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  • First Look at Mac 7

    I have had the new version of ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac installed for a couple of days now. Here are a few of my impressions.

    ACDSee Photo Studio 7 for Mac seems more responsive than Mac 6 on my system (iMac 2017, Quad-Core Intel i7, 32 GB memory). Startup is much faster after the initial creation of the thumbnails in the default startup folder. A search which included the internal HD and two external drives was extremely fast.

    The addition of a Clone and Heal tool, a Smart Brush and Gradient adjustment strengthen the development/editing function of this application. For most amateur photographers, this is probably all they need. Problem images or desired use of plug-in such as the DxO Nik Collection will require a third-party editor, which can be called from Mac 7. In Mac 7, it’s simple to configure external editors with customized keyboard shortcuts. Most of the editors I have tested work seamlessly with Mac 7.

    However, the real strength of ACDSee Photo Studio 7 for Mac is the DAM function. Mac 7 is one of the best digital asset managers for the Mac on the market, particularly when one considers the price. It’s competitive with Photo Supreme — a little cheaper and better. It’s competitive with the new Photo Mechanic Plus, which is more expensive and really targeted to professional photographers. Mac 7 is easier to learn than Photo Mechanic Plus.

    ACDSee Photo Studio 7 for Mac renders thumbnails for native image files of virtually all third-party photo editors, including generic PNG files with transparency. The only image file I have seen not rendered is a PLD native file from the German photo editor PhotoLine. I asked for that several versions ago.

    Mac 7 is the only non-Adobe Mac app that provides a true full-screen view without anything else on the screen. When I evaluate an image, I often want to see it without sidebars, menu lines at the top or prompts at the bottom. I get that in ACDSee. From View in Studio 7, press “F” on the keyboard to see full-screen. F again returns to normal view. I love this image evaluation feature.

    Amateur photographers seeking an alternative to the Adobe environment should evaluate ACDSee Photo Studio 7 for Mac for themselves.

    (In the Develop module, I discovered Mac 7 does not support raw files produced by the newer Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III camera. I reported this as a bug to ACDSee support.)

  • #2
    Hi OldRadioGuy,

    Thank you very much for the thoughtful review. We always appreciate hearing what users like and what can be improved.

    Regarding the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III camera, RAW support is provided by macOS itself. According to, the Mark III isn't supported yet (although Mark I and Mark II are). Note Apple adds support for additional RAW formats over time.

    Best regards,


    • #3
      I'm a little disappointed that more attention wasn't given to the DAM side of Studio 7. On even modestly large photo collections, it bogs down on opening. Deleting the first photo takes 30-45 seconds. Performance is better after the first deletion, but if you are reviewing hundreds of photos from a shoot, it's still terribly slow to make deletions. Running on an iMac 27 inch (late 2013), 3.4 GHz, 16 GB RAM, Mac OS 10.14.6.

      Apple still hasn't supported the 1.2 year old Canon IDX Mark III, so ACDSee can't deal with the native RAW files. It forces my work flow through Adobe ACR, which adds another layer of work. Maybe ACD needs to rethink reliance on Apple's RAW support, when Apple is more than a year behind?


      Jim D.
      Frozen Feather Images


      • #4
        Hi OldRadioGuy and Jim,

        Thanks for your feedback. I've contacted Apple and requested they add RAW support for Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III and Canon IDX Mark III.
        Regarding ACDSee's reliance on Apple's RAW support, this is something the product team monitors and reviews each cycle, taking feedback such as what you've provided into account.



        • #5
          So far I like V7. I'll second OldRadioGuy's points. The new editing features are excellent, and as in version 6, the renders are beautiful compared to other apps. It seems a bit faster and more responsive than V6, and I'd like to see the Mac version achieve DAM feature parity with Photo Studio Ultimate 2020/21(I'd also like to see a couple of the Mac features migrated over to Ultimate).