Updated: June 15, 2023 Author: Anna Kondaurova
ACDSee is a professional tool, and naturally rather expensive. However, it is undeniable that this program works great with storing, searching and editing the necessary photos. So, due to the price and rather difficult interface, free ACDSee analogues with convenient functionality and pleasant design are gaining popularity among users.
The most up-to-date, functional and easy-to-use replacement option for ACDSee
Rich functionality, but difficult to learn and non-obvious interface
Handy for sorting photos into folders, but it does not create an index of the entire archive
When you don't need functionality but just want to view photos
It's incredibly easy to take 10 pictures of your beloved cat today. Just a couple of seconds, and the fluffy star is captured. But, unfortunately, here comes a problem of storing, sorting, editing, and finding the right photos.
In the past this problem was typically solved by programs like ACDSee and Picasa. But the problem is that Picasa has not been supported for more than a decade and ACDSee is not the best choice in a context of money these days. Almost $50 for the home version Photo Studio Home 2022 and $100 for the professional Photo Studio Ultimate 2022, taking the sale into account! . And the new programs ACDSee Ultimate Pack 2023, ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2023, ACDSee Photo Studio Professional and 2023 ACDSee Photo Studio Home 2023 cost $209, $149.99, $99.99 and $59.99 respectively. And this significant disadvantage, as well as constantly pop-up reminders about the end of the 30-day trial period, may encourage you to look for alternatives to ACDSee. Fortunately, there are more than 150 different options, depending on the required functionality, as well as financial affordability.
As long as the program is packed with functionality, it is rather difficult to find the analogue. For a beginner it can seem overcomplicated. To address that issue there are lessons on ACDSee website to help you get familiar with its interface concepts.
The advantages of the application that make it look favorable compared to others:
Let's add to this list some additional criteria that is also important when choosing an alternative:
So, this is the list of criteria that will help us evaluate ACDSee alternatives.
JPEGView — it is probably the simplest photo viewer in terms of functionality. You can surely say: just photos and nothing more.
You can barely classify this software as an ACDSee analogue since it has a very limited functionality. We can compare the two programs only in the context of the ability to view photos, as long as the program is not designed for more.
Meanwhile, the software works with the most popular graphic formats, and for decoding RAW-files it uses visualization software components from the Windows 10 (11) operating system.
For the purposes of this review we explored the free version of PhotoScape X. There is a more extensive fee-based professional version as well.
It was originally developed for MacOS, which can be seen in its design. But it has proven itself quite well in Windows, too. There is a photo viewer, a small photo editor, batch processing, collages, screen captures and more.
The program is quite popular and has been translated into over 20 languages.
The utility named after Irfan Skijian is beloved by many for its simplicity and convenience, but not for its design and variety of functionality. However, this software will run even on a weak PC.
The software contains a small photo editor in which you can slightly modify the original picture. The program also allows you to find out data about the image, convert it into a web page or create a screenshot.
Among the features of the software there are search with filtering, batch processing mode, and semi-transparent widgets with additional information about the file. There are several viewing and navigation modes.
FastStone — this program has one of the friendliest, classic interfaces coming out of the 1990s. You can use it not only to remove the red-eye effect, but also to sort files into folders, create a business card or a photo slideshow, process a lot of photos at once (batch processing).
This software stands out among the alternatives to ACDSee because it allows you not only to edit a file, but also to convert it.
XnView, like a number of other ACDsee analogues mentioned above, is presented in a classic interface. But at the same time, it has a convenient, but slightly overloaded interface and a wide range of functions.
Here you can create albums, and sort photos by categories, send the photo to print or watch the image from the scanner. Also here you can slightly edit the photo and convert it to another format.
DigiKam — is a cross-platform application that was originally written for Linux, but was later adapted to Windows and MacOS as well. If you are ready to spend several hours on learning the application, you might master a wide range of its functionality.
The software is quite helpful if you need to bring a lot of photos into a cohesive system. It organizes, sorts them by keywords or tags, title, date or geo-location, and more.
There is also a small photo editor that will help you improve the quality of your photos.
This software can be ranked second among ACDSee analogues in terms of its functionality.
A young but very promising application Tonfotos appeared at the end of 2021. The software is developing very quickly and has already acquired all the most necessary functions, so it may become a great analogue to ACDSee and Picasa.
It has an intuitive, up-to-date and light-weight design. It can index images from several photo storages at once - both on the PC itself and on a network resource. Albums are created regardless of file location.
Selecting an analogue for ACDSee can be a difficult task, but it is possible for sure. Of course, you can hardly replace it by 100%, but at least by 70%. ACDSee is a professional tool for processing a huge number of images that need to be manipulated and edited in various ways, up to complete change of the original image. Even based on the description above, it is clear that it is quite a complex and feature-rich program that essentially replaces several more task-specific applications.
When searching for alternatives to ACDSee, the most important thing is to understand the purpose of the program you're going to use it for:
It is worth noting that Tonfotos stands out from its competitors presented in this review by its more up-to-date and clear design, as well as more elaborate features of face recognition, and the display on the timeline and map.
Another important criteria to look for analogues to ACDSee is its usability - the "friendliness" of the interface. Even this very software is a little slack in this regard. And while this parameter is subjective in many ways, it is still influenced by objective factors:
Each software program is developed to solve its own specific tasks, each has its own functionality and ideology. For example, Tonfotos, which is the closest to ACDSee in terms of functionality, is not a clone of ACDSee. It is an absolutely independent tool that will help find "the right" image buried in hundreds of folders and enjoy the rush of memories. It also offers the ability to not only tag family and friends in photos, but also indicate their kinship and relationship, which none of the competitors have. Download the free version of Tonfotos here.