Acorn
Acorn
6.5.2

4.7

Acorn free download for Mac

Acorn

6.5.2
19 October 2019

Bitmap image editor.

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 Acorn

Version 6.5.2:
  • Fixed an issue where the tool inspector would sometimes draw multiple inspectors at the same time.
  • Deep color compatibility fixes for MacOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • Fixed an issue where palettes wouldn't show up correctly on MacOS 10.15 Catalina if you had multiple displays connected.

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71 Acorn Reviews

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piquadratpi2
07 January 2019

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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.
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Version 6.3
JohnB7119
07 March 2019
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.
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Version 6.3.2
piquadratpi2
07 January 2019
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.
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Version 6.3
brightonpete
06 January 2019
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!
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Version 6.3
Kris-nx
09 October 2018
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.
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Version 6.2.2
Jayaii
13 June 2018
Version 6.1.2 was released back in March, yet it's appearing here again with a June release date.
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Version 6.1.2
Wonderwarthog
16 March 2018
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.
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Version 6.1.1
RogerKatz
05 December 2017
The current version is 6.0.4
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Version 6.0.3
fiery12
27 July 2017
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.
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Version 6.0
1 answer(s)
fiery12
fiery12
30 July 2017
After several days of use I have to revise my review. These are my concerns:
- Acorn connects to the Internet every time I open it. The auto check for updates option is off.
- There is a scary Registration Certificate with a flying deer head above my name (looks like a trophy of some ghost). One may wonder why developer wastes his time in such repulsive certificate. Acorn prefs have a registration tab panel with my data, which is enough.
- App crashed exactly when I entered my registration info.
- PSD support is very limited.

After all, I regret the purchase. My idea was to work in Affinity Photo and add anti-aliasing text (or text on a path) in Acorn, but this seems no so easy. I will need a common file format (i.e. PSD) that preserves all layers and effects. However, PSD is not well supported in Acorn, so I'm back to Affinity Photo. Affinity Designer has a text-on-a-path feature and if a need arises I will go for it.
I searched developer's site if refunds are possible. I found only this statement in their Terms of Service:
"Flying Meat will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid."
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Masterminter
26 July 2017
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.
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Version 6.0
ggt667
17 September 2016
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.
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Version 5.5.2
$29.99

4.7

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.4 or later
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