Acorn
Acorn
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Acorn for Mac

02 September 2021

Bitmap image editor.

What is Acorn for Mac

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 7.1:
New stuff and changes:
  • The Export window now has a share toolbar item, so you can send your exported image direct to Mail or other apps (10.15+).
  • The Export window has a new "Copy to Clipboard" button in the lower left corner.
  • Added support for Mozilla's MozJPEG encoder in the Export window (and also available via AppleScript via the "web export" command).
  • Acorn is a lot faster at opening up animated GIF and PNG files with lots of frames. It also uses way less memory when doing so now on your M1 Macs.
  • The sheet for adding filters is now a popover. This is awesome if you're on MacOS 11 or later and you're tired of seeing your image being dimmed out when you bring it up.
  • When using the rotation dial in the shape inspector, it will always round to nice whole values. But if you want super precise values when using the dial, hold down the option key.
  • New fussy pref: "Use PDF import window with New from Clipboard". This is awesome if you have PDF data on the clipboard and you want to get a preview of the image or change the DPI of the rasterized PDF or even give it a background color.
  • The action menu in the filters and shape processors inspector will now let you enable and disable all filters. In addition, the controls for the filters will become disabled if you turn off their visibility.
  • Updated the fuzzy matching algorithm for the Command Bar so it gets slightly better results.
  • If you have Acorn's color picker up, Command-Shift-C will close it (or bring it back up if it's already gone. It acts as a toggle now!)
  • Double clicking on a color in Acorn's color picker will now dismiss the color picker.
  • Updated the iOS presets in the new image window.
  • The AppleScript paste command now returns a layer object when the clipboard contains something that'll make a new layer.
Bug fixes:
  • Made some tweaks to how Acorn's color sampler works when picking images out from the screen, where previously things might get wonky with certain display setups.
  • Fixed a problem where Export option for a background matte wouldn't work for Animated GIFs.
  • Fixed a problem where a font name in the font popup for background windows might change on you when it didn't make sense to.
  • Fixed a problem where the "Lock dimensions" setting wasn't saved along with a crop preset.
  • Fixed a problem where selecting a gray color profile on export would remove the alpha channel from your image.
  • Fixed a problem where the "Fill expansion with color" option when resizing a canvas could add just a bit _too_ much color to your image.
  • Fixed a problem where painting might not show up correctly on certain layers after moving them around a bit.
  • Fixed a problem where copying a layer to a mask could remove the original layer if the original layer and mask were on the same row, resulting in a sad outcome.
  • Fixed some problems where changing the text color might not work.
  • Fixed some problems where the Touch Bar wouldn't show the right controls for the Pencil tool.
  • Cleaned up some shape layer handle drawing when resizing multiple selected shapes.
  • Fixed problem where duplicated layers would get a blank name.
  • Fixed problem where histograms weren't showing up on 10.15.7 after Apple's Security Update 2021-002 Catalina was installed.
Other:
  • Shape shadow offsets no longer clamp to 200/-200 pixels.
  • Cleanup of some tool icons.
  • The zoom to fit shortcut is now 8% more accurate.
  • Tweaked the way histograms are drawn a little for the Levels filter.
  • Previewing some RAW files should be faster now.
  • The slider for the Exposure setting in the Dodge and Burn brushes now looks and acts like the other sliders in that inspector.
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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.
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