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Acorn for Mac

$24.99
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Editors' Rating:
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Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.5.1
  • Total Downloads:
    21,295
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 15, 2016
  • Price:
    Free to try (14-day trial); $24.99 to buy
  • File Size:
    11.44MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    32
  • 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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3 stars

"Couldn't Do Simple Task"

October 19, 2011  |  By wrbtu

2011-10-19 19:19:58  |  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

2011-06-03 10:10:49  |  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

2011-05-14 15:25:28  |  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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2 stars

"why $50 ?????"

January 11, 2011  |  By zee10

2011-01-11 14:12:29  |  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

2010-09-28 19:30:54  |  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

2010-07-31 10:26:10  |  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

2010-05-17 14:05:39  |  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

2010-01-18 14:52:54  |  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

2009-10-22 22:25:41  |  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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5 stars

"Impressive little software!"

October 03, 2008  |  By buzzzzing

2008-10-03 07:02:46  |  By buzzzzing

 |  Version: Acorn 1.2.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I am a technical book writer and i'm glad i found this Acorn software. It makes sense first time i use it, didn't have to read manual (i know a lot of basics stuff of Photoshop). I know i can use Photoshop for what Acorn can do but many time i found myself going through too many menus in Photoshop to get something very simple done. I like keyboard commands for selecting tools. More key commands would be cool. But Still..There are plenty of rooms to make this software rocks.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.5.1
Fixes
  • Fixed a problem where you couldn't duplicate a layer with the Spacing option "Arrange Shapes in a Circle" set to it's initial value of 0.
  • Fixed a problem where the sRGB profile for PNG images were being removed on web export when you had the "Embed profile" option turned on.
Changes
  • Improved performance when drawing fast lines in Acorn with a tablet. We did this by turning on coalescing on by default. If for some reason you'd like the previous behavior, you can turn it off by pasting the following in Terminal:
    defaults write com.flyingmeat.Acorn5 coalesceBrush 0
General
Publisher Flying Meat
Publisher web site http://flyingmeat.com/
Release Date August 15, 2016
Date Added August 15, 2016
Version 5.5.1
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 11.44MB
File Name Acorn.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 21,295
Downloads Last Week 32
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 14-day trial
Price $24.99

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