PROS / This software allows you to share your photos directly from the program to a variety of sites.
CONS / While it features more advanced editing tools than most of the software on our lineup, this makes the program slightly more difficult to use.
VERDICT / ACDSee 18 is a full-featured photo organizer and editor. Using it, you can manage, perfect and share your photos with ease.
Editor's note: A newer version of this product is available. The manufacturer lists the new version as offering the following features: Microsoft OneDrive integration; RAW compatibility with an extended list of camera models and an aerial view of your photos. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version of this product when we next update the Photo Organizing Software reviews.
ACDSee 18 is an effective photo organizer. It helps you complete each task from when you first import your photos to the final step of sharing them with friends. In addition to the vast selection of organizing and editing tools, this program has a sleek interface and intuitive organization system. We award ACDSee 18 our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for its many features.
This photo organizing software helps you manage your photos by sorting, tagging and categorizing each image. The program allows you to browse your collection and organize it without ever importing your photos to the application. You can sort images by date, keyword and event, or you can create your own criteria. You also can rate your photos and assign color labels to them to help streamline the organizing process.
While organizing your photos can be time consuming, it helps you find them quickly later on. The software allows you to search by keywords or use the Quick Search bar to find your photos. You also can narrow down your search to only include certain folders or camera models and filter through photos that do not have assigned keywords.
Under the Edit mode, you can access standard and advanced editing tools. The photo organizer has basic tools like rotate, zoom, crop, resize and red eye removal that you can use to make small corrections to your photos. It also has more advanced tools like creative filters. The software features 54 filters you can apply directly to your photos.
Other advanced tools include lighting and color tools, noise reduction controls, and blur styles. These tools help you adjust each picture to fit your aesthetic preference. The software also has a batch editor that applies the same edit to multiple photos, saving you time when resizing or cropping images to the same dimensions. While the program has a good variety of tools, the advanced features that give you more creative control are more difficult to use than the basic ones.
ACDSee 365 is fully integrated into this photo organizer software, which gives you access to ACDSee SeeDrive cloud storage. The program comes with 2GB of free storage space in this cloud. You can use access the SeeDrive in Manage mode and use it to upload images to or download images from it, control privacy settings, and share your photos with family and friends.
In addition to sharing photos on the cloud, you can post your pictures directly from the software to sites like Flickr, SmugMug, Zenfolio and Facebook. You also can send emails of your photos or create slideshows. If you want to print hard copies of your photos, the software includes printing templates.
ACD Systems offers strong support for its products. You can access a knowledge base for ACDSee 18 on the company’s website. There you will find tutorials, FAQs, a user forum and contact information for the technical support team. Representatives were very helpful and usually quick to respond to our questions.
ACDSee 18 comes with all the tools you need to organize photos and share them with your friends and family. With a wide array of both standard and advanced editing tools, you can also add a creative touch to your pictures. Between the organizing, editing and sharing capabilities, ACDSee 18 is one of the best photo organizing software we reviewed.