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By Dan Moren

Acorn 5 slices, dices, filters, crops

Acorn 5

As I mentioned in last week’s Dock Tales post, Flying Meat’s Acorn has long been my go-to image editor. And good news! There’s a brand new version, Acorn 5, with lots of fancy schmancy new improvements: shape processors—non-destructive filters that you can use on vector shapes—Curves and Levels as filters, Photoshop brush imports, and more snapping—shapes! selections! guides! layers!—than you can shake a stick at. There are also a ton of other smaller fixes that might appeal to you, you know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

You can grab Acorn 5 from either Flying Meat’s own store or the Mac App Store for $25.

I can’t say enough good things about Acorn. Photoshop is often considered the industry standard, but I simply don’t need (and can’t really figure out how to use) most of the tools that Photoshop offers, so Acorn wins the day for me.

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[Dan Moren is a tech writer, novelist, podcaster, and the Official Dan of Six Colors. You can email him at or find him on Twitter at @dmoren.]