ACD Systems International Inc.

ACD Systems International Inc.

February 26, 2008 11:00 ET

Scrapbookers and Avid Photographers to Help Shape Next Version of ACDSee Photo Editor

Public invited to beta test the easy-to-use digital layout and design tool

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2008) - ACD Systems International Inc. today announced that it is inviting scrapbookers and creative photographers to participate in the development of ACDSee Photo Editor 2008™. The upgrade, scheduled for release later this year, will include improvements to ACDSee's easy-to-use digital design and layout software to provide users with more creative possibilities.

"We invite the community to work with us in the development process," said Mark Franklin, executive vice president of ACD Systems. "Our users really appreciate that with Photo Editor they are able to design their own photo compositions without taking a lot of time to learn the software. Our continued engagement with users has helped us to extend ACDSee Photo Editor's creative capabilities as we add features for their unique needs."

People interested in serving as beta testers are invited to visit www.acdsee.com/photoeditor to download a Photo Editor 2008 beta and test-drive features including new dynamic image adjustment capabilities, custom text paths and an array of templates developed by top digital designers Andrea Gold and Maggie Lamarre. Testers are also invited to 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.

"Scrapbookers have specific creative needs, and the learning curve of traditional photo editing tools can make the process long and daunting," said Connie Bensen, who recently joined ACD Systems as community manager. "I've always chosen ACDSee products and recommended them to other scrapbookers because technology should never be a barrier to creativity and fun. There's so much to explore in the worlds of digital and hybrid scrapbooking, and with ACDSee, it's easy to make your ideas come to life."

Specific features currently planned for Photo Editor 2008 include:

- Advanced journaling and text curving 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

- Quick optimization for Web and advanced printing functions.

Photo Editor integrates seamlessly with ACDSee 10 Photo Manager™, the company's tool for viewing, organizing and managing growing photo and digital scrapbooking 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.

The feedback process for Photo Editor 2008 is the second major public beta test held by ACD Systems. The release of its first major upgrade for professional photo workflow management tool ACDSee Pro 2 was heavily influenced by the participation of more than 2,500 photographers from around the globe.

Pricing and Availability

The public beta version of ACDSee Photo Editor 2008 is available free for download at www.acdsee.com/photoeditor. It 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 Fall 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