View Mode Orientation

June 12, 2018

View mode is the main viewing component of ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac.  You can use it to see your images in full resolution and navigate through the contents in the File List in Manage mode by using the Filmstrip. You can also display areas of an image at varying magnifications, or rotate images, or use the Properties pane to view image properties.  You can also perform any develop operation, run any batch preset, and write any metadata in View mode to a single file that you can do in Manage mode. View mode contains a toolbar with navigation buttons, and a status bar at the bottom of the window, which displays information about the current image.

You can get to View mode by double-clicking an image in Manage mode.

You can use the buttons in the toolbar to:

  • Navigate 
  • Rotate 
  • View fullscreen 
  • Launch a slideshow of the current folder 
  • Select, which you can use to copy the selection to the clipboard, zoom to that region, or save the selected area as a separate file 
  • Zoom in or out 
  • Fit the image to screen 
  • Display the image actual size 

Below the toolbar, you will see the Filmstrip. The Filmstrip features the other images in the folder your image is from. You can flip through the Filmstrip by doing any of the following:

  • Click on an image in the Filmstrip.
  • Press the arrow keys or spacebar.
  • Click and drag the scroll bar at the bottom of the Filmstrip.
  • Place your cursor on the Filmstrip and scroll with your mouse (button or wheel)
  • Use a swipe gesture on your trackpad or magic mouse.

You can resize the Filmstrip by dragging its header, or collapse it by double-clicking its header.

Open the Properties pane to see more information about the image you are viewing by going to View | Properties Pane. In the Properties pane, you can view the EXIF, IPTC, or ACDSee Metadata.

You can also continue organizing your images as you view them by applying categories, ratings, color labels, or tags, all of which are accessible under the Edit menu. Also under the Edit menu, you can apply Develop presets.

Why Are There Batch Functions in View Mode?

Well, I’m glad you asked, friend. Usually we think of batch operations as a way to perform an action to a number of photos at once. But in View mode, where you’re only viewing one image at a time, this probably seems a bit weird. Instead, think of batch operations in View mode as performing a batch of several functions to an image at once. You can do a whole bunch of things at the same time, such as resizing, moving, copying, changing the format, developing, etc. This can save a lot of time. This is especially true if you save a combination of operations that you are likely to use again as a batch preset.  Then that preset is available in the Batch menu and you can apply it in one click to a single image in View mode, or a series of images in Manage mode. And if you really want to take it to the next level, you can assign a batch function a keyboard shortcut in the Preferences dialog. Then you’re just blasting through your collection, completing tasks with one key stroke.

What About RAW Images?

RAW images are like photo negatives. They contain all of the data that your camera’s sensor collected when you took the shot. RAW photos include an embedded JPEG so that you can view them. To open an undeveloped RAW image in View mode, you have a couple of choices: You can view the embedded JPEG, or you can opt for ACDSee to quickly decode the image and display a temporary photo of the RAW file. You can make this decision in View mode by toggling the switch, which looks like this:


You can also set this in the Preferences dialog box.

I hope you have found this View mode orientation helpful. Happy exploring!




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