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Acorn for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.5.5
  • Total Downloads:
    18,897
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 24, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try; $49.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    11.07MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    24
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:
    #21 in Photo Editors

Editors' Review

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Easy-to-use Acorn can handle much of what you do in high-end image-editing tools such as Adobe Photoshop, without breaking a sweat or your budget.

Pros

Full set of tools: Acorn's tools palette gives you quick access to a range of tools for moving, zooming, and cropping; drawing and retouching; making selections; and working with text and colors. The tools are customizable, giving you fine control over working with images.

Layers: The image-editing tool handles layers. As you'd expect, you can add, delete, and duplicate layers. You can also group layers together, merge them, lock them, and create layer masks.

Filters: Acorn's filters let you apply effects to a single layer, a group of layers, shape layers, and selections. Filters are nondestructive, so you can make a change to an image and revert it if it's not the effect you wanted. Levels and curves are nondestructive as well.

Shapes: The Shape tools let you create Bézier, rectangle, ellipse, line, arrow, and star shapes. A processor tool helps you generate, modify, and adjust shapes non-destructively.

Cons

Runs on OS X 10.10 or later: To run the latest version of Acorn, you have to run a current version of OS X. Older versions of Acorn are available on the company's website if your operating system is pre-OS X 10.10.

PSD support: Acorn can open Adobe Photoshop PSD files and attempt to preserve layers, but styles and editable text are not imported.

Bottom line

The powerful and affordable Acorn image-editing app for OS X is packed with tools for using layers and filters and creating vector shapes. It can import and export PSD files and has native support for Apple's Retina displays. For everything but heavy-duty Photoshop jobs, Acorn is up to the task.

 
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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 4.5.5
  • When using Web Export, there's a new option to save your image with or without a color profile. It defaults to yes.
  • Pressing 'b' while in crop mode will toggle the "Keep crop bounds inside canvas" option.
  • When using the search field in the filter browser, searches will also look in the description for the filter as well as the name. This way searching for "saturation" will return Color Controls and Vibrance, where before it would return nothing.
  • New filter. "Redraw Layer". Here's how it works- add a blur filter, then add a monotone filter, then add the redraw layer. INSTANT DROP SHADOW THING. It's great if you want to apply some filters and then have your original image draw on top of everything.
  • ANOTHER NEW FILTER. "Offset". This will ... offset your image. COMBINE THIS WITH REDRAW LAYER. Add a monotone, add an offset, add the redraw, and tada- you've got instant solid color copy of your image, but in the background. Great for doing simple emboss operations.
  • WHAT'S THIS? YET ANOTHER NEW FILTER?!?! Yes, it's true. There's now "Remove Color Cast" under the Color Adjustments, which will help you remove things like the pesky yellow tint that you'll get from lightbulbs when shooting photos indoors.
  • Holding down the option in the stroke / fill / etc text fields when using the up and down arrows will change the value by .1. (Holding shift will change the value by 10 btw).
  • You can now click the zoom scale field in the bottom window, and change the canvas zoom by typing in a new value. Holding down the command key while clicking it will scale the canvas to 100%
  • Pressing shift-x will swap which color well has the focus for receiving color changes (and did you know pressing x will swap the fill and stroke colors?).
  • If you have one or more anchors selected in a bezier path, the Shape ? Bezier Stuff ? Align Selected Anchors to Pixel menu item will appear. Hold down option to align to half pixel. This menu item is "Align all Anchors to (Half) Pixels" normally.
  • All of Acorn's documentation and tutorials are now indexed for searching via the Help menu. Try it out, it's pretty awesome.
  • New undo / redo notifications in the canvas. You can turn this on and off in the preferences. For the beta this is turned on by default (shipping won't however). I'd like a little feedback on it if you have any, which is why I'm forcing it on everyone to start with.
  • 128 Bits Per Component support. Super deep images. Because why not?
  • If you add a single image via the File ? Add Images... menu item, and it doesn't fit on the canvas, Acorn will begin a scale and rotate transform for you, with the image automatically scaled to fit into the canvas. If you want to pop out of the scale, pressing the ESC key will end it.
  • Guides will now scale with image when resizing.
  • The Selection palette will now show the x,y coordinates of the current selection now. It'll also hide the labels and such when there is no selection.
  • You can now delete a brush by selecting it from the brush palette list, and holding down the option key.
  • You can now command click on a layer mask's thumbnail to make a selection out of that mask.
  • When opening multipage tiff files, Acorn will now expand the canvas size to the largest page in the tiff file.
  • New filter "Alpha Multiply", which will multiple the alpha values of your pixels by a certain amount, which can be awesome when you want to sharpen up anti-aliased edges of circles and other shapes.
  • You can now commit a bitmap layer mask by holding down the option key and choosing the Layer ? Apply Layer Mask menu item.
  • The Clone, Smudge, Dodge, and Burn tools all have opacity options now.
  • If you hold down the shift key when creating a new guide from the ruler, Acorn will now create a vertical ruler where it would have previously created a horizontal ruler (and vice versa).
  • You can now drag and drop gradients from the gradient preview onto a shape or bitmap layer to apply it.
  • Hidden feature: Pressing 'x' when the gradient tool is active will flip the gradient colors.
  • There's a new option in the Canvas Size sheet which allows you to move the canvas guides (or not) when resizing.
  • The Bevel filter now has a Scale option, which can add a bit of finesse to your bevel.
General
Publisher Flying Meat
Publisher web site http://flyingmeat.com/
Release Date August 24, 2015
Date Added August 24, 2015
Version 4.5.5
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.07MB
File Name Acorn.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 18,897
Downloads Last Week 24
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $49.95

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