VICTORIA, British Columbia – The wait is over for professional photographers who want a faster, affordable, all-in-one photography workflow system to use on their Macs. ACD Systems International Inc. today opened beta testing for its new ACDSee™ Pro Photo Manager for Mac, the first version of the company's acclaimed Pro Photo Manager software for Mac applications.
Beta downloads of ACDSee Pro for Mac are available at www.acdsee.com/proformac. Already, more than 2,800 devoted Mac users have signed on to participate in the beta period and provide feedback to ACD Systems developers for use in formulating the final version, which is set for release in 2010. To further bring Mac enthusiasts into the development process, ACD Systems compiled an advisory panel of 50 users to solicit insights on key workflow features that professional and advanced amateur photographers want and need.
"The number of photographers utilizing Macs is growing, and now these dedicated Mac followers can take advantage of photo management software features that have, up until now, been limited to PC systems," said Tarjin Rahman, product manager for ACD Systems. "ACDSee Pro for Mac is the integrated image viewing, managing and editing solution that helps photographers take control of their workflow."
Built from the ground up, ACDSee Pro for Mac will include the full set of fast workflow features that photographers have come to expect in ACDSee products. The initial beta release of ACDSee Pro for Mac will focus on the fundamentals of browsing, viewing, organizing and printing images.
Unlike catalog-based photo applications, ACDSee Pro for Mac skips the cumbersome step of importing files that are already on a hard drive or connected device. ACDSee Pro automatically detects external devices, including cameras, photo frames and memory cards, and allows users to simply drag and drop images onto a hard drive.
Professional photographers will also save time when it comes to accessing folders, which can be done live, in real time. ACDSee Pro instantly populates the file list with photo thumbnails.
"Navigating and viewing images without having to go through the import phase saves time and gives professional photographers the control they need in the creative process," said Rahman.
With ACDSee's proprietary viewing technology, ACDSee Pro for Mac allows image viewing at unparalleled speeds – even large, high-resolution photos. More than 40 file types can be viewed, including common RAW formats, and photos can be displayed in full-screen presentation mode for maximum impact.