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.
- 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:Version 6.1:
Metal 2 support on macOS High Sierra 10.13 and later
So what does this get you? Faster panning, brushing, fills, and just a general speed improvement overall. Acorn should feel more fluid, and we've even seen framerates over 160 FPS when brushing on a 2015 iMac 5k.
We've also added some new preferences to choose where the rendering happens, located under the Fussy Stuff tab. You can choose Metal, OpenGL, or Software. You can also choose if the data for your image is stored on the GPU or on the CPU (we realize this is a little ridiculous, and we'll remove these options in a future release, but they are great for playing around with right now).
Other New things
- By very popular demand, color icons are back! They are turned on by default, but if you liked the way things looked previously you can turn off the "Color Interface" option in the General preferences tab.
- HEIC/HEIF encoding support for folks running 10.13.4 or later (Save As…, Export…, and Web Export).
- Support for opening EPS files.
- When taking screenshots the Touch Bar is now included if you're lucky (or unlucky?) enough to have a MacBook Pro.
- Support for 30 bit image display for the new iMac Pro.
- The Replace Color filter has a new option to ignore alpha when comparing colors.
- Transforms are a bit faster now by drawing a low-quality transform when moving, and then a high quality one when Acorn has more time to do the rendering.
- Added a new pref to turn on or off checking for important news.
- Removed some old text styles that no longer made sense, and added some new ones (this is under the Edit ▸ Text Style ▸ sub menu. Did you know you can make your own to save in Acorn's App Support folder?).
- The App Store version of Acorn no longer has an option to purchase a 14 day free trial for $0. Various Apple App Store bugs, incomplete APIs, and a general bad experience all around caused us to think hard about removing it and we think it's best to do so for now. A 14 day free trial is still available via our website, where you can download Acorn and try it out right away.
- Various little Quality of Life fixes.
- Various undo notifications are now 94% more accurate.
- Removed some filters which showed up in 10.13 that didn't make sense for Acorn (Hello CILabDeltaE, I'm looking specificaly at you).
- Fixed an issue where indexed PNGs were opening up empty.