Acorn 6
Acorn 6


Acorn 6 free download for Mac

Acorn 6

13 July 2019

Bitmap image editor.


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 6

Version 6.5:
  • The Clone tool now has an opacity option.
  • Crop improvements: You can now set the DPI of an image while cropping, and alignment guides now appear when rotating your image in a crop.
  • The Perspective Transform command has a new option in the palette to show / hide the grid. It also gets a new palette that shows up when invoked.
  • Feathering selections: The Select ▸ Feather… menu item has been removed and you can now control the feather on a selection right in the selection palette.
  • End caps for bezier paths: You can now change between round, square, and butt end cap styles for bezier paths. These new options are right under the join style in the path options section of the shape palette. Also, it's now easier to see the selected state of the line join and cap styles.
  • You can now use the anchor select tool to drag and select multiple anchors.
  • New Image Panel improvements: We've increased the accuracy when changing from one unit to another (ie- inches to centimeters) as well as added an option to view the resolution field as pixels per inch or pixels per centimeter.
  • The PDF import window now shows the pixel dimensions of what your new image will be (and updates accordingly when you change the DPI)
  • We've added a new advanced preference which tells Acorn to load 3rd party Image Units. # Changes
  • New Polish Localization courtesy of Leszek Klich.
  • Better support for editing images from Bear.
  • Tightened up the pixel edges a shape will snap to on creation (specifically bezier path or rect shapes).
  • Adjust a text box to have a non-zero line height will no longer clip the top of the first line (for new text boxes only; existing text boxes will keep the old behavior).
  • The blinking insertion point for text boxes and paths is a little bit thicker now.
  • Kerning is now on by default for new text boxes (previously it was disabled). You can turn kerning off by editing and selecting the text, then using the Edit ▸ Font ▸ Kern ▸ Use None menu item. Additionally, the Command-Option-[ and Command-Option-] shortcuts can be used to tighten and loosen the kerning on selected text (while editing it).
  • Improvements to how the aspect ratio is kept when placing a crop preset on the canvas and then swapping the orientation with the 'x' key.
  • No longer showing a modal dialog box when a trying to change a locked layer. An in-canvas notification is now shown instead.
  • Web Export now lets you explicitly set the quality of your image when exporting, in addition to the already existing slider. The quality setting lets Acorn know how much compression to use when exporting your image.
  • The DPI for certain presets have been increased from 72 to 300 dpi.
  • Text padding changes. Prior to Acorn 6.5, text boxes had a 5 pixel inset which would make glyphs show up 5 pixels to the right of where the logical location of the text box was. This meant that when you left aligned a text box below a filled box, the starting glyph wasn't exactly where you'd expect it to be. In Acorn 6.5, new text boxes are created with a padding of 0 pixels so alignment will always happen as you'd expect. Existing text boxes keep the 5 pixel inset for compatibility's sake.
  • The default new document size has been changed to be whatever half the size of your display's pixel dimensions are. # Fixes
  • Fixed a problem where Smart Layer Export wouldn't work when an extension was not given in the file name.
  • Fixed a problem where adding a control point to the curves filter wouldn't show up right away.
  • Fixed a problem when using the pencil tool on 10.13 and later with the blend mode set to copy.
  • Fixed an issue where empty windows would sometimes come up when you launched Acorn.
  • Fixed a problem where setting the paragraph spacing to 0 while editing a text box would sometimes fail. If you like Acorn, we'd love it if you could take a moment and give it a nice review. It helps Acorn get noticed, which helps everyone in the long run.

Requirements for Acorn 6

  • OS X 10.11.4 or later

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18 October 2009

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I upgraded to Acorn 2.1 for$19.95 from a bundle. I can't believe people are whining over $19.95, at $19.95 it is a real bargain considering I paid about 4 bucks for version one. The developer has expense's, $19.95 is cheap! Acorn 2.1 is light years ahead of Acorn 1 with numerous new features. The developer did a superb job of laying out the tools and the new features. I have been using Pixelmator for the past year and have now switched to Acorn 2.1. Please, do yourself a favor and give Acorn 2 a try!
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Version 2.1
17 April 2019
Version 6.3.3
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
07 March 2019
Version 6.3.2
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
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
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
24 September 2018
Version 6.2
Ervins Strauhmanis
13 August 2018
Version 6.1.3
13 June 2018
Version 6.1.2 was released back in March, yet it's appearing here again with a June release date.
Version 6.1.2
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


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