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My Lightroom & Photoshop Alternative | Acdsee Photo Studio Ultimate 2018

August 12, 2019


Hey, this is Scott of Photography Banzai. Today we’re gonna look at the photo editor that I use for the most part. I do still use
Photoshop a little bit. My older version CS5, but for the most part I use mostly
this Acdsee Photo Studio Ultimate 2018. There is a new version out, but I haven’t
bought it. I don’t think I’m going to Basically, it has the full Lightroom
type capabilities plus a photo editor. Now, I use mostly the Lightroom plus the
developing stuff. But besides that it does quite a bit that I’m really not
versed in. We’ll potentially look at that in the future. But gonna look at what I
used mostly with this program. I have a few images here. Different files throughout the years. You can see a nice view. You can adjust the size of them… Very easily.
Select them, you’ll get some EXIF information. You can see this one was a Pentax
*ist DS, so pretty old. But I turned this file into a DNG at some point.
You can see it opens various files. That was one of the reasons that I picked up this
program in the previous version. Because it did open all of the files that I had at
the time. The main issue I have now is that it doesn’t open the files for the
M50. The CR3 format. There are only a few applications that open that format, and
actually with the DNG converter from Adobe that’s what I use now. It’s kind of
ironic and sad a little bit that I have to use Adobe’s software. I mean, I could
potentially use Canon’s software and it’s alright but I’ve been using Adobe
software to convert all of my CR3s to the DNG format so I can use them in
this program. I do keep the CR3s. I’m sure eventually some version down the
line it will but I don’t think 2019 is capable of that. I’ve adjusted this
interface a little bit, but the main features are up at the top here. You can
make these icons larger the tabs.. if you would like. But we’re in the manage
screen. You’ve got different things like the folders. Catalog… basically if you
tag things. And then there’s a calendar to pull files from certain time
periods. Got that preview. A little bit of information here and there. So
you can easily select files get some EXIF information.
Now that’s usually decent, but it feels like there’s a little bit less than
there should be sometimes. I don’t know how all that works. But.. from there you
can go into different areas. With the photo tab it takes a little bit of time
usually. But this specific program has a large database format to it. Where any
type of images you load into the program you can basically have a record of. I
don’t let it index, but this program can automatically index files.
So with this photo tab it’s very decent. I don’t really use this
too much, but you can get a year view, month view, or week view of your photos.
Look through them. Then you can click into each photo. Dig in there. So in some ways
it’s very quick and helpful to use and then you can jump into the viewer or
whatever it picks. So from there I’ve got this one image that I went all the way…
Dug all the way down into based on date, which is nice. So the photo tab.. don’t use
it too much. With the View tab I use it quite a bit. The nice thing about it is
that it’s relatively quick. You can RAW decode or use the built-in previews. If
you use the previews, you will not get really detailed information when you
zoom in. But usually I have the raw decode enabled in that case. One nice
thing about this is that you can go into a full-screen mode. But you can also turn
on your second screen to have a file list. So when you put the main screen in
“full screen”… You put the other one in file list. It’s very quick and convenient
to go through your photos. So you can see, I’m zoomed in super close on that. But I
can switch photos. It keeps that where I was zoomed on the previous photo into the
next photo. So that’s very powerful to review images. Get out of full screen here.
And then you can also do preview on the other screen if you’d like to for
whatever reason. So with this you still have some EXIF information. Some
zooming controls. Pretty nice! Sometimes it’s laggy depending on what type of
files… One thing I should mention with the Fujifilm x-trans files. I had the
X100F camera for quite a while. In this program, at least with my my version, is
not quick. Usually they use some type of GPU acceleration with the RAW files to
improve speed of use. But in this case with those specific x-trans files it’s
not very quick. It’s pretty laggy. Now, I do experience lag in different
types of files based on what they are. The main tab besides manage that I use
is this developed tab. The thing that I don’t like about it is you can’t scroll
and zoom.. and things like the other tabs which work a lot better in that case.
It’s a little more clunky for getting around the file. You can see it’s lagging
a little bit here and there. But this has a lot of adjustments. So if I want a
boost contrast, highlights, exposure… dehaze. A lot of these here
I use quite a bit. So I mean you’ve got probably most of the things that you would want to
have in some type of developer application. I haven’t used Lightroom so
I don’t know exactly what it involves. What it includes. I’m sure there’s a lot
to it, but in this case.. it.. this does enough of what I need to make it decent.
Make it worth actually paying for. So you can even put effects and things if you
want to do that. These light features are very nice. So shadows..
you can go into more advanced styles of adjusting the exposure and
such based on different factors. I usually just use the basic feature
because it handles the highlights, mid-tones, and shadows well enough that I
don’t need to go into super fine detail. And of course white balance controls.
Then we go into the detail tab inside develop. This one you can add sharpening.. noise reduction. Especially on the M50 and M100 cameras I always add some
noise reduction to those. One nice feature is the skin tune. I’ve
been using that a lot on people photos for all the cosplay stuff. It definitely
improves things a little bit. At least just enough that I don’t necessarily
need to go hardcore with editing in that case. Geometry…
Now, the lens profiles in this program are not great. It’s missing quite a few.
Could probably make your own profiles and all that, but I haven’t had any
really big desire to go hard on that. And then cropping, of course. Different ratios
and all that. I use that quite a bit. Some of my videos I do the 16 x 9 crop
just because it fits better with the flow of the video.
And vignetting and things of that nature. Repair is one of the better features
I’ve seen implemented in this way. Because all of these develop controls
are not burned into the photo. One odd thing about this program, kind of a side
point… Is that you have to force it to write those sidecar files. I don’t think
it automatically does it. At least this current.. this version.. that I have. So you
can check a setting to have it write those sidecar files for raw files. That
way, all of the non-destructive edits that you’ve done in the developed tab are
saved to a file instead of just saved to the database. Because I don’t trust their
whole database thing. If you lose that then all of your edits through years or
whatever… You can back it up of course, but if you lose that database or it gets
corrupted then you lose all your edits. I really just prefer the sidecar files.
They’re good enough in that case. Point is it has a repair feature that I
think is relatively well implemented for what it does. It’s for skin repair or
whatever else. In this case maybe if I wanted to clone out one of these rocks.
Just select with right click and then can potentially erase some of that.
it looks decent. It’s quick sometimes it lags. Sometimes it’s not
great depending on which type of RAW file you’re using, but in general it…
It seems to work well for a non-destructive repair tool, which
is nice to have. With the Edit tool it is destructive. It’s going to save its own
file format basically like a Photoshop file. This program can open Photoshop
files. All the ones that I’ve made I haven’t had issues with, so. That’s good.
It’s… This is layered. It’s similar to Photoshop. I just haven’t really gotten
into it. Maybe a future video we’ll.. keep.. we can go into detail and what this
offers. It has quite a few features, but it does also kind of duplicate a lot of
the stuff in the develop tab which I don’t understand why they do that. But
it’s there it’s an option and it does quite a bit of stuff. With the dashboard
tab this basically gives you information about what’s in the database. Which is
pretty cool it’s really interesting to look at. It doesn’t necessarily give you
any real great useful information besides seeing all the photos you’ve taken.
Seeing which cameras and things of that nature. But don’t get me wrong.
That’s very interesting. So I don’t know if this has pulled all my files but you
can see 2014 24300, a lot of these are not connected
to the computer at the moment. So has different values and information.
Favorite format, RAW. And we have favorite ISO setting. it’s just really cool to
look at rather than something extremely useful. But so we can look at the
cameras I’ve used. Now it’s not reading all of my more recent stuff. I haven’t done much with those based on, you know, the database and such, but it’s pretty
interesting to look at. That’s really it. That I’m going to go over just in this
basic video. I bought this program and I’ve been trying to use it and replace
all the stuff I used to do with Photoshop and Bridge, which I had older
versions of Photoshop. I’ve never used the Creative Cloud version of Adobe’s
stuff. I really am NOT a fan of software as a service, even though a lot of my
work in the past been in software development. Not a fan
of doing that stuff I would rather buy a program and then
decide later on. Okay, I want the stuff in the new version. I’ll pay that amount and
it’s not like a continuous year-by-year thing. In this case I can
use this one for as long as I feel like. Or if a new feature comes out that I
want. And other than that, it’s a relatively nice program from the ones
that I tried. It seems kind of slow a.. A little laggy, which I hope they improve
in future versions. That’s really my main gripe is that some situations it just
feels a little slow to use. But other than that it has a lot of the
functionality that I wanted. And that’s Why I decided on this one instead of
any other program that I had tried when I was looking for a replacement.
so that was a look at the ACDsee Photo Studio Utimate 2018 program.
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3 Comments

  • Reply opie nc February 15, 2019 at 12:24 am

    you can zoom in develop mode by pressing ctrl + mouse scroll wheel. however, when you make an adjustment e.g. light EQ, there's a bug and the ctrl + mouse scroll stops working. it will still work if you put the mouse on the area above the film strip or in the zoom box. buggy. even ver 2019 has the same bug

  • Reply tectorama June 14, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Can you answer a couple of questions for me Scott please ?
    I still use LR V6.14 but am looking at alternatives. I already have ACDSee Pro 10 which I mostly only use for editing Jpegs.
    Is Ultimate that much better. I usually have to edit between 30 and 100+ images at a time, and find LR's ability to Synch
    settings to multiple images with a couple of clicks while staying in develop mode, very useful, and a big time saver.
    I have tried this in Pro 10, but without much luck. Can you do this with ultimate I wonder ?. ……..Alan

  • Reply Marian Matóš June 20, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Where I can find settings for mouse control of zoom ? In a " Specific location – Area – Cut out ", and auto refres on fit image…
    For such a version it is an incredibly unprofessional step backwards !!!
    Does anyone know the latest version where the mouse zoom function still works?

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