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By Dan Moren

Acorn 5 slices, dices, filters, crops

Note: This story has not been updated for several years.

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.

[Dan Moren is the East Coast Bureau Chief of Six Colors. You can find him on Mastodon at or reach him by email at His latest novel, the supernatural detective story All Souls Lost, is out now.]

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