The ACDSee 12 user interface provides easy access to the various tools and features you can use to browse, view, edit, and manage your photos and media files. ACDSee 12 consists of four modes: Manage mode, View mode, Edit mode, and Online mode.
Manage mode is the main browsing and managing component of the user interface, and is what you see when you start ACDSee 12 using the shortcut icon on your desktop. In Manage mode, you can find, move, preview, and sort your files, and access organization and sharing tools.
Manage mode consists of 12 panes, most of which can be closed when not in use. The File List pane is always visible, and displays the contents of the current folder, the results of your latest search, or the files in your database that match your filtering criteria. A status bar at the bottom of the Manage mode window displays information about the currently selected file, folder, or category.
You can open and close panes, move them to different areas of your screen, and stack them on other panes or dock them to the edge of the window. Most panes also have additional options you can set to further customize their behavior and appearance.
Manage mode also features a toolbar and a set of drop-down menus. The toolbar provides buttons for your home folder, and for navigating forwards and backwards through your folders. The drop-down menus provide quick access to the most common tasks.
In View mode you can play media files and display images in full resolution, one at a time. You can also open panes to view image properties, display areas of an image at varying magnifications, or examine detailed color information.
You can open View mode by double-clicking an associated file type in Windows Explorer, and you can use the filmstrip in View mode to flip quickly between all of the images in a folder. View mode contains a toolbar with shortcuts to commonly-used commands, and a status bar at the bottom of the window, which displays information about the current image or media file.
You can use Edit mode to fix and enhance images using the pixel-based Edit tools.
The Edit pane displays the available pixel-based tools in a customizable menu that can be closed or hidden when not in use. Clicking the name of a tool on the menu opens that tool in the Edit pane, where you can adjust the settings to edit or enhance your image.
The Edit pane also contains a status bar, which displays information about the image you are editing.
The new Online mode provides an easy way to upload images to ACDSeeOnline.com to share with your contacts or the public. In Online mode, you can select the images on your computer and then drag and drop them directly into ACDSeeOnline.com.