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Acorn for Mac

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Acorn is an easy-to-use but still relatively feature-filled image editor that provides a lower-cost alternative to professional editing programs. With its slimmed-down interface--just a single palette and a document window--Acorn feels much like Apple's iLife applications, but it still provides a full array of editing features, including multiple layers (with masks), vector shapes, filters (such as tilt-shift, plus support for Quartz Composer compositions), blending, gradients, text and drawing tools (including a Brush Designer for custom brushes), and a hex color picker.

What makes this app most appealing is its ease of use and raw speed: Acorn takes full advantage of Snow Leopard (which is required), opening, saving, and performing (and even undoing) many operations faster than ever. It also includes countless thoughtful touches, from support for AppleScript to an ingenious keystroke screenshot feature, which instantly opens screen caps in Acorn with automatic layers already applied for different windows and objects such as the Dock and menu bar.

With Version 3, Acorn now has more than 50 new features and refinements, including Layer Styles, so you can apply nondestructive effects with the ability to change your mind later. Multistop Live Gradients give you several options for creating complex gradients beyond the original two styles. You also get several new filters, the ability to quickly rotate text and shapes, and you can import or export Adobe Photoshop files. Frankly there are far too many new tweaks to list here, but it's clear the developers are very active with improving an already great product.

If you're a professional (or you just want more heavy-duty tools or a more flexible interface), Acorn isn't for you. But for users with more modest image-editing needs, Acorn is an excellent value with a solid feature set. With this latest version update, Acorn is even better.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Couldn't Do Simple Task"

    October 19, 2011  |   By wrbtu

    Version: Acorn 3.1.1

    Pros

    Attractive interface

    Cons

    Couldn't figure out how to do a simple task
    Not intuitive

    Summary

    I wanted to test the trial version by drawing a simple rectangular box of set dimensions, & add centered text inside the box. I expected to be able to accomplish this simple task without the use of a manual, but I couldn't. For a basic program, the interface should be more intuitive. I wanted to find a more streamlined interface, but I'll go back to using PhotoShop Elements, GraphicConverter, & even VectorDesigner (whose Customer Service has gone from excellent to non-exitent in a few short months).

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best!!!"

    June 3, 2011  |   By andreikravets

    Version: Acorn 3.0.2

    Pros

    Simple, if you can't use other editors.

    Cons

    Takes time with large files.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Bit early to tell - as a Photo shop elements user"

    May 14, 2011  |   By Rob Morley-Smith

    Version: Acorn 3.0.1

    Pros

    uses commonly accepted tools

    Cons

    Have not identified those as yet

    Summary

    I need to spend more time experimenting with the options - time is one thing I do not have a lot of at the present so may even flag it!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "this is such ********!!! :("

    May 6, 2011  |   By waffles070899

    Version: Acorn 3.0.1

    Pros

    bull 8999=9=9-99= sucks

    Cons

    bull is sucks

    Summary

    ********

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  • 2.0 stars

    "why $50 ?????"

    January 11, 2011  |   By zee10

    Version: Acorn 2.6.3

    Pros

    would be ok for $20, not $50.

    Cons

    it's ok for $20. I tried it, and after using for many years PSE, it doesn't come even close to the versatility, power and ease of use of it.
    So, for $50 a much much better option is Photoshop Elements:easy, friendly and much more powerful.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Decent image editing on the cheap"

    September 28, 2010  |   By jamesnotjim

    Version: Acorn 2.5.1

    Pros

    Acorn is an easy-to-use, affordable app suitable for general image editing and creation. It supports layers and is fine for creating web graphics and the like w/o shelling out hundreds of dollars.

    Cons

    I guess the only thing I don't like is that the latest version requires 10.6. Seriously, there's not much to dislike about it. It's $50 well spent.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I am that used to Photoshop. I quickly gave up."

    July 31, 2010  |   By seedcake

    Version: Acorn 2.3.1

    Pros

    I am that used to photoshop. No patients?

    Cons

    I would not pay the money for this. It is too limited.

    Summary

    A problem straight away.i could not find how you cleared mistakes like the history tool on Photoshop.and it is not fixed,things kept appearing eg- palettes.In fact i am going to try and find out on there website more about Acorn.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Promising as is - but could be awesome if ..."

    May 17, 2010  |   By Widersinnes

    Version: Acorn 2.3.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This is a very good basic editor. It is fast and easy to use. But what I noticed right off the bat was the sheer speed of the thumbnail generation in the Open folder function. If you could add some basic folder tree options so we can use this as both a photo organizer and editor it would easily replace graphic converter (which is very very unstable with large folders of images).

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worthless"

    January 18, 2010  |   By biffboffo

    Version: Acorn 2.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This attempted rip-off of Photoshop is pretty much useless (I can only imagine a lawsuit is forthcoming once Adobe hears of this attempt). Of course, Adobe has little to fear from Acorn. The quality of the saved images from this app is very poor and the cumbersome nature of the interface prevents Acorn from accomplishing anything save creating frustration for the user. There are many other vector-based image editing programs that do a much better job. As should be the fate of every little acorn, bury this one and forget about it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Bravo for now & three cheers for the future!"

    October 22, 2009  |   By jarlaxle.merc

    Version: Acorn 2.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Wow! I'm in love. I'm a professional illustrator who's wasted a lot of time time fighting with both the technology and the confounded support available for â??professionalâ?? tools such as Photoshop, Sketchbook Pro, and Painter, Sketch Pad, etc. All current drawing and painting tools for professional illustrators are afterthoughts on the Mac, i.e. lazy ports. This is an AWESOME, unsung tool for illustrators, especially because itâ??s the truest Mac OS X experience available. The brushes are great! The customization is wonderful, automation is on a professional level, and I foresee even greater things in the future for Acorn! P.S. Pen/Bezier drawing/selection tool please :)

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