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ACDSee 8 Photo Manager software announced - ACD Systems sets the standard in both speed and usability with the release of ACDSee 8
ACDSee is distributed exclusively in the UK by Avanquest, an integrated network of international value-added software publishers, which distributes best selling software all over the world.
According to the Photo Marketing Association, more than 20 billion digital images will be taken this year in the United States alone. As cameras and camera phones create opportunities to shoot and store more pictures, it becomes increasingly difficult for enthusiasts to find, organise and share their digital photos. Both enthusiast photographers and amateurs alike are finding they require advanced photo management capabilities when their photo collections exceed 500 photos.
Users now need a faster, more powerful tool than those currently bundled with digital cameras or from free software available on the Web. With ACDSee 8's new Quick Search bar users can instantly find any photo and easily access all the organising, editing and sharing features needed without having to open another window. ACDSee saves time and allows confidential management of an entire photo collection.
Using ACDs industry-leading digital imaging technology, ACDSee 8 continues to be the fastest and most powerful software for viewing, organising, enhancing and sharing digital photos. New features of ACDSee 8 include the Quick Search bar, Photo Repair Tool, full IPTC metadata support, photo captioning and the ability to create VCD (Video Compact Disc) slide shows, taking the photo viewing experience from computer to living room TV. These slide shows can be set to music, for playback in any media application or on a TV using a DVD player. Several slide show projects can be burned to the same CD and users also have the option of including the original images on the CD.
Eliminating the need to navigate through numerous folders to find the required photograph, the Quick Search bar allows ACDSee 8 to find photos faster than any other photo management tool on the market. Simply type in a word and press 'Enter' to return matches for that word within file names, keywords, categories and folders.
ACDSee 8 also features numerous editing enhancements, led by the new Photo Repair Tool. Incorporating sophisticated cloning technology, this correction tool allows users to instantly remove flares, lens scratches and other unwanted imperfections from their photographs. Users can also remove red-eye in one step and experiment with 27 new filters and effects to add artistic flair to their photos.
With ACDSee 8, users can easily access a range of new creative options, including the ability to add customised thought or speech bubbles, descriptive captions and essential information like photographer credits. More advanced photographers can take advantage of ACDSee 8s fully integrated support for IPTC metadata fields, including captions, keywords, categories and credit. If you edit or add information to these fields they will remain with the photos when opened in another application that also supports IPTC metadata, and vice versa.
James Latham, Vice President of Marketing for ACD Systems, said: With the explosion of digital cameras and camera phones, the need for photo management software is greater than ever. ACD was one of the early leaders in developing photo management software and has continued to invest heavily in research and development.
He added: ACD Systems have conducted extensive user testing to ensure that we deliver the features photo enthusiasts need most. The new features and overall speed of ACDSee 8 empower our users to make the most out of their images, whether they number in the hundreds or hundreds of thousands.
1) Windows 98 SE, ME, 2000, XP
2) Pentium III 500MHz processor or equivalent (Pentium 4 or higher recommended)
3) 128 Mb RAM (256 MB RAM recommended)
4) High Colour display adapter at 1024 x 768 resolution (High Colour display adapter at 1280 x 1024 resolution recommended)
5) 100 Mb free hard drive space (250 Mb recommended)
The single user version of ACDSee 8 is priced 29.99, including VAT. The product is available directly from Avanquest at www.avanquest.co.uk and all major retail outlets. ACDSee 8 is also available in French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch.