TWiP Apps 01: ACDSee; The Photoshop and Lightroom Replacement You’ve Never Heard Of

TWiP Apps 01: ACDSee; The Photoshop and Lightroom Replacement You’ve Never Heard Of

In our inaugural episode, PhotoJoseph sits down with Adam and Tony from ACDSee — not the band, but the software company. Never heard of them? This company has been making a compelling alternative to Lightroom and Photoshop for a very long time, and as you’re about to see, ACDSee Pro and Ultimate 9 are packed full of features, including some you simply won’t find in apps from the big names.

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  1. great show. it’s about time someone started exploring alternatives for Photoshop and Lightroom. I remember ACDSee way back in the 90s when it was free. Glad to hear they’re still around. Personally I would like to see either their workflow approach to managing, editing, and output in terms of how the developers envisioned it, or I’d like to see a better user interface. I hate to compare, but Aperture had a really good user interface that made you forget there were even modules like in lightroom. I just feel like nothing out there will ever compare to Aperture in terms of workflow and ease, but Thank you ACDSee for putting out great software. I’ll play with it in the future.

  2. Congrats on new endeavor Joseph! I was enjoying the show until “pretty much a Windows program” at which time I stopped. What are they thinking? Windows…really?

  3. Yeah, I know… I was aware that there wasn’t feature parity but was certainly surprised at that. Oh well… gotta be some love for the Windows folks, right? 🙂

  4. No, go right ahead and compare to Aperture. It really did set a standard for UI and DAM workflow. It’s not around anymore; someone should just rip it off!!