Acorn for Mac

Acorn for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 13 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    18,209
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 16, 2009
  • Price:
    Free to try; $49.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    15.05MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    19
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:
    #42 in Photo Editors

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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Results 1–10 of 13

3 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 stars

"The Best!!!"

June 03, 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 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 stars

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

May 06, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1
  • AppleScript support, along with improved JSTalk support. Read about it here!
  • Acorn now comes with a Hex color picker in the color palette.
  • Fixed a bug where Acorn wouldn't hide the palettes with the tab key when the current layer wasn't visible.
  • Fixed a bug where pasting text at the end of a text box would cause Acorn to flip out occasionally.
  • Reworked the text widgets a bit.
  • Fixed a bug where the rect corner radius button in the palette was unchecked after you drew a shape with a corner radius.
  • Fixed a drawing bug when you had the opacity of the brush set less than 100%, and the origin of the layer wasn't 0,0.
  • Acorn handles icns data a little better for pasting.
  • Fixed a bug where selections would get funky when merging text and shape layers on top of other shape layers.
  • Added a shortcut to "Make Natural Size", which is pretty handy when working with text boxes.
  • No longer making new layers for multiple text boxes. They will instead just stay on the same layer they were created from.
  • Acorn gives a message telling you why it can't save when you try and save a file to a location without write permissions.
  • Took away the option to automatically download and install updates in the background. This was confusing folks.
  • Fixed a bug where you couldn't resize a selected range of text.
  • When printing, Acorn now scales the image down to fit the page if it doesn't normally.
  • When duplicating a layer, Acorn now uses "Copy of X" as the new name, instead of "X (copy)".
  • UI fixes in the tool palette.
  • Fixed a bug where nested groups were not written out to Acorn files during save as saves.
  • If a group layer doesn't know what kind of blend mode it should be, it now defaults to pass through, instead of normal.
  • Acorn can now read icns data off the clipboard, when using the "New From Clipboard" menu item.
  • Sped up quitting Acorn by a little bit, by doing a little less work.
  • Added an option to the CMYK/Grayscale alert window, to not show it again in the future. You'd get this when opening up non-RGB files.
  • Fixed a bug where Acorn would sometimes flip out with an assertion error when cropping an image with lots o' layers.
  • Fixed a bug where the non-current layer would highlight a shape when you had "auto select layers" turned off in the prefs.
  • AppleScript doc updates, and "do JavaScript" now returns a value.
  • Fixed a bug where some widgets were not drawing correctly in 64 bit land.
  • Filled in some missing tooltips.
  • Two changes in the filter panel prefs- Acorn now defaults to turning off the canvas preview, and defaults to "scale to fit" the image in the preview window.
  • You can now drag and drop an image from the layers list to the trash can in the Dock to delete it.
  • Fixed a bug where resizing the image didn't always redraw the whole canvas if scrollbars appeared.
  • PNG images will be run through pngcrush when saved via Web Export.
  • Acorn will now ask if you want to move it to the Applications folder if Acorn detects that you are running outside of it.
  • Fixed a bug where the Copy Merged wouldn't work correctly if you had a selection.
  • Fixed a bug where making rect selections with a corner radius set would antialias the edges when it wasn't supposed to.
General
Publisher Flying Meat
Publisher web site http://flyingmeat.com/
Release Date October 16, 2009
Date Added October 16, 2009
Version 2.1
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 15.05MB
File Name Acorn.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 18,209
Downloads Last Week 19
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $49.95

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