliders or click the image to set the location
of the sunspot.
3
Drag the Brightness slider to set the intensity of the sunspot.
4
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the Sunspot tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
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Applying a Swirl effect
You can use the Swirl effect to rotate and stretch people and objects in your images. You can save your
options as a preset for future use.
To apply a Swirl effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Swirl.
2
On the Swirl tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the Swirl tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Swirl options
Horizontal
position
Specifies the center of the swirl on the horizontal axis. A value of 500 places the
swirl in the middle of the image.
Vertical
position
Specifies the center of the swirl on the vertical axis. A value of 500 places the
swirl in the middle of the image.
Radius
Specifies the size of the swirl effect.
Strength
Specifies the strength and direction of the swirl. Higher values create a
clockwise swirl, while negative values create a counter-clockwise swirl.
Focus
Specifies the concentration of the swirl. Higher values concentrate the effect
on the center of the swirl, while lower values spread the swirl across the image.
Background
color
Specifies the background color of the filtered image. Select the Image check
box to use the original image colors, or click the color picker to select a
different color.
Swirl direction
Specifies the direction of the swirl. Select one or both of the following:
•
Swirl horizontally: moves the swirl towards the top and bottom of the
image.
•
Swirl vertically: moves the swirl towards the right and left sides of the
image.
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Applying the Threshold effect
You can use the Threshold effect to create a black and white image. You can save your options as a
preset for future use.
To apply the Threshold effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Threshold.
2
On the Threshold tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Threshold options
Threshold
This slider determines which pixels become black and which ones become
white in the black and white image. Any pixels that are brighter than the
selected threshold will become white and any pixels that are darker than the
threshold will become black.
Applying a Topographic Map effect
You can use the Topographic Map effect to change the details of your images into contour lines. You
can save your options as a preset for future use.
To apply a Topographic Map effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Topographic Map.
2
On the Topographic Map tab, drag the Rounding slider to adjust the amount of curve in the
counter lines.
3
Drag the Number of lines slider to specify how many contour lines you want to add.
4
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the Topographic Map tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
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Applying a Vignette effect
You can use the Vignette effect to add a frame around a subject, such as a person or a bouquet of
flowers. You can change the focal point in the portrait. You can also control the appearance of the
border. You can save your options as a preset for use at another time.
To apply a Vignette effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Vignette.
2
On the Vignette tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tab.
Vignette options
Horizontal
Specifies the focal point of the portrait on the horizontal axis. A value of 500
places the center in the middle of the photo.
Vertical
Specifies the focal point of the portrait on the vertical axis. A value of 500
places the center in the middle of the photo.
Clear zone
Specifies the size of the clear area around the focal point in the portrait. Drag
the slider to the left to reduce the size of the clear area. Drag the slider to the
right to increase the size of the clear area.
Transition
zone
Specifies the width of the transition area between the clear zone and the frame.
Drag the slider to the left to narrow the transition area. Drag the slider to the
right to widen the transition area.
Shape
Specifies the shape of the frame:
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Round: Select Round if you want the frame to be round.
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Rectangular: Select Rectangular if you want the frame to be square.
Show outline
Select Show outline if you want to display an outline that shows the outside
edge of the clear zone and the inside edge of the frame.
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Frame
Specifies special effects that you can apply to the frame area around the focal
point:
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Color: Select Color to apply a color over the frame area.
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Saturation: Select Saturation to remove color from the people or objects.
•
Blur: Select Blur to blur the frame area.
•
Clouds: Select Clouds to display clouds over the frame area.
•
Edges: Select Edges to trace the lines and details of people or objects with
neon colors.
•
Radial Waves: Select Radial Waves to create the appearance of waves
radiating from the focal point into the frame area.
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Radial Blur: Select Radial Blur to rotate and stretch the frame area.
•
Zoom Blur: Select Zoom Blur to blur the frame area.
•
Crayon Edges: Select Crayon Edges to trace the lines and details around
people or objects with crayon.
•
Dauber: Select Dauber to create the impression that the people or objects
around the portrait were painted with a paint dauber.
Settings
The settings that display in the Settings area vary for each frame effect. For
example, if you select Color in the Operation area, a color picker displays in the
Filter Settings area. Similarly, if you select Blur in the Operation area, a slider
that controls the level of blurriness displays in the Filter Settings area.
Applying a Water effect
You can use the Water effect to insert an expanse of water below the subject of a photo and to display
a reflection of the subject in the water. You can control the position of the water below the subject. For
example, you can position the water below a person's chin, or below their waist. You can also control
the appearance of ripples in the water and how dark or light the water appears. You can save your
options as a preset for use at another time.
To apply a Water effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Water.
2
On the Water tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tab.
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Water options
Position
Specifies the position of the water below the subject of the photo.
Amplitude
Specifies the height of the ripples in the water. Drag the slider to the left to
reduce the height of the ripples and the distortion caused by the ripples. Drag
the slider to the right to increase the height of the ripples and the distortion
caused by the ripples.
Wavelength
Specifies the distance between ripples. Drag the slider to the left to reduce the
distance between ripples and increase the distortion caused by the ripples.
Drag the slider to the right to increase the distance between ripples and reduce
the distortion caused by the ripples.
Perspective
Changes the size of the waves as they get farther from the subject. Drag the
slider to the left to increase the size of the waves farthest from the subject and
to increase the illusion of distance.
Lighting
Specifies the amount of light in the water.
Applying a Water Drops effect
You can use the Water Drops effect to display water drops on the surface of the photo. You can control
the number and size of water drops, and their position on the photo. You can save your options as a
preset for use at another time.
To apply water drops to a photo:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Water Drops.
2
On the Water Drops tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
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Click Done to apply your changes and close the tab.
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Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tab.
Water Drops options
Density
Specifies the number of water drops on the photo. Drag the slider to the left to
remove water drops. Drag the slider to the right to add water drops.
Radius
Specifies the size of the water drops. Drag the slider to the left to make the
water drops smaller. Drag the slider to the right to make the water drops larger.
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Height
Specifies the height of the water drops above the photo surface. Drag the slider
to the left to reduce the height of the water drops and the distortion caused by
the water drops. Drag the slider to the right to increase the height of the water
drops and the distortion caused by the water drops.
Random Seed
Indicates the random placement of the water drops. When you apply the Water
Drops effect to an image, ACDSee places the water drops randomly. This makes
the effect different every time you apply the filter. You can define a specific
random seed to generate identical water drop patterns. To generate a new
random seed, click Random Seed.
Applying a Waves effect
You can use the Waves effect to display waves across the photo. You can change the distance between
waves. This distance is called wavelength. You can also change the height of the waves, and the angle
at which the waves cross the photo. You can save your options as a preset for future use.
To apply a Waves effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Waves.
2
On the Waves tab, select or change the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to apply your changes and close the tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Waves options
Wavelength
Specifies the distance between waves. Drag the slider to the left to reduce the
distance between waves and increase the distortion caused by the waves. Drag
the slider to the right to increase the distance between waves and reduce the
distortion caused by the waves.
Amplitude
Specifies the height of the waves. Drag the slider to the left to reduce the
height of the waves and the distortion caused by the waves. Drag the slider to
the right to increase the height of the waves and the distortion caused by the
waves.
Angle
Specifies the angle of the waves. Type a number from 1 to 360 or drag the
arrow to adjust the angle.
Background
color
Specifies the background color. Select the Image check box to use the original
image colors, or click the color picker to select a different color.
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Applying a Weave effect
You can use the Weave effect to give a photo the appearance of being woven into a tapestry or basket.
You can control the width of the vertical and horizontal strips, the width of the gap between the strips,
and the background color that displays through the gap. You can save your options as a preset for use
at another time.
To apply a Weave effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Weave.
2
On the Weave tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
•
Click Done to accept your changes and close the tab.
•
Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
Weave options
Strip width
Specifies the width of the vertical and horizontal strips.
Gap width
Specifies the width of the gap between the strips.
Background
color
Specifies the color of the background. Click the color picker to select a different
color.
Applying a Wind effect
You can use the Wind effect to add wind lines that make stationary objects in your image look like
they are moving. You can select or change the Wind options to add wind to your image, and save your
options as a preset for future use.
To apply a Wind effect:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click Wind.
2
On the Wind tab, select or change the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
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Strength
Determines how strong the wind lines are in the image. The higher the value,
the stronger the wind lines.
Threshold
Determines how sharp an edge must be before the filter will apply wind. The
higher the value, the sharper the edge needs to be.
Chance of
wind
Determines the amount of wind lines to place in the image.
Edge
detection
Specifies the edge detection algorithm. The algorithm controls the formula
used to detect the edges and the direction of the edge indicators.
Background
color
Specifies the background color. Select the Image check box to use the original
image colors, or click the color picker to select a different color.
Wind color
Specifies the color of the wind lines. Select the Image check box to use the
original image colors, or click the color picker to select a different color.
Wind angle
Specifies the angle of the wind lines.
Random Seed
Indicates the random placement of the wind lines. When you apply the Wind
effect to an image, ACDSee places the wind lines randomly. This makes the
wind lines different every time you apply the filter. You can define a specific
random seed to generate identical wind lines. To generate a new random seed,
click Random Seed.
Creating a custom special effect filter
You can use the User Defined Convolution filter to create your own special effects. You can apply your
custom made effect to your image and save your options as a preset for future use.
To create a custom effect filter:
1
On the Edit Panel, click Effects, and then double-click User Defined Convolution.
2
On the User Defined Convolution tab, set the options as described below.
3
Do one of the following:
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Click Done to accept your changes and close the User Defined Convolution tab.
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Click Cancel to discard your changes and close the tab.
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User Defined Convolution options
Convolution
matrix
Specifies the formula to use when altering the image.
Type numbers in the matrix fields to change the pixels in the image. Using a
mathematical formula, the color value of each pixel in an image is multiplied by
the numbers in the matrix to produce an effect.
Division factor
Specifies the fractional coefficient of the matrix.
Type a number into the Division factor field to use fractional coefficients in
the matrix. The product of the convolution matrix is divided by the division
factor before being applied to a pixel.
Bias
Specifies the brightness of the image.
Type a number into the Bias field to change the brightness of the image. The
bias number is added to the RGB values of each pixel. A positive number
brightens the image, while a negative number darkens the image.
Clear matrix
Resets the matrix.
Sample filters
Loads a sample effect to use as a starting point for creating your own effect.
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While browsing, you can tag images with a single click to separate them for editing or deleting. You
can also assign images to ratings and categories, then use the Organize pane to quickly view images
assigned a specific rating or category. You can use the Properties pane to view, add, edit, and manage
EXIF and IPTC metadata. The Batch Set Information tool can apply this information to many files - or
apply unique information to each separate file - at the same time.
ACDSee Pro’s powerful database and management tools make it easy to manage thousands of files, or
to find a single image. These tools include batch tools, tagging, categorizing and rating systems, and a
powerful database to hold file, EXIF, IPTC and other metadata.
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Copying and moving files
You can use the Copy To Folder and Move To Folder commands to relocate files and folders on your
hard drive, and specify how to handle overwriting existing files. You can also select from a list of
previously accessed folders to save time looking through your directory structure.
When you use ACDSee to relocate your files, any database information associated
with those files is automatically updated to match the new location.
To copy or move files:
1
2
3
4
Do one of the following:
•
In the File List pane, select one or more files, and then click Edit | Copy To Folder or Move To
Folder.
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While viewing an image or media file in the Viewer, click Edit | Copy To or Move To.
In the Copy Files or Move Files dialog box, do one of the following:
•
Select the Folders tab, and locate the folder on your hard drive where you want to place the
files.
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Select the History tab, and select a folder from the list of recently-accessed folders.
Click the Overwriting duplicate files drop-down list and select one of the following options to
specify how ACDSee should handle overwriting files:
•
Ask: prompts you for confirmation when overwriting a file.
•
Rename: prompts you to rename a file.
•
Replace: overwrites any file with the same file name and extension.
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Skip: cancels the operation if there is a file with the same file name and extension.
Click OK.
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Copying images
You can copy an image to the Clipboard and then paste it into another application, such as ACD Photo
Editor. Using the Copy Image command transfers only the image data to the Clipboard: no database,
EXIF, or IPTC information is retained.
To copy an image:
1
In the File List pane, select the image file you want to copy.
2
Click Edit | Copy Image.
3
Paste the image into your other application.
Pasting files and folders
You can cut or copy files to the Clipboard, and then paste them into another folder without losing
your database information.
To cut and paste files:
1
In the File List or Folders pane, select one or more files or folders.
2
Click Edit | Copy or Cut.
3
Using the Folders pane, browse to a new location.
4
Click Edit | Paste to place the files or folders into the new location.
Replacing or overwriting files
When copying or moving files from one location to another, a file name collision occurs if a file already
exists in the destination folder with the same file name and extension as a file you are relocating. In
ACDSee, you can view both of the files involved in the Confirm File Replace dialog box. If the files
involved are image files, ACDSee displays thumbnail previews of both files, and provides options to
replace the existing file, rename, delete, or skip the file you are moving, or cancel the operation
entirely.
To use the Confirm File Replace dialog box:
1
If you are moving a number of files and want to handle all potential file name collisions in the
same manner, select the Apply to all check box.
2
To help determine any differences between the two files, use the toolbar between the two
preview fields to shrink or enlarge the size of the previews.
3
Do one of the following:
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To replace the destination file with the source file, click Replace.
•
To rename the new file before moving it into the destination folder, type a new name for the
file in the Rename to field, and then click Rename.
•
To skip this file, and leave both files intact, click Skip.
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To delete either the destination or source file, click Delete below the file you want to remove
from your hard drive.
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To cancel the operation and not move or copy any more files, click Cancel.
In the Confirm File Replace dialog box, "destination file" refers to the file that exists
in the target folder, and "source file" refers to the file you are moving or copying.
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Setting File Management options
Renaming a file or folder
You can rename a file or folder on your hard drive in the Folders and File List panes.
To rename a file or folder:
1
In the File List or Folders pane, select the item you want to rename.
2
Click Edit | Rename.
3
Without removing or changing the file name extension, such as ".jpg", type a new name for the
file.
4
Press Enter.
You can rename multiple files at the same time using ACDSee's Batch Rename tool.
Renaming multiple files
You can use the Batch Rename tool to rename multiple files. You can specify a template with a
numerical or alphabetical sequence, save your template for future use, replace specific characters or
phrases, and insert file-specific information into each new file name.
To rename a group of files:
1
In the Browser, select one or more files, and then click Tools | Batch Rename.
2
In the Batch Rename dialog box, do one or more of the following:
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Select the Template tab to specify the Template options.
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Select the Search and Replace tab to set the Search and Replace options.
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Select the Advanced Options tab to adjust the settings for the Batch Rename tool.
3
Review your changes to the file names in the Preview field.
4
Click Start Rename.
You cannot rename any file on a read-only file system, such as a CD-ROM.
Batch Rename options
Template tab
Select the Use Template to rename files check box to create a renaming
template. You can specify a numerical or alphabetical sequence for the new file
names, and use the original file names, new names, or names based on image
metadata.
Use numbers
to replace #'s
Replaces any number signs (#) in the template with
sequential numeric characters.
Use letters to
replace #'s
Replaces any number signs (#) in the template name with
sequential alphabetic characters.
Start at
Specifies the first letter or number of the sequence.
Insert
Metadata
Inserts file-specific information into the file name template.
Position the cursor in the Template field, and then click
Insert Metadata to open the Choose Property dialog box.
Select the metadata you want to insert, and then click OK.
Template
Displays the template to use to rename the files.
Type an asterisk (*) to insert the original file name into the
template. Use one or more number signs (#) to insert
numeric or alphabetic characters, depending which options
you selected.
Click the arrow on the drop-down list to select a recentlyused template.
Clear
Templates
Clears the recently-used templates from the Templates
drop-down list.
File name case
Specifies upper or lower case for file names and file format
extensions.
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Search and
Replace tab
Advanced
Options tab
Select the Use Search and Replace to rename files check box to replace certain
letters or words in the file names. You can replace spaces with underscores, or
change upper case letters to lower case, and combine your changes with any
naming template.
Search for
Identifies the characters you want to replace in the file
names.
Replace with
Identifies the characters to use in place of the original text.
Case sensitive
Indicates whether you want to limit the search to the same
case you typed in the Search for field.
Select any of the Advanced Options to adjust the behavior of the Batch
Rename tool.
Automatically
close wizard
when finished
Closes the Batch Rename dialog box when the renaming
process is complete.
Save current
settings as
defaults
Stores the current settings and loads them the next time
you rename files.
Automatically
resolve
naming
conflicts
Automatically resolves any naming conflicts by adding an
underscore and a sequential number to the end of each file
name.
Tagging images
It is easy to take hundreds of photos at an important event like a wedding or a marathon. After you
have transferred those photos to your computer, you will want to review them and select the best
photos. Tagging is a fast and easy way to identify your best photos or to separate them for editing or
review.
The tagging checkbox is at the bottom right corner of the thumbnails. Click the checkbox to tag or untag photos. Photos remain tagged until you clear the checkmark from the checkbox.
You can display all your tagged photos with one click. Tagging, like categories and ratings, is a way to
set aside, organize, and group your photos without moving the files into different folders.
To tag a photo in the Browser or Viewer:
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In the Browser, click the checkbox in the bottom right corner of the thumbnail.
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In the Viewer, click the Tagging icon in the bottom right corner of the status bar.
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In the Viewer, click View | Properties to display the Properties pane, click the Database tab, then
click the Tagged checkbox.
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To tag a photo when you are comparing images:
1
2
Do one of the following:
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Click the image in the Compare Images Viewer, then click the Tag button in the Image
toolbar.
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In the Comparison List, click the checkbox in the bottom right corner of the image
thumbnails.
Click OK. The Compare Images Viewer closes. You will see a checkmark in the checkbox of the
images that you tagged.
To display a tagged photo:
In the Browser, click View | Organize to display the Organize pane, then click Tagged. Tagged
photos from all your folders display in the File List pane of the Browser.
It is good practice to apply categories and ratings to tagged photos, then clear the tags from the
photos. Categories and ratings are more effective for organizing and grouping your photos over a
long period of time.
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About the ACDSee database
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Browsing files by category, rating, or classification
Creating categories
You can use the Organize pane to create, rename, delete, and move your categories.
To create a category:
1
2
Do one of the following:
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Click Edit | Set Categories | New Category.
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Right-click a category in the Organize pane, and then select New Category.
Select one of the following:
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Create a new, top-level category
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Create a sub-category within the current selection
3
If you are creating a top-level category, select an icon from the Icon drop-down list.
4
If you are creating a sub-category, select a top-level (or parent) category from the drop-down list.
(If you right-clicked a category in the Organize pane, the sub-category will be added below that
category by default.)
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Type a name for the new category in the Name field.
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Click OK.
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To manage your categories:
Select a category in the Organize pane, and do one of the following:
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To move the category, drag it to the new location.
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To rename the category, right-click the selected category and select Rename.
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To delete the category, right-click the selected category and select Delete.
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About the ACDSee database
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Browsing files by category, rating, or classification
Assigning categories and ratings
You can assign files to a rating, or one or more categories, without relocating the file.
To assign files to a category or rating:
1
Select the files you want to categorize.
2
In the File List Pane, drag the selected files to a category or rating in the Organize pane.
3
In the Viewer, do one of the following:
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Click Edit | Set Categories and then click the category to which you want to assign the files.
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Right-click one of the selected files, select Set Categories, and then click the category to
which you want to assign the file.
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Click Edit | Set Rating and then click the rating to which you want to assign the file.
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Right-click one of the selected files, select Set Rating, and then click the rating to which you
want to assign the file.
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On the status bar, click the rating icon, and then click a new rating. This icon only appears
once a rating is set.
If you are comparing images and want to categorize them, do one of the following:
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Right-click one of the files, select Categories, and then click the category to which you want
to assign the file.
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Right-click one of the files, select Set Rating, and then click the rating to which you want to
assign the file.
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Removing files from classifications
You can remove a file from a category or rating without moving or deleting the original file, or
affecting any other files assigned to that classification.
To remove files from a category:
1
In the File List pane, select the files you want to remove.
2
Do one of the following:
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Right-click a selected file, and then select Set Rating | Clear Rating.
•
Right-click a selected file, select Set Categories, and then select the name of the category
from which you want to remove the file.
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Right-click a category or rating in the Organize pane, and then select Remove Items.
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Comparing images
You can use ACDSee's Compare Images feature to compare a group of images. The tool highlights
both the similarities and the differences in the properties, metadata, and pixel intensity levels of
images you select. You can save your preferred images to a new location on your hard drive, or tag
images you would like selected in the Browser, and then delete, move, rename, or alter the images.
To compare images:
1
In the Browser, select the images that you want to compare.
2
Click Tools | Compare Images. Up to four images display in the Compare Images Viewer.
3
To change which image displays in the comparison view, do one or more of the following:
4
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In the Comparison List, right-click an image and select Send to Active View (indicated by a
red box).
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In the Comparison List, drag an image to a box in the Compare Images Viewer.
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In the Compare Images Viewer, right-click an image and select Next Image or Previous
Image.
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In the Compare Images Viewer, right-click an image and select File | Remove From View or
click the Remove icon in the image toolbar.
To tag images, do one of the following:
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In the Comparison List, click the checkbox that is located at the bottom of the image on the
right side.
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In the Compare Images Viewer, right-click an image and select Tag or click the Tag icon in
the image toolbar.
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Click Tag All to tag all of the images, or click Untag All to untag all of the images.
5
To rate images, right-click an image, select Set Rating, and then select an appropriate rating.
6
To categorize images, right-click an image, select Set Categories, and then select an appropriate
category (or create an appropriate category).
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Click OK.
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Previous
Swaps the selected image with the previous image in the
Comparison List.
Next
Swaps the selected image with the next image in the Comparison
List.
Zoom In
Increases the magnification of the selected image.
Zoom Out
Reduces the magnification of the selected image.
Zoom menu
Opens a menu of zoom options. Select from the following options:
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Actual Size: displays the image at its original size.
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Fit Image: displays the image at the largest magnification that
fits in the Compare Images Viewer.
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Fit Width: displays the image to fit between the left and right
sides of the Compare Images Viewer.
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Fit Height: displays the image to fit between the top and
bottom of the Compare Images Viewer.
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Zoom Lock: displays all images at the zoom option of the
current image. If the zoom is adjusted, the new zoom level is
applied to all images that you view.
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Zoom To: opens a dialog box where you can select a zoom
option.
Pan Lock
Locks the panned image area, so that when you zoom and pan an
image to a specific area, the Compare Images Viewer displays the
same area for all images you view.
Under
exposure
warning
Indicates pixels that may be underexposed. Click the arrow to open a
dialog box where you can adjust the threshold values.
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warning
Indicates pixels that may be overexposed. Click the arrow to open a
dialog box where you can adjust the threshold values.
Properties
Displays properties for each image in the Compare Images Viewer.
Click the Metadata Setup button to specify which file properties are
displayed.
The Compare Images tool displays the file properties in a field below
each image. Differences in properties are bolded, while similarities
are displayed in regular font.
Histogram
Displays a histogram for each image in the Compare Images Viewer.
Metadata
Setup
Opens a dialog box where you can select the metadata to display for
each image in the Compare Images Viewer.
One Image
Displays one image in the Compare Images Viewer.
Two Images
Displays two images in the Compare Images Viewer.
Three Images
Displays three images in the Compare Images Viewer.
Four Images
Displays four images in the Compare Images Viewer.
Help
Opens the Help file.
Image toolbars
Each image in the Compare Images tool has a toolbar located below it. You can use this toolbar to
adjust each image individually.
Save
Opens a dialog box where you can save the image with a different file
name and a different file format.
Previous
Swaps the displayed image with the previous image in the
Comparison List.
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Next
Swaps the displayed image with the next image in the Comparison
List.
Zoom In
Increases the magnification of the image.
Zoom Out
Reduces the magnification of the image.
Delete
Deletes the image from your hard drive.
Remove
Removes the image from the Comparison List.
Tag
Tags the image so that it will remain selected when you close the
Compare Images tool.
Color
Management
Opens the Color Management dialog box.
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Finding duplicate files
Viewing file properties in the Viewer
You can view an image's properties in the Viewer and edit the information in the Properties pane.
To view an image's properties:
In the Viewer, click View | Properties.
For more information about the Properties pane, and adding or editing database information, see
Using the Properties pane.
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Displaying text on images in the Viewer
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About the ACDSee database
Using the Properties pane
The Properties pane displays the database information associated with your files. It also displays file
properties, such as file size, creation date, and read-only or hidden status, and EXIF and IPTC metadata.
You can use the Properties pane to add, change, or delete database information, and edit the
metadata for image and media files.
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To open the Properties pane:
In the Browser or Viewer, click View | Properties.
The Properties pane is located by default on the right side of your screen in both the Browser and the
Viewer.
Properties pane areas
The Properties pane is made up of four tabs: Database, File, EXIF, and IPTC.
Database tab
Caption
Type a brief description of the file to store in the database.
Date/Time
Specify the date and time you want to associate with the file and store in the
database.
Author
Type the name of the author or photographer that you want to store with the
file in the database.
Rating
Select a rating to apply to the file. You can use the rating to sort and search for
files in the database.
Notes
Type any descriptive or additional text you want to store with the file in the
database. You can add up to 4,095 characters of free-form text.
Keywords
Type any keywords you want to associate with the file, or click the Keyword
Picker button to choose from the Master Keyword List. Separate multiple
keywords with a comma.
Organize
Select the check box next to any category or categories to which you want to
assign the file. To create a new category, right-click the Categories field and
select New Category.
File tab
The File tab displays detailed file information and image attributes for a selected file or files. You can
set or change the Read-Only and Hidden properties of a file or folder, and view a summary of any EXIF
information contained in a file.
EXIF tab
The EXIF tab displays EXIF metadata information that is stored with an image from a scanner or digital
camera. Metadata is embedded in the file, and can be retained by ACDSee when you edit an image.
You can edit certain types of metadata.
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To edit EXIF metadata:
Double-click the metadata tag you want to edit. You can edit any tag marked with a blue label.
IPTC tab
The IPTC tab displays IPTC metadata information that is stored with a photo created by a scanner or
digital camera. Metadata is embedded in the file, and can be retained by ACDSee when you edit an
image. You can also edit certain types of IPTC metadata.
To edit IPTC metadata:
Double-click the metadata tag you want to edit. You can edit any tag marked with a blue label.
Custom tab
The Custom tab displays whatever file property, database, EXIF, or IPTC metadata information that you
choose to add to it. The priority data that you need to keep visible as you browse files can all be
grouped onto one tab and configured to suit the way you work.
To configure the Custom tab:
1
Click Tools | Options and then select Properties pane.
2
Ensure that the Show Custom property tab is checked.
3
Click Choose Display information to open the Choose Custom Tab Display Information
dialogue where you can select and configure the data to display on the Custom tab.
4
Click OK.
You can add metadata or database information to an image or a group of images
with the Batch Set Information tool.
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Using the Custom tab in the Properties pane
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About the ACDSee database
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Cataloging files in the database
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Adding database, EXIF, and IPTC information to multiple files
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Setting the Properties Pane options
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Changing the date and time properties of images
You can use the Batch Adjust Time Stamp tool to change the date and time properties of one or more
images in the Browser or in the Viewer.
To change the date and time properties of a file:
1
Do one of the following:
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In the Browser, select one or more images, and then click Tools | Batch Adjust Time Stamp.
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In the Viewer, click Modify | Adjust Image Time Stamp.
2
On the Choose time stamp to change page, on the Date to Change tab, select the file property
that you want to change.
3
On the Choose time stamp to change page, on the Advanced Options tab, select the options for
the Adjust Image Time Stamp tool described below.
4
Click Next to continue.
5
On the Choose new time stamp page, select one of the following options:
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Use date and time from another file property: replaces the selected date and time with
another time stamp property from the same file. Select the file property you want to use
from the Change date and time to drop-down list.
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Use specific date and time: changes the selected time stamp in each file to a specific date
and time. Type the new date and time for the time stamp in the Date and Time fields.
•
Shift to a new starting date and time: replaces the earliest time stamp with a date and
time you specify, and shifts all later time stamps ahead accordingly. Specify the time stamp
for the earliest file in the Date and Time fields.
•
Shift date and time by a specific number of hours (adjust time zone): shifts all the time
stamps either forwards or backwards by a specific number of hours. Select either Shift
forward or Shift backward, and type a number into the Number of hours spin box.
Click Adjust Time Stamp to begin adjusting your files. When the wizard is finished, click Done to
return to ACDSee.
Advanced Options tab
Accept defaults and
start conversion
Accepts the default settings for the new time stamp options. To start
changing the date and time of your images, click Adjust Time
Stamp.
Automatically close
wizard when finished
Closes the Adjust Image Time Stamp Wizard as soon as the process is
complete.
Save current settings as
defaults
Remembers the current settings and applies them the next time you
change time stamps.
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Creating and assigning keywords
With ACDSee you can create a master list of keywords and store the list in the database. By using a
master list, you can reduce the number of duplicate or misspelled keywords, and improve your search
returns and image management. The database automatically updates the keywords assigned to files
with any changes you make to the keywords in the master list.
To create and maintain the master keyword list:
1
In the Properties pane, click the Keyword Picker button beside the Keywords field.
2
In the Keyword Picker dialog box, click Edit List.
3
In the Keyword List Configuration dialog box, do one of the following:
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To create a new keyword, type a new keyword into the New Keyword field, and then click
Add.
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To delete a keyword, select a keyword in the Keyword List field, and then click Remove.
•
To rename a keyword, select a keyword in the Keyword List field. Click Rename, type a new
name for the keyword, and then press Enter.
4
To assign keywords to your files, select one or more keywords in the Available Keywords list, and
then click Assign.
5
To remove a keyword from your files, select a keyword in the Assigned Keywords list, and then
click Remove.
6
When you are satisfied with your changes, click OK to close the Keyword Picker dialog box.
Related topics
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About the ACDSee database
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Browsing files by category, rating, or classification
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Using the Properties pane
Adding database, EXIF, and IPTC information to multiple files
You can use the Batch Set Information tool to add to or change the database, EXIF, and IPTC
information of multiple files. You can set the information to apply globally to all the files, or to apply
unique information to each separate file, at the same time. You can also save your settings as a
template to use with other images.
You cannot set information for read-only files, such as those on a CD-ROM.
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To set database, EXIF, and IPTC information for a group of files:
1
In the Browser, select one or more files, and then click Tools | Batch Set Information.
2
In the Batch Set Information dialog box, do one or both of the following:
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Select the Database tab to add or change the database information.
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Select the EXIF tab to add or change the EXIF information.
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Select the IPTC tab to add or change the IPTC information.
3
Select the Advanced Options tab to adjust the settings for the Batch Set Information tool as
explained in the table below.
4
Click Perform Set Information.
To insert data into the fields in the Batch Set Information dialog box, do one of the following:
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Type the exact information you want in the field. For example, you can type in captions,
descriptions, notes, or comments. When you type in data, the same information appears for each
file selected.
•
Select information from calendars or lists. For example, you can select a specific date and time, or
assign a rating to files. Each file will contain the same information.
•
Insert an asterisk <*> to keep the original or existing data in the field. For example, many cameras
store the date and time an image is taken. If you insert an asterisk in the field, this original
information about each separate file is added to the EXIF information, or to the database, when
you click Perform Set Information.
•
Insert a series of number signs #. When the information is set, these will be replaced with
incrementing characters, so each file will have a unique number.
•
Select and insert metadata place holders. For example, you can insert the metadata placeholder
<Camera:Model> in the Model field on the EXIF tab. When you set the information, the model of
the camera that took each separate image will be inserted into the EXIF information.
Alternatively, in the Notes or User comment fields, you can insert metadata place holders to
include unique information about each file like file location, file type, aperture value, or other
detailed metadata.
•
Map information to a given field. For example, you can select to map Width to the Pixel X
dimension field, and Height to the Pixel Y dimension field. When you set the information, the
unique width and height of each image will appear in the EXIF fields for all of the files.
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Advanced Options
Edit only empty fields
Sets the Batch Set Information tool so that it only changes those
fields that do not already contain information. Fields that do contain
information remain unchanged.
Close dialog when
finished
Sets the dialog box to close automatically after you have set the
information.
Save settings as default
Stores the current Advanced Options settings and loads them the
next time you set information for files.
Start incrementing
numbers at
Sets the number at which to start incrementing any number signs
<#>.
Related topics
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About the ACDSee database
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Using the Properties pane
Removing IPTC keywords and supplemental categories
You can remove an image's IPTC keywords and supplemental categories from the ACDSee database.
To remove IPTC keywords and supplemental categories:
1
In the Browser, select the image.
2
If the Properties pane is not already displayed, click View | Properties to display it.
3
Ensure that the image is writable:
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Click the File tab.
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If there is a check mark in Read only, the image is not writable.
•
Clear Read only to make the file writable.
4
Click the IPTC tab.
5
Click the Keyword Picker button beside the Keywords field or the Supplemental Categories
Picker button beside the Supplemental Categories field.
6
Select the keyword or supplemental category that you want to remove from the Assigned
values box. (To select more than one keyword or supplemental category press and hold the Ctrl
key while select the keywords and supplemental categories with your mouse.)
7
Click Remove.
8
Click OK.
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Backing up your files to another computer
The Sync Wizard will guide you through the process of creating a synchronized copy of your files to
protect you from local hard drive failure. You can synchronize your local folders with a network drive,
remote computer, or external hard drive. You can name the synchronization, specify the actions you
want to take each time you synchronize your files, schedule the synchronization to run at specific
intervals, and edit or remove the synchronization at a later time.
You can add metadata or database information to an image or a group of images
with the Batch Set Information tool.
To create a synchronization:
1
In the Browser, click File | Sync, and then select Create Sync.
2
On the Welcome page, click the Next button when you are ready to continue.
3
On the Synchronization Options page, specify the folder containing files you would like to copy,
and a folder on a network drive, remote computer, or external hard drive in which to place those
files. In the Options area, specify how Sync should handle errors and logs. In the Confirmations
area, specify how Sync should handle file duplication conflicts. Click Next when you are ready to
continue.
4
On the Synchronization Schedule page, type a name for your synchronization, and specify
whether you would like to run the synchronization immediately, or schedule the synchronization.
Click Finish when you are ready to complete the wizard.
Schedule: an account with no password cannot set up a schedule. You must set a
password for your account for schedules to work. A blank password will not work;
you must have a real password with more than one character.
Updating or deleting a synchronization
You can adjust the settings of a synchronization, schedule it to run at regular intervals, or delete the
synchronization from ACDSee.
To update or delete a saved synchronization:
1
In the Browser, click File | Sync, and then select Edit Sync.
2
In the Saved Synchronizations dialog box, select a synchronization from the list.
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4
Do one of the following:
•
To schedule the synchronization, click Schedule. Specify how often to run your
synchronization, and then click OK.
•
To adjust the settings, click Edit. In the Edit Synchronizations dialog box, update the folder
containing files you would like to copy, and a folder on a network drive, remote computer, or
external hard drive in which to place those files. In the Options area, update how Sync
should handle errors and logs. In the Confirmations area, update how Sync should handle
file duplication conflicts. Click OK when you are finished.
•
To rename the synchronization, click Rename. Type a new name for the synchronization and
click OK.
•
To delete the synchronization, click Delete.
Click Close.
Running a saved synchronization
After you create a synchronization, you can run it at any time, even if it is scheduled to run at regular
intervals.
To run a saved synchronization:
In the Browser, click File | Sync, and then select the name of the synchronization you want to run.
Related topics
•
Exporting database information
•
Backing up your database
Creating archives of your files
You can use the Archive Creator plug-in to create archives of your images and media files. Archive
Creator supports multiple archive formats, and helps you manage your files using compression,
encryption, and password protection tools.
To create an archive:
1
In the File List pane, select a folder or group of files.
2
Click Create | Create Archive.
3
In the Create Archive dialog box, in the Options area, click the Archive Type drop-down list and
select the archive format you want to create. Some archive formats have additional settings that
you can adjust by clicking the Settings button.
4
Do any of the following:
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To include any hidden files in your archive, select the Include hidden files check box.
•
To remove the selected files and folders from your hard drive once they have been added to
the archive, select the Delete files after archiving check box.
•
To protect the contents of your archive with a password, select the Password Protect
Archive check box, and type a password into the field beside it. Note that not all archive
types support passwords, and some formats require them.
5
Type a path and file name into the Output File field, or click Browse to locate a folder on your
hard drive.
6
Select one of the following:
7
•
Add to existing archive: adds your files to an existing archive. This option is only available if
the archive specified in the Output File field already exists.
•
Overwrite existing archive: replaces any existing archive with the archive you are creating.
This option is only available if the archive specified in the Output File field already exists.
When you are satisfied with your choices, click Create to begin archiving your files.
Related topics
•
Backing up your database
Managing database information
About the ACDSee database
The ACDSee database stores image and media file information while you browse your folders. The
database increases the speed with which you can browse your computer, and you can use the
information stored in the database to sort, organize, search, and filter your images and media files.
You can also backup, restore, and share database information.
You can store cached thumbnail previews, and add or edit the following information for each image or
media file on your computer:
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Categories
•
Notes
•
Keywords
•
Authors
•
Dates
•
Ratings
•
Captions
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You can also choose to exclude folders from the database, and keep the contents of those folders
separate from your other images and media files.
Copying, moving, or renaming your files using programs other than ACDSee, such
as Windows Explorer, causes the loss of database information.
Related topics
•
Using the Properties pane
•
Setting the Database options
Excluding folders from the database
You can choose to exclude folders from the database, and keep the contents separate from your other
images and media files. By default, the Program Files and Windows folders on your hard drive are
automatically excluded from the database.
To manage your excluded folders settings:
1
Click Database | Excluded Folders Settings.
2
In the Excluded Folders dialog box, do one of the following:
3
•
To exclude a folder from the database, click Add. Browse to a folder on your hard drive, and
then click OK.
•
To remove a folder from the excluded folders list, select a folder in the list, and then click
Remove.
•
To reset your excluded folders list to the default settings, click Reset to Defaults.
When you are satisfied with your choices, click Close to return to ACDSee.
Related topics
•
Setting the Organize pane options
Cataloging files in the database
ACDSee automatically adds file information and thumbnails to the database as you browse. You can
use the Catalog Files Wizard to add groups of files to the database without having to first browse the
folders. This can be particularly useful when using ACDSee for the first time, and when browsing or
managing large collections of images as it reduces the loading time required for these folders.
The first time you run ACDSee, the database automatically catalogs the contents of your My Pictures
folder.
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To catalog your files:
1
Click Database | Catalog Files.
2
On the Welcome page, select which folders you want to catalog. Click Next when you are ready to
continue.
3
If you chose to catalog specific folders, on the Select folders to catalog and Add database
information pages, add the folders to catalog in the database, specify the information to add to
the database, and customize the caption, notes, author, and date fields. Click Next when you are
ready to catalog your files.
Converting an older database
You can use the ACD Database Convert Wizard to take database information from previous versions of
ACDSee or ACD mPower Tools, and add it to your current database. This ensures that any information
associated with your files using a previous version of ACDSee is referenced properly in the current
database.
If you have already added information to your current ACDSee database, it is
recommended that you create a backup of your database before converting an
older ACDSee database.
To convert an older database:
1
Click Database | Convert Database.
2
On the Welcome page, click Next to select your conversion options.
3
On the Database Convert Options page, specify the version of the database file you want to
convert, as well as its location on your hard drive. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
4
To automatically rebuild image thumbnails and EXIF information after the conversion process is
complete, select the Rebuild Thumbnails and EXIF data check box.
5
To automatically update your database after converting, select the Optimize database files
after convert check box.
6
Click Next when you are ready to continue.
7
On the Summary page, review your selections, and then click Next to convert your database.
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Importing database information
You can use the ACD Database Import Wizard to import archived database information, or to import
database information that was sent to you with images from another ACDSee user. After you import
the information, ACDSee associates it with the appropriate images.
If you have already added information to your current ACDSee database, it is
recommended that you create a backup of your database before converting an
older ACDSee database.
To use the ACD Database Import Wizard:
1
Click Database | Import, and then select Database.
2
Click Next to start the wizard.
3
On the Import options page, select the type of exported database information you want to
import. You can import image information from a compressed database version, or information
from an XML-based text file.
4
Click the Browse button to locate the database you want to import, and then click OK.
5
Select the Optimize database files after import check box to optimize the database after
exiting the wizard, and then click Next.
6
On the Summary page, review your selections. Click Back to make changes, or click Next to begin
importing the database information.
7
Click Finish to close the ACD Database Import Wizard.
If you are importing database information sent to you by another ACDSee user,
ensure that the images to which the information applies are in an identical location
and folder structure on your hard drive.
Importing file information from other sources
You can import file information into your database from other sources, including ACDSee Photo Discs
and files from previous versions of ACDSee.
Importing Photo Discs
Previous versions of ACDSee (versions 4.0 and 5.0) created separate database files with a .ddf file
extension for Photo Discs. You can import the Photo Disc database files into your ACDSee database.
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To import a Photo Disc:
1
Click Database | Import, and then select Photo Disc.
2
In the Browse for Photo Disc dialog box, locate and select the photo disc file you want to import.
3
Click Open.
To import the information from Photo Discs created with ACDSee 6.0 or later, you
must convert and import the entire database.
Importing albums
In previous versions of ACDSee, you could create albums in an .ais file format that consisted of
organized shortcuts to your images. Now you can use categories to create albums of images that do
not require a separate file extension. You can, however, import your albums from previous versions of
ACDSee, and add the information from the albums to the database. ACDSee creates a new category
for each album you import.
To import album information into the database:
1
Click Database | Import, and then select Album.
2
In the Open dialog box, select the .ais file you want to import.
3
Click Open.
Working with descript.ion files
In previous versions of ACDSee, file descriptions were stored in a separate descript.ion file in each
folder that contained images. ACDSee now stores file descriptions as captions in the database, along
with other file information such as notes and keywords.
You can use the Descript.ion tools to import your old descript.ion files and add the information to the
database, or export your existing file captions to a descript.ion file.
To import a descript.ion file:
1
Click Database | Import, and then select Descript.ion File.
2
In the Open dialog box, locate and select the descript.ion file you want to import.
3
Click Open.
To export captions to a descript.ion file:
1
Click Database | Export, and then select Decript.ion File.
2
In the Save As dialog box, type a name for the descript.ion file in the File name field.
3
Click Save.
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Exporting database information
You can use the ACD Database Export Wizard to save selected database information in a compressed
format, and then store it as a backup, or share it with other ACDSee users. You can also choose to
export your category and keyword definitions to a text file.
Exporting your database information differs from creating a backup in that you can choose to export
only the parts of your database that you want to share or store with specific files, such as those on a
CD. Other ACDSee users can import your information without affecting their existing database.
To create a backup of your entire database, including image or media files, use the ACD Database
Backup Wizard. To back up the contents of a local folder to a remote location, such as a network drive,
use the ACDSync Wizard.
To use the ACD Database Export Wizard:
1
If you want to export your database information for a specific group of images or media files,
select the files in the File List pane.
2
Click Database | Export, and then select Database.
3
Click Next to begin using the wizard.
4
On the Content and Format Options page, specify how you want to export your database
information by selecting one of the following options, and then click Next:
•
Export entire ACDSee database to a read-only, compressed version: exports the entire
contents of your ACDSee database to a compressed version that can be shared with other
ACDSee users.
•
Export database information for selected items to a read-only, compressed version:
exports all of your database information for the images selected in the File List pane.
•
Export database information to a text file: exports the selected information to an XMLbased text file. Select the check boxes next to the information you want to include.
5
On the Location options page, specify a location for the exported information, and a name for the
text file, if necessary, and then click Next.
6
On the Summary page, review your choices. You can click Back to make changes, or click Next to
begin exporting your database information.
7
Click Finish to close the wizard and return to ACDSee.
Generating file lists
You can generate a text file that lists all of the files in the folder currently displayed in the File List pane.
The text file places the file name, size, image file format, modified date, image properties, caption, and
rating for all of the files in the folder into a table, and creates a single text file.
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To generate a list of your files:
Click Database | Export, and then select Generate File Listing.
ACDSee automatically opens the text file in your default text editor, which you can then use to edit or
save the file listing.
Backing up your database
You can use the ACD Database Backup Wizard to back up all of your database information, which you
can then restore in the case of a system failure or other event. You can also choose to back up your
image, media, or archive files along with the relevant database information.
The Database Backup Wizard creates a series of files in a specified location that contain your entire
database. The backup is generated using your folder structure and is unique to your computer. To
back up portions of your database, or to share database information with another ACDSee user, use
the ACD Database Export Wizard.
For some suggestions about managing your database backups, see Database backup tips and
strategies.
To back up your database information:
1
Click Database | Back Up Database.
2
On the Welcome page, select whether you would like to create a new backup, or append an
existing backup. Click Next when you are ready to continue. If you choose to update an existing
backup, please go to step #5 .
3
On the New Backup page, select the information you would like to back up. Click Next when you
are ready to continue.
4
On the Backup Location page, click Browse and specify a location for your backup, and type a
name for the backup file. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
5
On the Backup Summary page, review your settings. If you chose to update an existing backup,
click the Backup to update drop-down list, and then select the existing backup. Click Next when
you are ready to continue.
Backup information options
Do not include thumbnails
Excludes thumbnails from the backup, saving a substantial
amount of storage space on your disc or hard drive.
Include thumbnails for offline
files
Includes only thumbnails for files that do not reside on your
hard drive, such as PhotoDiscs.
Include thumbnails
Includes all thumbnails in the database. This will require
more space on your hard drive or disc to store the backup.
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Backup files of type
Backs up the specified file types with the database
information. Select from the following file types:
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Image: includes image files in the backup.
•
Media: includes audio and video files in the backup.
•
Archive: includes archive files in the backup.
All files of specified types on
your local hard drives
Backs up all specified files on your hard drive.
All files of specified types on
local and network hard drives
Backs up all specified files on your hard drive and network
drives.
All files of specified types in a
folder
Backs up all specified files in a specified folder. Click the
Browse button and select the folder to back up.
If your disc burner uses packet software to format re-writable CDs and DVDs,
ACDSee will not be able to burn your backup to a disc. Instead, ACDSee will
recognize your burner as a hard drive, which you can select on the Backup Location
page.
Restoring database information from a backup
You can use the ACD Database Restore Wizard to restore previously backed up database information.
If you saved your backup to disc, and the backup spanned multiple discs, you can restore from any
disc in the sequence. This can be particularly useful if a disc is lost or damaged but you would like to
recover the remaining information.
To restore database information:
1
Click Database | Restore Database.
2
On the Welcome page, click Next to select the backup.
3
On the Restore Options page, select the backup and date from which you want to restore, or
browse to the location of your backup and select a .bkup file. If you are restoring from a disc, and
the backup spanned multiple discs, it is recommended that you select the last disc in the
sequence. Click Next when you are ready to restore your database.
When restoring a backup from a series of discs or backup files, ACDSee will only
restore the information included in and prior to the selected disc or backup file.
Therefore, unless required, it is recommended that you select the last disc or file in
the backup sequence.
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Maintaining the database
It is recommended that you regularly perform database maintenance and optimization to increase
hard drive space, remove redundant or extraneous information, and increase overall ACDSee
performance.
You can use the tools in the Database Maintenance dialog box to update folders, or to identify folders
whose thumbnails and database information you would like to delete. The Database Maintenance
dialog box displays a list of the folders on your system, and uses icons to indicate the status of
database information within specific folders.
Database content icons
Folder contains files with cached thumbnails stored in the database.
Folder contains files that were changed without a database update. For example, a folder
or file was renamed or moved outside of ACDSee.
To perform database maintenance:
1
Click Database, and then select Database Maintenance.
2
In the Database Maintenance dialog box, browse for folders marked with the database content
icons. If there are no marked folders, you do not need to perform database maintenance and can
exit the Database Maintenance dialog box.
3
Select a folder and click one of the following buttons to identify the maintenance you want to
perform on that folder:
•
Remove Thumbnails: Removes all thumbnail information for the selected folder.
•
Remove All DB Info: Deletes all database information for the selected folder.
•
Remove Orphan Folders: Deletes any out-of-date or broken references to missing files or
information for the selected folder. It is only possible to check for orphans in folders located
on your computer. This option will not be visible if the folder is located on a network.
•
Change Binding: Changes all location references for the selected orphaned folder to
another folder, and retains all database information. The default binding folder is My
Pictures.
4
The Database Maintenance tool will delete records, creating unused space in your database. To
reclaim the unused space, click Optimize Database, and follow the instructions in the wizard.
5
Click Close.
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Optimizing the database
You can use the Optimize Database Wizard to quickly remove redundant or outdated database
records. Optimizing your database, along with performing regular database maintenance, helps
regain hard drive space and improves the overall performance of ACDSee.
To optimize your database:
1
In the Browser, click Database | Optimize Database.
2
In the Database Optimization Wizard, click Next.
3
When the wizard has finished, click Finish to return to ACDSee.
Rebuilding thumbnails
Situations can develop in which your images will be out of sync with the thumbnail images displayed
in the File List pane. You can use the Rebuild Thumbnails tool to immediately regenerate the
thumbnails for selected images.
To rebuild thumbnails:
1
2
Do one of the following:
•
Select one or more thumbnails in the File List pane.
•
Select a folder in the Folders pane.
Click Database | Rebuild Thumbnails.
Quarantining files
If ACDSee has trouble reading a corrupted or incomplete image or media file, or a file causes a plug-in
to generate an error, ACDSee will quarantine that file. You can view a list of quarantined files, and
remove a file from the list.
To view quarantined files:
1
Click Database | Quarantined Files.
2
To remove a file, select it in the list, and then click Remove.
3
To disable the Quarantine feature, clear the Enable Quarantine check box.
4
Click OK to close the Quarantine Files dialog box and return to ACDSee.
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ACDSee Pro includes a simplified search feature. You can type a term into the Quick Search bar and
ACDSee displays all the photos that match the term. Or you can use the Search pane to perform more
precise searches within specific fields, folders, and categories.
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Using the Quick Search bar
You can use the Quick Search bar, located on the main menu in the ACDSee Browser, to quickly locate
files or folders. You can use the Quick Search options or basic operators to refine or expand your
search, and view the results in the File List pane.
The Quick Search automatically searches in the Notes, Author, and Caption fields of
the ACDSee database. The Quick Search also searches in the Keywords, Caption,
Photographer, Headline, and Special Instructions IPTC fields.
To run a Quick Search:
1
Do one of the following:
•
In the Quick Search bar, type the term or part of a word for which you want to search.
•
Click the drop-down list beside the Quick Search field and select a previously entered search
term.
Click Quick Search.
2
Quick Search operators
You can use the following operators to further refine or expand your searches in the Quick Search bar.
Note that a search term cannot begin with an operator; it must start with a word.
Operator
Result
Examples
-
Subtracts the search term that follows it
from the previous results.
Cat -Dog returns all items that contain
Cat, except those that also contain Dog.
Be sure to insert a space before the
minus sign. If you do not insert a space,
ACDSee will assume you are searching
for a hyphenated word.
+
Searches for all items containing both
the search term before and after the
operator. Those items that only contain
one of the terms, are excluded. The
Quick Search bar treats spaces between
words as + operators.
Cat+Dog or Cat Dog returns items
containing both Cat and Dog.
Cat+Dog+-Kittens returns items that
include both Cat and Dog, but not those
that include Cat and Dog and Kittens.
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Searches for all items containing one or
the other of the search elements.
Cat|Dog includes all items with either
Cat or Dog in the search.
Cat+Dog|Kittens includes items that
contain both Cat and Dog, and those
that contain Kittens.
Using the Search pane
You can use the Search pane to search for your files and folders. You can do basic searching by file
name or keyword phrase, and create advanced searches to narrow your results by folders, categories,
and image properties. You can also search for patterns in file names and find duplicate files.
The Search pane will not return results for folders that are not cataloged in the
ACDSee database.
To open the Search pane:
Click View | Search.
Search pane areas
The Search pane contains three areas to help divide your search criteria into distinct elements. When
creating a search, remember that the search tool will only return files that match all of the specified
criteria.
Files and Text
In the Files and Text area, you can identify what you are searching for, and where you want to search
for it.
Search for files
or folders
named
Type a portion of the file or folder name for which you want to search, or select
a previous search term from the drop-down list. You can also use wild cards to
search for file name patterns. To exclude all non-image files, click the rightarrow button beside the field and select Images only.
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With the text
Type the text you want to search for within the ACDSee database. This can
include portions of a caption or keyword, or even the name of a folder or
category that might contain the files you want to find. When you search by
both file name and a keyword or phrase, an item is included in the search result
only when it includes both criteria.
To specify what parts of the database you want to search, and indicate how to
treat the text you type in the field, click the arrow next to the field and select
any of the following options:
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Find all words: only returns files that match all of the words you enter.
•
Find whole words only: only returns files that contain the entire word,
exactly as you type it.
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Search in Caption: searches the Caption field of files in the database.
•
Search in Keywords: searches the Keyword field of files in the database.
•
Search in Notes: searches the Notes field of files in the database.
•
Search in Categories: searches the Category assignments of files in the
database.
•
Search in Folders: searches in the name of folders in the database.
Search in
Select one of the following options:
•
Entire database: performs a search on the entire ACDSee database. Note
that any folders on your computer that have not been cataloged are not
included in the search results.
•
Specific folders and categories: performs the search only within the
categories and folders you specify. Selecting this option opens the
Categories and Folders area, where you can select the location and
categories in which you want to search.
Sync to
browser
settings
Imports the current Browser settings, including Selective Browsing settings,
into the Search pane. Note that this may also remove criteria from the Search
pane.
Properties area
In the Properties area, you can identify file properties that you want to search for, and specify ranges
of values to include or exclude from your search.
To use the Properties area:
1
Below the Search file properties for field, click Add.
2
In the Add Search Criteria dialog box, select one or more properties on which to base your search.
3
Click OK.
4
In the Properties area, click the hyperlinks to define conditional statements for each property.
5
Click Start to perform the search.
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Searching with file name patterns
You can type a text pattern into the Search pane's Search for files and folders named field to search for
file names. You can search simple patterns such as portions of file names, or more advanced patterns
that include wild cards.
File name pattern wild cards
Wild card
Result
Example
?
Matches any single character in the file
name.
ca?.jpg results in cat.jpg, cap.jpg, and
car.jpg, but not cats.jpg
*
Matches zero or more characters in the
file name.
cat* results in cat.jpg, cats.jpg, and
cathy.jpg
[…]
Matches any of the enclosed characters.
ca[tr] results in cat.jpg or car.jpg, but
not cap.jpg
[!…]
Matches any character not enclosed.
cat[!0] results in cata.jpg and catb.jpg,
but not cat0.jpg
[…-…]
Matches any character in the specified
range.
cat[a-f0-9] results in cata.jpg, catb.jpg,
catf.jpg and cat0.jpg, cat1.jpg, …,
cat9.jpg
\
Blocks the use of other wild card
characters that are also characters
permitted in a file name, such as square
brackets: [ ]. The * and ? characters are
not permitted in file names so this
function does not work with them.
Because square brackets are wild cards,
if you wanted to search for a file name
that contains a bracket, you can precede
the bracket with a backslash:
ACD\[123\] results in ACD[123].gif
Patterns are not case-sensitive. To use multiple patterns, separate the names with
spaces or semicolons. To match a pattern containing a space or semicolon, enclose
the pattern in double quotation marks. If you do not include the * wild card in your
pattern, the pattern is matched as a sub-string. For example, cat would match cat,
cathy and bobcat, and is equivalent to the pattern *cat*.
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Finding duplicate files
You can use the Duplicate Finder plug-in to search for duplicate files on your hard drive. Once you
locate any duplicates, you can rename or delete them to better manage your file collection.
The following steps are a basic overview of how to use the Duplicate Finder. There is also extensive
context-sensitive Help in the plug-in dialog box to provide you with additional information.
To find duplicate files:
1
In the Browser, click Tools | Find Duplicates.
2
In the Select Search Type dialog box, add the files and folders you want to search.
3
Do one of the following:
•
To find duplicates within the files and folders you added to the list, select Find duplicates
within this list of files.
•
To compare files between the list you created and another group of files, select Find
duplicates between these files and another list.
4
Click Next.
5
If you are comparing the files with another list, add the files or folders you want to compare to
the second list, and then click Next.
6
On the Search Parameters page, specify whether you want to find exact duplicates, or just files
with the same name. You can also choose to search for image files only. When you are ready to
perform the search, click Next.
7
If no duplicates are found, refine your search or click Cancel to exit the Duplicate Finder.
8
If duplicates are found, specify from which list you want to delete the duplicates, and then select
the check box next to the files you want to delete. You can also right-click a file name to open,
rename, or delete a file.
9
Click Next to review your changes, and then click Finish to perform the operation.
Finding images quickly
You can select Special Items in the Organize pane to quickly locate all of the images in your database,
or list all of the images that you have not yet assigned to a category.
To find all of your images at once:
1
In the Browser, click View | Organize to open the Organize pane.
2
In the Organize pane, under Special Items, click Image Well.
To locate uncategorized images:
1
In the Browser, click View | Organize to open the Organize pane.
2
In the Organize pane, under Special Items, click Uncategorized.
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The Image Well and Uncategorized features only display images that have been cataloged in the
database; they do not search your hard drive for specific file types.
Related topics
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Browsing files by category, rating, or classification
•
Assigning categories and ratings
Using selective browsing
You can use selective browsing to browse for files that are located in a specific folder, assigned a
specific date, and/or assigned to a specific Organize classification. By adjusting the selective browsing
criteria, you can quickly include or exclude files from the File List pane, and view only those files you
want to browse.
To get the most out of selective browsing, it is recommended that you catalog and organize your files
in the ACDSee database. The more information you input for your files, the more helpful you will find
the selective browsing feature.
To use selective browsing:
Open the Selective Browsing pane by clicking View | Selective Browsing.
Setting selective browsing criteria
The Selective Browsing pane is divided into three areas: Folders, Organize, and Calendar, each of
which corresponds to the Browser pane of the same name. When the Selective Browsing pane is open,
the Contents bar in the File List pane is replaced by the Selective Browsing bar, which lists all of the
current browsing criteria:
When you add a folder, date range, or organize method to the Selective Browsing pane, ACDSee
excludes any files that do not match that criteria. You can add or remove criteria to narrow or broaden
your results.
To add selective browsing criteria:
With the Selective Browsing pane open, do any of the following:
•
In the Folders pane, select one or more folders.
•
In the Organize pane, select one or more categories, and/or a rating.
•
In the Calendar pane, select one or more date ranges.
As each criteria is added to the Selective Browsing pane, ACDSee searches its database for files in that
folder, that match the date range, and are assigned to the classification, and displays them in the File
List pane. You can then select those files and use ACDSee's features to edit, share, move, and view
them however you want.
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You can also adjust or refine your criteria in the Selective Browsing pane:
•
To remove a selected criteria from the Selective Browsing pane, right-click any of the criteria, and
then select Remove From Scope.
•
To exclude all of a certain type of criteria, click the bar above the list, and toggle the option to
include that type in the scope. For example, to exclude the listed folders from the scope, click the
Folders bar, and then click Include Folders in Scope. The folders you selected will still be
displayed in the Selective Browsing pane, but will not factor in the results.
•
To remove all criteria of a certain type, click the bar above the list, and select Clear All.
•
The default behavior for categories in the Selective Browsing pane is to display files that match
any of the categories listed. You can refine your results by choosing to display only those files that
are assigned to all of the specified categories. To toggle between behaviors, right click the bar
above the categories you selected, and select Match Any or Match All.
Tips for selective browsing
When you add a criteria to the Selective Browsing pane, you are indicating that the files you want to
browse must have that attribute. For example, if you select a folder in the Folders pane, then ACDSee
displays only files in that folder. If you select a rating in the Organize pane, ACDSee displays only files
assigned to that rating.
You can combine criteria to refine your selective browsing even further. For example, if you select a
category and a date range, then ACDSee displays only those files that belong to both the category
and date range you selected. ACDSee does not display items that fall within the date range unless
they are also assigned to the correct category, and does not display files assigned to that category
unless they also match the date range.
Hiding the Selective Browsing pane
You can use the Auto Hide feature to automatically hide the Selective Browsing pane and increase
space for the File List pane. When the pane is set to auto-hide, it rolls away when you click outside it,
leaving only an edge displayed. You can access the pane again by moving the mouse pointer over the
edge.
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ACDSee Pro includes a variety of ways for you to share your images with others. You can use the HTML
Album feature to create Web galleries using HTML templates customized with your logo and business
information. You can also create slide shows to music.
ACDSee Pro provides other quick, secure ways to share your photos online, or to e-mail them to
contacts in your address book. For example, with the SendPix feature, you can create albums and
store them on ACD’s secure servers, free for 30 days.
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E-mailing images
You can use the E-mail Image Sharing Wizard to send images directly from ACDSee without opening
an external e-mail application. To use the E-mail Image Sharing Wizard, you will need an active e-mail
account, and have a default e-mail application set up on your computer, or have access to an SMTP
server.
To e-mail your images:
1
In the File List pane, select the images you want to share, and then click File | E-mail Images.
2
In the E-mail Image Sharing Wizard, click Next.
3
On the Add images and adjust options page, you can add or remove images from the list, and set
the options to specify a maximum e-mail size, and the image size and compression. When you
are satisfied with your changes, click Next.
4
On the Select your e-mail client page, specify whether you want to use your default e-mail
application, or send the images through an SMTP server. If you are not sure which method you
should use, try the default e-mail client option. Click Next to continue.
5
Do one of the following:
•
On the Sending your images page, wait while the wizard formats your images and prepares
the e-mail message for sending. Once the wizard opens the e-mail message, you can specify
who you want to send the message to, and add text to the e-mail before you send it. Click
Finish to close the wizard and return to ACDSee.
•
On the Select and create SMTP accounts page, click the Create Account button to create a
new SMTP account, or select an account from the drop-down list, and then click Next. On
the Enter e-mail information page, specify the recipients, the subject of the e-mail message,
and the text you want to include in the message. Click Next to send the e-mail message.
The E-mail plug-in does not support Internet-based e-mail applications such as
Hotmail or Yahoo.
Sharing slide shows and screen savers
With ACDSee, you can create slide shows and screen savers of your favorite photos, and share them
with friends and family, or display them on your Web site. You can even save your slide show or screen
saver project to edit at a later time. The Create Slide Show Wizard guides you through the process.
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To create a slide show:
1
Click Create | Create Slide Show.
2
On the Welcome page, to create a new slide show, select the Create a new slide show radio
button. To specify what type of slide show you want to create, select one of the following
options:
•
Standalone slide show: creates a single executable file (.exe) containing all of your images
and everything needed to view them. You can share this type of file with anyone who has a
computer, even if they don't own ACDSee.
•
Windows screen saver: creates a standard Windows-system screen saver file (.scr) that can
be stored and used on any Windows-based system.
•
Macromedia Flash slide show: creates a compact, Macromedia Flash file (.swf ) that you can
display on a Web site.
3
To edit an existing slide show or screen saver project, select the Load an existing slide show
project radio button, and then click Browse to locate your project (.asw file).
4
Click Next to continue.
5
On the Choose your images page, you can view the images included in your slide show, in the
default order they will be displayed. Click Add or Remove to change the images, and use the
arrow buttons to reorder them. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
6
On the Set file specific options page, click the underlined words beside each thumbnail to set the
individual options for each image. These include transitions between photos, the duration of the
transition and slide, text captions, and audio files to play when the image is displayed. Note that
the options available depend on your choice of output file format, and not all formats support all
options. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
7
On the Set slide show options page, set the timing for each slide to automatic or manual, the order
to display slides, and whether or not to hide the controls. You can also add audio files to play in
the background, and adjust the quality, or speed, of the transitions. Click Next when you are
ready to continue.
8
On the following pages, set the options for image size, location of your slide show file and the
project file. For assistance with any of the options, click the What's This Help button at the top
right corner of the wizard, and then click on an option.
9
Finally, click Next, and wait a few moments while ACDSee generates your slide show. When
complete, you can launch your slide show, exit the wizard, or start the Create Disc Wizard to burn
your slide show onto a CD or DVD.
If you assign an audio file to an individual image, as well as to the whole slide show
on the Set slide show options page, then both audio files will play simultaneously
when that slide displays.
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Creating a PDF
You can use ACDSee to combine your images into PDF (portable document format) files. The Create
PDF Wizard will guide you through the process of creating one or more PDF files from your images, or
adding images to a PDF slide show.
To create a PDF:
1
In the File List pane, select the images you want to share.
2
Click Create | Create PDF.
3
On the Welcome page of the Create PDF Wizard, select one of the following options, and then
click Next:
•
Create a PDF slide show: combines all of your images into a single PDF file that you can
view as a slide show.
•
Create one PDF file containing all images: combines all of the selected images into a
single PDF file with multiple pages.
•
Create one PDF file for each image: converts each image into a separate PDF file.
4
On the Choose images page, you can change the selected images, and use the arrow buttons to
reorder them. Click Next to continue.
5
Do one of the following:
6
•
If you selected to create a PDF slide show, set or change the transition options by clicking
the hyperlink next to each image. Click Next to set the order, color, and file name options for
your slide show. Click Next when you are ready to continue.
•
If you selected to create one or more PDF files, specify a file name and location, and then
click Next.
Click Finish to close the wizard and return to ACDSee.
Creating a CD or DVD
You can use ACDSee's Burn Basket to create a CD or DVD of your photos and files, or to create specially
formatted discs that you can watch on your television. You must have a CD or DVD writer installed in
your computer to use the Burn Basket.
With the Burn Basket, you can organize, arrange, and store your photos and files until you are ready to
burn them to a disc. Depending on the disc format you choose, you can create your own folders or
have the Burn Basket create the folder structure automatically.
To create a CD or DVD:
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•
Click View | Burn Basket.
•
Click Create | Create CD or DVD.
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In the Burn Basket, select the device you want to use to create your disc from the Disc Burner
drop-down list in the toolbar.
3
From the Output Format drop-down list, select one of the following:
•
Data Disc: creates a standard CD or DVD, on which you can create a folder structure and
store photos and files of any type. Click the Format Options button to specify whether you
want to include any ACDSee database information associated with your files.
•
HTML Slide Show: creates a CD or DVD with a slide show of any photos and media files
copied to the disc. The slide show is set to start whenever the disc is placed in a CD or DVD
drive. An HTML Slide Show disc cannot contain multiple folders. Click the Format Options
button to specify the options for your slide show.
•
HighMAT Disc: creates a HighMAT CD or DVD containing a slide show of images that can be
viewed on a HighMAT-capable device. A HighMAT disc contains a graphical interface to help
viewers access your files, but may alter your files, or convert them to a different format.
•
MPV Disc: creates an MPV CD or DVD containing a slide show of images that can be viewed
on an MPV-capable device. An MPV disc contains a graphical interface to help viewers
access your files, but may alter your files, or convert them to a different format.
4
If you selected the Data Disc format, you can use the left side of the Burn Basket to create a folder
structure to organize the photos and files on the disc. To create a new folder, right-click the name
of a folder and select New Folder from the shortcut menu. Type a name for the new folder and
then press Enter.
5
To add photos or other files to your disc, drag them from the File List pane to the Burn Basket, or
select the files you want to add and then click Edit | Add to Burn Basket. You can use the
buttons on the Burn Basket toolbar, as explained below, to adjust the contents of the Burn Basket,
or to save or load projects.
6
When you are ready to create your disc, click Burn.
Burn Basket toolbar buttons
Format Options
Opens the Format Options dialog box, where you can
specify the options for your selected format.
Add to Burn Basket
Adds the currently selected files or folders to the Burn
Basket.
Remove From Burn
Basket
Removes the currently selected files or folders from the
Burn Basket.
Remove All
Clears the contents of the Burn Basket.
New Folder
Creates a new subfolder.
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Rename
Renames the currently selected file or folder.
Save Project
Saves the current contents and settings of the Burn Basket
as a project file you can edit later.
Load Project
Opens a previously saved Burn Basket project.
Creating video files and VCDs
You can use the new Create Video or VCD Wizard to generate a video file slide show of your favorite
photos and media files, or create a Video CD that you can watch on your TV.
To create a video file or VCD:
1
Click Create | Create Video or VCD.
2
On the Welcome page, click one of the following:
3
•
Create Video Disc
•
Create Video File
Follow the instructions in the Wizard to create your slide show. For additional assistance creating
your video files or VCDs, click the Help button in the wizard.
Creating an HTML album
You can use the HTML Album Wizard to prepare photo collections for posting on the Internet. The
HTML album includes slide show controls and a thumbnail display. You can select from a list of gallery
style templates and then customize the gallery by adding your own logo as an image or text to the
header or footer. You can also change the fonts and colors used in the gallery.
To create an HTML album:
1
In the File List pane, select the images you want to share.
2
Click Create | Create HTML Album.
3
On the Style Settings page of the Create HTML Album Wizard, select a Gallery Style from the Web
page styles box.
After you select a Gallery Style and other settings, you can click Preview Gallery to
see how those selections affect the appearance of your HTML album. You can also
generate your HTML album from any page in the HTML Album Wizard by clicking
Generate Album.
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On the Gallery Customization page, do one or all of the following:
•
In the Gallery Title text box type the title that you want to display at the top of the Web
page.
•
Select Include header to display a header at the top of the Web page, or clear the Include
header checkbox to remove the header.
•
Select Include footer to display a footer at the bottom of the Web page, or clear the Include
footer checkbox to remove the footer.
•
If you want to display an image in the header or footer, select Use image and click Browse
and select a company logo, a photo of yourself, or another image to display in the header.
•
If you want to display text in the header or footer, select Use information and click Set
Information and add enter the text that you would like to display.
•
In the Folder settings section, click Browse and select the folder where you would like to
save the HTML album files.
6
Click Next.
7
On the Thumbnail and Image page, do one or all of the following:
•
In the Thumbnail settings section, adjust the appearance and format of the thumbnails in
the album.
•
In the Image settings section, adjust the appearance and format of full size images in the
album.
•
In the Slideshow duration section, specify how long to display full size images during a
slideshow.
•
In the Color and font settings section, click Color and font, adjust the colors and fonts used
in the Web page, and then click OK.
Click Save Settings to save the settings that you select for specific Web page styles. If
you save the settings, you can quickly reapply them to a Web page style from the
Style Settings page of the Create HTML Album Wizard.
8
Click Next to create your HTML album. You may need to wait a few moments while ACDSee
generates the thumbnails and creates the Web page.
9
Click Create Another Album to create another album, or click Finish to exit the wizard and return
to ACDSee.
You will need to use FTP or another method to post the HTML album files to your Web site.
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Creating a contact sheet
You can create contact sheets - thumbnail previews of your images arranged on pages - that you can
use to organize and share your images. You can use the Create Contact Sheet utility to save your
contact sheets in multiple image formats, and as HTML image maps. You can save your options as a
preset for future use.
The size of the thumbnails depends on how many columns and rows the contact sheet displays, and
how much space is displayed between them.
To create a contact sheet:
1
In the Browser, select the images you want to include, and then click Create | Create Contact
Sheet.
2
In the Contact sheet format area, set the Contact sheet format options.
3
In the Output Settings area, set the Output Settings options.
4
If desired, add or change the text on the page.
5
Click OK.
If you do not specify an output file path, the Create Contact Sheet utility places a file
named Contact Sheet.<ext> in your default image folder. For multiple-page contact
sheets, the utility adds a number to the file name; for example, Contact Sheet3.bmp.
Contact sheet format options
Thumbnail
settings
Frame options
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Size
Specifies the number of columns and rows to
create on each page.
Spacing
Specifies the amount of space between rows or
columns. In the Horizontal and Vertical spin
boxes, type a value to indicate the amount of
space to display.
Use thumbnail frame
Creates a frame around each thumbnail.
Margin
Specifies the width of the frame.
Solid color
Specifies the frame's color. Click the color picker
to define a color.
Tiled image
Specifies an image to use as a frame. Click Browse
to locate the image you want to use.
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Thumbnail
options
Page
background
options
Colored drop shadow
Creates a drop shadow effect around each
thumbnail. Click the color picker to define a color.
Colored edge fade
Creates a fading frame effect around the image.
Click the color picker to define a color.
Colored matte
Creates a matte effect around each thumbnail.
Click the color picker to define a color.
Bevelled edges
Creates a bevelled edge effect on each thumbnail.
This effect is not displayed in the Preview
window.
Solid color
Uses a solid color as a background for the page.
Click the color picker to define a color.
Tiled image
Uses a tiled image as the background for the
page. Click Browse to locate the picture you want
to use.
Related topics
•
Printing images in ACDSee
Publishing images to TiVo
You can use ACDSee to publish your images to your TiVo. To use the TiVo Publish Wizard, you must
have a TiVo box, and have installed the TiVo Publisher desktop software on your computer. For more
information, visit TiVo.com.
To publish your images to TiVo:
1
In the File List pane, select the images you want to share.
2
Click File | Publish to TiVo.
3
On the Welcome page of the TiVo Publish Wizard, select one of the following:
4
•
Publish to a New Album: creates a new album in your TiVo Desktop folder. Click Next to
give the new album a name.
•
Publish to an Existing Album: adds the selected images to an existing album in your TiVo
Desktop folder. Click Next to select an album from a list.
•
Publish to the Root of your Tivo: adds the images directly to your TiVo Desktop folder.
Click Next to review your choices, and then click Next again to publish your images.
Related topics
•
Sharing slide shows and screen savers
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Creating a SendPix album
ACDSee includes SendPix, a free digital image sharing service. You can create albums of your images
to share with your friends and family. The albums you create are stored on ACD Systems' secure
servers for 30 days. SendPix sends an e-mail to selected recipients who can then view your albums
using a standard Web browser - no special software is required.
To share your images with SendPix:
1
In the File List pane, select the images you want to share.
2
Click File | SendPix Album.
3
Follow the instructions in the SendPix Image Sharing Wizard. For help with any of the controls or
features, click the Help button in the wizard.
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You can use ACDSee’s printing tool to create full-sized prints of your images, or create handy contact
sheets within seconds. You can save the print settings to use later. You can protect your images by
quickly adding text copyright or business information to printed images.
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Printing images in ACDSee
With the ACDSee print utility, you can print your images on any size of paper, in any orientation, and at
any resolution your printer can support. You can also use the print utility to create and print contact
sheets, complete with headers, footers, and captions specific to each image.
As you change the options in the Print dialog box, you can view a dynamically updated preview of the
image and its position on the page. You can adjust the output size, print multiple copies of each
image, and change the orientation of the images on each page.
To print your images:
1
Select the image or images you want to print.
2
Click File | Print.
3
Under Print layout, do one of the following:
•
Select Full page, and then choose a print size from the Format list, or click Add to create a
custom format as explained below.
•
Select Contact sheet, and then set the Contact sheet format options to define the
appearance of your contact sheet, as well as the number of thumbnails per page.
4
Select your preferred measurement units from the Units of measurement drop-down list.
5
On the Printer Options tab, specify the number of copies, the resampling filter, and the printer
you want to use.
6
On the Page Settings tab, specify the size and positioning of your images.
7
To add captions, headers, or footers, set the text options.
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Click Print.
Creating custom print formats
You can create your own custom image print formats and store them in the Print dialog box.
To create a custom print format:
1
In the Print dialog box, select Full page.
2
In the Print format area, click Add.
3
In the Add Custom Format dialog box, select a measurement unit from the Measurement units
drop-down list.
4
Enter the dimensions for the new format in the Format width and Format height fields.
5
Click Add.
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Setting printer options
When printing your images with ACDSee, you can specify which printer you want to use, and set the
printer options.
Printer options
Printer
Specifies the printer you want to use.
Select a printer from the drop-down list and click the Properties button to set
its options. Refer to the printer manufacturer's Help file or manual for more
information.
Click the Color Management button to set color management options.
Copies
Specifies the number of copies you want to print.
Print range
Select one of the following options:
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All: prints all of the pages in the document.
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Pages from: prints a range of pages. Specify the first and last pages of the
range in the fields.
Resolution
Specifies a resolution in pixels-per-inch (PPI) for the image. The higher the
value, the more dots per inch, and the higher the resolution of the printed
image. For example, 600 PPI is 360,000 (600 x 600) pixels per square inch.
Filter
Specifies the resampling filter to use when printing images. Click the dropdown list and select one of the following:
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Box: displays considerable tiling or jaggies when you resize an image.
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Triangle: produces good results for image reduction and enlargement,
but displays sharp transition lines.
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Bicubic: produces good results with photo-realistic images and with
images that are irregular or complex. Uses interpolation to minimize the
raggedness normally associated with image expansion.
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Bell: smooths the image.
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B-Spline: produces smooth transitions, but may cause excessive blurring.
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Lanczos: produces the sharpest images, but may also introduce some
ringing artifacts.
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Mitchell: produces smooth transitions when enlarging photo-realistic
images. This filter is good compromise between the ringing effect of
Lanczos and the blurring effect of other filters.
Use gamma
correction
Applies gamma correction to the printed images. Type a number from 0.10 to
3.00 in the Gamma value field to adjust the gamma of the image. Higher
values make the image appear brighter, while lower values make the image
appear darker.
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Setting image size and positioning
You can use the Page Settings options in the Print dialog box to adjust and control the size of the
images you are printing, and the positioning of images on each page.
Page Settings options
Page position
Specifies where to place the image on each page.
Margins
Specifies the size of the margins. Type a value or click the arrows in
the Top, Bottom, Left, and Right spin boxes.
Number of prints per
image
Specifies how many copies of each image to print. The print utility
adds pages as required.
Automatically rotate
picture based on print
format
Specifies whether you want the print utility to determine
automatically which orientation to use for each image. If you select
the check box, the print utility changes each page's orientation to
best suit the image you are printing.
Maintain aspect ratio
Specifies whether you want the print utility to maintain the original
image's aspect ratio. Select one of the following options to indicate
how the print utility should handle the aspect ratio for oversized
images:
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Crop image to fit print format: prints only the part of the
image that fits within the print format.
•
Shrink image to fit print format: prints the entire image,
reduced to fit inside the print format.
Adding text to pages
You can add headers and footers to pages, and captions beneath your images.
To add captions to your printed images:
1
In the Print utility, click the Caption tab.
2
Select Use caption text.
3
Click Font to open the Font dialog box and set the font options.
4
In the text field, type the text you want the caption to display.
5
Click Insert Metadata to insert file-specific information into the caption for each image.
6
In the Text alignment drop-down list, select the caption positioning.
7
To set the maximum number of text lines for each caption to display, select the Number of lines
check box, and then specify a number in the field.
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To add headers and footers to your printed pages:
1
Do one of the following:
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Click the Header tab and select Use header text.
•
Click the Footer tab and select Use footer text.
2
Click Font to open the Font dialog box and set the font options.
3
In the text field, type the text you want the caption to display.
4
To insert the current page number or the total number of pages into the text, click Insert Page
Number, and then select an option from the menu.
5
In the Text alignment drop-down list, select the header or footer positioning.
6
To set a maximum number of text lines, select the Number of lines check box, and then specify a
number in the field.
Setting contact sheet printing options
The Contact sheet format area of the print utility contains settings you can adjust to control the
appearance, layout, and size of your thumbnails. If you saved your format options as a preset you can
select the preset.
Contact sheet format options
Thumbnail
settings
Frame options
Size
Specifies the number of columns and rows to create on
each page.
Spacing
Specifies the amount of space between rows or columns. In
the Horizontal and Vertical spin boxes, type a number to
indicate the amount of space to display.
Use thumbnail
frame
Creates a frame around each thumbnail.
Margin
Specifies the width of the frame.
Solid color
Specifies the frame's color. Click the color picker to define a
color.
Tiled image
Specifies an image to use as a frame. Click Browse to locate
the image you want to use.
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options
Page
background
options
Colored drop
shadow
Creates a drop shadow effect around each thumbnail. Click
the color picker to define a color.
Colored edge
fade
Creates a fading frame effect around the image. Click the
color picker to define a color.
Colored matte
Creates a matte effect around each thumbnail. Click the
color picker to define a color.
Beveled edges
Creates a beveled edge effect on each thumbnail. This
effect is not displayed in the Preview window.
Solid color
Prints a solid color as a background for the page. Click the
color picker to define a color.
Tiled image
Prints a tiled image as the background for the page. Click
Browse to locate the picture you want to use.
Ordering prints online
Enjoy the benefits of ordering photographic prints online from a reliable photo service provider
partnered with ACD Systems. You can have prints of your favorite photos delivered right to your door,
in the sizes and number of duplicates you want.
To order prints online:
In the Browser, click Create | Prints and Gifts.
The Order Prints tool opens in a new pane in the Browser. Follow the instructions in the pane to order
your prints.
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ACDSee Pro’s interface can be extensively customized to suit the way you work. You can completely
rearrange the Browser layout by stacking, dragging, hiding, or floating the many different Browser
panes, and save layouts for use during specific workflows. You can add or remove toolbar icons, or
show and hide the toolbars themselves. You can add a custom tab to the Properties pane, change the
Edit Panel in Edit Mode and even create your own keyboard shortcuts.
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Setting options
Setting the General options
You can adjust settings in the ACDSee Options dialog box to customize ACDSee's InTouch and update
connections, display helpful tips, set date displays, and control the display of certain image types.
To access the General options:
1
Click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click General.
3
On the General options page, set or change any of the options described below.
4
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
General options
Enable gamma
correction
Applies the specified amount of gamma correction when viewing or
previewing images.
Show Get Photos
Wizard welcome step
Displays the Welcome page in the Get Photos Wizard each time you
start it.
Automatically check for
updates
Automatically checks for program updates.
Show screen capture
help tips
Displays the Help Tips dialog box when using the screen capture tool.
Automatically stretch
wallpaper to fit screen
Stretches small images to fit the entire desktop when you set them as
your wallpaper.
Disable image
animation
Displays only the first frame of an animated image in the Browser's
Preview pane and in the Viewer.
Automatically rotate
JPEG and TIFF images
based on EXIF
orientation
Automatically corrects the orientation of TIFF and JPEG images
(based on their EXIF data) when displayed in ACDSee.
Status bar date
Specifies the date to display in the status bar for a selected file.
Default system format
Uses the default system format when displaying the date and time in
information overlays.
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Custom format
Uses the specified format to display the date and time in all
information overlays. Select a format for both Date and Time from the
drop-down lists.
Setting Browser options
You can use the ACDSee Options dialog box to set various options for the Browser, including the
default start folder and color scheme.
To set the Browser options:
1
Click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click Browser.
3
On the Browser page, set or change the options as described below.
4
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Browser options
Default start
folder
Taskbar
Notification
area
Folder (and all
browsing criteria) from
previous session
Opens the Browser in the same folder that was
open the last time you used ACDSee, and
automatically applies any browsing criteria you
were using.
Specific folder
Always opens the Browser to the specified folder.
Click the Browse button to locate a starting folder
on your hard drive.
Show icon in Taskbar
Notification area
Displays the ACDSee icon in the Taskbar
Notification area.
Continue running in
Taskbar Notification
area on exit
Continues to run ACDSee in the background after
you exit the application. You can restart ACDSee
by clicking the icon in the Taskbar Notification
area.
Start ACDSee when the
system boots
Starts ACDSee automatically when you turn on
your computer.
Browser
display
scheme
Specifies the color scheme to use in the Browser. Dark is selected by default.
Clear path
history on exit
Clears the list of recently-accessed folders whenever you exit ACDSee.
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Show full path
in title bar
Displays the full path of an image in the ACDSee title bar.
Error
Reporting
Select this option if you do not want to see a system error report if there is an
error in ACDSee.
Setting the Quick Search options
You can use the Quick Search options to refine your search by specifying which file properties or
database information you want to search.
To set Quick Search options:
1
Click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click Quick Search.
3
On the Quick Search page, set or change any of the Quick Search options described below.
4
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Quick Search options
Include file names
Searches for file and folder names that begin with the search term.
Include keywords
Searches for keywords that match the search term, and returns any
files containing those keywords.
Include categories
Searches for categories that match the search term, and returns any
files assigned to those categories. Subcategories are not included.
Include contents of
folders
Searches for folder names that begin with the search term and
returns the contents of those folders. Subfolders are not included.
Setting File List pane options
You can use the ACDSee Options dialog box to set the File List pane options to suit your preferences,
such as grouping archive files with subfolders, or highlighting image types with different background
colors. You can also customize your thumbnails, what file types ACDSee displays, and adjust how
ACDSee handles files and thumbnails in the File List pane.
To adjust the File List pane options:
1
Click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click File List.
3
On the File List page, set or change the options as described below.
4
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
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File List options
Automatically select
new files
Automatically selects new files when they are added to the folder
displayed in the File List pane.
Group archives with
folders
Treats archive files as folders when sorting items in the File List pane.
Use embedded
thumbnails
If thumbnails are embedded in a RAW file, those thumbnails display
in the File List pane.
Generate high quality
thumbnail
When this option is selected, ACDSee initially displays embedded
thumbnails in the File List pane, then replaces them with higherquality thumbnails.
Show thumbnails on
folders
Displays thumbnails of a folder's contents on the folder icon in the
File List pane.
Remember each folder's
sort settings
Select this option if you want ACDSee to remember the sort settings
that you used in specific folders.
Show info tips for items
in the file list
Shows a text pop-up of file properties when placing the mouse
pointer over a file in the File List pane.
Configure Info Tips
Opens a dialog box where you can select which file properties to
display in text pop-ups.
Show the Windows
Explorer shell context
menu as the default
right-click menu
Displays the default Windows Explorer shortcut menu instead of the
ACDSee shortcut menu.
CTRL key activates hottracking
Activates hot-tracking when holding the Ctrl key. When selected, you
can hot-track (update the contents of the Preview and Properties
panes without changing your file selection) by holding the CTRL key
and moving your mouse pointer over the File List pane.
Configure Filters
Opens a dialog box where you can select which file types to display in
the File List pane.
Don't highlight image
files
Does not highlight image files in Details and Thumbs+Details view
modes.
Use a single color to
highlight image files
Uses a single color to highlight all image file types in Details and
Thumbs+Details view modes.
Use multiple colors to
highlight image files
Uses a different color to highlight each image type in Details and
Thumbs+Details view modes.
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Setting the Thumbnail Display options
You can use the ACDSee Options dialog box to change how thumbnails display in the File List pane.
To adjust the Thumbnail Display options:
1
Click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click File List | Thumbnail Display.
3
On the Thumbnail Display page, set or change the options as described below.
4
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Thumbnail Display options
Information
Thumbnail
style
Thumbnail
spacing
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File name
Displays the name of each file on the thumbnail in
the File List pane.
Choose Thumbnail Info
Opens a dialog box where you can select the
information to display on each thumbnail in the
File List pane.
Choose Tiles Info
Opens a dialog box where you can select the
information to display on each tile in Tiles view
mode.
Show drop shadow
Displays a drop-shadow effect on thumbnails in
the File List pane.
Show image border
Displays a border around images on thumbnails
in the File List pane.
Show outer border
Displays a border around each thumbnail in the
File List pane.
Slider
Specifies the amount of space between
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Overlay icons
High-quality
scaling
Sound
Displays a sound overlay icon on thumbnails if the
image contains embedded or associated audio.
Rating
Displays a rating overlay icon on thumbnails if the
file has been rated in the ACDSee database.
Database information
Displays a database overlay icon on thumbnails if
the file has information stored in the ACDSee
database.
Icon
Displays a file format overlay icon on thumbnails
in the File List pane.
Category
Displays a category overlay icon on thumbnails if
the file has been categorized.
Shortcut
Displays a shortcut overlay icon on thumbnails if
the item is a shortcut to another file.
Offline
Displays an offline overlay icon on thumbnails if
the file is stored on an offline device.
Excluded items
Displays an excluded file icon on thumbnails if the
file is excluded from the ACDSee database.
Tagged items
Displays a tagging overlay icon on thumbnails. If
the file is tagged, a checkmark displays in the
icon.
Untagged items
If selected, an empty tagging overlay icon
displays on the thumbnails of untagged images.
Auto-rotate
Displays an auto-rotate overlay icon on
thumbnails if the file was automatically rotated.
Uses high-quality thumbnail scaling in the File List pane.
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Setting the Thumbnail Ratio options
You can use the ACDSee Options dialog box to change how thumbnails display in the File List pane.
To adjust the Thumbnail Ratio options:
1
Click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click File List | Thumbnail Ratio.
3
On the Thumbnail Ratio page, select a baseline thumbnail shape:
•
Custom: Specifies a custom height-to-width ratio for the shape of the thumbnails in the File
List pane. Drag the slider to set the ratio.
•
Portrait: Specifies a standard 3:4 portrait ratio for the shape of the thumbnails in the File List
pane.
•
Landscape: Specifies a standard 4:3 landscape ratio for the shape of the thumbnails in the
File List pane.
4
Drag the slider to the left or right to change the baseline thumbnail shape.
5
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Setting the Details View options
You can use the ACDSee Options dialog box to change how thumbnails display in the File List pane.
To adjust the Details View options:
1
Click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click File List | Details View.
3
On the Details View page, set or change the options as described below.
4
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Details View options
Show grid lines
Separates each row and column in Details view mode with a grid line.
Full row select
Selects the entire row when you click a column entry in that row.
Column auto-width
Automatically resizes each column to fit its contents.
Highlight sort column
Highlights the column used to sort files when you click on the
column's title.
Choose Details
Specifies the columns you want to use to sort files in Details view
mode.
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Setting the Preview pane options
You can specify how ACDSee displays previews of your images, and configure settings to play audio
and video files automatically, as soon as you view them in the Preview pane.
To set the Preview options:
1
Do one of the following:
•
Click Tools | Options then select Preview.
•
Right-click in the Preview pane and select Preview Options.
2
On the Preview options page, set or change the options as described below.
3
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Preview options
Delay
Specifies how quickly the Preview pane displays an image after you
select it in the File List pane.
Size
Specifies the size of the previewed image in relation to the selected
image.
Preview audio and
video clips
Previews media files as you select them in the File List pane.
Autoplay audio and
video clips
Automatically starts playing audio and video files in the Preview
pane.
Instant image preview
Displays an instant preview that improves in quality as the image is
decoded.
Show preview info
Select this option if you want to display information below the image
in the Preview pane. Click the Choose Preview Info button to select
the information that you want to display. You can also turn this
option on and off by right-clicking the Preview pane and selecting, or
clearing, Show Preview Info.
Choose Preview Info
Specifies the details you want to display below the preview image in
the Preview pane.
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Setting the Folders pane options
You can customize the ACDSee Folders pane by showing or hiding the Easy-Select bar, displaying
archives, and identifying excluded folders.
To customize the Folders pane:
1
Click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click Folders.
3
On the Folders page, set or change the options as described below.
4
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Folders pane options
Easy-Select
Folder display
Show Easy-Select
Displays the Easy-Select bar in the Folders pane,
which you can use to select multiple folders.
Enable Easy-Select
tooltip
Displays a tool-tip when you place your mouse
pointer over the Easy-Select bar.
Show archives in Folder
Pane
Lists archive files in the Folders pane.
Confirm drag-and-drop
move within folder
views
Prompts you for confirmation of folder
movements within the Folders pane.
Show overlay for
excluded folders
Displays an overlay icon on folders that are
excluded from the ACDSee database.
Setting the Organize pane options
You can customize the Organize pane to specify which confirmations you want to be prompted for
while working with categories, and choose whether to show the Easy-Select bar.
To set the Organize pane options:
1
Click Tools | Options, and then click Organize.
2
On the Organize page, set or change the options as described below.
3
When you are satisfied with your changes, click OK
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Organize options
Category
deletion
Confirm if category has
assigned files
Prompts you for confirmation when deleting a
category with assigned files.
Confirm if category has
sub-categories
Prompts you for confirmation when deleting a
category containing sub-categories.
File removal
Confirm file removal
from category
Prompts you for confirmation when unassigning
files from a category.
Easy-select
Show Easy-Select
Displays an Easy-Select bar in the Organize pane,
which you can use to select multiple categories,
special items, and ratings.
Enable Easy-Select
tooltip
Displays a tool-tip when you place your mouse
pointer over the Easy-Select bar.
Setting the Calendar pane options
You can customize the ACDSee Calendar to start each week on a specific day, to use a 12- or 24-hour
clock format, and to use one of four date types when sorting files.
To set the Calendar pane options:
1
Click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click Calendar.
3
On the Calendar options page, set or change any of the options described below.
4
Click OK to accept your changes and return to ACDSee.
Calendar pane options
Date types
Database date
Sorts files in the Calendar pane based on the date
stored in the ACDSee database.
Metadata (Exif) date
Sorts files in the Calendar pane based on the EXIF
date of each item.
File modified date
Sorts files in the Calendar pane based on the lastmodified date of each item.
File created date
Sorts files in the Calendar pane based on the date
each file was created on your computer.
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Filters
Apply file list filters
Filters the items displayed in the Calendar pane
based on the current File List pane filter settings.
Show image and media
files only
Displays only image, audio, and video files in the
Calendar pane.
Start of week
Specifies the first day of each week in the Calendar pane.
Clock formats
12 hour
Uses a 12-hour clock in the Calendar pane.
24 hour
Uses a 24-hour clock in the Calendar pane.
Setting the CD/DVD Management options
You can use the ACDSee Options dialog box to change the folder where Burn Basket files are stored
and to set the preferred method for identifying Photo Discs.
To change the Burn Basket options:
1
In the Browser, click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click CD/DVD Management.
3
On the CD/DVD Management page, in the Burn Basket options area, clear Show Burn Basket
Wizard welcome step if you do not want to display the welcome page of the Burn Basket Wizard.
4
On the CD/DVD Management page, in the Burn Basket options area, change the folder where
Burn Basket files are stored by clicking Browse, selecting or creating a new folder, and clicking
OK.
5
Click OK to apply your changes and return to the Browser.
To change the Photo Disc identification method:
1
In the Browser, click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click CD/DVD Management.
3
On the CD/DVD Management page, in the Photo Disc Identification options area, select one of
the following:
4
•
Use disc volume label: attempts to identify a Photo Disc by its volume label. This setting is
recommended if you are working with multi-session Photo Discs.
•
Use disc serial number: attempts to identify a Photo Disc by its serial number. This setting is
preferred when working with single-session Photo Discs, or importing or converting Photo
Discs from a previous version of ACDSee.
Click OK to apply your changes and return to the Browser.
Setting the Properties Pane options
You can use the ACDSee Options dialog box to add a custom tab to the Properties pane.
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To add a custom tab to the Properties pane:
1
Click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click Properties Pane.
3
On the Properties Pane page, select Show custom property tab.
4
In the Options area, type a name for the custom tab.
5
Select the file properties that you want to display on the custom tab by clicking Choose Display
Information, selecting the file properties, and clicking OK.
6
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Setting File Management options
You can specify how ACDSee handles renaming and deleting files and folders, and whether ACDSee
sends deleted files to the desktop Recycle Bin by default.
To set the File Management options:
1
Click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click File Management.
3
On the File Management page, set or change any of the options as described below.
4
Click OK to accept your changes and return to ACDSee.
File Management options
Confirmations
Confirm folder delete
Prompts you for confirmation when
deleting folders.
Confirm file delete
Prompts you for confirmation when
deleting files.
Confirm read-only
rename and delete
Prompts you for confirmation when
renaming or deleting read-only items.
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Overwriting duplicate
files
Other
Ask
Prompts you for confirmation when
overwriting duplicate files.
Rename
Automatically resolves any naming
conflicts when moving or copying files
by renaming the source files. In the
Separator character field, type a
character to use to separate file names
in the automatic renaming system.
Replace
Automatically overwrites files in the
target folder without prompting for
confirmation.
Skip
Does not move, copy, or overwrite any
files that result in naming conflicts.
Click to edit file name
Specifies that file names can be edited
by clicking the file name in the File List
pane.
Use Recycle Bin
Sends files to the Desktop Recycle Bin. If
not selected, deleted files are
permanently removed from your hard
drive.
Setting the Color Management options
ACDSee Pro's color management options help reduce color matching problems between devices,
such as your computer, your monitor, printers, and scanners. You can set the color management
options to use specific color profiles for each of your devices.
Before changing the color management settings, make sure you have accurate color profiles for each
of the devices that you plan to use. You can obtain color profiles from device manufacturers if the
profiles were not included in the device's software, or from the professional printers.
Color management can be a complex process. If you are not familiar with color
management systems, it is recommended that you accept the default color
management settings in ACDSee.
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Color Management options
Enable
Input
Enable Color
Management
Activates the color management system in
ACDSee and the fields in this dialog box.
Apply to thumbnails
and preview
Activates color management for thumbnails and
preview images in the Browser. If this option is
not selected, thumbnails and previews have a
different color space from the image.
Default to sRGB
Click to change all Input and Output options to
use the sRGB color space profile. The sRGB color
space is the most common color space for
monitors.
Default Input Profile
Specifies the default color profile to use in
ACDSee. If selected, this profile is applied to all
images, unless the Use embedded profiles when
found in image files is selected, when the
embedded file is used if one exists.
Show Profile Details
Displays the details for all color profiles currently
stored on your computer. Scroll down to find the
profile for a specific color space, such as sRGB.
Use embedded profiles
when found in image
files
Uses any embedded color profiles if they are
found in image files. If an image does not have an
embedded profile, the Default Input Profile is
used.
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Select this option if you want to select different
profiles for your monitor and printer. Select an
appropriate profile from the Monitor Profile and
Printer Profile options.
Proof colors on your
monitor and/or printer
as they would look on
another device
Select this option if you want your monitor and
printer so simulate other devices for proofing.
You can choose your printer profile to be the
emulated device and then preview what the
output from your printer would look like on your
monitor (soft proofing). You can also set the
emulated device to the profile of a third-party
printer that you do not have available, so that you
can proof the result on your own printer (hard
proofing). Select an appropriate profile from the
Monitor Profile, Printer Profile, and Emulated
Device Profile.
Monitor Profile
Specifies the color profile to use with your
monitor.
Printer Profile
Specifies the color profile to use with your printer.
Emulated Device Profile
Specifies the color profile of the device you want
your monitor or printer to emulate so that you
can proof the image using the correct color
profile.
Rendering Intent
Specifies the rendering intent for output devices.
The default value for basic output devices is
Perceptual. If the selected color profiles have
embedded rendering instructions, ACDSee will
use those rendering instructions rather than
using what you selected from the Rendering
Intent drop-down list. Some profiles ignore
rendering intents, so outcomes may vary.
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Setting the Database options
You can adjust settings in the ACDSee Options dialog box to display reminders, control database
information, and specify a location on your hard drive where you want to store your database files and
cached thumbnails.
To set the database options:
1
Click Tools | Options, and then click Database.
2
On the Database page, set or change the options as described below.
3
Click OK to apply your changes and return to ACDSee.
Database options
Database location
Specifies the location on your hard drive to store the ACDSee
database. Click the Browse button to locate a folder.
Display backup
reminder
Automatically reminds you to back up your ACDSee database. Click
the Every drop-down list and select how often you would like to be
reminded.
Excluded Folders
Opens the Excluded Folders List dialog box, where you can specify
which folders you want to exclude from the ACDSee database.
Set database date
Automatically adds the date of files to the ACDSee database when
you catalog the contents of a folder. Select one of the following to
specify which date you want to store as the database date:
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Exif date
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File modified date
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Specific date (Select the date you want to use in the drop-down
list.)
Import Exif and IPTC
metadata from
cataloged files
Automatically imports Exif and IPTC information into the ACDSee
database whenever you catalog the contents of a folder.
If this option if not selected, ACDSee will not import the Exif and IPTC
information, but will still set aside space within the database records.
To remove the empty records, be sure to optimize your database
frequently.
Show separator conflict
dialog for IPTC
keywords
Displays the IPTC Keywords dialog box when a separator conflict
occurs. You can specify a method of handling conflicts within the
dialog and elect not to display it again. Select this option to change
or adjust those settings the next time a separator conflict occurs.
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Show separator conflict
dialog for IPTC
supplemental
categories
Displays the IPTC Supplemental Categories dialog box when a
separator conflict occurs. You can specify a method of handling
conflicts within the dialog and elect not to display it again. Select this
option to change or adjust those settings the next time a separator
conflict occurs.
Setting Viewer options
You can use the ACDSee Options dialog box to adjust the behavior of the Viewer to suit your
preferences, and increase the speed with which images are displayed.
To set the Viewer options:
1
Click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click Viewer.
3
On the Viewer options page, set or change any of the Viewer options described below.
4
Click OK to accept your changes and return to ACDSee.
Viewer options
Decoding and
caching
Startup files
Resampling
algorithm
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Decode next image in
advance
Automatically decodes the next image in
sequence in the Viewer, resulting in shorter load
times.
Keep previous image in
memory
Keeps the previously decoded image in memory
for quick display in the Viewer.
Replace images in list
Does not open a new Viewer window if an image
is opened from another application.
Images in new window
Opens a new Viewer window to display images
opened from another application.
Bicubic
Resamples images in the Viewer to minimize the
raggedness normally associated with image
expansion.
Bilinear
Resamples images in the Viewer to produce
smooth transitions, but may cause excessive
blurring.
Nearest neighbor
Does not apply resampling to images displayed in
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Dropped files
Replaces images in list
Replaces the list of images open in the Viewer
with images dropped into the Viewer from
another application.
Add images to list
Adds any images dropped into the Viewer by
another application to the list of images already
open.
Always on top
Keeps the Viewer as the top window in a stack of windows.
Full-screen
Opens images in the Viewer in full-screen mode.
Hide mouse
cursor in fullscreen
Hides the mouse pointer in full-screen mode.
Instant image
preview
Displays an instant preview in the Viewer that improves in quality as the image
is decoded.
Exit after
delete/move
Automatically returns to the Browser after moving or deleting an image in the
Viewer.
View all
images in
folder
Adds all images in a folder to the current image list when viewing any file from
that folder.
Show full
image file path
Displays the image's full file path in the Viewer title and status bars.
Setting the Viewer Display options
You can use the ACDSee Options dialog box to change the Viewer window's size and background, and
specify how it zooms images.
To set the Viewer Display options:
1
Click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click Viewer | Display.
3
On the Display options page, set or change the Viewer display options described below.
4
Click OK to accept your changes and return to ACDSee.
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Window size
Background
Zoom options
Change window size to
fit image
Automatically resizes the Viewer window to fit the
displayed image.
Center window on
screen
Automatically centers the Viewer window on the
screen.
Fix window size
Sizes the Viewer window based on the Zoom
Options settings.
Save window position
Saves the position and size of the Viewer window
when moved or resized.
Default color
Uses the default ACDSee color for the
background in the Viewer window.
Custom color
Specifies a color to use as the background in the
Viewer window.
Tiled image
Uses a tiled image as the background for the
Viewer window. Click Browse to locate an image
on your hard drive.
Default zoom mode
Specifies the default zoom level for images in the
Viewer.
Reset zoom mode to
default on every image
change
Resets the zoom mode to the selected default
when the displayed image changes.
Resize
Resizes the image based on the selected option.
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Setting RAW Image Preview options
When you process RAW files using the RAW Processing tool, ACDSee saves the processing settings to
the database. By default, ACDSee also saves a preview of the processed photo to a cache on your
computer's hard disk. The preview photo is useful because it can be displayed in the Viewer very
quickly. However, you may want to use the RAW Image Preview options to limit the amount of space
that the cache uses on your computer's hard disk, to empty the cache, or to turn off the RAW Image
Preview option.
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To change the RAW Image Preview options:
1
In the Browser, click Tools | Options.
2
In the Options dialog box, click RAW Image Preview.
3
On the RAW Image Preview page, select Use RAW Image Preview to use previews of RAW
images. If you select this option, you can adjust the other options on the page.
4
To change the folder where preview files are stored, click Browse, select or create a different
folder, and then click OK.
5
Set or change the other options as described below.
6
Click OK to apply your changes and return to the Browser.
RAW Image Preview options
Unlimited cache
Select this option if you are unconcerned about how much space the
RAW image preview files occupy on the computer hard disk. Clear
this option if you want to limit the amount of space the preview files
occupy on the computer hard disk.
Maximum size of cache
on disk
Enter the maximum amount of space, in megabytes (MB), that the
RAW image preview files should occupy on the computer hard disk.
After this limit is reached, the oldest files will be replaced by the
newest.
Empty cache
Click Empty Cache if you want to delete all RAW image preview files
from the cache.
Customizing and configuring
Creating custom Browser layouts
You can create and save custom Browser layouts based on your browsing preferences or the tasks you
perform in ACDSee. For example, you could create and save an editing layout, an organizing layout,
and a browsing layout, each with its own panes and tools arranged for easy access.
To create and save a custom Browser layout:
1
Change the Browser layout by displaying or hiding specific panes, moving and docking panes,
stacking panes, or resizing panes.
2
When you are satisfied with the Browser layout, click View | Workspace.
3
Click New Workspace.
4
Type a name for the workspace.
5
Click OK.
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To load a saved Browser layout:
1
Click View | Workspace.
2
Select the custom workspace.
3
Click Apply.
To restore the default Browser layout:
Click View | Reset to Default Workspace.
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Auto-hiding panes and panels
You can use the Auto Hide button to automatically hide some panes and panels in ACDSee. When a
pane is set to auto-hide, it rolls away when you click outside of it, leaving a tab displayed. You can
access the pane by moving the mouse pointer over the tab. When a pane or panel is floating, the autohide feature is not available. You cannot move the pane to a new location if it is set to auto-hide.
The Auto Hide button's appearance on the pane's title bar reflects its current setting:
A horizontal pushpin indicates that the pane is set to automatically hide when you click
outside of it.
A slanted pushpin indicates that the pane is fixed and will remain visible even if you click
outside of it
To set or remove auto-hide:
Click the Auto Hide button on the title bar so that it displays a slanted or horizontal pushpin.
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Using the Custom tab in the Properties pane
There is a Custom tab in the Properties pane that you can configure to display the file property,
database, EXIF, or IPTC information that you use most often. This means that you can keep all the data,
which is most important to you, visible on the custom tab while you browse or view files.
To configure the Custom tab:
1
Click Tools | Options, and then select Properties Pane.
2
Select Show custom property tab to display the Custom tab.
3
If desired, type a new name for the Custom tab in the Custom tab title text box.
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Click Choose Display Information.
5
To remove an item from the Custom tab, click the item in the Currently Displayed Details box to
the right, then click Remove.
6
To add an item to the Custom tab, click the item in the Available Details box to the left, then
click Add.
7
To group and rearrange items on the Custom tab, do any of the following:
•
Click Add Group, type a name for the group in the Title text box, then click OK. You can then
add items to the group.
•
Select an item in the Currently Displayed Details box, and then click Move Up to move the
item up the list of items, or click Move Down to move the item down the list of items.
8
To restore the default Custom tab settings, click Reset.
9
Click OK.
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Using the Task Pane
The Task Pane displays groups of often-used tasks from the menus and toolbars based on your current
location and selections in ACDSee. The Task Pane usually opens and on the right side of the Browser.
To open or close the Task pane:
In the Browser or Viewer, click View | Task Pane.
The menus in the Task Pane change depending on what area of the Browser you are working in and
what items you select. For example, if you select more than a folder in the File List pane, the Task Pane
displays different menus than it does if you select a photo or media file.
The options on the Task Pane menus also change dynamically. For example, if you select multiple
images in the File List, the options in the Fix and Enhance Photos menu change to list options that you
can use with multiple images.
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Using the Context Sensitive toolbar
The Context Sensitive toolbar is above the File List toolbar. The icons that display on the Context
Sensitive toolbar change based on whatever you select in the Browser, such as a pane or image. The
icons on the Context Sensitive toolbar provide shortcuts to the editing, organizing, and sharing
functions that you might want to use next.
For example, if you select the People category in the Organize pane, all images that have been
assigned to that category display in the File List pane. The icons that display in the Context Sensitive
toolbar include Create a CD or DVD and Auto Slide Show because you may want to use these
functions next.
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Using the Browser
Customizing toolbars
You can customize the appearance and organization of toolbars in the Browser and Viewer windows
by selecting which toolbars to display, and specifying each toolbar's buttons or commands. You can
also discard your changes and reset the toolbars to their default layout at any time.
Displaying and hiding toolbars
You can choose to display or hide the specific toolbars in the Browser and Viewer.
To display or hide a toolbar:
Do one of the following:
•
In the Browser, click View | Toolbars, and then select the toolbar you want to display or hide.
•
In the Viewer, click View, and then select the toolbar you want to display or hide.
Customizing toolbar contents
You can customize three toolbars:
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The main toolbar, which you can display in the Browser and in the Viewer.
•
The File List toolbar, which you can display in the Browser.
•
The Editing Tasks toolbar, which you can display in the Viewer.
You can add, remove, and rearrange buttons on these toolbars. You can also display or hide text labels
and tool tips for the buttons on these toolbars, and change button size. All toolbar customization
options are on the Customize dialog box.
To display the Customize dialog box:
Do one of the following:
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In the Browser, click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the main toolbar or File List
toolbar, and select Customize.
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In the Viewer, click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the main toolbar and at the
bottom of the Editing Tasks toolbar, select Add or Remove Buttons, and then select
Customize.
•
In the Browser or Viewer, right-click the main toolbar, and then select Customize.
To add or remove buttons on the toolbar:
1
Display the Customize dialog box.
2
Click the Commands tab.
3
Do one of the following:
4
•
Add a button by dragging a command from the Commands list to a new location on the
toolbar.
•
Remove buttons from the toolbar by dragging them from the toolbar to the Commands list.
•
Rearrange the buttons by dragging them to a new location on the toolbar.
Click Close.
To display or hide text labels below toolbar buttons:
1
Display the Customize dialog box.
2
Click the Toolbars tab.
3
Select File List Toolbar or Main Toolbar.
4
Select the Show text labels check box to display text labels, or clear the Show text labels check
box to hide text labels.
5
Click Close.
To display or hide tool tips for toolbar buttons:
1
Display the Customize dialog box.
2
Click the Options tab.
3
Select Show ScreenTips on toolbars to display tool-tips, or clear Show ScreenTips on toolbars
to hide tool-tips. If you select this option, you can also select Show shortcut keys in ScreenTips
to show keyboard shortcuts in the tool-tips.
4
Click Close.
To change the toolbar button size:
1
Display the Customize dialog box.
2
Click the Options tab.
3
Select Large Icons to display larger toolbar buttons, or clear Large Icons to display smaller
toolbar buttons.
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Click Close.
Resetting toolbars
You can discard all of your changes, and return the toolbars and buttons to their default states.
To reset the toolbars:
1
In the Browser or Viewer, right-click the main toolbar and select Customize.
2
Select the Toolbars tab, and then click Reset All.
3
Click Yes to reset the toolbars.
4
Click Close.
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About the ACDSee user interface
Customizing the Edit Panel
You can resize, move, dock, and auto hide the Edit panel to suit your preferences.
To customize the Edit Panel:
1
Drag the Edit Panel's title bar to a new location. If you drag the Edit Panel to either the left or right
side of the window, it will dock against that side.
2
To resize the Edit Panel, drag one of its edges.
If the Edit Panel is set to auto hide, you cannot move it to a new location.
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Configuring image editors
You can configure ACDSee to work with a variety of image editors, such as Canvas, and specify which
image editor ACDSee uses by default. You can then open images in any of your image editing
applications from within ACDSee.
To add an image editor to ACDSee:
1
From the Tools menu, select Open in Editor | Configure Editors.
2
In the Configure Photo Editors dialog box, click Add.
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Browse to the folder on your hard drive that contains an image editing application.
4
Select the executable file of the editing application. For example, Canvas9.exe.
5
Click Open.
6
In the Name field, type a name for the editor, and then click OK.
To manage your image editors:
1
From the Editors list, select the application you want to change.
2
Do any of the following:
3
•
To change the location of the executable file or the name of the application displayed in the
Editors list, click Edit. Set the location and name of the application in the Configure Photo
Editor dialog box, and then click OK.
•
To set the application as the default image editor for ACDSee, click Set As Default.
•
To specify whether the application can handle multiple images at the same time, select or
clear the check box in the Supports Multiple Images column.
•
To remove the application from the list, click Remove.
Click OK to accept your changes and return to ACDSee.
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Customizing keyboard shortcuts
There are pre-defined keyboard shortcuts for commands that you use frequently in the Browser and
Viewer. You can change pre-defined shortcuts, or create keyboard shortcuts for commands that do
not currently have shortcuts.
Some commands, such as Open and Copy, are available in both the Browser and the Viewer. You can
use the same keyboard shortcut for these commands in the Browser and the Viewer, or you can define
different shortcuts for these commands in the Browser and the Viewer. Other commands, such as Redeye Reduction, are only available in one view mode. To define a shortcut for a command in a specific
view mode, open the Customize dialog from that view mode.
To customize keyboard shortcuts:
1
Do one of the following:
•
In the Browser, click View | Toolbars, and then select Customize.
•
In the Browser, click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the main toolbar or File List
toolbar, and then select Customize.
•
In the Viewer, click the drop-down arrow, located to the right of the main toolbar and at the
bottom of the Editing Tasks toolbar, select Add or Remove Buttons, and then select
Customize.
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In the Browser or Viewer, right-click the main toolbar, and then select Customize.
2
Click the Keyboard tab.
3
From the Category drop-down, select a top-level menu such as File, Edit, or View. The commands
available from that menu display in the Commands list box.
4
Select a command in the Commands list box. If a keyboard shortcut has been defined for that
command, it displays in the Current Keys box. If a keyboard shortcut has not been defined for
that command, the Current Keys box will be empty.
5
To remove an existing keyboard shortcut, select the keyboard shortcut in the Current Keys box,
and then click Remove.
6
To define a new keyboard shortcut:
•
Click in the Press New Shortcut Key text box.
•
Press the keys on your keyboard that you want to use for the keyboard shortcut. The keys
display in the Press New Shortcut Key text box.
•
Click Assign. The new keyboard shortcut displays in the Current Keys box.
7
To remove all custom keyboard shortcuts and restore the default keyboard shortcuts, click Reset
All.
8
Click Close.
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There are many keyboard and mouse shortcut keys in ACDSee that can speed up the way you work in
the Browser and Viewer. You can customize keyboard shortcuts so that they are the same as those you
use in other applications.
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You can use the following keyboard shortcuts while working in the Browser.
Shortcut
Resulting action
` (grave accent)
Toggles image audio on or off.
- (minus sign)
Sorts the contents of the File List pane in reverse order.
+ (plus sign)
Sorts the contents of the File List pane in forward order.
Alt + <left arrow>
Returns to the previous folder you browsed in the File List pane.
Alt + <right arrow>
Returns to the folder you last moved back from in the File List pane.
Alt + G
Opens the Get Photos Wizard.
Alt + C
Copies one or more selected files to a folder you specify.
Alt + Comma
Opens the previous tab in the Properties pane.
Alt + Enter
Opens or closes the Properties pane.
Alt + F4
Closes ACDSee.
Alt + I
Opens the Filters dialog box where you can specify the types of files
displayed in the File List pane.
Alt + M
Moves one or more selected files to a folder you specify.
Alt + O
Opens the Options dialog box.
Alt + Period
Opens the next tab in the Properties pane.
Alt + Shift + F
Maximizes the File List pane.
Alt + W
Restores your desktop wallpaper to the settings you were using
before you applied an ACDSee wallpaper.
Alt + X
Removes the selected item from the Image Basket.
Backspace
Moves up one level in the current drive's folder structure.
Ctrl + 0 to 5
Assigns a rating to the currently selected item. Use only the numeric
keypad for these shortcuts. Press Ctrl + 0 to remove a rating.
Ctrl + Plus
Automatically sizes the columns in the current view mode.
Ctrl + A
Selects the entire contents of the current folder.
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Ctrl + B
Adds the selected items to the Image Basket.
Ctrl + C
Copies the selected items to the Clipboard.
Ctrl + D
Opens the Edit Caption dialog box.
Ctrl + E
Opens the currently selected image in the default editor.
Ctrl + Enter
Opens or closes the Properties pane.
Ctrl + F
Opens the Convert File Format dialog box.
Ctrl + G
Generates a file listing as a text document.
Ctrl + I
Selects all images in the current folder.
Ctrl + Insert
Copies selected items to the Clipboard.
Ctrl + J
Opens the Rotate/Flip Images dialog box.
Ctrl + K
Places the cursor in the Keywords field of the Database tab in the
Properties pane.
Ctrl + L
Opens the Adjust Image Exposure dialog box.
Ctrl + M
Open the Batch Set Information dialog box.
Ctrl + N
Opens a second instance of the ACDSee Browser.
Ctrl + O
Opens the Open files dialog box, in which you can select one or more
images to open in the Viewer.
Ctrl + P
Opens the currently s elected image or images in the ACDSee Print
utility.
Ctrl + R
Opens the Resize Images dialog box.
Ctrl + S
Creates a slide show from the currently selected images.
Ctrl + T
Opens the Adjust Image Time Stamp dialog box.
Ctrl + Tab
Moves the focus of the Browser between the currently displayed
panes.
Ctrl + V
Pastes the contents of the Clipboard.
Ctrl + W
Closes ACDSee.
Ctrl + X
Cuts the currently selected items to the Clipboard.
Ctrl + Shift + 1
Opens or closes the Folders pane.
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Ctrl + Shift + 2
Opens or closes the Organize pane.
Ctrl + Shift + 3
Opens or closes the Search pane.
Ctrl + Shift + 4
Opens or closes the Calendar pane.
Ctrl + Shift + 5
Opens or closes the Image Basket.
Ctrl + Shift + A
Selects all files in the current folder.
Ctrl + Shift + B
Shows or hides the status bar.
Ctrl + Shift + C
Copies the currently selected image to the Clipboard.
Ctrl + Shift + D
Clears your current selection.
Ctrl + Shift + E
Opens the current file in the default system application or opens a
dialog box where you can select an application.
Ctrl + Shift + F
Toggles the full-screen view for the File List pane.
Ctrl + Shift + I
Inverts your current selection.
Ctrl + Shift + L
Opens or closes the Selective Browsing pane.
Ctrl + Shift + M
Toggles the main Browser menu.
Ctrl + Shift + O
Opens the file using the system application associated with its file
extension.
Ctrl + Shift + P
Opens or closes the Preview pane.
Ctrl + Shift + S
Displays or hides the context-sensitive toolbar.
Ctrl + Shift + T
Displays or hides the main Browser toolbar.
Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Moves the focus of the Browser between the currently displayed
panes.
Ctrl + Shift + W
Sets the selected image as a tiled desktop wallpaper.
Delete
Deletes the selected items to the Recycle Bin.
F1
Opens the ACDSee Help file.
F2
Renames one or more selected files.
F3
Opens the Search pane.
F4
Displays the Contents bar drop-down list.
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F5
Refreshes the Browser.
F6
Changes the File List to Thumbs+Details view mode.
F7
Changes the File List to Filmstrip view mode.
F8
Changes the File List to Thumbnails view mode.
F9
Changes the File List to Tiles view mode.
F10
Changes the File List to Icons view mode.
F11
Changes the File List to List view mode.
F12
Changes the File List to Details view mode.
Shift + Delete
Removes the selected item from your hard drive.
Shift + F5
Refreshes the File List pane.
Shift + Insert
Pastes the contents of the Clipboard.
Shift + Tab
Moves the focus of the Browser to the previous pane or tool in
sequence.
Tab
Moves the focus of the Browser to the next pane or tool in sequence.
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Customizing keyboard shortcuts
Viewer keyboard shortcuts
You can use the following keyboard shortcuts while working in the Viewer.
Shortcut
Resulting action
\ (backslash)
Zooms the image to actual size.
= (equal sign)
Increases the magnification of the current image (zooms in).
` (grave accent)
Toggles image audio on or off.
- (minus sign)
Decreases the magnification of the current image (zooms out).
Alt + <down arrow>
Zooms the image to fit the height within the Viewer window.
Does not enlarge, only reduces.
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Alt + <right arrow>
Zooms the image to fit the width within the Viewer Window.
Does not enlarge, only reduces.
Alt + \
Toggles the zoom lock on and off.
Alt + C
Copies the current item to a folder you specify.
Alt + Comma
Moves the focus in the Properties pane to the previous tab.
Alt + D
Opens the Edit Caption dialog box.
Alt + Enter
Opens or closes the Properties pane.
Alt + F4
Closes the Viewer window.
Alt + M
Moves the current item to a folder you specify.
Alt + O
Opens the ACDSee Options dialog box.
Alt + Period
Moves the focus in the Properties pane to the next tab.
Alt + R
Opens the Rename File dialog box.
Alt + S
Starts or stops the Auto Advance slide show.
Alt + Shift + L
Displays the previous image in sequence.
Alt + W
Restores your desktop wallpaper to the settings you were using
before you applied an ACDSee wallpaper.
Alt + X
Removes currently displayed item from the Image Basket in the
Browser.
B
Displays or hides the status bar.
Backspace
Displays the previous item in the slide show, Auto Advance, or
Viewer sequence.
Ctrl + A
Displays or hides headers and footers.
Ctrl + B
Adds currently displayed item to the Image Basket in the
Browser.
Ctrl + C
Copies the currently displayed file to the Clipboard.
Ctrl + D
Opens the Edit Caption dialog box.
Ctrl + E
Opens the current image in the default editing application.
Ctrl + F
Opens the Convert File Format dialog box.
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Ctrl + F4
Closes the current item.
Ctrl + Insert
Copies the selected portion of an image to the Clipboard.
Ctrl + J
Opens the Rotate/Flip Images dialog box.
Ctrl + L
Opens the current image in Edit Mode, and activates the Adjust
Exposure tool.
Ctrl + Minus
Reduces the magnification of the area inside the Magnifying
Glass pane.
Ctrl + O
Opens the Open files dialog box, in which you can select one or
more images to open in the Viewer.
Ctrl + P
Opens the current image in the ACDSee Print utility.
Ctrl + Plus
Increases the magnification of the area inside the Magnifying
Glass pane.
Ctrl + Q
Clears the current selection.
Ctrl + R
Opens the current image in Edit Mode, and activates the Resize
tool.
Ctrl + S
Opens the Save Image As dialog box, in which you can save you
image with a different name or file format.
Ctrl + T
Opens the Change Image Time Stamp dialog box.
Ctrl + V
Pastes the contents of the Clipboard.
Ctrl + W
Closes the Viewer window.
Ctrl + X
Cuts the current item to the Clipboard.
Ctrl + Y
Redo previously undone operation.
Ctrl + Z
Undo previous operation.
Ctrl + Alt + <left arrow>
Rotates the current image 90-degrees counterclockwise.
Ctrl + Alt + <right arrow>
Rotates the current image 90-degrees clockwise.
Ctrl + Shift + A
Opens or closes the Magnifying Glass.
Ctrl + Shift + B
Displays or hides the status bar.
Ctrl + Shift + C
Copies the currently displayed image to the Clipboard.
Ctrl + Shift + F
Toggles full screen mode.
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Ctrl + Shift + F4
Closes all images.
Ctrl + Shift + G
Removes tiled image from the background of the Viewer
window.
Ctrl + Shift + H
Opens or closes the Histogram pane.
Ctrl + Shift + L
Opens the previous image.
Ctrl + Shift + M
Displays or hides the main menu bar.
Ctrl + Shift + P
Prints all currently selected images, or all images in the current
folder.
Ctrl + Shift + Q
Opens the Edit Header/Footer dialog box, in which you can
specify the text to display on your images in the Viewer.
Ctrl + Shift + S
Opens or closes the Navigator pane.
Ctrl + Shift + T
Displays or hides the main Viewer toolbar.
Ctrl + Shift + V
Toggles the Page View pane while viewing multiple page
images
Ctrl + Shift + W
Sets the selected image as a tiled desktop wallpaper.
Ctrl + Shift + 1
Changes the image color depth to Black and White.
Ctrl + Shift + 2
Changes the image color depth to 16 grays.
Ctrl + Shift + 3
Changes the image color depth to 256 grays.
Ctrl + Shift + 4
Changes the image color depth to 16 colors.
Ctrl + Shift + 5
Changes the image color depth to 256 colors.
Ctrl + Shift + 6
Changes the image color depth to Hicolor.
Ctrl + Shift + 7
Changes the image color depth to Truecolor.
Delete
Deletes the current image to your Recycle Bin.
End
Displays the last of your selected items, or the last item in the
current folder
Enter
Closes the Viewer and returns to the Browser.
Esc
Closes current dialog box, or closes the Viewer and returns to
the Browser.
F
Toggles full screen mode.
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F1
Opens the ACDSee Help file.
F2
Opens the Rename File dialog box.
F5
Refreshes the Viewer window and reloads the current image.
Home
Displays the first of your selected items, or the first item in the
current folder.
Insert
Opens the Open files dialog box, in which you can select one or
more images to open in the Viewer.
L
Toggles the pan lock.
Page Down
Displays the next item.
Page Up
Displays the previous item.
Pause
Stops or starts the Auto Advance slide show.
Shift + Backspace
Displays the previous page in a multiple-page image.
Shift + Delete
Removes the current item from your hard drive.
Shift + E
Opens the current file in the default system application or opens
a dialog box where you can select an application.
Shift + End
Displays the last page of the current multiple-page image.
Shift + Enter
Closes the Viewer and returns to the Browser.
Shift + Esc
Minimizes the Viewer window.
Shift + F1
Activates the image scrolling tool.
Shift + F2
Activates the selection tool.
Shift + F3
Activates the zoom tool.
Shift + Home
Displays the first page of the current multiple-page image.
Shift + Insert
Pastes the contents of the Clipboard.
Shift + L
Opens the file using the system application associated with its
file extension.
Shift + Page Down
Displays the next page in a multiple-page image.
Shift + Page Up
Displays the previous page in a multiple-page image.
Shift + Spacebar
Displays the next page in a multiple-page image.
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Shift + Tab
Moves the focus of the Properties pane to the previous field.
Shift + Z
Activates the Select tool, and zooms into the selected area.
Spacebar
Displays the next item in the slide show, Auto Advance, or
Viewer sequence.
T
Displays or hides the main Viewer toolbar.
Tab
Moves the focus of the Properties pane to the next field.
Z
Opens the Set Zoom Level dialog box.
Note: Use the numeric keypad for the following Viewer keyboard shortcuts.
* (asterisk)
Automatically zooms the image to fit within the Viewer window.
- (minus sign)
Reduces the magnification of the image (zooms out).
+ (plus sign)
Increases the magnification of the image (zooms in).
/
Zooms the image to its actual size.
1
Displays the last item in the current folder.
3
Displays the next item.
7
Displays the previous item.
9
Displays the last item in the current folder.
Related topics
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Customizing keyboard shortcuts
Viewer mouse shortcuts
You can use the following keyboard shortcuts while working in the Viewer.
Shortcut
Resulting action
Double-click
Closes the Viewer and returns to the Browser.
Right-click
Opens the Viewer shortcut menu.
Middle click
Toggles full screen mode (on 3-button mouse).
Wheel click
Toggles full screen mode.
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Wheel up
Displays the previous item.
Wheel down
Displays the next item.
Ctrl + Wheel up
Increases the magnification of the image (zooms in).
Ctrl + Wheel down
Decreases the magnification of the image (zooms out).
Shift + Wheel up
Displays the previous page of a multiple-page image.
Shift + Wheel down
Displays the next page of a multiple-page image.
Related topics
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Using the Viewer
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Appendix A Plug-ins
A plug-in is a software module that adds functionality to a larger program. Sometimes plug-ins are
created by the same software company that created the larger program, and sometimes they are
created by individuals or other companies. ACDSee comes standard with many different plug-ins and
you can download new plug-ins from our Web site: www.acdsystems.com/English/Categories/
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Types of plug-ins
There are six types of plug-ins:
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Image Decode: converts a file from a binary format to the image displayed in ACDSee. Decode
plug-ins allow ACDSee to display images of many different file formats. The files that you can
view with ACDSee depend on which decoding plug-ins are installed on your computer.
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Image Encode: converts the image displayed in ACDSee to a binary file format. Encode plug-ins
allow ACDSee to save (or convert) images to many different file formats. The files that you can
edit and save with ACDSee depend on which encoding plug-ins are installed on your computer.
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Archive: allows ACDSee to display and save archives of many different file formats. The archives
that you can view and create with ACDSee depend on which archive plug-ins are installed on
your computer.
•
Camera: allows ACDSee to browse images on your digital camera and transfer them to a folder
on your hard drive.
•
Command Extension: adds functionality to ACDSee. For example, there is a plug-in that you can
use to share your images over the Internet.
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Pane Extension: adds a pane to ACDSee where you can perform tasks like order prints of your
digital images.
We cannot ensure the quality of plug-ins that are not certified by ACD Systems. As
with any other piece of software, you are trusting that the plug-in is free of viruses
and that the company that produced the plug-in is trustworthy.
Managing plug-ins
The Plug-in Settings dialog box displays a list of all the ACD Systems plug-ins installed on your
computer. You can also use the Plug-in Settings dialog box to control which plug-ins ACDSee uses.
To access the Plug-in Settings dialog box:
Click Tools, and then select Plug-in Settings.
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Disabling a plug-in
You can disable a plug-in in the Plug-in Settings dialog box so that ACDSee no longer uses it.
To disable a plug-in:
1
In the Plug-in Settings dialog box, select one of the Plug-in tabs.
2
Clear the check box beside the plug-in name that you do not want ACDSee to use.
3
Click OK.
Changing the plug-in order
Some file formats can be supported by more than one plug-in. However, when this happens, you can
control which plug-in is used to read or write a file format. The order that plug-ins appear in the Plugin Settings dialog box is the order that ACDSee uses the plug-ins to read or write a file.
To change the plug-in order:
1
In the Plug-in Settings dialog box, select one of the Plug-in tabs.
2
Select a plug-in name in the Plug-ins list.
3
Do one of the following:
4
•
Click the Move up button to move the plug-in higher in the list.
•
Click the Move down button to move the plug-in lower in the list.
Click OK.
Susie plug-ins do not have the features and speed of ACD Systems plug-ins.
Therefore, it is recommended that you give Susie plug-ins a low priority to prevent
them from being used instead of an ACD Systems plug-in. Also, you can disable
Susie plug-ins that overlap the file formats that ACD Systems plug-ins support.
Viewing plug-in properties and getting help
You can view and set properties for certain plug-ins.
To view plug-in properties:
1
In the Plug-in Settings dialog box, select one of the Plug-in tabs.
2
Select a plug-in in the Plug-ins list.
3
Click the Properties button.
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To view a plug-in's Help file:
1
In the Plug-in Settings dialog box, select one of the Plug-in tabs.
2
Select a plug-in in the Plug-ins list.
3
Click the Plug-in Help button.
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ACDSee supports over 50 different file formats. The files that you can view or edit and save with
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Supported file formats
Image read support formats
ANI
Windows animated
cursor
Shows cursor animation
ART
AOL ART
Still images
BMP
Windows Bitmap
Windows and OS/2; 2/8/16/24/32 bpp; RLE and
uncompressed
CNV
Canvas
Thumbnails only
CR2
Canon RAW CR2
CRW
Canon RAW CRW
CUR
Windows cursor
CVX
Canvas
DCR
Kodak RAW DCR
DCX
Multiple-page PCX
All sub-types and multiple pages supported
DNG
Digital negative
An open-source archival format for RAW files
DJV
DjVu
EMF
Enhanced Metafile
Format
Win32 enhanced placeable metafiles
EPS
Encapsulated PostScript
Displays embedded thumbnail (TIFF formats) and first
page only
FPX
FlashPix
Multiple resolution support
GIF
Graphics Interchange
Format
Single page and animated; 87a and 89a
ICN
AT&T ICN
ICO
Windows icon
Shows multiple resolutions as separate pages
IFF
EA/Amiga Interchange
File Format
1-24 bpp, including HAM and HAM8; multiple pages
and animations not supported
JP2
JPEG2000
48-bit support
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JPC
JPEG2000
48-bit support
JPG
JPEG JFIF
JFIF and Adobe™ CMYK
KDC
Kodak™ KDC
Reads both the full image and the embedded
thumbnail
MAG
MAG
All sub-types supported
MRW
Konica Minolta RAW
NEF
Nikon RAW
ORF
Olympus RAW
PBM
Portable BitMap
PCD
Kodak™ PhotoCD
Up to 3072x2048 resolution (16BASE)
PCX
ZSoft Publishers
Paintbrush
All sub-types supported
PEF
Pentax RAW PEF
PGM
Portable GrayMap
PIC
SoftImage PIC
PCT
Macintosh PICT
PDF
Adobe Acrobat
documents
Can read all pages.
PIX
Alias PIX
24 bpp
PNG
Portable Network
Graphics
All sub-types supported
PPM
Portable PixMap
PS
Adobe Postscript
First page only
PSD
Adobe PhotoShop
Document
RGB, grayscale, duotone, paletted and bi-level
Lab color interpreted as grayscale only
PSP
Paint Shop Pro
Version 5 and version 6
QuickTime™
.qtif, .qif, .qfi
Support for Apple QuickTime™ still image codecs
RAF
Fujifilm RAW
All sub-types supported
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RAS
Sun Raster
RAW
Pentax RAW, Leica RAW,
Contax RAW, Casio RAW
RSB
Red Storm image format
All sub-types are supported
SGI
SGI Image Format
8-32 bpp; no colormaps; RLE or uncompressed
TGA
Targa TGA
All sub-types supported
TIFF
Tag Image File Format
1/2/4/8/12/16 bits per sample, 1-4 samples per pixel
Bilevel/RGB/Paletted/CMYK/YCrCb/LOGL/LOGLUV;
Uncompressed/PackBits/LZW//ThunderScan/ SGILog/
CCITT/ZIP/NEXT/New-JPEG (no v6.0 JPEG support)
Support for multiple-page documents
Kodak RAW TIFF, Canon RAW TIFF
WBMP
Wireless Bitmap
WMF
Windows Metafile Format
X3F
Sigma RAW X3F
XBM
X bitmap
XPM
X pixmap
Uncompressed and RLE compressed
Win 3.x placeable metafiles
Image write support formats
BMP
Windows Bitmap
Windows 1/8/24 bpp
GIF
Graphics Interchange
Format
Non-interlaced GIF 89a only
IFF
EA/Amiga Interchange
File Format
1-24 bpp, including HAM and HAM8; multiple pages
and animations not supported
JP2
JPEG2000
JPEG
JPEG JFIF
8 and 24 bpp. Progressive and baseline; adjustable
compression factor, subsampling, smoothing and
Huffman code optimization
PCX
ZSoft Publishers
Paintbrush
8 and 24 bpp; RLE compressed
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PNG
Portable Network
Graphics
1/4/8 bpp colormapped; 24 bpp RGB
PSD
Adobe™ PhotoShop
Document
RGB, grayscale, duotone, paletted and bi-level
Lab color interpreted as grayscale only
RAS
Sun Raster
Uncompressed and RLE compressed
RSB
Red Storm image format
All sub-types supported
SGI
SGI Image Format
8-32 bpp; no colormaps; RLE or uncompressed
WBMP
Wireless Bitmap
TGA
Targa TGA
8 and 24 bpp. RLE and uncompressed, top-down and
bottom-up
TIFF
Tag Image File Format
1/8/24 bits per pixel, single-page; uncompressed,
CCITT3, CCITT4, LZW, Deflate (ZIP), and JPEG
compression; Adjustable DPI tags
Archive read support formats
ARJ
ARJ archive
ARJ format
CAB
CAB archive
Microsoft CAB file format
GZ
GZ archive
Unix GZIP (GnuZIP)
LHA
LHA and LZH archives
Lhd, lz4, lh0, lh1, lh4, lh5, lh6, lh7, Lzh
RAR
RAR archive
RAR format
TAR
TAR archive
Unix TAR format
TGZ
TGZ archive
TAR format compressed with GZIP
UU
UU archive
UUEncoded files
ZIP
ZIP archive
Store and Deflate
Archive write support formats
LHA
LHA and LZH archives
Lhd, lz4, lh0, lh1, lh4, lh5, lh6, lh7, Lzh
ZIP
ZIP archive
ZIP format
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Video and audio read support formats
AIF
Audio Interchange File Format
AIFC
Audio Interchange File Format
AIFF
Audio Interchange File Format
ASF
Active Streaming File - HoTMetaL Pro
AU
A sound file format used on Sun Microsystems or other UNIX computers
AVI
AVI movie format
GSM
Global System for Mobile Audio
M15
Apple MPEG-1 Video
M1A
Apple MPEG-1/2 Audio
M1V
Apple MPEG-1 Video
M2A
Apple Mpeg-1/2 Audio
M3U
MP3 Playlist files
M75
Apple MPEG-1 Video
MOV
QuickTime movie
MP2
MPEG Layer II compressed audio
MP3
MPEG Layer III compressed audio
MPA
Apple MPEG-1/2 Audio
MPEG
MPEG movie or animation file
MPG
MPEG encoded file
MPV
Apple MPEG-1 Video
QCP
Qualcomm PureVoice
QTPF
QuickTime PreFlight Text
SD2
Sound Designer II
SMI
Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language
SMIL
Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language
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SML
Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language
SND
Sound file
SWA
MPEG layer III audio
SWF
Macromedia Flash 4
ULW
ULAW - Sun/NeXT
VFW
Video for Windows
WAV
Sound file
WMV
Windows Metafile
Supported RAW formats
The following is a list of RAW format cameras supported by ACDSee:
Canon EOS 10D
Canon EOS 20D
Canon EOS 300D/Digital Rebel/Kiss Digital
Canon EOS 350D/Digital Rebel XT
Canon EOS 5D
Canon EOS D2000C
Canon EOS D30
Canon EOS D60
Canon EOS-1D
Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Canon EOS-1Ds
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Canon PowerShot 600
Canon PowerShot A5
Canon PowerShot A5 Zoom
Canon PowerShot A50
Canon PowerShot G1
Canon PowerShot G2
Canon PowerShot G3
Canon PowerShot G5
Canon PowerShot G6
Canon PowerShot Pro1
Canon PowerShot Pro70
Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS
Canon PowerShot S30
Canon PowerShot S40
Canon PowerShot S45
Canon PowerShot S50
Canon PowerShot S60
Canon PowerShot S70
Casio EX-P600
Casio QV-2000UX
Casio QV-3000EX
Casio QV-3500EX
Casio QV-4000
Casio QV-5700
Contax N DIGITAL
Creo Leaf Valeo 22
Epson R-D1
FujiFilm FinePix E550
FujiFilm FinePix F700
FujiFile FinePix S20Pro
FujiFilm FinePix S2Pro
FujiFilm FinePix S3Pro
FujiFilm FinePix S5000
FujiFilm FinePix S7000
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FujiFilm FinePix S9000
FujiFilm FinePix S9500
Imacon Ixpress
Imacon Ixpress V96C
Kodak DCS Pro 14n
Kodak DCS Pro 14nx
Kodak DCS Pro SLR/c
Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n
Kodak DCS315C
Kodak DCS330C
Kodak DCS420
Kodak DCS460
Kodak DCS520C
Kodak DCS560C
Kodak DCS620C
Kodak DCS620X
Kodak DCS660C
Kodak DCS720X
Kodak DCS760C
Kodak EOSDCS1
Kodak EOSDCS3B
Kodak ProBack
Kodak ProBack645
Konica Minolta DiMAGE 5
Konica Minolta DiMAGE 7
Konica Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Konica Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A1
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D/Dynax 7D
Leica Digilux 2
Nikon COOLPIX 5000
Nikon COOLPIX 5400
Nikon COOLPIX 5700
Nikon COOLPIX 8700
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Nikon D1
Nikon D100
Nikon D1H
Nikon D1X
Nikon D2H
Nikon D2X
Nikon D70
Nikon D70s
Nikon E5000
Nikon E5400
Nikon E5700
Nikon E8700
Nikon E8800
Olympus C-5050 Zoom
Olympus C-5060 Wide Zoom
Olympus C-7000 Zoom
Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom
Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom
Olympus E-1
Olympus E-10
Olympus E-20
Olympus E-300 DSLR
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Panasonic DMC-LC1
Pentax *ist D
Pentax *ist DS
Pentax Optio S
Pentax Optio S4
Phase One H10
Phase One H20
Phase One H25
Phase One LightPhase
Sinar 12582980-byte
Sony DSC-F828
Sony DSC-V3
Appendix B File formats
Associating files
You can associate supported file formats with ACDSee. When you open a file from Windows Explorer
that is associated with ACDSee, ACDSee opens and displays the file in the Viewer.
To associate a file with ACDSee:
1
Click Tools, and select File Associations.
2
Do each of the following:
3
•
Select the Image Files tab, and then select the check boxes next to the image file formats
that you want to associate with ACDSee.
•
Select the Archives tab, and then select the check boxes next to the archive file formats that
our want to associate with ACDSee.
Click OK.
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Appendix C System requirements
For ACDSee Pro to work on your computer, it needs to contain a minimum set of software and
hardware components. The minimum requirements will allow ACDSee to function, but it may be
slow. To work best, your computer should have the recommended components or better.
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To browse and view your images and videos, and listen to your audio files with ACDSee, your system
must include the following components:
Hardware
Minimum
Recommended
Pentium III / AMD Athlon processor
or equivalent
Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon XP
processor or equivalent
256 MB RAM
512 MB RAM
100 MB free hard drive space
1 GB free hard drive space
High Color display adapter at
1024x768
High Color display adapter at
1600x1200
CD/DVD burner
Software
Windows 2000, Windows XP
Windows XP
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0.0
TiVo Desktop Software* - to
publish photos to TiVo
Microsoft DirectX 9.0* -- for
Microsoft DirectX file format
support, and for creating slide
shows, screen savers, and VCDs
QuickTime 6.0* -- for QuickTime file
format support (QuickTime 6.0
Authoring is required to create
QuickTime files in the VCD Wizard.)
Ghostscript 8.0* -- for PDF support
Windows Media Player 9.0 or later*
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Glossary
The glossary contains descriptions of words that may not be commonly used, or those that ACDSee
uses in a specific way.
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Absolute Colorimetric
Rendering intent, generally used for proofing. Based on a deviceindependent color space, reproducing colors within the available
gamut perfectly, and reducing colors outside of the gamut to the
nearest reproducible hue (at the expense of saturation).
ACD InTouch
Data exchange service for staying in touch with new developments
at ACD Systems.
acquire
Often used term to describe the process of locating images on
peripheral devices (such as scanners and digital cameras) and adding the images to your hard drive. Can also refer to taking screen
captures.
album
Collection of images, often organized by theme or event. In ACDSee, albums contain shortcuts to where the images are stored on
your hard drive. ACDSee versions 5.0 and earlier save albums using
the .ais file extension.
aliasing
Process that smooths lines and curves in a digital image that
become distorted due to low resolution.
anchor
Method of fixing an object such as a selection to a screen, page, or
image location. In ACD Photo Editor, the selection marquee disappears after you anchor the selection to an image.
antialiasing, anti-aliasing
Software technique for reducing jagged lines, or 'jaggies'. Uses
shades of gray and color to smooth out the contrast between adjacent pixels. Although this technique may result in some loss of overall image clarity, it significantly reduces the appearance of jaggies.
aspect ratio
An image's width-to-height ratio. For example, an image with an
aspect ratio of 3:1 has a width 3 times larger than its height.
archive
Collection of files saved as a single file for storage. Archive files usually use compression to reduce their size. You can use archiving software such as ACDSee and ACDZip to create and view archives.
azimuth
Angle of shadows that extend from the edges of image details. In
ACDSee and Photo Editor, you can control azimuth when applying
the Emboss effect to an image.
background processing
Tasks or programs that function without user interaction.
banding
Disruption in a digital image's color gradation. Banding can also
occur when printing images on a multipass color printer.
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bandwidth
Amount of data that can be sent through a network connection in a
fixed amount of time. Bandwidth is measured in kilobits per second
(Kbps).
barrel distortion
In barrel distortion the photo appears to bulge outwards from the
center.
batch processing
Any operation or tool, such as resizing, converting, or renaming,
that can be used to adjust multiple images or files simultaneously.
bit
Bits are small units of computer memory. The color depth of your
image is constrained by the number of bits available to store color
information. For example, it is possible to store 256 different color
values per color channel in 8-bit RGB images. Similarly, it is possible
to store 65,536 different color values per color channel in 18-bit
images.
blackpoint
An image's darkest area. You can control the intensity of the black in
an image by adjusting its blackpoint.
blend modes
Filters that change the effect of a tool or the appearance of a
selected object.
brightness
Light intensity of an image. You can make an image appear brighter
or darker by adjusting its brightness.
Browser
The Browser is what you see when you start ACDSee using the
shortcut icon on your desktop. In the Browser, you can find, move,
preview, and sort your files, and access organization and sharing
tools.
cache
High-speed storage mechanism. The ACD Systems Database is a
cache.
caption
Text associated with a file, or a comment or description added to a
printed image.
cataloging
Adding file information to the ACDSee database.
category
Assign categories to photos to help sort and manage them more
easily.
Clipboard
Microsoft Windows tool you can use to copy data from one source
to another. You can use the standard Copy and Cut tools to move
items to the Clipboard, and the standard Paste tool to import or
apply a Clipboard item.
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CMYK
Color model that uses cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (key) as its
primary colors.
codec
Abbreviation for technology that compresses and decompresses
data. A codec compresses files for storage or for transport over a
network such as the Internet. You can use the same codec to
expand files to their original size so that they can be played or
viewed on a computer.
color cast
Changes the hue of an image while keeping the saturation and
brightness intact. For example, many digital cameras produce pictures with a slightly blue color cast. ACDSee includes a tool that
removes an unwanted color cast.
color channel value
Contains all pixel information for a single color. A grayscale image
has one channel, while an RGB image has three channels. You can
adjust RGB values when editing a color.
color gamut
Range of colors that a device such as a printer or monitor can produce or display.
color management
Process of adjusting your computer settings so that the color output from your printer matches the colors you see on your monitor.
color space
There are two types of color spaces: device-independent or devicedependent. A device-independent color space, such as RGB,
describes all possible colors. A device-dependent color space
describes the subset of colors (from the device-independent color
space) that a particular device can reproduce. Device-dependent
color spaces are used to map colors between devices (for example,
from a monitor to a printer) to ensure that colors are reproduced
accurately.
command line
Usually refers to the MS-DOS prompt, at which a user can enter
commands in a specific syntax to start an application with certain
options enabled or disabled.
compression
Process that converts data to a storage format requiring less space
than the original data.
contact sheet
Physical or digital page that contains a series of small images, usually in a grid format.
contrast
Measure of an image's color and brightness differences.
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Glossary
convert
Change a file from one format to another. For example, you might
convert a file from a bitmap (.bmp) to a JPEG (.jpg) to reduce the file
size.
cropping
Removing unwanted image areas.
database
Electronic filing system that provides fast access to stored data. The
ACD Systems Database contains two parts: a cached thumbnail file
and an information file. The cached thumbnail file contains small
copies (thumbnails) of the images on your system. The information
file contains details about the files on your system, such as descriptions, dates, authors, notes, keywords, and categories.
database date
Date that you apply to the properties of a file and save in the ACD
Systems Database.
DDE (Dynamic Data
Exchange)
Multiple-process communication system used by Macintosh and
Windows operating systems. With DDE, two active applications can
share data.
decode
Reading (or viewing) a file format.
descriptions
Free-form text associated with a file. Prior to version 6.0, ACDSee
stored descriptions in a hidden file named descript.ion. ACDSee
generated one descript.ion file for each folder containing files with
descriptions. ACDSee 6.0 file descriptions are called captions.
device profile
A set list of options for a specific digital camera, scanner, or other
removable device that helps to automate the process of getting
photos from the device.
dithering
Adjusting the appearance of an image's colors and shades by varying the size and shape of pixels.
dock
Attaching a toolbar, window, pane, panel, or dialog box to different
screen areas.
DPI (dots per inch)
Measurement of an image's display resolution. For example, 92 DPI
means 92 dots horizontally and 92 dots vertically, which equals
8,464 dots per square inch. More dots per inch result in higher resolution and image quality.
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dynamic range
The dynamic range of an image is directly related to the dynamic
range of your digital camera's sensor. If your digital camera's sensor
has a large dynamic range it can capture the darkest shadows and
brightest highlights at the same time, without clipping the shadows
or highlights. (RAW images preserve the dynamic range of your digital camera's sensor.) Adjusting the tonal range of the image
changes how the dynamic range of the image is represented on a
monitor or in a photo.
editor, image
See image editor.
Edit Mode
Open images in Edit Mode to adjust or enhance them using the
editing tools and effects.
elevation
Height of an imaginary light source over an image. The elevation of
the light source works in conjunction with azimuth to generate a
three-dimensional emboss effect.
encode
Writing (or saving) a file format.
encryption
Method of converting data into a secure format. You need a digital
password or key to read an encrypted file.
EXIF (Exchangeable Image
File)
Standard for storing information, primarily with images that use
JPEG compression. Most digital cameras create EXIF information
and embed it in the image file. For example, EXIF information can
include details about shutter speed and whether a flash was used.
export
Moving data from one application to another. The exporting application places the data in a format that the other application understands.
exposure
Exposure is the amount of time that your digital camera's sensor is
exposed to light.
feather
Softening image edges to blend them into the background.
file listing
In ACDSee, a report of the files currently displayed in the Browser.
file name collision
Action that results from moving or copying an item to a folder or
drive that already contains an item with the same file name.
file format
Medium for encoding information in a file. Each type of file has a different file format that specifies how it organizes the information it
contains.
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filter
Program that can apply an effect to an image, such as an embossed
appearance or a sepia tone.
fisheye distortion
In fisheye distortion, the photo appears to bulge outwards from the
center, as if the photo were wrapped around a sphere.
footer
Comment or description added to the bottom of an image. Sometimes called a caption.
frame
Single still image in a film or video.
frame rate
Speed at which a film or video displays frames. Frame rate is measured in frames per second (FPS).
gamma
Range of color values a monitor, scanner, or printer can display.
Adjusting this value increases or decreases the intensity of the light
spectrum. A gamma corrected image simulates the adjusted display
value when it is saved.
grayscale image
Image composed of different shades of gray.
header
Comment or description added to the top of an image. Also referred
to as a caption.
highlights
Highlights are the brightest or whitest parts of an image.
histogram
A histogram is a bar graph that displays the dynamic range of shadows and highlights in an image.
HSL
An acronym for hue, saturation, and lightness.
hue
Predominant color in an image.
image editor
Program that you can use to create and edit images. ACD Photo Editor is an image editor.
image optimizer
Program you can use to make your images more suitable for the
Internet. ACD RealOptimizer is an image optimizer.
image resolution
Quality of image details and colors. Also used to describe the quality of monitors and printer output.
image viewer
Program that displays images. ACDSee and ACD Photo Editor are
image viewers.
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import
Bringing data into an application from another using a format that
the receiving application understands.
interpolation
Process that uses nearby pixels to estimate the color of new pixels
added to the larger image. For example, interpolation might be
used when enlarging a digital image.
IPTC
Standard method of encoding information within image files so
that items such as descriptive comments and copyright information
can be transmitted with the image.
jaggies
Individual pixels displayed in an image with low resolution. The
appearance of pixels in an image causes lines and curves to appear
jagged.
lossless compression
Form of compression that retains all image data and quality.
lossless rotation and flipping
Rotation of a JPEG image without loss of image quality. This works
best on images with dimensions that are a multiple of 8 or 16.
lossy compression
Form of compression that attempts to remove unnecessary data.
This data loss can affect image quality.
marquee
Dashed-line frame that identifies a selected portion of an image.
Depending on the tool, you can resize or move a marquee with or
without changing the underlying image.
metadata
Information about an image and how it was taken. For example, the
metadata of digital camera images can contain the date and time
the picture was taken, the shutter speed, the exposure settings of
the camera, and whether a flash was used.
monochrome image
Image containing a single color.
multiple page image
Image containing more than one image in a single file. For example,
images in TIFF format can have multiple pages.
myACD
A control panel that you can use to check the status of your software, enter a license code to update your trial versions, and download other products to try or buy.
newsreader
Application for reading and posting messages on Internet newsgroups (online discussion groups).
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noise
Effect produced when a variety of pixel colors are used in the same
color region. Noise often results during image resizing, or when
converting an image to a new format.
opacity
Determines how visible an effect is when applied to an image or a
selection. High opacity produces a more solid effect, while low
opacity results in a nearly invisible effect.
overexposed
Images that are overexposed have too many highlights, and tend to
look faded or grainy. You typically overexpose images by exposing
your digital camera's sensor to light for too long.
panning
Moving zoomed images vertically, horizontally, and diagonally
across the display area to view specific areas of the image.
PDF
An acronym for Portable Document Format. You can view PDFs on
any computer using the free Adobe Reader software.
perceptual
Rendering intent that scales all of the colors within one gamut to fit
within another gamut. Best used for photographic images, as it
maintains the relationship between the colors more accurately than
the colors themselves.
perspective distortion
Perspective distortion is caused by wide angle and telephoto
lenses, which distort the perspective of large or far-away objects.
For example, if you take a photo of a tall building, the building may
appear to be narrower at the top even though the building is the
same width from top to bottom.
photo album
See album.
photo editor
See image editor.
picture viewer
See image viewer.
pincushion distortion
In pincushion distortion the photo appears to shrink inwards
toward the center.
pixel (PICture ELement)
Smallest visible portion of a digital image, arranged in rows and columns.
plug-in
Software module that adds functionality to a larger program.
PPI (pixels per inch)
Measurement of how an image is displayed. More pixels per inch
result in higher image quality.
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primary colors
Colors that can produce other colors when blended. For example, in
the RGB color model, red, green, and blue are primary colors.
raster image
Image composed of a rectangular grid of pixels. Each pixel contains
a defined value about its color, size, and location in the image. As a
result, resizing the image can affect its quality.
rating
Assign ratings (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) to photos to help sort and manage them
more easily.
RAW
An image file format. RAW files contain all of the image data that
was captured by your digital camera's sensor. RAW files are not processed by your camera; instead, you must process RAW images
using a RAW processor.
recursive
Program or task that can repeat itself indefinitely, such as a slide
show.
red-eye
Red-eye occurs when the light from your digital camera's flash
reflects off the retinas in the subject's eyes. The subject's eyes look
red instead of their normal color.
Relative Colorimetric
Rendering intent that maps the colors that fall exactly within the
color gamuts of both the input and output devices. Best used for
single- or limited-color images as colors outside of both gamuts
may be mapped to a single color.
render
Drawing images to your screen.
rendering intent
Approach used to map colors from one color gamut to another.
There are four rendering intents available: Perceptual, Relative Colorimetric, Saturation, and Absolute Colorimetric.
resolution
Quality and clarity of an image, measured in pixels, dots per inch, or
pixels per inch.
RGB
Color model that uses red, green, and blue as its primary colors.
ringing artifacts
Distortion around the edges of image subjects, caused by compressing or resizing an image.
sample
Audio wave, measured in bits. More sample bits result in higher clarity and fidelity.
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sample rate
Number of samples, measured in Hertz (Hz - cycles per second), to
represent a sound digitally. More samples per second result in a
more accurate digital representation of the sound. An audio recording's sample rate is a key factor determining its overall sound quality.
sample size
Size of an audio sample, measured in bits.
saturation
Purity of a color. Higher color saturation results in more gray.
saturation (rendering
intent)
Rendering intent that maintains color saturation from one gamut to
another. Best suited for images in which the actual color represented is less important than the color's vividness.
SendPix
ACD SendPix is a free, electronic photo sharing service offered by
ACD Systems.
selection
Portion of an image that you define with a selection tool. A marquee surrounds a selection. ACDSee and ACD Photo Editor include
selection tools.
sepia
Sepia-toned images are composed of shades of brown. Many old
photographs have a sepia tone.
sharpness
The sharpness in an image is determined, primarily, by your digital
camera's lens and sensor. You can also create the illusion of sharpness by increasing the contrast between edges within an image.
shell
Another term for user interface. In ACD Systems software, shell
refers to your operating system or parent application. You can use
shell commands to access other programs or applications from
within ACD Systems software.
shell command
Instruction sent to the operating system or parent application by
another program or application.
shortcut menu
Menu that appears when you right-click within a program. Sometimes referred to as a context menu.
slide show
Automated sequential display of images. You can use slide show
software such as ACDSee and ACD FotoAngelo to create and display
slide shows of your images.
streaming
Playing an audio or video file as it downloads from the Internet (in
contrast to downloading the entire file before playing it).
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tagging
Tagging, like categories and ratings, is a great way to organize and
group your photos without moving the files into different folders.
You can tag a photo with one click. Similarly, you can display all
tagged photos with one click.
thumbnails
Small preview of a full-sized image.
timestamp
Date and time associated with a file.
TiVo
TiVo is a television recording device and service. You can publish
your digital photos from ACDSee to your TiVo device and view them
on your television.
transitions
Special effects used between images or video segments in slide
shows, screen savers, and videos.
TWAIN
Interface standard for scanners and some digital cameras.
underexposed
Images that are underexposed have too many shadows. Images
typically become underexposed if you don't expose your digital
camera's sensor to light long enough.
unsharp mask
An unsharp mask is a tool for sharpening images. The original
image is blurred slightly. This blurred version of the image is subtracted from the original image, revealing the edges in the original
image. These edges are the unsharp mask. These edges can then be
sharpened by increasing contrast.
USB (Universal Serial Bus)
Computer port for connecting peripheral devices, such as a mouse,
keyboard, camera, or scanner.
VCD
Video Compact Disc, or video stored to a regular CD.
vector image
Image consisting of individual objects rather than pixels. Mathematical equations define the objects. You can adjust the size of a
vector image and the image will retain its clarity and quality.
viewer, image
See image viewer.
watermark
Background text or graphics added to an image, usually to provide
copyright protection.
whitepoint
Lightest image area. You can control the intensity of the white in an
image by adjusting its whitepoint.
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XML (Extensible Markup
Language)
Standard language for Web documents.
zoom
In ACDSee, zoom refers to the process of increasing or decreasing
the display scale for an image. Increase the display scale to view a
portion of an image or a specific image detail. Decrease the display
scale to view more or all of the image.
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Index
A
ACDInTouch ................................................................22
ACDSee
ACDInTouch ......................................................22
contacting ACD Systems ...............................23
getting photos ..................................................18
myACD .................................................................22
starting .................................................................. 8
system requirements ...................................269
user interface ...................................................... 8
what’s new ........................................................... 2
acquiring photos ....................................................... 18
archiving files ...........................................................180
assigning categories and ratings ......................168
associating files with ACDSee ............................267
audio
adding to images ............................................ 72
playing ................................................................ 70
recording to images ....................................... 72
auto advance .............................................................. 60
auto color ..................................................................... 95
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backing up
database ...........................................................187
barrel distortion ......................................................... 89
batch editing
about .................................................................103
Batch Processor ..............................................110
color profiles ...................................................109
exposure ...........................................................108
flipping ..............................................................105
resizing ..............................................................106
rotating .............................................................105
Bathroom window effect .....................................132
black and white ......................................................... 96
Blinds effect ..............................................................133
blurring ......................................................................... 99
brightness .................................................................... 92
Browser
and RAW files .................................................... 45
Burn Basket ......................................................202
Calendar pane .................................................. 42
Context-Sensitive toolbar ..........................238
customizing the layout ...............................235
customizing toolbars ...................................238
File List pane ..................................................... 38
Folders pane ..................................................... 39
Image Basket ..................................................... 50
keyboard shortcuts .......................................244
options ..............................................................217
Properties pane ..............................................172
Quick Search bar ............................................192
Search pane .....................................................193
Selective Browsing pane ............................197
Task pane .........................................................237
using .......................................................................9
view modes ....................................................... 45
Browsing
Favorites pane .................................................. 44
Bulge effect ...............................................................134
Burn Basket ...............................................................202
C
Calendar pane ............................................................ 42
cataloging files .........................................................182
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categories
assigning .......................................................... 168
finding unassigned images ....................... 196
managing ........................................................ 167
CD
creating ............................................................ 202
getting photos ..................................................32
Photo Discs .........................................................63
setting CD/DVD management options . 226
VCD .................................................................... 204
Clone tool .....................................................................85
color
auto color ............................................................95
changing color depth .....................................96
changing color profiles ............................... 109
removing a color cast .....................................96
setting color management options ....... 228
Colored Edges effect ............................................. 135
comparing images ................................................. 169
contact information ..................................................23
contact sheets
creating ............................................................ 206
printing ............................................................. 213
Context-Sensitive toolbar .................................... 238
Contours effect ........................................................ 135
converting
databases ......................................................... 183
descript.ion files ............................................ 184
images to another file format ................... 104
images to video ............................................. 204
to grayscale ........................................................96
copying
files ..................................................................... 162
images ............................................................... 163
Crayon Drawing effect .......................................... 136
crooked photos ..........................................................87
cropping .......................................................................79
Crosshatch effect .................................................... 136
Custom tab ............................................................... 236
customizing
Browser layout ............................................... 235
Calendar pane ................................................ 225
database ........................................................... 231
Edit Panel ......................................................... 240
File List pane ................................................... 218
file management ........................................... 227
Index
Folders pane ....................................................224
keyboard shortcuts .......................................241
moving panes ...................................................11
Organize pane ................................................224
Preview pane ...................................................223
toolbars .............................................................238
Viewer ................................................................232
photos from a scanner .................................. 31
photos in ACDSee ........................................... 18
Duplicate Finder ......................................................196
DVD
creating .............................................................202
setting CD/DVD management options .226
VCD .....................................................................204
D
E
database
about ..................................................................181
adding information to .................................176
backing up .......................................................187
cataloging files ...............................................182
converting ........................................................183
descript.ion files .............................................184
excluding folders ...........................................182
exporting ..........................................................186
importing ..........................................................184
keywords ..........................................................176
maintaining .....................................................189
optimizing ........................................................190
options ..............................................................231
quarantining files ...........................................190
rebuilding thumbnails .................................190
restoring ............................................................188
date
changing in multiple files ...........................175
Dauber effect ............................................................136
descript.ion files .......................................................184
Details View mode ....................................................45
Details View options ..............................................222
Device Detector .........................................................26
device profiles
creating ...............................................................26
editing .................................................................30
getting photos ..................................................29
digital camera
getting photos ..................................................30
downloading
photos automatically .....................................29
photos from a CD ............................................32
photos from a digital camera ......................30
photos from a mass storage device ..........32
photos from a mobile phone ......................33
Edge Detect effect ..................................................137
Edit Mode
about ................................................................... 15
customizing the Edit Panel ........................240
Preview bar ........................................................ 76
saving images ................................................... 84
tool presets ........................................................ 85
undo/redo .......................................................... 76
editing
adding noise ...................................................102
adding text ........................................................ 80
auto color ........................................................... 95
blurring ............................................................... 99
brightness .......................................................... 92
brightness curves ............................................ 94
cloning ................................................................ 85
configuring editors .......................................241
correcting barrel distortion ......................... 89
correcting crooked photos .......................... 87
correcting fisheye distortion ....................... 89
correcting perspective distortion .............. 88
correcting pincushion distortion ............... 89
correcting shadows and highlights .......... 90
cropping ............................................................. 79
Edit Mode ........................................................... 15
exposure ............................................................. 92
flipping ................................................................ 78
HSL values .......................................................... 97
light levels .......................................................... 93
removing a color cast .................................... 96
removing noise ..............................................101
removing red-eye ........................................... 87
repairing ............................................................. 85
resizing ................................................................ 76
RGB values ......................................................... 97
rotating ............................................................... 78
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sharpness ........................................................... 98
special effects .................................................132
tool presets ........................................................ 85
toolbars .............................................................238
unsharp mask ................................................... 98
effects
about .................................................................132
Bathroom window ........................................132
Blinds .................................................................133
Bulge ..................................................................134
Colored Edges ................................................135
Contours ...........................................................135
Crayon Drawing .............................................136
Crosshatch .......................................................136
Dauber ..............................................................136
Edge Detect .....................................................137
Emboss ..............................................................137
Furry Edges ......................................................138
Glowing Edges ...............................................139
Granite ...............................................................139
Mirror .................................................................140
Negative ...........................................................140
Oil Paint .............................................................141
Old ......................................................................141
Outline ..............................................................142
Pencil Drawing ...............................................142
Pixel Explosion ...............................................142
Pixelate ..............................................................143
Posterize ...........................................................144
Radial Waves ...................................................144
Rain .....................................................................145
Ripple .................................................................146
Scattered Tiles ................................................147
Sepia ..................................................................147
Sheet Metal ......................................................148
Shift ....................................................................148
Slant ...................................................................149
Sobel ..................................................................150
Solarize ..............................................................150
Stained Glass ...................................................151
Sunspot .............................................................151
Swirl ....................................................................152
Threshold .........................................................153
Topographic Map ..........................................153
user defined ....................................................159
Vignette ............................................................154
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Water ................................................................. 155
Water Drops .................................................... 156
Waves ................................................................ 157
Weave ............................................................... 158
Wind .................................................................. 158
e-mailing images .................................................... 200
Emboss effect ........................................................... 137
excluding folders from database ...................... 182
EXIF
adding EXIF information ............................ 176
viewing ............................................................. 172
exporting database information ....................... 186
exposure
adjusting automatically .................................92
adjusting for multiple images .................. 108
F
Favorites pane ............................................................44
file formats ................................................................ 259
File List pane
customizing .................................................... 218
filtering files .......................................................48
full screen ...........................................................38
setting Details View options ..................... 222
setting File List options ............................... 218
setting thumbnail display options ......... 220
using .....................................................................38
view modes ........................................................45
files
archiving .......................................................... 180
associating with ACDSee ........................... 267
cataloging in the database ........................ 182
changing dates .............................................. 175
copying and moving ................................... 162
details ...................................................................45
finding duplicates ......................................... 196
listing ................................................................. 186
management options ................................. 227
organizing ..........................................................19
pasting .............................................................. 163
playing audio and video ...............................70
properties ........................................................ 172
quarantining ................................................... 190
renaming ......................................................... 164
replacing .......................................................... 163
Index
selecting ..............................................................49
sorting ..................................................................47
supported formats ........................................259
synchronizing between folders ................179
filtering files .................................................................48
fisheye distortion .......................................................89
flipping
in Edit Mode ......................................................78
multiple photos ..............................................105
folders
browsing .............................................................39
excluding from database ............................182
pasting ...............................................................163
renaming ..........................................................164
synchronizing files ........................................179
synchronizing in Viewer ................................63
Folders pane
options ..............................................................224
using .....................................................................39
footer
in the Viewer .....................................................61
printing on pages ..........................................212
fullscreen mode .........................................................13
Furry Edges effect ...................................................138
G
histogram .................................................................... 95
HSL ................................................................................. 97
HTML album .............................................................204
I
Image Basket .............................................................. 50
Image Well .................................................................196
images
adding audio ..................................................... 72
converting to another format ...................104
copying .............................................................163
downloading .................................................... 18
editing ................................................................. 15
e-mailing ..........................................................200
extracting from video files ........................... 71
finding quickly ................................................196
panning .............................................................. 55
supported formats ........................................259
viewing ............................................................... 13
importing database information ......................184
IPTC
adding IPTC information ............................176
removing IPTC keywords and supplemental
categories .....................................178
viewing .............................................................172
K
getting photos
Device Detector ...............................................26
from a CD ............................................................32
from a digital camera .....................................30
from a mass storage device .........................32
from a mobile phone .....................................33
from a scanner ..................................................31
renaming templates .......................................34
Glowing Edges effect .............................................139
Granite effect ............................................................139
grayscale .......................................................................96
light levels ................................................................... 93
listing files ..................................................................186
local contrast enhancement ................................. 90
H
M
header
in the Viewer .....................................................61
printing on pages ..........................................212
Heal tool .......................................................................85
highlights .....................................................................90
magnifying glass ....................................................... 55
median noise reduction .......................................101
Mirror effect ..............................................................140
mobile phone ............................................................. 33
mouse shortcuts ......................................................252
keyboard shortcuts
Browser .............................................................244
customizing .....................................................241
Viewer ................................................................247
L
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moving
Browser panes .....................................................9
files .....................................................................162
multiple files
renaming ..........................................................164
multiple images
adjusting exposure .......................................108
resizing ..............................................................106
myACD .......................................................................... 22
using .....................................................................40
organizing
assigning categories .................................... 168
assigning ratings ........................................... 168
creating categories ...................................... 167
files ........................................................................19
finding images quickly ................................ 196
tagging images .............................................. 166
Outline effect ........................................................... 142
overwriting files ...................................................... 163
N
navigator ...................................................................... 55
Negative effect .........................................................140
noise
about .................................................................100
adding to an image ......................................102
removing from an image ............................101
O
Oil Paint effect ..........................................................141
Old effect ...................................................................141
optimizing the database ......................................190
options
Browser .............................................................217
Calendar pane ................................................225
CD/DVD management ................................226
color management .......................................228
contact sheet printing .................................213
database ...........................................................231
File List pane ...................................................218
file management ...........................................227
Folders pane ...................................................224
general ..............................................................216
Organize pane ................................................224
Preview pane ..................................................223
printer ................................................................211
Properties pane ..............................................227
Quick Search ...................................................218
RAW image preview .....................................234
thumbnail display .........................................220
Viewer ................................................................232
Viewer Display ................................................233
Organize pane
customizing .....................................................224
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P
panes
auto-hiding ..................................................... 236
moving ................................................................... 9
resetting to default layout .............................. 9
PDF ............................................................................... 202
Pencil Drawing effect ............................................ 142
perspective distortion ..............................................88
Photo Discs ..................................................................63
photo transfer settings
configuring a device .......................................27
configuring a device profile .........................26
getting photos from a profiled device .....29
pincusion distortion .................................................89
Pixel Explosion effect ............................................ 142
Pixelate effect .......................................................... 143
plug-ins
about ................................................................. 255
managing ........................................................ 256
viewing properties ....................................... 257
Posterize effect ........................................................ 144
preset options .............................................................85
Preview pane
customizing .................................................... 227
using .....................................................................49
printing
contact sheet options ................................. 213
images ............................................................... 210
options .............................................................. 211
ordering prints online ................................. 214
setting size and positioning ...................... 212
text on pages .................................................. 212
Properties pane ....................................................... 172
Properties pane options ...................................... 227
Index
Q
quarantining files ....................................................190
R
Radial Waves effect .................................................144
Rain effect ..................................................................145
ratings
assigning ...........................................................168
RAW images
about processing ...........................................125
browsing .............................................................45
editing ...............................................................132
processing ........................................................126
processing a batch of files ..........................130
removing processing settings ..................131
setting RAW image preview options ......234
sharing processing settings .......................131
supported formats ........................................265
viewing ................................................................62
recording image audio ............................................72
red-eye removal .........................................................87
removeable devices .................................................18
renaming
a file or folder ..................................................164
multiple files ....................................................164
while getting photos ......................................34
replacing files ............................................................163
resampling options ................................................211
resizing
an image .............................................................76
multiple images .............................................106
restoring database information .........................188
RGB .................................................................................97
Ripple effect ..............................................................146
rotating
in Edit Mode ......................................................78
multiple photos ..............................................105
S
scanner ..........................................................................31
Scattered Tiles effect ..............................................147
screen capture ............................................................34
screen savers
creating ...............................................................65
sharing ..............................................................200
Search pane ..............................................................193
searching
file name patterns .........................................195
for duplicate files ...........................................196
Image Well .......................................................196
Quick Search bar ............................................192
Search pane .....................................................193
setting Quick Search options ....................218
wild cards .........................................................195
with ACDSee ..................................................... 20
selecting
files ....................................................................... 49
part of a media file .......................................... 71
part of an image .............................................. 83
selective browsing ..................................................197
SendPix albums .......................................................208
Sepia effect ................................................................147
sharing
archives .............................................................180
contact sheets ................................................206
e-mailing images ...........................................200
HTML albums ..................................................204
PDFs ...................................................................202
screen savers ...................................................200
SendPix albums .............................................208
slide shows ......................................................200
VCDs ...................................................................204
video files .........................................................204
sharpness ..................................................................... 98
Sheet Metal effect ...................................................148
Shift effect .................................................................148
shortcuts
Browser .............................................................244
mouse ................................................................252
Viewer ................................................................247
Slant effect ................................................................149
slide shows
auto advance .................................................... 60
configuring ........................................................ 56
sharing ..............................................................200
starting automatically ................................... 59
Sobel effect ...............................................................150
Solarize effect ...........................................................150
sorting files .................................................................. 47
sound
291
ACDSee™ Pro User Guide
adding to images ............................................ 72
Stained Glass effect ................................................151
starting
ACDSee ..................................................................8
slide shows automatically ............................ 59
Sunspot effect ..........................................................151
supported file formats ..........................................259
Swirl effect .................................................................152
synchronizing
files between folders ....................................179
Viewer to a folder ............................................ 63
system requirements .............................................269
T
tagging images ........................................................166
Task pane ...................................................................237
text
adding to an image ........................................ 80
adding to pages (printing) .........................212
displaying on images in the Viewer ......... 61
Threshold effect ......................................................153
thumbnails
rebuilding .........................................................190
setting display options ................................220
setting ratio options .....................................222
view modes ....................................................... 45
timestamp .................................................................175
TiVo ..............................................................................207
tool presets ................................................................. 85
toolbars .......................................................................238
Topographic Map effect .......................................153
TWAIN
about ................................................................... 18
getting photos ................................................. 31
U
unsharp mask ............................................................. 98
USB mass storage device
about ................................................................... 18
getting photos ................................................. 32
user interface .................................................................8
V
video files
292
creating ............................................................ 204
extracting frames .............................................71
playing .................................................................70
Viewer
auto advance .....................................................60
customizing .................................................... 232
displaying text ..................................................61
fullscreen mode ................................................13
histogram ...........................................................95
keyboard shortcuts ...................................... 247
magnifying glass ..............................................55
mouse shortcuts ............................................ 252
navigator .............................................................55
panning ...............................................................55
setting display options ............................... 233
synchronizing to a folder ..............................63
using .....................................................................13
zooming an image ..........................................52
Viewing
setting zoom level ...........................................53
viewing
file properties ................................................. 172
fullscreen ............................................................13
images ..................................................................13
images in another application ....................65
slide shows .........................................................56
text on images in the Viewer .......................61
Vignette effect ......................................................... 154
W
wallpaper ......................................................................67
Water Drops effect ................................................. 156
Water effect .............................................................. 155
watermark ....................................................................82
Waves effect ............................................................. 157
Weave effect ............................................................. 158
wild cards .................................................................. 195
Wind effect ................................................................ 158
Z
zooming
automatically .....................................................53
in the Viewer ......................................................52
setting level ........................................................53
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