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What’s that? You want more ways to stay organized and find things quickly? Well, not to worry. ACDSee has a variety of styles in which you can organize, so you can really just pick your favorite. Potentially your new favorite way to organize involves using the Collections tool. It’s exactly what it sounds like. You collect photos based on a common variable. That variable is up to you. And then you can find them super easy. Collections is a powerful grouping and search query tool, and is arguably the most efficient way of finding elusive photos.

You might choose to group based on the camera used, or maybe the size of the image. Or you might make collections for workflow purposes, such as collecting images you intend to share or process. It’s up to you — and you don’t have to explain your decisions to anyone!

To Create a Collection:
  1. In Manage mode, at the bottom of the Folders pane, select Collections, which is tabbed with Catalog and Calendar.
  2. In the Collections pane, right-click and select Create Collection… from the context menu.
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  3. In the Create Collection dialog box, make some decisions. Name your collection—that’s obvious. In the Location section, you can choose to place this collection inside of a previously existing collection. But assuming this is your first time and that you do not have a time machine, you can overlook this part this time.
    Under Options, select Include selected photos to effectively achieve two steps in one: creating a collection and adding the selected photos to it right away. But adding images to your collection after the fact is not difficult, so don’t sweat it if you didn’t have any photos selected. And then select Set as target collection to say that this is the collection you want to be able to send photos to with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + C.
  4. name_collectionPress the Create button.
Adding Photos to Collections

Now there’s a number of ways you can add the photos you want to your new collection. You can right-click the images in the File List pane and choose Collections | Add to | [name of the collection]. Or you can do the ol’ drag and drop your images from the File List pane onto the collection inside the Collections pane.

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Or, with the Organize tab of the Properties pane open, you can select the images in the File List pane and select the checkbox next to the collection.

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If you didn’t set your collection as the target collection in the set up phase, or if you want to change the target to another collection, you can do it at any time by right-clicking the collection and choosing Set as Target Collection. A target collection will display a blue circle icon next to it in the Collections pane. It looks like this:

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With your target collection set, you can easily add as you go by selecting the image(s) and pressing Ctrl + Alt + C.

Before we go any further, let’s cover what to do if you were sleeping and put the wrong images in the wrong collection. Select the collection in the Collections pane. Then right-click the image(s) in the File List pane and choose Collections | Remove from Selected Collection.

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This won’t delete the image(s). It will only remove it/them from the collection. As you can see, you can also opt to remove it/them from all collections.

Finding Images with Collections

Now for the interesting part. While grouping your images is fun, a collection’s true purpose is to be ridiculously awesome at finding the images you need at any given time. This is where smart collections come in. It’s not that the average collection lacks intelligence, but more that a smart collection’s IQ is off the chart. A smart collection is a collection with a query built inside of it. Yes, inside. How does it get there? You, my friend, specify what you want it to be and the images that fit your query will show up in your smart collection.

Well that sounds kind of complicated. Technically speaking, it probably is. But for you, it’s positively accessible. Search queries get saved to the database and when you catalog new images in the future, the ones that fit your search query criteria will automatically show up in your smart collection.

So let’s make a number of smart collections and see what we can find.

  1. In the Collections pane, right-click and select Create Smart Collection… from the context menu.
  2. In the Create Smart Collection dialog box, enter a name for your collection—something that will help you remember what search query it contains. In the Location section, leave the Inside a Collection Set checkbox enabled to place the collection under the Smart Collections folder to keep it separate from not smart regular collections. In the Match section, press the Add button.
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  3. In the Add Search Criteria dialog box, choose criteria by clicking the plus + signs to expand the tree and toggling the checkboxes on and off to select your properties.
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  4. Press OK.
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  5. Refine each item by clicking the underlined variables and selecting an option from the drop-down, or entering a number or word into the field.
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  6. Press OK. Select the smart collection in the Collections pane to reveal the results of the query.
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There are a wide variety of search queries you can create. Let’s say you’re looking for some photos you’ve uploaded but you don’t know exactly when. You know it had to be some time between the present day and April 2014. These would not be difficult to find. In the Add Search Criteria dialog box, expand the EXIF section, then expand the Image section. Here, check the box beside Date/Time. Press OK.

You can refine a date and time range by selecting the underlined date. This will open the Select Time Range dialog box, where you can specify down to the second.

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Press OK.

You can further define by clicking the underlined word between the property and the date and selecting an alternative. By choosing “is within”, the smart collection will take the amount of time between the two dates and apply that relative to the present date. What this means is that the query will always return images within the past 731 days. There’s no need to update it.

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And that’s that. Happy hunting!

If you have Microsoft’s OneDrive, you are in luck. You have already been storing your photos there and you have access to them any time, on any device. But nowadays, with ACDSee’s OneDrive integration, you can access your OneDrive photos in ACDSee, and both your originals and any edits you have made in ACDSee will be continuously backed up into the cloud. You can also simultaneously manage your photos across multiple OneDrive accounts, copying and moving them from account to account.

What does this mean? What can you do with this?

Your photo collection can be synced between multiple PCs, meaning your photos are wherever you are. Photos you take on your mobile device and save to your OneDrive will automatically show up in ACDSee on your PC — there is no need to manually import them. In Manage mode, where you can view, organize, and batch edit your photos on a folder to folder basis, OneDrive is now available like any other folder. In the Folder pane, select your OneDrive folder from its location in your folder tree. Your OneDrive contents will now be visible in the File List pane. From here you can take your OneDrive photos in whatever direction you choose. All the power of ACDSee is available to you.

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Perhaps you would like to perform a variety of corrections to a series of photos at once? You can use batch editing to convert formats and color space, correct lighting and color, resize, rename, etc. And if you find a correction configuration or combination that works really well for you, you can save that as a setting for future use.

You can also use Manage mode to organize and search through your OneDrive photos for that one special shot. You can classify your photos using hierarchical keywords, tagging, categorizing, labeling, and rating, to name a few. Add, manage, and edit IPTC metadata. View or assign the locations your images were taken with the Map pane.

If you would like to view your OneDrive photo (or video) collection on a file by file basis in full size, you can open them in View mode. Double-click the image you would like to view in the File List pane of Manage mode and it will automatically open in View mode.

For non-destructive RAW and JPEG image processing, you can open any of these images in Develop mode, if you are using ACDSee Pro or ACDSee Ultimate. You can improve white balance, tone curves, sharpness, lens distortion, reduce noise, lighting with Light EQ, and a variety of other elements of your photos non-destructively.

In Edit mode, you can apply fine-tuned adjustments while being confident that your originals are preserved. In this mode, there are a variety of tools available to you, such as the ability to make selections, add text, watermark, borders, drawings, brushes, blurring, and pixel targeting. Edit mode also has a full set of adjustment tools, like a collection of lighting and exposure tools, advanced color, color balance, clarity, and geometry and flaw removal tools. Most Edit mode tools can be used in combination with the Layered Editor in ACDSee Ultimate to create composites and photo manipulations.

After you have beautified your photos, you may wish to share them. To view your OneDrive options, such as sharing a OneDrive link, you can press Ctrl + right-click an image to display the Windows context menu within ACDSee.

Your photo collection is safe on OneDrive, but what you can do with those photos doesn’t have to stop there. Access your OneDrive folder in Manage mode in your ACDSee application to take your cloud-traveling photos wherever you want them to go.

Hey Everybody,
ACDSee Ultimate 8 is now here! What’s it all about? As the first digital asset management software with layers, it’s able to answer an unparalleled number of creative graphic and image composition needs. And it has all the editing power and the digital asset management capabilities of ACDSee Pro 8. Check out this video for a quick peak at what you can do with the layered editor:

Stay tuned for a more in-depth look on how you can get layers working for you.

ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 are here! These babies are jam-packed with new features to accelerate your photography management and editing workflow. And by “babies”, I kind of mean the opposite of babies. They’re colossal applications — yet somehow move swiftly and stealthily like great golden eagles!

Check out photographer Peter Pereira’s first look at ACDSee Pro 8.