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Acorn Editor's Review

Mac users generally have fewer choices than Windows users when it comes to choosing suitable third party apps. However, there are other apps than Aperture and iPhoto when it comes to image editing and retouching, as it is. A simple looking image editor with plethora of features inside, Acorn offers Mac users a suitable alternative to pricier apps like Photoshop Elements. It may not have all the bells and whistles you get in Photoshop but packs in a solid punch nevertheless with support for layers, vector tools and masking capabilities. It can deal with Photoshop images effortlessly and supports Macs with Retina displays too.

Acorn can be installed in Macs with OS X 10.8 and later versions. It needs Macs with 64-bit Intel architecture. The app has been optimized and designed to harness the power of newer GPUs in Macs.

The UI of Acorn is refreshing and sleek. It resembles any standard image editor more or less. Photoshop users will have no problem in learning the workflow in Acorn. The toolbox at left side of the UI contains most of the tools you will use for image editing and manipulation. You can modify the UI to suit your needs. It supports plenty of file formats for both import and export.

Acorn lacks a proper image browser and you may use iPhoto for image organization. The brush set in the app is commendable and there is option to create new brushes as well. The Bezier pen is ideal for creating complex shapes without much hassle. You get masks, alpha channels and layer to work with images and add special effects to them.

If you are looking for image filters that help you simulate real life painting on digital canvas acorn will not disappoint you. The filter collection is quite adequate. The app has Non-destructive filters and so they are applied on a separate layer.

Professional photographers need to deal with RAW images and now Acorn supports these images. The RAW converter works well mostly but it cannot match the prowess of Lightroom or Apple Aperture. Support for PSD import and export is something designers will appreciate. You can also open PDF documents but the rendering is not always accurate, especially when opening complex and large PDF documents.

Acorn races past rivals like Pixelmator owing to its automation feature. There are a few actions embedded that can be run and you can also use AppleScript and JSTalk.

Despite its ease of use and feature set, Acorn does have a few areas of shortcomings. The Clone tool is not as refined as that of Photoshop, for example and it lacks brush support. The lack of integrated online sharing feature may irk some users since entry level freeware like Picasa have such features. However, there is a web export option which comes with preview.

Acorn offers decent help and support for customers, as it is. You get an online FAQ and user manual. There are some useful tutorials as well.

Positive Points:
•    Sleek UI, low learning curve.
•    Extensive file format support.
•    Adequate help and support.
•    Retina display support, Non-destructive filters.

Negative Points:
•    Tools are not very advanced.
•    Inconsistent PDF rendering.

Acorn is a simple but powerful image editor that caters to needs of beginners to mid level users. It has sleek UI and learning curve is minimal. The image format support is good and provided toolset is adequate as well. It also supports importing and exporting PSD files. Some tools are not as advanced as pricier rival apps and there is no integrated online sharing option. Other than these minor flaws, Acorn ticks almost all boxes right.

Rating:  3/5

Acorn Publisher's Description

Everyone needs to edit photos at some point, but not everyone has the time to learn complicated super pricey photo editing software. This is why we created Acorn. Add text and shapes to your digital pictures. Combine images together to create a photo collage. Work with layers to touch up your favorite photos or make something entirely new from scratch. Do all this and more with Acorn!

Free download from Shareware Connection - Acorn is a Mac OS X 10.8 & 10.9 picture and image editor

Publisher: flyingmeat.com | License: Trial | Price: 29.99
Version: 4.0.3 | Platform: Mac OS X
Released Date: 14-11-2014 | Rating: 5 | Title: Acorn

Author Url: http://www.flyingmeat.com/
Program Info Url: http://www.flyingmeat.com/acorn/
Download Url: http://flyingmeat.com/download/Acorn.zip
Screenshot Url: http://www.flyingmeat.com/acorn/

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