Step 5: Even though all of the remaining images of Farrah
doing her Buffy the Vampire Slayer impersonation may be acceptable, some are
obviously more acceptable than others, so why not label the best ones? When
clicking on any thumbnail, you can use ACDSee 7's Set Rating command (from
the Menu bar) to assign a number from one to five. Rating "1" might
be your highest or lowest rating, just be consistent. Set Category is another
pop-down menu choice from the Menu bar to help organize your image files better.
When you assign a category to the image files the program lets you search for
specific photographs later on.
Step 6: ACDSee 7's Image Comparison tool lets you compare
up to four photographs side by side, even using exposure and histogram filters
to make better choices about the image's technical quality. Working with
this tool (it's the Compare Images icon in the Menu bar) makes reviewing
bracketed shots or sorting through thousands of photographs from a photo shoot
faster without having to look at each image one at a time to find the best one.
can edit up to "four" photographs side by side using
ACDSee 7's Image Comparison tool. It's especially
useful when reviewing bracketed shots or sorting thousands of
images--without opening each image.
Step 7: Next make a CD or DVD to hold all of the images.
The Create Disc (Create>Create Disc) command automatically launches a Wizard
that takes you step by step through the burning of a CD or DVD. Oh yeah, you
need to have a writable CD or DVD drive installed on your computer to make this
After the disc is recorded, test it to make sure it works, then label the disc
so when you pick it up next month, you'll know it contains pictures of
Thomas' 1st birthday party. You can take that CD to your friendly neighborhood
photo kiosk to make prints or use the disc as a backup. When the files are temporarily
stored on the hard disk, I pick my ones to crop, color correct, or manipulate
to produce better-looking photographs. These retouched image files are kept
in the same folder as the originals and I usually save them in the PSD format
using the camera's numbering protocol but adding a "-1" or
whatever. When my hard disk gets crowded, I look at the oldest folders and before
dumping it in the Recycle Bin, copy all of the data, including the manipulated
files, onto a new CD/DVD. Then I toss the old disc, stick the new one in the
case, and file it.
Create Disc command takes you step by step through the burning
of your image files to a recordable CD or DVD.
Yikes, Not More Buzzwords?
HighMAT (High-Performance Media Access Technology) is a multimedia technology
developed and supported by those twin bastions of open standards, Microsoft
and Panasonic. It's supposed to provide a standard way of combining music,
photos, and video onto one disc, with a one-click menu allowing it to play on
a DVD player, CD player, or car stereo.
MPV? It's not a Mazda minivan a.k.a. MultiPurpose Vehicle, although Google
agrees with me. Instead, I got the answer from that other stalwart supporter
of open industry standards--Sony. MPV (MusicPhotoVideo) their website says,
is "a new open standard format to enhance the way consumers store and
enjoy collections of personal music, photo, and video content on storage media,
such as data CDs and DVDs." If that sounds a lot like HighMAT, you aren't
the only one that's confused.
7 PowerPack also includes ACD FotoSlate 3.1 digital printing software
that lets users create greeting cards, calendars, and contact
There is more to software than code, as witnessed by a reader's experience
with that most overlooked yet important part of any computer program.
"ACD Systems has been the ultimate in frustration for me and I finally
decided to give up trying. I shelled out the bucks, installed, and immediately
found the menus would not work properly. (They do not unfold large enough horizontally
to read most of the contents.) I registered, e-mailed, e-mailed again, and again,
to no avail. All I get is a computer-generated answer that my e-mail will be
forwarded. I didn't get to read your review of their software, but did
you add that their (customer) support is Zero?"
7 PowerPack includes ACD Photo Editor 3.1. It's not Adobe
Photoshop CS, but includes all of the tools needed to let you
make quick edits to digital photos such as brightening a slightly
I have not experienced this reader's particular problem with this or
any previous version of ACDSee, but sent his
e-mail to my contacts at ACD Systems, including the head of Customer Support,
for comment. Two of the e-mails bounced back but my PR contact later told me
"ACD Systems' customer service department would be happy to respond
to your reader's questions. We provide phone numbers and an online form
for the public to fill out. Please see the `Support' section of
ACDSee 7 also includes features like Folder Exclusion, Database Rebinding, Archive
Reminders, and Direct Backup to CD to let you search and retrieve photographs
from your image database. Capabilities are enhanced with an Image Well that
allows users to view their entire image collection in a single window. For narrowly
focused searches, you can match criteria from folders, categories, and calendar
ACDSee7: Microsoft Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, or XP; Intel Pentium III 500MHz
processor or equivalent; 128MB RAM (256MB recommended); High Color (16 bit)
or high display adapter; 100MB free hard disk space.
ACDSee 7 PowerPack: Microsoft Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, or XP; Intel Pentium
III 500MHz processor or equivalent; 128MB RAM (256MB recommended); High Color
(16 bit) or high display adapter; 150MB free hard disk space.
ACDSee 7 is a Windows-only product and available as a stand-alone product or
part of the ACDSee 7 PowerPack Suite. ACD Systems offers a Mac OS 1.6 that hasn't
been updated since the McKinley administration. ACDSee 7 costs $49.99 and is
a $39.99 upgrade from ACDSee 6; ACDSee 7 PowerPack sells for $79.99 or a $49.99
For more information, visit the ACD Systems website at: www.acdsystems.com.