ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac 5.0
Release Notes

Build 5.0.1017

New Features

  • Map pane to add or view photo locations from anywhere in the world based on GPS info.
  • Image Basket workspace to gather images, regardless of their location, for further processing.
  • Batch Add Watermark tool.
  • Batch Add Border tool.
  • Compare Images tool.
  • Filter By menu to display files by their metadata, such as ratings, color labels, tags, and categories.
  • Auto Advance: adding metadata prompts ACDSee to automatically advance to the next image.
  • External Editors command opens images from ACDSee in other user-selected applications.
  • Multiple database support, create and switch between multiple databases.
  • Import database: ACDSee detects previous ACDSee version (3 or 4), and offers to import the data on first launch.


  • Improved browsing/scanning performance in many scenarios.
  • Improved image capture device import handling capacity.
  • Rename command keyboard shortcut with multiple images selected now opens Batch Rename dialog.
  • ENTER key, RETURN key now applies metadata in Properties pane.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue in which Properties pane might not update after assigning metadata in certain cases.
  • Fixed an issue in which File List scrolled when dragging items below application window.
  • Fixed an issue in which focus did not return to File List after clicking Apply in Properties pane.
  • Fixed an issue in which image thumbnails and metadata display might be delayed when browsing to folder after importing from device.
  • Fixed memory leak when selecting an item with assigned keywords.

Known Issues

  • Disconnecting an iOS device while importing will crash ACDSee.
  • Move to trash will not work on images on cameras.
  • Batch Copy and Batch Move will not work for images on cameras.
  • PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) not supported.
  • Cannot save Batch Preset with export destination folder defined relative to source folder.
  • Develop mode changes are not remembered when group is deactivated.
  • No method to view RGB values while using Eye Dropper to set White Balance.
  • Cannot copy read-only EXIF metadata values to the clipboard.
  • Cannot read any ACDSee metadata embedded in BMP, CUR, DDS, EXR, GIF, HDR, ICO, JP2, MEF, PBM, PSD, or TGA.
  • Batch Copy operation hangs when Place in subfolder option enabled, "Date" token added to the Name, and date format includes slash character ("/"). Workaround: In System Preferences > Language & Region > Advanced... > Dates, remove "/" from the desired format.
  • Import ignores video portion of Live Photos.
  • Keyword/Category assignment may fail if target is unscanned image basket item.
  • ACDSee will not function correctly if the ACDSee database is locked or read-only.
  • ACDSee does not support multiple clients connecting to the same database. ACDSee will become unresponsive if trying to connect to a database that is already open in another instance of ACDSee.
  • Status bar count may be wrong if empty smart folder selected.
  • Watermark tool Center button doesn't center watermark for all images in the Batch if images are different sizes.
  • Running Batch Add Watermark while an unsupported image is in preview does not apply watermark.
  • Compare Images Active View is empty if selected image is an orphan.
  • Startup time may be impacted if Image Basket contains many items.
  • External Editors feature does not support images on cameras.
  • Encoding metadata to HEIC files is not supported.
  • Keyboard shortcuts assigned to commands that can be renamed, (such as Categories, Batch Presets, External Editors), need to be re-assigned if command is renamed.
  • On macOS 10.14, writing a Spotlight Comment fails with error “Source file not found” if ACDSee does not have permission to control Finder. Workaround: in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy, select Automation, and check the box to allow ACDSee to control Finder.
  • Adding media files (e.g. audio, video files) to Image Basket is not supported.
  • The folder tree fails to refresh after Cut-Paste or drag-and-drop Move operations. Workaround: View > Refresh Folders Pane (option + command + R).


  • When importing a previous version's database, please ensure the previous version of the application is closed.
  • Importing a previous version’s database may cause the Date Modified timestamp to update but does not modify the actual contents of the database.