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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.6
  • Total Downloads:
    21,451
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 21, 2016
  • Price:
    Free to try (14-day trial); $24.99 to buy
  • File Size:
    11.57MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    17
  • 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.6
New MacBook Pro Touch Bar Things
  • Brush tools on bitmap layers: Change the size, opacity, and softness of your brushes.
  • When no images are open, Acorn will a New button and show a list of recently opened images in Touch Bar, which you can tap to open.
  • General canvas: Fill & stroke color widgets, share widgets, canvas rotate / flip.
  • Crop: Rotate left & right, Crop button.
  • Scale and Transform: Rotate left & right, Apply button.
  • Free Transform: Flip your layer vertically or horizontally.
  • Shape Layers: If you have two or more shapes selected, you'll get a boolean operation popover, which lets you then use the union/difference/exclude/intersect operations.
  • Shape Layers: If you have two or more shapes selected, you'll also get alignment options for those shapes.
  • Shape Layers: Turn fill and stroke on and off for selected shapes.
  • Shape Layer Stars: You can adjust the number of points selected stars have using Touch Bar.
Edit in Acorn from Photos
  • We've added a new Photos extension, which will let you edit your photo in Acorn (available for macOS 10.11 and 10.12+).
Tabs!
  • Acorn supports tabs if you are on 10.12 or later. Drag and drop between the layers list and other tabs, it's pretty awesome.
Fixes
  • Fixed a problem where histograms were calculating incorrect data for transparent areas.
  • Fixed a bug where the Text Splitter Processor wasn't working correctly for Circle Text.
  • Fixed a bug where trying to copy when no layer was currently selected would lead to an error.
  • Fixed a bug where Acorn couldn't open up some older files where text boxes were set with interesting colors.
  • Fixed a bug where Acorn could become unstable when bringing up the canvas contextual menu item from a SVG file.
  • Fixed a problem where opening up iPhone 7 RAW images on macOS Sierra wouldn't show a correct preview in the RAW Import window.
  • Added a check for the 3rd party filter "SobelEdgeDetectorUnit.plugin", which was crashing Acorn in macOS Sierra.
  • Fixed a problem where the cursor for the clone tool with the tool tip enabled would draw in the wrong location on retina displays.
Changes
  • Acorn no longer requires the discrete graphics card to be in use for MacBook Pros.
  • The text palette now has an added level of precision for the baseline, kerning, line height, and paragraph spacing fields.
  • New hidden pref to turn on auto-scrolling for various canvas operations: defaults write com.flyingmeat.Acorn5 autoAutoScroll 1
General
Publisher Flying Meat
Publisher web site http://flyingmeat.com/
Release Date December 21, 2016
Date Added December 21, 2016
Version 5.6
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.57MB
File Name Acorn.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 21,451
Downloads Last Week 17
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 14-day trial
Price $24.99

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