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March 26, 2009

ACD Systems Unveils Picture Frame Manager Software

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributing Editor

ACD Systems, British Columbia-based developers and marketers of digital imaging software, reportedly unveiled a new “ACDSee Picture Frame Manager,” photo software that facilitates owners of digital picture frame to load picture frame images easily, find the right resolution size and increase storage capacity.

In general, a digital picture frame is a photo frame device that displays digital photos from camera or storage device without the need to print them or use a computer, but is able to display the photos on a TV set. Nowadays such digital photo frames are a popular gift items, however, many are slow processing, cumbersome as well as memory consuming.
“People are struggling with standard photo frame software and become frustrated when their pictures do not correctly fit the frame size, smoothly transition from photo to photo, or they run out of memory space,” said Simon Tipler, product manager for ACD Systems. “Picture Frame Manager simplifies the experience and is an easy solution to these common problems.”
The $40 ACDSee Picture Frame Manager is compatible with both PC and Mac computers. It can connect the user’ computer with any removable memory device such as a picture frame, SD card, USB drive or other portable display that mounts as a mass storage device.
Featuring drag-and-drop functionality, the Picture Frame Manager makes loading, moving, changing or deleting images an easy task. All types of decodable image files, including TIF, GIF, PNG as well as RAW-format files from today’s DSLR cameras, are converted automatically to JPEG format, thereby ensuring smooth, professional transitions every time, said the company.
ACDSee says that the Picture Frame Manager can increase memory capacity. Up to 10 times the amount of images can be stored and displayed using this software. This is achieved by optimizing images for frames of any size or resolution, even for high-definition television (HDTV) screens. Each image is set to the correct resolution for each frame, thereby increasing the capacity. In addition, users can manage multiple frames simultaneously and save settings for each frame as well.
“Digital picture frames are trending toward larger display sizes,” Tipler said. “Today, the most common frames are in the seven-inch range; however, we anticipate those sizes reaching upwards of 15 inches in the near future. That means it will be more important to find the correct resolution settings so images come out bold and brilliant every time on these larger screens.”

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Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan

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