Acorn
Acorn 4.3.1
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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
What's New
Version 4.3.1:

New:

  • New menu item in the View ▸ Guides menu to turn on and off snapping to guides.
  • If you have a selection, the frame of the selection will now show up in the status bar of your image's window. This is awesome because sometimes it's hard to know if you have a 1x1 pixel selection or not.
  • New option to set the image depth when making a new image.
  • The Curves window now has a preview toggle button.
  • Crop Presets: There is a new option to resize your image to the original crop dimensions when saving a crop preset.
  • Raw Import: The raw import window now includes a histogram for your viewing pleasure.
  • Raw Import: You can now choose the color profile you want your image to end up in.
  • Raw Import: You can now choose the image depth you want your image to end up in.
  • Raw Import: You can now more accurately change the width and height of the image that is being opened.
  • Raw Import: New option to adjust noise reduction.
  • Raw Import: It's faster!
  • Access the complete release notes.
Version 4.3.1:

New:

  • New menu item in the View ▸ Guides menu to turn on and off snapping to guides.
  • If you have a selection, the frame of the selection will now show up in the status bar of your image's window. This is awesome because sometimes it's hard to know if you have a 1x1 pixel selection or not.
  • New option to set the image depth when more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.8 or later





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Acorn User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Rpmurray commented on 10 Apr 2014
Flying Meat is putting Acorn on sale for $14.99 for a limited time.

http://flyingmeat.com/newsletter/archive/2014.4.html
[Version 4.3.1]


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RogerKatz commented on 24 Feb 2014
The download is actually version 4.3.1, not 4.3
[Version 4.3]


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Waveman reviewed on 04 Jan 2014
Acorn will now default to whatever you have set in your preferences for a default color space (by default it's sRGB).

Well that's poor judgment on the developers part—sRGB is a very limiting color space—why not Wide Gamut RGB or Adobe 1998 RGB? At least if you open an sRGB image you won't lose anything, can't say the same for the current approach.

Leave sRGB in the waste bin of history, it's just a bad idea all around.
[Version 4.2.3]

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Neutralzone replied on 24 Feb 2014
The sRGB default is best for the average user. While sRGB is very limiting, it is also a lower common denominator, and most people aren't limited by it because their consumer level or uncalibrated monitor or printer can't really do much better.

I use larger gamuts myself, so I get what you are wanting. But if you work in a larger gamut and simply hand off that image to an average person, there is a pretty high likelihood the colors will look totally wrong on their system, unless they are in an application that is color-managed correctly. But a lot of apps are not and most people don't even know what that means. Even Safari has a faulty implementation that would rear its ugly head if you set Acorn to a wide gamut and did not embed a profile. Since Acorn is aimed at average users and low budgets, sRGB is a sensible default because things are least likely to go wrong for the average Acorn user.

The advanced user can simply change the setting.
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Parkerbennett reviewed on 07 Dec 2013
One thing Acorn has over many other graphics programs is screen color accuracy. If you specify a color in Photoshop then use a tool like xScope to sample the color off the screen it's not exact. Same goes for Pixelmator, Sketch, GraphicConverter. Acorn gets it right.
[Version 4.2]


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-=someone=- reviewed on 19 Jul 2013
Acorn appeals to me because the interface is essentially modeled after Photoshop 7. I do very basic tasks with it and have grown to prefer this app over others.

It does bother me that the newest version is now 10.8+ only. Apple continues to create serious segmentation amongst their installed user base. I have some machines that need to be 10.6 for compatibility reasons, others are fine with 10.8.

Pixelmator is probably the best value for the money, but their developers refuse to even talk to those of us who don't like the darker UI elements. Acorn could get more users on that count by lowering their price quite a bit.
[Version 4.0.5]


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MaxWilders reviewed on 14 May 2013
I am probably the only one disliking this. Tried it for editing a small banner for our site. The undo did some weird things when using the layers and the transparency settings in the layers are buggy. They sometimes lost the value I set it to.

I never had this with Pixelmator.

At this level I cannot recommend Acorn at all. Its just too buggy.
[Version 4.0.3]

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Star-Affinity replied on 21 May 2013
Many bugs fixed in 4.0.4. Better now?
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Stef_Vandenabele reviewed on 09 May 2013
I never liked Acorn but the current buzz for v2 did trigger me to try it out again.
But .. it is still a dead wrong image editor. It just doesn't feel right. All the GUI windows are a mess and you get lost pretty soon. The layering system is better compared to the previous versions though.

Sorry, Pixelmator is still way better.
[Version 4.0.3]

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Albertkinng replied on 10 May 2013
at least they tried. I mean, just with the non-destructive layers feature is an app of it's own. Even in PS if you quit your app you will never going to use Undo the next day to see what you were doing. this is a plus in my book. but Pixelmator is my fav.
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Id_Ego_SuperEgo commented on 08 May 2013
Now, that Adobe has decided to put an end to its Creative Suite (never mind its Cloud-based brethren), I'd like to know the following;

- Will Acorn (v.4) be any use to serious photographers & retouchers? Namely, are Frequency Separation techniques, Calculations & Apply Image commands, a Liquify filter, advanced selections (such as Content-Aware and Colour Range), Layer Styles, actions, etc., possible in the current version of Acorn.
If not, does the developer plan to incorporate these into any of the more or less imminent (sub-)versions of the app?

I certainly do like the new interface, but at this point, to me, the question is rather, how powerful is the app?

Thank you.
[Version 4.0.3]


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ylluminate commented on 07 May 2013
I sure would like to see the developers take on Adobe Fireworks head on. It's about time for Adobe to get a run for it's money with a tool that is purely Obj-C and offers the integrated vector + bitmap functionality that make Fireworks such an amazing UI/UX design and development tool.
[Version 4.0.2]


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BearTracks reviewed on 02 May 2013
I think I like Acorn 4 very much. I might use it over Pixelmator now.
[Version 4.0.2]

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Marek replied on 03 May 2013
Yeah, especially because Pixelmator UI is just too dark...
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Gary30 replied on 04 May 2013
Acorn is on sale right now so I have been playing with a trial copy. The apparent lack of healing tools is a showstopper for me. Cannot find reference to them in docs, reviews etc. That is a shame.
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Donperreault replied on 07 May 2013
I agree the Pixelmator Black UI is horrible and Acorn is a great replacement.
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D9 replied on 08 May 2013
Well get ready because the new Adobe "CC" apps are moving to the dark charcoal gray UI as well. May not be black, but that "dark" UI theme is taking hold in a lot of software. Apple already has it most of its Pro Apps like Appeture and Final Cut Pro X...I'm sure the next iWork will use it too.
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sjk replied on 08 May 2013
"May not be black, but that "dark" UI theme is taking hold in a lot of software. Apple already has it most of its Pro Apps like Appeture and Final Cut Pro X"

The contrast between UI elements generally matters more to me than whether it's a light or dark UI theme. Some increasingly common low contrast combinations of gray text on light or dark backgrounds, e.g. overly light-on-light text in App Store and iTunes Store within iTunes, impair comfortable readability.
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Tjdyo had trouble on 03 Aug 2010
This version is not ppc, what happened to PPC support?

I have downloaded it and in the get info it is only Intel, and has a crossout on the icon.

I want PPC support, thats the only reason why i bought it.
[Version 2.3.2]

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Aetnaria commented on 03 Aug 2010
Looks like 2.0 dropped PPC support (and the statement of supporting both PPC/Intel and 10.6 only is mutually exclusive... they should correct that). To get the old compatible version, go here:
http://flyingmeat.com/acorn/docs-2.0/old%20versions%20of%20acorn.html
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Javaman had trouble on 30 Apr 2010
Version 2.3 runs super sloooooooow on my computer. So slow, in fact, that is unusable (eg. it takes several seconds for a brush stroke to draw itself on the screen, then several seconds for the cursor to change to an arrow when over the tools palette, etc.).

Could be that v. 2.3 requires a better graphics card than my laptop possesses (Late 2007 13" MacBook 2.2 Ghz. core 2 duo), but down-grading to v. 2.2.1 brings the program back to normal operation.
[Version 2.3]

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Walruscp replied on 30 Apr 2010
Funny, Acorn 2.3 seems to running just fine for me and I have the same MacBook as you. You may want to delete your preferences and reinstall Acorn from scratch to see if that helps. How much RAM do you have in your MacBook? I maxed mine out to the full 4GB - if you haven't it might be a memory issue, although I have to admit it's a stretch given Acorn is not much of a memory hog.

All I can say is that I have the same machine, and the poor old GMA X3100 seems to be holding up alright.
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Javaman replied on 01 May 2010
@WALRUSCP Took your advice, and used AppZapper to delete all of Acorn's associated files other than the program itself. That seems to have solved the problem. Thanks for the feedback! :)
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Sartorius had trouble on 17 Feb 2010
The 'Platform' requirements line is misleading: an application requiring OS X 10.6 can not run on a PPC.
Please correct that indication.
[Version 2.2.1]


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pcharles had trouble on 21 Apr 2009
Before placing a bad review I thought I'd describe my problem.

I registered this application as a possible "lighter" alternative to photoshop elements for simple editing and layer work. The problem is that the program on my Dual Core 2.3GHz G5 is incapable of pasting a photo on to a layer and then resize it to fill the work area. Photoshop Elements has the Place function, which this lacks, and can do this task in under a minute of work. Acorn goes in to spinning beach ball mode and never comes out.

I really like the looks of this application and registered it based on a few simple tasks, but if it cannot handle a few layers I will need to post another review.
[Version 1.5.2]



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Baccaroeja rated on 16 Apr 2014

[Version 4.3.1]



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Gary_box rated on 25 Feb 2014

[Version 4.3.1]



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Cortig rated on 06 Dec 2013

[Version 4.2]



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WisdomL0RD rated on 04 Oct 2013

[Version 4.1.1]



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russelladam rated on 14 Aug 2013

[Version 4.1]



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Haliomaster rated on 13 Aug 2013

[Version 4.1]



Macarve rated on 13 May 2013

[Version 4.0.3]



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Masterminter rated on 07 May 2013

[Version 4.0.2]



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Blloyd rated on 02 May 2013

[Version 4.0.2]



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Cortig rated on 02 May 2013

[Version 4.0.2]


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Version Downloads:1,584
Type:Multimedia Design : Image Editing
License:Demo
Date:24 Feb 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $49.99
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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.


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