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12TH September 2005
ACD Systems Releases ACDSee™ 8 Photo Manager – the Fastest, Most Powerful Software for Taking Control of Your Growing Photo Collection
New search, organize, edit and sharing capabilities will enhance the way photo enthusiasts manage their growing numbers of digital pictures
ACD Systems International Inc. (TSX: ASA), makers of ACDSee™ photo management software and Canvas™ technical illustration software, has announced ACDSee™ 8 Photo Manager for photography enthusiasts. With the release of ACDSee 8, ACD Systems sets the standard in both speed and usability for enthusiasts who manage rapidly growing collections of digital photos.
ACDSee is distributed exclusively in the UK by Avanquest, an integrated network of international value-added software publishers, which distributes best selling software all over the world.
According to the Photo Marketing Association, more than 20 billion digital images will be taken this year in the United States alone. As cameras and camera phones create opportunities to shoot and store more pictures, it becomes increasingly difficult for enthusiasts to find, organise and share their digital photos. Family photo lovers, nature photo enthusiasts and creative amateurs alike are discovering they require advanced photo management capabilities when their photo collections exceed 500 photos.
Users now need a faster, more powerful tool than those currently bundled with digital cameras or from free software available on the Web. With ACDSee 8's new Quick Search bar, for example, users can instantly find any photo, and easily access all the organising, editing and sharing features needed without having to open another window. ACDSee saves time and allows confidential management of an entire photo collection.
Using ACD’s industry-leading digital imaging technology, ACDSee 8 continues to be the fastest and most powerful software for viewing, organising, enhancing and sharing digital photos. Impressive new features in ACDSee 8 include the Quick Search bar, the Photo Repair Tool, full IPTC metadata support, photo captioning and the ability to create VCD (Video Compact Disc) slide shows that take the photo viewing experience from the computer to the living room TV.
With the introduction of the Quick Search bar, ACDSee 8 will find photos faster than any other photo management tool on the market. Simply type in a word and press Enter to return matches for that word within file names, keywords, categories and folders. The Quick Search bar eliminates the need to navigate through extensive Windows folder structures to find a desired photograph.
ACDSee 8 features numerous editing enhancements, led by the new Photo Repair Tool. Incorporating sophisticated cloning technology, this correction tool allows users to instantly remove flares, lens scratches and other unwanted imperfections from their photographs. Users can also fix red-eye in one simple step and experiment with 27 new filters and effects to add artistic flair to their photos.
ACDSee 8 gives users easy access to new creative options, including the ability to add customised thought or talk bubbles, descriptive captions, or essential information like photographer credits. Also new in ACDSee 8 is the ability to create VCD slide shows of favorite photos and videos, set perfectly in time to music, for playback in any media application or on a TV using a DVD player. Several slide show projects can be burned to the same CD, and there is even the option to include the original images on the CD, to share with friends and family.
More advanced photographers can take advantage of ACDSee 8’s fully integrated support for IPTC metadata fields, including captions, keywords, categories and credit. Edit or add information to these fields and they will remain with the photos when opened in another application that also supports IPTC metadata, and vice versa.
“With the explosion of digital cameras and camera phones, the need for photo management software is greater than ever,” said James Latham, vice president of Marketing for ACD Systems. “ACD was one of the early leaders in developing photo management software, and has continued to invest heavily in research and development. ACD Systems have conducted extensive user testing to ensure that we deliver the features photo enthusiasts need most. The new features and overall speed of ACDSee 8 empower our users to make the most out of their images, whether they number in the hundreds or hundreds of thousands.”
Windows ® 98 SE, ME, 2000, XP
Pentium® III 500MHz processor or equivalent (Pentium® 4 or higher recommended)
128 MB RAM (256 MB RAM recommended)
High Colour display adapter at 1024 x 768 resolution (High Colour display adapter at 1280 x 1024 resolution recommended)
100 MB free hard drive space (250 MB recommended)
The single user version of ACDSee 8 is priced at £29.99 inc vat. ACDSee 8 is also available in French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch. Volume Licensing is available by ESD. The product is available directly from Avanquest (www.avanquest.co.uk) and through major retail outlets. Licensing available from www.avanquest-licensing.co.uk.
ACDSEE8-K03 ACDSee 8 - (user cost: 1 - 99 users) License only (electronic) £22.77
ACDSEE8-K05 ACDSee 8 - (user cost: 100 - 299 users) License only (electronic) £21.39
ACDSEE8-K10 ACDSee 8 - (user cost: 300 - 499 users) License only (electronic) £20.01
ACDSEE8-K30 ACDSee 8 - (user cost: 500 - 999 users) License only (electronic) £18.98
ACDSEE8-K50 ACDSee 8 - (user cost:1000 - 2999 users) License only (electronic) £17.60
ACDSEE8-K100 ACDSee 8 - (user cost: 3000 - 5999 users) License only (electronic) £16.56
ACDSEE8-K300 ACDSee 8 - (user cost: 6000 Plus users) License only (electronic) £15.87
AS8MPAK ACDSEE V8 Printer Technical Documentation Manual £8.50
About Avanquest UK
Avanquest UK is part of the Avanquest global organisation, a network of companies offering a complete range of software publishing resources and a worldwide market to software developers from around the globe. Avanquest has a local presence on five continents and long-established relationships across all channels of distribution in markets covering nearly 90% of the world’s total software sales. Avanquest (formerly BVRP Software) a leading international software developer and publisher, was founded in Paris in 1984 and is listed on the Nouveau Marché of the Euronext stock exchange (ISIN FR0004026714). For additional information, please visit www.avanquest.co.uk
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 photo 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 through 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 us at our corporate web site: www.ACDSYSTEMS.com.
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.
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