They seem to come out with new versions every six months or so without adding much usually.
Ah, lots of companies are tossing out their last upgrades before Vista hits. Corel dumped Paint Shop Pro 11 and Adobe dumped Acrobat Pro 8 onto the market with no response because they didn't add any real benefit to those looking to upgrade. Actually, ACDSee 8 was released 07 September 2005, and with 9.0, the price went down 25% for new users and even more for upgraders. ACD Systems releases a new version every year in September (at least the last four were released this way), thus the cheaper price. One of the better things is that unlike many companies, ACD Systems keeps most of its functionality in the regular version, saving only the big fat power features meant for pro/amateur photographers for its Pro version. When many companies split their product, they completely gut the regular version making it useless. This is the best (and easily the fastest) version since 5.0 (really), and since you asked here's what's new:(1) Faster speed throughout the program. Who doesn't like to see this?
File management is much stronger and there's no more waiting for files to cache.(2) Quick View mode is fantastic!
Whether opening an image attachment to an e-mail, or double-clicking on a JPEG from Windows Explorer, the Quick View mode is a fast, sleek, and efficient, pared down viewer which displays your photos instantly (I don't know how they accomplish this either). (3) ACDSee 9's new Shadow/Highlight tool
is a hybrid gamma tool that lets you make adjustments in one-click, letting you trash fewer bad photos due to exposure problems.(4) Private Folders protects your personal photos in a secure area so only you can view them
. If you have photos or files that you want to remain confidential, just move them to a Private Folder, set a password, and ACDSee Photo Manager will keep them under lock and key. Great for keeping porn from spying eyes.(5) New filtering and sorting options
like 'Filter by' and 'Group by' allows you to sort and view photos into more detailed subsets based on EXIF, IPTC, file properties, names, or ACD database info.(6) Increased printing options
built right into the program rather than needing an add-on now.
Like NewsLeecher, ACDSee 9 has become progressively better with every version since 6, and it's not a big, fat program either. Picasa and XnView are very good, but ACDSee 9 is better (IMO).