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ACDSee, known for their fast and capable digital asset management software, has announced ACDSee Free, a totally free application that offers a range of features for culling and managing raw files without needing to import any of them. Read on for what you can expect.
Users who pay for full versions have asked for years now give us a viewer/browser without database and cataloguing and all that other stuff and this was supposed to be it. I would actually go and pay for acdsee without those things ... ACDSEE LITE lets call it. It makes me sooo sad that THIS is not it.
Canadian software developer ACD Systems has just announced a brand-new photo-editing package called Gemstone. The company is making Gemstone available as a free public beta. It has a new standalone Multi-Document Interface (MDI) has a layered editor and up-to-date support for a wide range of RAW image formats.
At www.365.acdsee.com, you can see all your synced photos, and the public can see them too if you allow it. The attractive, dark image pages show tags and allow comments and downloading. There are some appealing photos on the Popular page, but if you're looking for a social photography experience, it's hard to beat Flickr. Instagram, though very popular, is a different beast, more about social networking than photography, and doesn't offer things like EXIF or even full-size viewing. 153554b96e