I am frequently asked how I organize my digital kits and/or digital supplies, so today I would like to share a bit about my favorite organizational software, ACDSee.
When I started digi-scrapping in 2008, I quickly became aware that I needed to find a system that would let me organize my kits and photos better than how I was doing it. I was looking for “fast, efficient, and easy.” I looked at various systems, but nothing had all of the characteristics I was looking for, until I found ACDSee.
ACDSee allows me to create different Albums, Catalogs, and Categories, which all help me organize my “stuff.” What I REALLY like is that by using the ACDSee tools, I can set up an organization system that works for ME. Our brains don’t all think alike. While I might organize my supplies in a way that makes sense to me, it might not make sense to you. And of course, vice-versa. That’s just one of the beauties of ACDSee – personalization for the way your own brain thinks and processes things.
I love that I can use colors and numbers to tag my favorite supplies or kits. I can also easily make notes to keep track of things important to me, in reference to a particular kit or product. This is great for not only designers, but also CT members, and personal-use scrappers.
Have you, as a scrapper (or designer!) ever purchased the same product a second (or third!) time? I have! I have tagged my kits and products with the designer name, so when I am shopping, I just click once in ACDSee to see everything I have from that designer. No duplicate purchases for me!
I can assign Labels and Ratings and Keywords to anything and everything I want. If I want to see all of the buttons I have in any kit I own (as long as they have been tagged), I just click on my Buttons Category, and every button I have will appear. No more searching for that one special button I just can’t quite remember the location of. It will pop up for me as quick as can be.
The ACDSee interface is easy to use and customizable (is that a word?) as well. Move panels around to YOUR liking.
Here’s a screenshot of my Designer’s folder. I have clicked on my own design name, which will bring up my product previews. I can then right-click on the preview to take me right to that product. Super simple.
And did I say “fast?” I have nearly 1.75 TB of information on my design drive, and ACDSee has absolutely no trouble bringing up images instantaneously. I like not having to wait for them to pop up!
As you might have guessed, I am quite passionate about this program, but I know it’s not the only one “out there.” What program do YOU use to organize your supplies?