ACDSee Pro Beta for Mac is out - Public beta

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by timothevs, May 20, 2009.

  1. timothevs macrumors 6502


    Nov 17, 2007
    Wonderful news for those waiting for an effective image viewer for :apple:. Finally, ACDSystems has released a viable alternative to image viewers on the :apple: (read Xee, etc). It is a lean, fast, responsive image viewer and file browser (to some), and retains the speed that made the older versions of ACDSee such gems on the Windows platform.

    Do give it a whirl, you can download the DMG from the website and request an unlock code. The disclaimer states that the app should only be used with Test images, but I have been trying out my photo collection, and could not be more pleased.

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  2. jon08 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2008
    Yeah, I just tried it and it seems awesome!!! Exactly the type of program for batch resizing, renaming and whatnot that I've been looking for, since the crappy Picasa won't resize my pics well (after resized they will look washed out)!!

    What to do when the trial is over?

    EDIT: nvm, it ends on Feb 19, 2010.. still quite some time from now.. :cool:
  3. 199708 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2008
    finally, one less program I dont need VMware for.
  4. portent macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2004
    So it's GraphicConverter, for three times the price?

    Can someone explain what this does that GraphicConverter doesn't do, for a whole lot less money?

    Thumbnail browsing, camera import, batch conversion, batch resizing, batch renaming, searching, index sheets....GraphicConverter is about $45 and does all of this. And it's not a beta; it's been available on the Mac for years. (There're still an OS 8.6 compatible version, if you're a little behind the times.)

    ACDSee Pro on Windows is $129! Unless they make the Mac version a lot cheaper, what, exactly, does it offer?
  5. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Awesome news! I'll give this a try this weekend.

    The main reason I used ACDSee on Windows was that I could retain my own folder structure for organizing my photos, even on networked hard drives, and it was FAST FAST FAST. I hope that this Mac version is equally responsive.
  6. Pomeroy macrumors 6502


    Sep 27, 2008
    I can do thumbnail browsing, camera import and batch resizing in Preview and it works great with the rest of OS X... Preview will also show me the Exif info, let me email photos, annotate a photo, send batch photos directly to iPhoto and Aperture with just a click.. I batch rename in the camera using "Name Mangle" before I import to my Mac so I see no reason to pay over a $100.00 for something when Preview works great and came free with my Mac. I have GraphicConverter but don't use it much. But it does way more than i'll ever need for only $34.95 online.
  7. mmichalak macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2009
    I rarely participate in posts about arguments for/against software, but I felt like participating in this one...

    First of all, I am a recent Mac convert and I am all positive about it, but not to the extent that some people preach. Ever since I bought my MBP, I have been looking for some decent software to browse photos on my external hard disk. There are plenty of options on windows, out of which ACDSee has always been one of the best (I was using FastStone, which is free - others use Irfanview)...

    When a question is asked in these forums about pics browsing software people often reply with quite a lot of criticism, for example:

    "Why do you need another software, your mac already has software for this: iPhoto and Preview", "what's wrong with windows users that want everything done the windows way", "I am absolutely fine with iPhoto, I have thousands of photos on it", "yes, it keeps multiple versions of files, but what's the problem with this"...

    -I recently discovered that my RAW files remain in iPhoto for ever, even after I am done with editing, I guess that's fine for some users, not for me...
    -People here also complain that as the number of photos gets larger, iPhoto becomes more unresponsive (i have not tested this myself though, cant' tell).
    -Clearly, iPhoto (esp. in the new version) is cool and comes free, but definetely, it does not do what graphic converter or ACDSee do.
    -I have an inherent dislike for software that wants to import my data to its own whatever-structure (be it db,file structure, xml, etc). I have my data on its location, can I just view it please?

    Free software that supposedly can be used for viewing pics, for example Xee, are qood and convenient since they come free, however, they come nowhere near the features of GC or other paid software...

    ACDSee is a fantastic software on Windows (and it has a very long history of enhancements and updates), and I had been looking for something like that for ages. Yes, it might be more expensive than GC, but rest assure that when this becomes a finished product it will do much more than GC. I have installed the beta version and it's already much faster than GC when viewing lots of files...

    I am very pleased that ACDSee has arrived on the MacOS word :). I hope ACDSee developers put some serious effort into it and make this as good as the Windows version is! (hey sorry for mentioning that good windows software does exist :p)

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