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Acorn
Acorn
3.9

Acorn overview

Acorn is a new image editor built with one goal in mind - simplicity. Fast, easy, and fluid, Acorn provides the options you'll need without any overhead. Acorn feels right, and won't drain your bank account.

  • Take screenshots using Acorn and edit them right away.
  • Chain together image filters to create stunning effects.
  • Layer based image editing, an industry standard.
  • Make new images and layers using your built-in iSight.
  • Easy image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of your window.
  • Take advantage of every pixel of your monitor with full screen image editing.
  • Tablet sensitive for pressure strokes and using the tablet's eraser.
  • Vector shape and text layers.
  • Freeform, elliptical, rectangular, and magic wand selections.
  • Gradients.
  • Create and apply custom text styles.
  • Control opacity and blending modes for each layer.
  • Write plugins using the Python scripting language, as well as in Objective-C.
  • GPU powered. The same graphics card that makes your gaming experience smooth, helps Acorn fly through the toughest of graphics operations.

What’s new in version 7.1.3

Updated on Feb 10 2022

New Stuff:
  • There's a new "Flatten Shape Processors" menu item under the Shape ▸ Processor menu, which will be enabled when you have a shape layer active with shape processors on it. It's a quick way to flatten the processors (instead of doing so under the ((P)) palette).
  • When changing the canvas backdrop color (via the contextual menu on the canvas) the new color picked will be remembered and used on all open images. In addition there is a new submenu in the contextual menu to pick from a couple of gray colors, or a custom color.
  • When exporting an image as an Animated GIF, you now have the option to name a layer "@compositetop" which will then be drawn on top of every exported frame. This is handy if you want to take an existing Animated GIF and add a bit of text to every frame.
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed a problem where Acorn was crashing with certain images on MacOS 12.1.
  • Fixed a problem where Acorn could fail to open certain images with a gray color profile.
  • Fixed a problem where a bézier path wouldn't draw the first anchor if a path had multiple segments.
  • Fixed a problem where you couldn't flatten shape layer processor filters.
View older Acorn updates

Information

License

Shareware

Size

20.3 MB

Developer’s website

https://flyingmeat.com/acorn/

Downloads

103070

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.14.0 or later
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Acorn qualities

Value
5.0
Ease of use
5.0
Features
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Customer support
5.0
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Odysseus
Odysseus
Mar 23 2021
7.0.1
0.0
Mar 23 2021
0.0
Version: 7.0.1
How does this compare to Pixelmator Pro?
zlazkow
zlazkow
Mar 22 2021
7.0
5.0
Mar 22 2021
5.0
Version: 7.0
I kept an eye on Acorn for a very long time, while using GraphicConverter. Then few days what suddenly the price dropped. So I immediately grabbed it. It is sill number two behind GC, but has a different structure, I'd say a different character. And it is quite good.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Mar 22 2021
7.0
4.0
Mar 22 2021
4.0
Version: 7.0
$20 on sale at half price. $40 when the sale is over. Loads of new features. It's always been one of the easiest image editors to use.
dupap56
dupap56
Dec 7 2020
6.6.3
5.0
Dec 7 2020
5.0
Version: 6.6.3
Simple and cute little editor that does the job well.
JohnB7119
JohnB7119
Mar 7 2019
6.3.2
4.5
Mar 7 2019
4.5
Version: 6.3.2
For $30 I don't see how anyone can go wrong with Acorn. It may not do "everything" but it does way more than the price page reflects. Good stuff.
piquadratpi2
piquadratpi2
Jan 7 2019
6.3
5.0
Jan 7 2019
5.0
Version: 6.3
One of my favourite graphic programs. It is fast, small and has many features (more than I could ever use). I use it since years, never have had any problems and it runs on El Capitan, Sierra, high Sierra and Mojave. And the price is really good, compared with other apps like Adobe PS. The support is great, always get an answer after a few hours and they help me really. In short: a real good and cheap program. Thank you.
brightonpete
brightonpete
Jan 6 2019
6.3
5.0
Jan 6 2019
5.0
Version: 6.3
Great graphics app. I've been using this since it first came out.

Support is excellent, even when I ask dumb questions. They answer back right away, probably cursing me for asking such dumb questions. Gotta like that!
Kris-nx
Kris-nx
Oct 9 2018
6.2.2
0.0
Oct 9 2018
0.0
Version: 6.2.2
Acorn was part of a bundle I purchased about 5 years ago. I didn't think I'd use it but installed it to try it out - all these years later it has become my goto image editor. I own Affinity Photo, Pixelmator, and Photoshop (CS6) but I still find myself launching Acorn for quick edits as it has all the tools I need. Its quick, rarely crashes (on me), and just does the job I need done. I rarely reach out to support but the few times I have the turn around was fast and friendly. This, of course, is just my experience with Acorn. I've recommended it to friends - some love it and others have moved on to something else. I highly recommend giving it a try.
Jayaii
Jayaii
Jun 13 2018
6.1.2
0.0
Jun 13 2018
0.0
Version: 6.1.2
Version 6.1.2 was released back in March, yet it's appearing here again with a June release date.
Wonderwarthog
Wonderwarthog
Mar 16 2018
6.1.1
5.0
Mar 16 2018
5.0
Version: 6.1.1
This must be the most underappreciated app for the Mac ever. Acorn doesn't look like much, but when you use it you'll notice how quickly and easily you just get stuff done. All the layer filters for non destructive editing are super handy. The layered screenshot is super cool.
And the developers. Dude. Fling them a bug report and they'll be back to you in no time. I've been put on beta versions just for that so I could test the fixed bug. Flying Meat deserve your money.
RogerKatz
RogerKatz
Dec 5 2017
6.0.3
0.0
Dec 5 2017
0.0
Version: 6.0.3
The current version is 6.0.4
fiery12
fiery12
Jul 27 2017
6.0
5.0
Jul 27 2017
5.0
Version: 6.0
I tried the new Acorn 6 and for me these features immediately stand out:
- Layered screenshots - great feature where you can make a screenshot of your Desktop and hide any window layer you don't like (including Dock, system clock, etc.)
- Anti-aliasing Text
- The new Path Text Tool

These features are missing from Affinity Photo, so Acorn performs better with text. Of course, it misses a lot of Affinity features (i.e. action history), but for its price tag it does a lot.
Masterminter
Masterminter
Jul 26 2017
6.0
3.0
Jul 26 2017
3.0
Version: 6.0
Tried this new version and it still isn't my cup of tea. It doesn't look great and things are confusing. Pixelmator is way more easy to use imo.
ggt667
ggt667
Sep 17 2016
5.5.2
5.0
Sep 17 2016
5.0
Version: 5.5.2
This app is amazing for on screen graphics; especially in combination with Apple's Pixie( There is also https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/14390/pygmy ) Acorn does everything I ever did in Photoshop but better. However when I'm to work with larger images for print I do use Affinity Photo.
Bart-Pans
Bart-Pans
Sep 6 2015
5.0.1
3.0
Sep 6 2015
3.0
Version: 5.0.1
Tried this several times. It far too basic and has an awkward workflow. It just doesn't work like I want it to. Pixelmator is much better imo
Cortig
Cortig
Aug 20 2015
5.0
5.0
Aug 20 2015
5.0
Version: 5.0
Fantastic new version. The version 5 is extremely reactive on my Mac and the shape operations work great for me :-)
zumrywahid
zumrywahid
Apr 20 2015
4.5.4
5.0
Apr 20 2015
5.0
Version: 4.5.4
I love this tool .Someone Please provide me a Reg key.
Psychiatry
Psychiatry
Jul 29 2014
4.5
5.0
Jul 29 2014
5.0
Version: 4.5
Acorn is fantastic for those who want a graphics editor modeled after Photoshop which does 90% of what a person needs without all the heavy duty features and price that Photoshop gives you. I HATE Pixelmator because Pixelmator has too dark of an interface that makes it harder to use and unappealing to start. I would rather use Photoshop any time than Pixelmator. Sure Pixelmator's interface is "cool" but it isn't as useful nor as easy to use as Acorn's interface. Pixelmator also has some arcane ways of doing things. Acorn is much more straight forward to use. For heavy lifting, I love Photoshop. There simply is no other substitute - particularly with the 3rd party plug-ins that GIMP will never have. But for quick rides around town - like on a sports car - Acorn wins. And its price is about the same or less expensive than Pixelmator's price.
SoaponaRope
SoaponaRope
Jul 18 2014
4.4
4.0
Jul 18 2014
4.0
Version: 4.4
Acorn is on sale only 29.99 right now. I just bought it and am so happy I've solved my Photoshop problem with this simple intuitive software. This is exactly what I've needed for like.....5 yrs
Tom-Fulery
Tom-Fulery
Jun 21 2014
4.4
3.5
Jun 21 2014
3.5
Version: 4.4
For complex creative work I use Gimp (2.8 Partha build), the free open-source powerhouse image editor that rivals Photoshop. But although I also have Pixelmator & Elements, for most routine jobs I rely on Acorn. Acorn, Pixelmator & Elements have slightly different features, but they all perform similar non-destructive image editing functions, with many tools, layers, effects, blending & opacity controls, editable brushes & file support. Elements is the oldest of the three, as its features show. Pixelmator has a trendy black interface, but Acorn's is simpler & more functional. They both use Apple's Core Image plugins, while Elements uses photoshop filters. Functionally, I find Acorn to have the most useful tools & effects, including Quartz FX, plus the ability to combine them in uniquely different ways to produce an almost infinite variety of different results. Acorn can also use 3rd-party plugins like Java & Python scripts. Acorn's creator, Gus Meuller, often creates new Acorn plugins, and you can even make your own. But a major factor is how they compare in terms of simplicity & speed. Acorn's simpler architecture not only makes it easier to use, it also makes it faster & more efficient; key features in any serious image editor, since imaging operations can involve many steps. While Pixelmator isn't hard to use, Acorn often requires fewer steps. But it's not only faster, it's also more precise, since I've noticed that Pixelmator can blur edges slightly, often requiring extra work to fix. Also, I find Pixelmator's filter palette full of jiggling, animated tools to be silly & amateurish; appealing to children perhaps, but not useful in a serious image editor. Of the three, Elements is the least efficient, hampered mainly by a clunky, antiquated color system, requiring multiple steps to choose colors. Acorn & Pixelmator both use Apple's great Color Picker, which is way simpler & more versatile than the Adobe system. As you might expect, Pixelmator is the cheapest, at $29, making the aging Elements seem rather spendy at $99. But as the simplest, fastest, most useful & professional of the three, Acorn is easily the best deal at $49.
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