Oct 18, 2005

ACDSee Pro Photo Manager Announced

ACDSee Pro Photo Manager Streamlines Professional Photography Workflow

Press Release: VICTORIA, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 17, 2005– New software that helps professional photographers confidently manage their photos to be unveiled at Booth #801 during PhotoPlus Expo

ACD Systems International Inc. (TSX:ASA), today announced ACDSee(TM) Pro Photo Manager, the advanced version of its award-winning ACDSee photo management software. Developed specifically for the professional photographer, ACDSee Pro will be showcased from October 20-22 at PhotoPlus Expo in New York. ACDSee Pro delivers advanced functionality designed to streamline the workflow of professional photographers, while incorporating the viewing speed and organizing capabilities synonymous with ACDSee products.

ACDSee Pro is a single platform where professional photographers can view, process, edit, organize, catalog, publish and archive their growing digital photo collections. Key features include advanced workflow functionality, support for DNG (Digital Negative Specification) and the latest RAW formats, RAW processing capability, batch IPTC editing, powerful color management functionality and professional publishing options.

Accelerating Professional Workflow
Workflow functionality in ACDSee Pro includes advanced multi-step batch processing that streamlines common modifications into a single step that can be saved as a profile and used repeatedly. Visual photo tagging allows photographers to quickly sort preferred images during or upon completion of a photo shoot for fast selection and deletion. Photographers can also customize workspace layouts, toolbars, and tabs and categories to provide instant access to all the information they need.

The Latest File Support To Ensure Easy Access
ACDSee Pro helps ensure photographers will be able to access their image files in detail with full support for DNG, the first publicly available archival format for RAW files. ACDSee Pro also supports RAW formats from the latest models from major camera manufacturers, including Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Konica Minolta, Olympus and Pentax. Additionally, photographers can leverage fully integrated IPTC support for interoperability with other software programs that support IPTC. Plus, by being able to quickly set the textual information embedded into groups of image files all at once, photographers will save valuable time during their daily workflow.

Detailed Control Over Every Image
Photographers can process their RAW images to adjust the white balance, exposure, shadows, brightness, contrast, noise, sharpness and optical lens distortion. ACDSee Pro also features powerful, versatile color management support for ICC color profiles, including the ability to set precise color specifications and synchronize color profiles on multiple monitors. Photographers can also take advantage of the higher dynamic range of 16 bits per channel images. Additional image control features include new filters, the Shadow/Highlight tool for exposure correction and advanced image comparison complete with histogram and exposure details display.

Share Photos Professionally
Photographers can easily add watermarks to their photographs to reflect copyright or company information. Professional HTML album templates are included, so photographers can choose a design, add contact information and place a company logo to match the look and feel of their business when presenting their photos via the Web. Photographers can also use ACDSee to print high-quality photos and contact sheets, create slide shows set to music and burn images to CD and DVD for presenting work to their clients.

“Our goal with ACDSee Pro is to enable professional photographers to spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens, doing what they do best – capturing great moments,” said James Latham, vice president of marketing for ACD Systems. “ACDSee Pro reflects our commitment to providing specialized products that meet the advanced needs of professional photographers.”

“With the introduction of ACDSee Pro, we offer photographers the ability to select a product that best suits their photo management needs,” said Doug Vandekerkhove, chairman, chief executive officer and president of ACD Systems. “ACDSee 8 remains the choice for photography enthusiasts and hobbyists, while we expect ACDSee Pro to emerge as the preferred photo management software among professional photographers and advanced amateurs.”

Visit the ACDSee Booth #801 during PhotoPlus Expo, October 20-22, for detailed information and product demonstrations, or visit

Pricing and Availability
ACDSee Pro for Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 2000 and XP will be available in January 2006 for $129.99 (USD) at Special upgrade pricing is available for users of ACDSee 8 and earlier versions. For more information visit

About ACD Systems
Headquartered in British Columbia since 1993, ACD Systems International Inc. (TSX:ASA) is one of the world’s leading developers and marketers of digital imaging software, including the renowned ACDSee image management tool and Canvas, an advanced cross-platform technical illustration and graphics program. ACD has delivered value to a global marketplace through Internet distribution and partnerships with manufacturers and developers. ACD has millions of consumer and business users and over 33,000 corporate customers including many Fortune 500 companies. For further details, please visit

ACD, ACD Systems, ACDSee and FotoSlate are trademarks or registered trademarks of ACD Systems Ltd. in Canada, the United States, or certain other jurisdictions. Trademarks of ACD Systems Ltd. are used under license by ACD Systems of America, Inc. Canvas is a trademark or registered trademark of ACD Systems of America, Inc. in Canada, the United States, or certain other jurisdictions. Trademarks of ACD Systems of America, Inc. are used under license by ACD Systems Ltd.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on the estimates and opinions of management at the date the statements were made and the company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if conditions or opinions should change.

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