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Monday, March 9, 2009

ACDSee Pro 3

Latest version available for public beta testing

VICTORIA, British Columbia – ACD Systems International Inc. is accelerating photography workflow with the development of ACDSee™ Pro 3, a new version now available for public beta testing. Anticipated for full release in the fall, ACDSee Pro 3 retains the same fast and flexible features photographers rely upon for their creative work and incorporates an enhanced user experience that delivers a professional level of support at a tremendous value – less than half the cost of other workflow applications.

ACDSee Pro 3 is now open for beta testing by photographers all over the world. The company expects several thousand professionals to participate in the trial period and lend feedback in the development process, much like the 2,500 testers who helped shape the Pro 2 version. Beta downloads are available at www.acdseepro.com.

This new release from ACD Systems introduces four modes of activity – manage, view, process and online – that optimize photography workflow from start to finish in one application.

“Every new feature in ACDSee Pro 3 is geared around saving time and making a photographer’s workflow process customizable,” said Cam Carmichael, product manager for ACD Systems. “Beta test participants will see a uniquely flexible image processing mode that helps photographers streamline and speed up the work involved in perfecting and preparing their photos for publication.”

The new mode-based workflow is designed for easy adoption by current ACDSee Pro users.

"Each mode functions in the same manner that our users are accustomed to, and the modes simply make the features easier to find and tie together all the activities in a seamless fashion from start to finish all in one application,” Carmichael said.

Intuitive workflow
To help accelerate workflow, ACDSee Pro 3’s refined interface is built around the key steps of managing, viewing and processing images. Designed in consultation with an advisory board of existing users to ensure continuity, the enhanced interface makes it easier to stay oriented within the application as the user moves between modes.

Manage Mode: Digital asset management
ACDSee Pro 3 provides photographers with the capability to manage digital assets to their own specifications. The manage mode speeds the process of browsing, cataloging, retrieving, and presenting collections with new time-saving tools that allow for complete flexibility. New additions to the robust sharing capabilities allow users to distribute their creative work effortlessly through SMTP-enabled e-mail applications such as Google’s Gmail™ and Yahoo! Mail Plus, and publish images to their Web sites via a new FTP uploader.

As in previous versions of ACDSee Pro, ACDSee Pro 3 supports the management of more than 100 file types and will be frequently updated to support the latest RAW formats when new camera models are released.


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