ACD Systems International Inc.

ACD Systems International Inc.

April 22, 2008 09:01 ET

ACD Systems International Inc.: 2,000 Photographers Test ACDSee Photo Editor

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

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - 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 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."

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

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 www.acdsee.com and the community site 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 www.acdsee.com/photoeditor. The trial software will expire at the end of the beta test period on July 15, 2008. The full version of ACDSee Photo Editor 2008 will be available in English for US$49.99 in June 2008. For more information, visit www.acdsee.com.

About ACD Systems

Headquartered in British Columbia since 1993, ACD Systems International Inc. is one of the world's leading developers and marketers of digital imaging software, including the renowned ACDSee image management tool and Canvas, an advanced cross-platform technical illustration and graphics program. ACD has millions of consumer and business users and more than 33,000 corporate customers including many Fortune 500 companies. For further details, please visit www.acdsee.com.

ACD, ACD Systems and ACDSee are trademarks of ACD Systems International Inc. or its subsidiaries and may be registered in Canada, the United States, the European Union, Japan or certain other jurisdictions. Canvas is a trademark of ACD Systems of America, Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Trademarks of ACD Systems of America, Inc. are used under license by ACD Systems International Inc. or its subsidiaries.

All other marks, products and company names are the property of their respective owners.

Contact Information

  • ACD Systems International Inc.
    Genevieve Lambert
    (250) 419-6700
    (250) 419-6745 (FAX)
    Email: pr@acdsee.com
    Website: www.acdsee.com
    or
    CMD Agency for ACD Systems International Inc.
    Julie Yamamoto
    (503) 223-6794
    or
    CMD Agency for ACD Systems International Inc.
    Karamy Muessig
    (503) 223-6794
    Email: acdsee@cmdagency.com