I've been a long time user of ACDSee products... starting way back when it was just a quick and easy way to sort through photos and do some simple edits and modifications. When they introduced a "Pro" version I used it extensively and loved it. So, when they launched the Pro 3 Beta I started to look forward to when I could take some time and play with it some... and I finally found some of that time.
I downloaded the second beta release of Pro 3 and played around some and came away with the following "first impressions":
Now, what about the downsides? I will have to consider myself one of the fortunate ones... based upon some of the comments in the beta forums. I haven't experienced the crashing and hang-ups that have plagued others... and I'm not so dead set in my beliefs that I can't easily grasp and adapt to the workflow. So, I think that the biggest downside, for now, is that there isn't any real third party support and utilization of ACDSee. I've never found a plugin / extension for effects or enhancements like you can find for Adobe's software... even though I've gotten the impression that they can be made.
Overall, I'm impressed with the application and will be looking forward to making a formal upgrade to version 3 when it's released.
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