Put your wallet away: ACD Systems debuts free image viewer
posted Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM EDT
Impressed with the speed with which ACD Systems' ACDSee 14 and ACDSee Pro 5 display images on your Windows PC, but don't want to pay the $80-140 list price for either version? Perhaps you do all your image processing in-camera, or have another app that takes care of your editing and cataloging needs.
If so, ACD Systems has something for you: it's just released a pared-down ACDSee app that offers only the high-speed image viewing capabilities, without all the other tools that make up the existing versions. Dubbed ACDSee Free, the new app is--as you'd have to expect, really--completely free of charge. Can't beat that!
Viewing an image with ACDSee Free. The app also runs full-screen if you prefer.
Screenshot copyright ©2012, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.
ACDSee Free is about as simple as you can get. You can view photos full-screen or in a window, zoom and pan, switch between images in a given directory, and set your favorite image as your wallpaper. Frankly, that's all many entry-level shooters who simply don't edit their images will need, and even for those of us who have our own apps like Lightroom, Aperture, and the like, there's something to be said for the speed with which ACDSee Free lets you rattle through a photo shoot and spot your favorites. It's all controlled with on-screen buttons, but for those who really want to take advantage of the speed, there's also a comprehensive selection of keyboard shortcuts.
More details on the ACD Systems website!