ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate

Trial / Version 13.0 (Build 2023)

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Price: $8.90

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ACDSee Photo Studio is one of the most powerful image editing software solution on the market. With its plethora of ready-to-use features, you’ll be able to turn your photographs into artworks in just a few moments.

Among some of its most impressive features are facial recognition and face detection. You can organize your photo libraries effectively by finding and identifying people in your images instantly. But we’re going to get into more detail in the following sections.

ACDSee Photo Studio’s system requirements

It’s no surprise that ACDSee Photo Studio has a list of system requirements your PC must meet. After all, every single software solution out there has one. Why should this program be the exception? Without further ado, here’s what your PC needs to cover before it can run ACDSee Photo Studio.

Hardware requirements:

  • CPU:
    • Intel or AMD processor that has 64-bit support minimum
    • Intel i3 or better processor recommended
  • RAM:
    • 2 GB RAM minimum
    • At least 6 GB RAM recommended
  • Video:
    • at least 512 MB VRAM (Video RAM) recommended
    • DirectX 10-compatible graphics card
  • Display:
    • 1024×768 resolution minimum
    • at least 1920×1080 recommended
  • Space:
    • at least 2 GB of HDD or SSD space

Software requirements:

  • Operating system:
    • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 SP1
  • Architecture:
    • 64-bit OS only
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Internet Explorer 9 or greater
    • DirectX 10 or higher
    • Windows Media Player 9.0
    • Microsoft Office 2010 or above

As you can see, ACDSee Photo Studio’s system requirements list is anything but restrictive. You could run this program even if your PC is a bit over average. Thus, as long as your computer can run Windows 7 on 64-bit mode, you’re probably in the clear.

Overview of ACDSee Photo Studio features

    • Comes with GPU-accelerated layers
    • Allows you to edit RAW images without conversion or third party apps
    • Advanced asset management features
    • Built-in HDR support
    • Advanced features such as blended cloning, focus stacking included
    • Lets you perform personal color adjustments
    • Improved control over layers and text fragments
    • ACDSee Photo Studio learns which name to assign to which faces via face detection and recognition
    • Lets you add text as layers to your projects
    • Customize text font, size, color justification, style, opacity
    • Resize the canvas freely
    • Add solid backgrounds to your layers
    • Fully customizable rulers and gridlines
    • Allows you to snap layers to guidelines
    • Precision placement of your objects through object snapping, even while moving
    • Layer effects such as blur, bevel, emboss, outline, shadows, or inner glow included
    • Save chains of effects as ACDC files and use them again later
    • Copy content from one area to another with the Blended Clone tool, which blends pixels automatically after analyzing them
    • Blend or align layers automatically for burst photographs
    • Can place several images in the layers menu and only work with a few, or all at the same time
    • Lets you color-grade images via LUT importing and applying
    • Develop your own personal LUTs, which you can later import to your projects
    • Browse through multi-tabbed Excel sheets, DOCs, or even PDFs, for better asset management
    • Supports Dropbox and OneDrive cloud content handling
    • Virtual baskets (up to 5) to help you gather files from all over your system and organize them effectively
    • Locate duplicate content all over your system and rename or delete identified duplicates
    • Lets you convert files in bulk into other formats
    • Built-in keywords that you can use to simplify your job


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Our Review

Generous 31-day trial
A lot of asset management features
Manage images and edit them in the same place
Face recognition lets you organize photos easier
No lifetime license available
Controls are a bit tiny for regular users

How to install ACDSee Photo Studio

Granted you’ve already downloaded the installer, you can execute it on your PC. Notice that instead of a standard setup screen, you’ll be prompted with a downloader. Allow the application to download the installation files to your PC before you can continue.

Once everything’s been fetched, you can proceed with the installation. You can choose your favorite installation type (complete or custom), adjust the destination path on your PC, and toggle shortcut icon creation.

ACDSee Photo Studio free trial

It’s worth mentioning that ACDSee Photo Studio features a trial. All of its editions, actually, come with a free trial. So if you want, you can download the Home, Professional, or Ultimate version of ACDSee Photo Studio on your PC and use it for free for 31 days.

However, we must say that the trial activation process is rather tedious. After successfully installing the app, upon launching it, you’ll be prompted to sign in. We assume that you don’t have an ACDSee account already, so please click the Sign-Up button.

Here you need to provide a valid email address and hit Next. The app will send a verification code to the email you’ve used, which you’ll need to input on the next screen, along with your real name and hit next. Last, but not least, you’ll need to define an account password and select Trial from the usage mode screen.

It was a bit lengthy, but at least now you can use ACDSee Photo Studio for free for a while.

Stylish, dark interface

If you’re new to ACDSee Photo Studio, you’ll notice its sleek, dark-themed interface right away. If you’re anything like us, you’ll also notice that all of its controls are rather small, compared to the huge open space that’s reserved to the central, explore-related sections.

The same goes for the status bars. If you don’t have perfect vision, you’ll have a hard time making out the small text displayed in the status bar of the program without squinting or getting closer to your display monitor. However, once you get accustomed to the controls, it will be easier for you to interact with them.

FAQ: Learn more about ACDSee Photo Studio

  • What is ACDSee Photo Studio used for?

It would be somewhat wrong to say that ACDSee Photo Studio can be used entirely for editing photos. ACDSee Photo Studio is, in fact, a software solution that combines Digital Asset Management (DAM) features with photo editing capabilities seamlessly.

  • Is ACDSee Photo Studio free?

Absolutely not. Although you can download a 31-day trial and take its features for a test run before deciding on whether you want a subscription or not, you must buy a license after the trial expires.

  • Can you edit RAW images in ACDSee Photo Studio?

Yes, as the program comes with built-in RAW viewing/management/editing support. You can just open the RAW file within the app as you’d do with any other popular image format (BMP, JPG, PNG).

Full Specifications

Software Version
13.0 (Build 2023)
image, editing, management, asset, photograph, HDR

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