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PRESS RELEASE: Two Thousand Photographers Test ACDSee Photo Editor

Upgraded software available for last round of testing; full upgrade expected in summer

VICTORIA, British Columbia -- April 22 -- ACD Systems International Inc. today announced the second round of public testing for ACDSee Photo Editor 2008, an easy-to-use digital design and layout software created especially for avid photographers and scrapbookers. Since testing began earlier this year, more than 2,000 ACDSee users have signed up to evaluate this affordable program that comes loaded with custom creative tools and exclusive designer templates. For this testing period, new features added to Photo Editor 2008 include faster processing time, preservation of image quality during editing to ensure no data is lost while resizing and even simpler options for creating custom text on a path, according to ACD Systems developers.

Avid photographers and scrapbookers interested in serving as software testers for the second-round review are invited to visit http://www.acdsee.com/photoeditor to download Photo Editor 2008 beta version 2. Testers provide feedback directly to the ACD Systems' product development team via the company's online forum at http://forums.acdsystems.com. There is no cost to participate.

"The first-round review of Photo Editor has provided a wealth of feedback, resulting in a creative tool unlike any other. Testers are praising the software's ease of use and the way ACDSee handles shadows and text on a path," said Connie Bensen, community manager for ACD Systems. "This final stage of testing now underway will put the finishing touches on the software prior to releasing the next version this summer."

New Features

The new features for ACDSee Photo Editor 2008 also include:

• Designer templates for page layouts, photo albums, calendars, greeting cards and other projects from top digital designers Vicky Stegall, Andrea Gold and Maggie Lamarre

• Advanced journaling capabilities

• "Trim to shape" feature for quick and easy use of templates

• New and improved resizing, cropping and masking options

• Artistic effects that can be added, modified or deleted at any time

• Easy loading of brushes for advanced creative effects

• Quick optimization for Web and advanced printing functions

Seamless Integration

Photo Editor 2008 integrates seamlessly with ACDSee 10 Photo Manager, the company's tool for viewing organizing and managing growing photo and digital design collections. The software's short learning curve is further abbreviated with built-in how-tos and downloadable, online tutorials at http://www.acdsee.com and the community site http://www.digiscrapinfo.com.

Software testing by end-users is an important part of ACD Systems software development. Evaluation for Photo Editor 2008 is the second major public beta test held by ACD Systems. ACDSee Pro 2, a workflow management tool for professional photographers, was shaped by the participation of more than 2,500 photographers from around the globe.

Pricing and Availability

The updated beta testing version of ACDSee Photo Editor 2008 is available free for download at http://www.acdsee.com/photoeditor. The trial software will expire at the end of the beta test period on July 15. The full version of ACDSee Photo Editor 2008 will be available in English for U.S.$49.99 in June 2008. For more information, visit http://www.acdsee.com.

(First posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 11:33 EDT)

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