Acorn

Version: 2.5 || Release Date: 2010-09-16 || License: Shareware ($49.95) Developer: Flying Meat Inc. | App Owner: beate

The image editor for humans.

Add text and shapes to your digital pictures. Combine images together to create your own. Work with layers to touch up your favorites or make something new from scratch. Do all this and more with Acorn.

Acorn is an image editor built for the Mac with simplicity in mind. Fast, easy, and fluid, Acorn provides the tools you need to alter and enhance your images, without any overhead. Acorn feels right, it won't drain your bank account, and you don't need a Ph.D. in computer graphics to use it.

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13 Opinions

Fast and uncluttered application with a very friendly developer. I use this one for "normal" image editing, when booting up the giant, expensive beast named Photoshop is overkill.

I agree that Pixelmator really has some competition in Acorn.

Wow. All I can say is Wow!

This is just what the doctor ordered. Acorn definitely looks like something worthy of competing with the up and coming, incredibly buzzed-about Pixelmator app.

For those who fancy the art of pixel editing, this effectively puts an end to the eternal wait for proper tools. I'm not sure at all, which app is going to be the better. Considering that the price tag for Acorn looks to be a tad smaller than Pixelmator's, it's going to be a tough call.

Some things that I loved about Acorn after a first test drive:

- Nice and clean interface!
- Pixel-precise editing; easy to draw, pixel by pixel. And the selection tools are just as easy to handle. Ugly anti-aliasing begone!
- Small footprint; fires up in a snap, after you double-click the progam icon.

Some things that confused me:

- I found the tools a bit fiddly to reach. Would like to see an option to kind of show them like Photoshop, Pixelmator, et. al. (i.e. in line, all together, either vertically or horizontally).
- The unselected part, when you make a selection, looks sort of ugly, if I may say so. Better have an option to make it look opaque, instead of showing the wildly distorted square grid underneath.
- I desperately need to be able to Option-drag selected art, in order to instantly create multiple copies of it. And I'd like it NOT to create a new layer for when I duplicate a selection (this counts for normal copy/paste operation as well). I think it's much more convenient if the user gets to manually create a new layer by him-/herself.

Some things left wishing for:
- Why of course, vector editing. :) Although, I recognize the fact that this takes time and effort to implement well. No hurry.
- I couldn't find an option to adjust the size of the transparency squares, which would be nice. Maybe also, an option to have the same squares resize automagically when zooming in, so as to better help adding to the effect of actually being zoomed in and out respectively, and thus, make it easier to perceive where your pixels are going to "land" when you start 'painting' (clicking in my case) them in.
- Being able to right-click, or simply click twice on already filled pixels, for quick erasing.
- To my testing it appeared to be lacking masking features. (I may be wrong, but I did a search in the Help documentation for 'mask', but never found anything about it.) Something in the spirit of Photoshop's masking department, with quick masks, etc. would be nice to see.

Acorn definitely has my attention. I just about to make a purchase for a good pixel editor. The choice is between this and Pixelmator...

The impressing record of well received applications delivered by this developer, definitely works in favor for Acorn.

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