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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.

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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

New
  • The Clone tool now has an opacity option.
  • Crop improvements: You can now set the DPI of an image while cropping, and alignment guides now appear when rotating your image in a crop.
  • The Perspective Transform command has a new option in the palette to show / hide the grid. It also gets a new palette that shows up when invoked.
  • Feathering selections: The Select ? Feather... menu item has been removed and you can now control the feather on a selection right in the selection palette.
  • End caps for bezier paths: You can now change between round, square, and butt end cap styles for bezier paths. These new options are right under the join style in the path options section of the shape palette. Also, it's now easier to see the selected state of the line join and cap styles.
  • You can now use the anchor select tool to drag and select multiple anchors.
  • New Image Panel improvements: We've increased the accuracy when changing from one unit to another (ie- inches to centimeters) as well as added an option to view the resolution field as pixels per inch or pixels per centimeter.
  • The PDF import window now shows the pixel dimensions of what your new image will be (and updates accordingly when you change the DPI)
  • We've added a new advanced preference which tells Acorn to load 3rd party Image Units.
Changes
  • New Polish Localization courtesy of Leszek Klich.
  • Better support for editing images from Bear.
  • Tightened up the pixel edges a shape will snap to on creation (specifically bezier path or rect shapes).
  • Adjust a text box to have a non-zero line height will no longer clip the top of the first line (for new text boxes only; existing text boxes will keep the old behavior).
  • The blinking insertion point for text boxes and paths is a little bit thicker now.
  • Kerning is now on by default for new text boxes (previously it was disabled). You can turn kerning off by editing and selecting the text, then using the Edit ? Font ? Kern ? Use None menu item. Additionally, the Command-Option-[ and Command-Option-] shortcuts can be used to tighten and loosen the kerning on selected text (while editing it).
  • Improvements to how the aspect ratio is kept when placing a crop preset on the canvas and then swapping the orientation with the 'x' key.
  • No longer showing a modal dialog box when a trying to change a locked layer. An in-canvas notification is now shown instead.
  • Web Export now lets you explicitly set the quality of your image when exporting, in addition to the already existing slider. The quality setting lets Acorn know how much compression to use when exporting your image.
  • The DPI for certain presets have been increased from 72 to 300 dpi.
  • Text padding changes. Prior to Acorn 6.5, text boxes had a 5 pixel inset which would make glyphs show up 5 pixels to the right of where the logical location of the text box was. This meant that when you left aligned a text box below a filled box, the starting glyph wasn't exactly where you'd expect it to be. In Acorn 6.5, new text boxes are created with a padding of 0 pixels so alignment will always happen as you'd expect. Existing text boxes keep the 5 pixel inset for compatibility's sake.
  • The default new document size has been changed to be whatever half the size of your display's pixel dimensions are.
  • Acorn has a new hidden pref for auto-saving of all file types, not just Acorn:
    defaults write com.flyingmeat.Acorn6 autosaveNonNativeImages 1
    If you're using this on lossy file types like JPEG, your image will degrade over time because each time you open and save your image, details are lost.

General

Publisher Flying Meat
Publisher web site http://flyingmeat.com/
Release Date July 17, 2019
Date Added July 17, 2019
Version 6.5

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 13.36MB
File Name Acorn.zip

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