Looking for an all-in-one photo cataloguing, RAW conversion, layer-based editing and enhancement tool without a subscription plan? ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2018 may be the answer.

It’s the top product in ACDSee’s Photo Studio 2018 line-up. There are cheaper Professional and Standard versions, but they don’t have the full set of tools in the Ultimate edition. ACDsee has published a product comparison chart. Note that all the features described below are for the Ultimate version.

ACDSee Photo Studio 2018 is Windows-only software. There is a Mac version, ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac, but it’s in beta right now, following problems with the previous Mac product, ACDSee Pro 3.

ACDSee Photo Studio 2018 uses a folder-based browsing system combined with cataloguing tools which work across your whole image library. You can add ratings, colour labels and visual tags to your images as well as regular IPTC metadata, including hierarchical keywords.

It also offers non-destructive RAW image enhancement, with support for over 500 camera models and control over exposure contrast, colour, sharpening and image repairs. It also offers lens and perspective corrections and tools for fixing chromatic aberration (colour fringing).

ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2018 goes further by incorporating a layers-based edit mode where it’s possible to carry out pixel-based adjustments and operations. ACDSee says this version has improved performance, with GPU accelerated adjustment layers and brushing operations now 400% faster. Undoing and redoing operations have been made faster, and the drawing tools such as Airbrush and Eraser are faster too.

New features include a Smart Erase tool for content-aware object removal and Liquify tool to shift, pinch, bulge or restore areas of an image (64-bit only). A new Frequency Separation feature can split images into high and low-frequency components to make it easier to smooth out flaws without losing texture, and there’s an Actions Browser for recording, organising and playing back sequences of editing steps.

Other new features include a new Split Tone Adjustment Layer, Polygon Selection  tool and grain tool.

All three versions (Standard, Professional, Ultimate) work with the ACDSee Mobile Sync app for Android or iOS devices, which can send photos and videos ACDSee Photo Studio on a desktop machine, with options for configuring filenames and subfolders at the same time.

ACDSee Photo Studio Standard 2018 costs $59.99 from the ACDSee Store, the Professional version costs $99.99 and the Ultimate version costs $149.99.

And actually, there is a subscription plan too. For $69 per year you get access to six ACDSee products, including Photo Studio Ultimate 2018.

You don’t have to decide right now, though, because all three versions of Photo Studio can be downloaded as 30-day trial versions from the ACDSee website.

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