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  • ACDSee for Mac, likes, wishlist, bugs!

    I've been using ACDSee for Mac for a few days now. There's a lot of stuff I like.

    Stuff I like
    1. The Develop mode is great! Easy to use and great results.
    2. Auto Advance speeds up managing immensly.
    3. Thumbs and images load very quickly
    4. Movies are visible in the Manage view. A lot of photo management applications don't do this (Corel Aftershot comes to mind) and this is mind boggling to me because modern photo cameras shoot both photos and videos.

    Still, there's stuff that either are missing, or I just don't know how to do. Please correct me if I'm wishing for something that's already in the application.

    Wishlist
    1. I want to limit the scope of the Special Items (Image Well etc) and Calender to the selected folder.
    2. I can't duplicate files in Manage mode
    3. I want to see the assets that are in subfolders, like Adobe Bridge's "Show Items from Subfolders"
    4. The Quick Search feature is too hard to use.
    5. More easy to use Quick Search. I wish I could type "typeng created:2020/10/5 rating:2"
    6. Make Saved Searches like Finder's "Smart folders" or Photos.app's "Smart Album". In other words: Give it an easier to use UI. Typing "("Exif.DateTimeOriginal">="2019:01:01 00:00:00" AND "Exif.DateTimeOriginal"<="2019:12:31 23:59:59") to get images from 2019 is madness.
    7. Filter by file type
    8. I can't see ratings in View mode


    Weird bugs?
    1. In the compare view, with "1 Image" selected, clicking the thumbs at the bottom doesn't change the enlarged view. It only shows the first image in the list.
    2. When running a batch workflow that converts an image into a JPEG, it puts the resulting file at the end of the list, it ignores the Sort method I selected. So, converting a CR2 image to JPEG doesn't put the resulting JPEG next to the CR2 version, but at the end of the list.


    The biggest issue I have with ACDSee
    1. Undo only seems to work in Develop mode. Deleting a file in manage mode can't be undone for instance. This is bad, very bad...

  • #2
    Hi Pasz,

    Thank you for your thoughtful feedback.

    I want to limit the scope of the Special Items (Image Well etc) and Calender to the selected folder.
    I'll review this request with the product team.


    I can't duplicate files in Manage mode
    We have a Duplicate feature, available in the menu bar (Edit > Duplicate) or via keyboard shortcut ⌘D.


    I want to see the assets that are in subfolders, like Adobe Bridge's "Show Items from Subfolders"
    One workaround:
    1. In the Folders pane, hold the Option key while expanding a folder to expand subfolders level-by-level.
    2. Select all subfolders by Shift-selecting the last folder.

    I recognize this could be more user-friendly and I will review with the product team.


    The Quick Search feature is too hard to use.
    More easy to use Quick Search. I wish I could type "typeng created:2020/10/5 rating:2"
    In your example, typing type:dng and rating:2 would work as expected. The tricky part is the date since the required format is cumbersome. One workaround is to drag-and-drop the creation date from the Properties pane to the search field. Another workaround might be to have a saved search or recent search that uses the creation date, then modify it as needed. Note with dates (as well as many other numerical metadata), you can use greater than or less than symbols, e.g. created>="2020:10:05 00:00:00".


    Make Saved Searches like Finder's "Smart folders" or Photos.app's "Smart Album". In other words: Give it an easier to use UI. Typing "("Exif.DateTimeOriginal">="2019:01:01 00:00:00" AND "Exif.DateTimeOriginal"<="2019:12:31 23:59:59") to get images from 2019 is madness.
    Currently, inputting search criteria currently works best when you drag-and-drop the metadata from the Organize or Properties pane. In your example, as you found, that search is automatically created by dragging the "2019" calendar item to the search field. I agree those strings are not designed to be typed from scratch.

    I will review all this feedback regarding the Search UI with the product team


    Filter by file type
    I'll review this request with the product team.


    I can't see ratings in View mode
    Ratings (as well as Label and Tag) are visible in the bottom-right corner in View mode. Alternatively, you could show the Properties pane and select the ACDSee Metadata view.



    In the compare view, with "1 Image" selected, clicking the thumbs at the bottom doesn't change the enlarged view. It only shows the first image in the list.
    To change the view, right-click the thumb and select Send to Active View.



    When running a batch workflow that converts an image into a JPEG, it puts the resulting file at the end of the list, it ignores the Sort method I selected. So, converting a CR2 image to JPEG doesn't put the resulting JPEG next to the CR2 version, but at the end of the list.
    I'll review this issue with the product team. As a workaround, note you can Refresh the view (via View > Refresh, or keyboard shortcut ⌘R).


    1. Undo only seems to work in Develop mode. Deleting a file in manage mode can't be undone for instance. This is bad, very bad...
    ACDSee doesn't support undo/redo of file operations. I'll review this with the product team.



    Regards,
    David

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