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Editors' Review

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 6.3.3

  • Fixed a problem where selections might show up when exporting as a rasterized PDF.
  • Fixed a problem where Acorn could (seemingly) randomly crash when moving selections.
  • Fixed a problem where Acorn could write a bad compressed PSD in certain cases.

General

Publisher Flying Meat
Publisher web site http://flyingmeat.com/
Release Date April 17, 2019
Date Added April 17, 2019
Version 6.3.3

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 13.28MB
File Name Acorn.zip

Popularity

Total Downloads 22,970
Downloads Last Week 3

Pricing

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