ACD Systems has launched ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2022. ACD Systems’ new version of its flagship photo editing software includes numerous updates, highlighted by the addition of two new modes: Media mode and People mode. These new modes’ streamline the digital asset management process and introduce AI-powered facial recognition.’

Frank Lin, COO and CTO of ACD Systems, said, ‘ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2022 complements an already robust array of Digital Asset Management and Layer Editing modes. We continue to develop this software year-on-year by adding new updates and services to help photographers through the day-to-day. The two new modes will help photographers identify images in a heartbeat, rather than going through an abundance of images to find the file they’re looking for. Photo Studio Ultimate 2022 is the ticket to a future where Artificial Intelligence will help elevate photographers’ vision.’

In addition to the new Media and People modes, Photo Studio Ultimate 2022 incorporates new selection tools and filters that offer improved precision when making selects. The software adds a color wheel for improved pixel targeting.

Further, noise reduction, which is improved, can now be applied via the develop mode brush in the latest version. ISO settings above 200,000 are now supported in the 2022 release, which is good news for users of newer Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony cameras. HDR and Focus Stacking functionality is improved as well.

With People Mode, the software uses machine learning to detect and recognize faces. Users can merge, rename or delete faces to help keep their photo library organized. Photo Studio 2022’s AI assistant offers labeling suggestions for grouping similar unnamed individuals.

Media Mode is a database-driven ‘powerhouse’ for viewing and accessing any folders you’ve browsed in Manage mode or cataloged into the ACDSee database. You can use Media Mode to sort, group and filter in user-selected combinations.

The underlying basis of Photo Studio remains the same, promising non-destructive, layer-based photo editing, batch editing tools and digital asset management functions. If you’d like to learn more about ACDSee Photo Studio’s core functionality, we published a review of ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 just this week. While there are some new features in 2022, our review of 2021 remains relevant to any prospective customers.

Photo Studio Ultimate 2022 is available as a subscription for $8.90 per month or $89 per year. It can also be purchased with a lifetime license for $149.99. A free trial is available here. If you don’t require all the features of Ultimate, there are also Professional and Home versions available for $99.99 and $59.99, respectively. The Professional and Home versions are also available as a subscription. For the full breakdown of which features are included in each version, click here. Photo Studio 2022 is available for Windows.

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