ACD Systems

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ACD Systems International Inc.
Founded 1994
Founder Doug Vandekerkhove
Headquarters Seattle, Washington, United States & Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Key people
Frank Lin
(CTO & GM)
Martin Winstanley
(VP Corporate Development)
Dallas Vandekerkhove
(Canvas X Software, Inc. GM)
Mark Cosgrove
(Director of Production)
Phil Landman
(Director of R&D)
Mark Lise
(Director of Technology)Peter Anderson
(Director of Sales)
Products ACDSee
Canvas X

ACD Systems is an independent digital image editing and management company. The company was founded in 1994 in Texas by Doug Vandekerkhove. Today ACD Systems holds 7 patents, and millions of ACDSee products are in use throughout the world.[1]

ACD Systems has offices in the United States and Canada, supported by a team of global channel partners. With a product family that includes ACDSee Pro, ACDSee Mac Pro, ACDSee Standard photo editing and management solutions, and Canvas X.[2] technical illustration software, the company serves millions of consumers, small and medium businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and corporate customers.

Representative markets for ACD Systems’ products include AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction), insurance, manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, government, architecture/construction, education, gaming, technology, bio/health, and oil/gas/energy. Customers include General Motors, Caterpillar, Boeing, The New York City Fire Department, NASA, CNN, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.[citation needed] ACDSee software was used in the making of the movie Titanic because the filmmakers recognized that only ACDSee could provide the illustration, editing, and management tools required for their large-scale, complex development tasks and management requirements.[3]


1994 - The first version of ACDSee (16-bit, for Windows 3.1). ACDSee 1.0 - 16 bit was sold for $15USD
1995 - The first version of PicaView
1997 - ACDSee 95 was released, the first 32-bit version of ACDSee
1999 - Added image editing, plug-ins, video, scanner, and digital camera import and online functionality to ACDSee 3.0
2002 - Added relational database, calendar view, and categories, bringing us ACDSee 3.0
2003 - ACD Systems acquired Deneba Systems to continue the development of Canvas
2004 - LCE research begins
2005 - ACDSee 7.0 with support for digital camera RAW images
2005 - Canvas 11 for Windows Vista
2006 - The first version of ACDSee Pro. This was the first version of ACDSee to include LCE technology
2007 - ACDSee 8 and ACDSee 9 - Launched in all languages
2007 - ACD Systems stopped making Macintosh versions of Canvas
2009 - The first version of ACDSee Mac was released
2010 - Canvas 12 for Windows XP/Vista/Seven
2011 - ACDSee Pro 4, ACDSee Mac Pro 1, and new in 2011 was the introduction of ACDSee Video Converter and ACDSee Online, an online photo sharing site
2013 - ACDSee Photo Editor 6 with stunning effects and filters and the ability to work with object layers
2013 - Subscription-based ACDSee 365, always current products, and online photo storage
2013 - Canvas 15 now available in English and German
2014 - ACDSee Pro 8, ACDSee 18, launched in all languages
2014 - ACDSee Video Studio, video editing and screen recording product available in English
2014 - ACDSee for iPhone,[4] available in the apple store. English only
2014 - Canvas X Pro 16 now available, 64-bit
2015 - ACDSee Ultimate 9, ACDSee Pro 9


1. “Method and System for Visualization and Operation of Multiple Content Filters” , issued on April 8, 2008.[5]
2. “Method and System for Calendar-Based Image Asset Organization”, issued on July 8, 2008.[6]
3. “Composition of Raster and Vector Graphics in Geographic Information Systems”, issued September 7, 2010.[7]
4. "Method and System for Visualization and Operation of Multiple Content Filters”, issued on December 21, 2010.[8]
5. “Image Contrast Enhancement”, issued September 6, 2011.[9]
6. “Management of Multiple Window Panels with a Graphical User Interface”, issued October 25, 2011.[10]


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