Tuesday, May 02, 2006

ACDSee 8.1 Photo Manager Update

The Pentax RAW format (.PEF) is not universally accepted with all photo applications, let alone Apple's iPhoto, so it might be important to keep tabs on the software that does try to please Pentax RAW users. Thank you to DP Review for the heads-up on a recent update to one of the more popular pieces of software available, ACDSee 8.1.

Among the options for Pentax *ist D, DS, and DL users who are shooting in RAW format and who would like an inexpensive alternative to the Pentax Digital Laboratory software for Windows, ACDSee Photo Manager represents a nice compromise between the features of iPhoto on the Mac and Adobe's Bridge (Camera RAW) software that comes with Creative Suite. For $49.95, ACDSee promises Windows users will get photo management software that can process their RAW files, organize and archive the images for easy browsing, sharing, and printing, all with better speed and configurability to match custom workflows. ACDSee Pro, for $129, has more color management support, has features such as visual tagging (so very useful, as explained here), and more editing/post-processing abilities. As of April 27th, 2006, there has been a free update for version 8 users to version 8.1 which now supports more RAW file formats and helps preserve metadata in converting RAW to JPG. Like the free software Picasa 2.1 from Google, ACDSee requires Windows XP and isn't available for the Mac OS yet.

Links: ACDSee 8.1 Photo Manager, ACDSee Pro 8.1

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