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Acorn for Mac

Editors' Review

by   / August 28, 2015

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.

See: With Adobe Premiere Rush, sharpen your online video editing skills

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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Editors' Review

by   / August 28, 2015

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.

See: With Adobe Premiere Rush, sharpen your online video editing skills

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

What's new in version 6.5.1

  • Compatibility fixes for MacOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • Fixed a problem where transparent gradients on shape layer shapes weren't exporting as PDF correctly.
  • Fixed a crasher that could occur when trying to create an image from the FaceTime camera.
  • Fixed a problem where certain brushes weren't drawing in a straight line when you press the shift key while drawing.
  • Minor crop + bounds snapping fixes.
  • Fixed a problem where Acorn wasn't letting you enter math for the image resize fields.
  • Fixed a problem where Acorn wasn't loading unsigned plugins.

General

Publisher Flying Meat
Publisher web site http://flyingmeat.com/
Release Date October 10, 2019
Date Added October 10, 2019
Version 6.5.1

Category

Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan

Download Information

File Size 13.39MB
File Name Acorn.zip

Popularity

Total Downloads 23,072
Downloads Last Week 5

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations 14-day trial
Price $24.99
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