I’d like to take a quick look at a nifty little feature that was added to ACDSee back around the release of ACDSee 18 and Pro 8, and is also found in Ultimate 8. It’s possible that it could slip under the radar because, unlike other new features, PicaView is not actually visible inside ACDSee. I know, sounds devious. But, in fact, PicaView couldn’t be more transparent. That is, in a way, its function. ACDSee PicaView is a quick file viewer add-on for File Explorer. Well, what the heck does that mean? It means that when you’re browsing away in Windows Explorer and you’re trying to find that one specific file, you’re going to save quite a bit of time.

Before PicaView, I found it particularly bad when I was looking for a certain image, but it was in a folder full of several hundred similar images all taken in the same setting, at the same time. With PicaView, you can simply right-click an image and see a larger version of it in your context menu, reducing the wild goose chase to a very tame duck chase….not even a chase. You just find it. You “catch” the duck before it even started waddling away.

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PicaView will allow you to identify the image you’re looking for without having to launch it in a viewing application. It saves so much time! You can use it on any image file type supported by ACDSee.  This works on RAW files, too. And, in addition to viewing a preview of the image, you can also view the EXIF information.

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Did the flash fire on that pic? Well, let me just check on that. Right-click!

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Why, no. No, it did not. How easy was that?

If I want to launch the image in ACDSee, I just need to click the preview.

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I can also customize the size that the image previews in, what version of the image displays, etc. To reach the options, right-click an image file. At the top of the preview, click ACDSee PicaView | Options. In the Options dialog, you can elect to have it so that when you right-click, your image displays in a sub-menu, rather than the main menu. You can also choose a size for the image preview.

 

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You can also select the Show Original checkbox, and what this does is ensures that even if you’re viewing images that have been edited or developed, you will see a preview of the original.

Lastly, you can toggle the Show EXIF Information checkbox. You would turn off this checkbox if you only wanted to see a preview of the image and didn’t care to see the EXIF info.

And that’s all there is to it. Hope you enjoy this quick previewing feature designed to make life just that little bit easier.

 

Comments
  1. Anon says:

    Your product line is beyond confusing. Seems like there are 3-4 different products that do much of the same stuff, with really no guidance on the website as to what product different types of users would need or should consider.

    The only thing that’s cut and dry, is if you use a Mac/OS X. There is only one version for that, but the amount of Windows Software with almost the same name is sickening.

    Need more guidance. Companies like Corel, Cyberlink, etc. don’t make it such a guessing game (or force you to buy the most expensive SKU so that you can be sure you aren’t missing out something you may need).

  2. Rick says:

    Which ACD product provides me with similar layering and masking facilities that PSP provided?

    • Hi Rick,
      By “PSP”, do you mean Paint Shop Pro?

      If you are looking for a product with masking and layering features, then I recommend ACDSee Ultimate 8. You’ll be given limitless potential and control over layers’ levels of transparency with layer masks. You can hide or reveal elements or sections of photos with white or black brushes, combine images, and create layer masks from selections. And all of this in combination with the entirety of ACDSee Pro’s functionality. Hope that helps you out. Have a great week!

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