What's new in this version:
Acorn 6.1 Build 12908
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
Acorn 6.0.4 Build 12628
- Oh hey did you notice that Acorn can now open up HEIF images taken by your fancy new iPhones when run on 10.13? Even Acorn 5 can do that, but who cares about that because you're running the obviously superior Acorn 6
- Print changes: Acorn will now automatically scale down your image for printing if it doesn't automatically fit on a single page
- Fixed performance problems with the brush tool on 10.13 and large images
- Fixed a MacOS 10.13 problem when exporting Very Large Images which have a curves layer filter attached to it
Acorn 6.0.3 Build 12551
- Fixed a crasher when dragging and dropping group layers from the layers list, when they contained shape layers
- Fixed a problem when using the exclude path function
- Fixed a problem where the Bias fields in the RAW image import window didn't allow you to enter a wide enough range of values
Acorn 6.0.2 Build 12529
- Acorn has a brand new German localization
- Fixed a crasher when merging layers
- Fixed some cases where the dither filter wasn't drawing in the right spot
- Fixed a case where flipping a selection on a bitmap layer wouldn't also flip the actual selection, which was annoying when you had irregular selections
- Fixed some unnecessary console logging
Acorn 6.0.1 Build 12466
- Fixed a problem where filling a selection with AppleScript was using the wrong color
- Fixed a crasher having to do with the Curves filter
- Better notifications when you're starting the App Store free trial
- Little SVG import fixes
- Fixed an issue where initially opening multiple documents with the same dimensions and the system prefs to always show tabs was incorrectly sizing the window
- Fixed an issue where you might crash when merging a group layer
- Fixed a potential problem where Acorn could crash when registering
- Removed some static libraries that weren't being used anymore. The net result is that Acorn is a smaller download now
Acorn 6.0 Build 12409
Text on a path:
- Our #1 feature request. It's a big thing, and it's awesome. You can use the Shape ▸ Convert To Path Text menu item when selecting a shape, or you can use the Bezier Text Tool (which is a sub item under the Text Tool button) to click on a path and then start typing.
- To go along with this, we've added a new "Graduated Font Scale" shape processor, that increases (or decreases) your fonts on your paths, circles, or even in the old style boxes. Make fancy stuff™.
- Clone tool works across layers, images, and more:
- Our #2 feature request, and another big thing. The clone tool can now work across layers, images, and can even use group or shape layers as a cloning source. If you'd like to reset the origin where the cloning starts, hold down the shift key when clicking. Using this technique, the clone tool can also function as a stamping tool. Keep the shift key held down if you'd like to clone in a straight line.
- Use the option click to define a new clone source, or just begin drawing. Shift click to reset the clone tool's origin.
New Web Export Features:
- You can now zoom and pan and use shortcuts to change the scale of your image. There are new options to convert your image to sRGB if it isn't already, and if you are exporting a wide gamut image (such as DP3), there's a new option to highlight he colors that are out of range of sRGB (available on 10.12+ only)
- Web Export also has the option to keep (or remove) image metadata, such as exif properties
Smart Layer Export Settings Palette:
- There's now a configurable palette to setup a layer's Smart Layer Export settings (which were originally introduced way back in Acorn 3.3). You now have a movable frame that represents the export bounds of your image, and you can even give it a real name and everything from there. In addition, you can choose to have your layer automatically export as @1x, @2x, @3x, etc. sizes
New Bezier tools, stroke alignment, and boolean operations:
- You can now set the stroke alignment on shapes to be inner, outer, or center (which has always been the default you're probably used to)
- Shapes now have a new boolean operation: Divide, which works on two selected overlapping shapes. In addition to this, when you hold down the option key when using the boolean shape operations, Acorn will keep the original shapes you selected in your layer. ALSO another thing- if you hold down the shift key when using the subtract boolean operation, it'll reverse the order of the shapes, so if you accidentally subtracted things in the wrong order, you can quickly undo and then try again with the shift key
- There are now Shape ▸ Bezier Stuff ▸ Simplify Path and Smooth Path menu items, which do exactly what they say
- There's a new option under the Shape ▸ Bezier Stuff menu item: "Reverse Path". If you drew a path from the right end of your canvas, to the left, and then added text to it, you text will go right to left, and upside down. This might not be what you're after. This new menu item will instead reverse your path, so that it goes the opposite direction. Tada!
- When converting text to a bezier shape (via Shape ▸ Bezier Stuff), each glyph in the text box turns into its own path instead of the whole text block being a single path
- One last new thing- when using the pen tool + the shift key to add an anchor to a bezier shape, Acorn will now highlight where the new anchor location will show up
Load and save color profiles, view wide gamut differences:
- Color profiles. Love them or hate them, if you do enough image editing you're going to need to use them at some point. Acorn 6 makes it easier than ever to load and save profiles to your image from the Color Profile sheet. And these days with wide gamut profiles showing up from your iPhone 7, you're going to want to know what pixels are going to change when you convert your painstakingly crafted DP3 image to sRGB for the web. And that's why we've added a new previewing option in Web Export that will show up when you're saving out a wide gamut image.
Make Shape from Selection:
- This new menu item, located under the Select menu, will be activated when you've placed selections on the canvas using the various vector options (rect, oval, freehand, etc). It'll also do the correct boolean options if you subtract or add to the selection. This is awesome if you want to add a stroke to your canvas selection.
Good things got better:
- Previously modal operations (like Crop, Scale and Rotate, Wrap) are now no longer modal. You can now switch between images without having to finish a crop in your current image.
- The Scale and Rotate palette now show the x / y / width / height values of the transforming selection.
- New shortcut to crop a single bitmap layer: Command-Shift-Option-K (or you can hold down the Shift key when using the Image ▸ Crop menu item). This works when a crop is on the canvas, or with a selection. If it's a selection, the command is basically a shortcut for invert selection, and then delete.
- Instant Alpha gets two new options: the ability to turn on and off the smoothing of the edges, and a contiguous / non contiguous mode.
Other new things:
- File ▸ Export ▸ Export All Layers menu, which lets you pick a folder to export all your layers to
- Crop pixel lock & resizing. The crop palette now has an option to lock dimensions. Which you click this, it'll "lock" your crop and the final size of your image will be whatever the pixel dimensions you have set are. For instance, let's say you add a 100x100 size crop on your image, and then press the lock. Then you resize the crop on the canvas to be something larger. When you hit crop, your image will crop to what you've got, and then resize your image down to 100x100. So you can essentially set your image size at the same time you're making a crop
- New "Reflection" filter, which reflects your image as if it was on a shiny table
- New "Linear Gradient Blur" filter, which works just like the radial gradient blur… only without the radial. It's linear (see- it's right in the name that's how you know it's linear)
- Softness sliders have been added to the brush, clone, dodge, etc., palettes
- New Automator Action- "Call Filter Preset", which adds a filter preset to images via Automator
- The Filter menu now has a "Presets" sub menu
- New button in the palette to delete layers. You can also drag and drop a layer from the layers list into it for deletion
- The shortcut Command-5 will zoom to 50%. And if you're already at 50%, Command-5 will then zoom to 25%. Command-4 will zoom to 800%, and then to 3500% if you're already at 800%. However, the menu items never updated their respective titles to indicate this. In Acorn 6, now they do
- There's now an option in the text palette to invert circle text
- After transforming a selection, Acorn will keep the selection on the canvas (previous versions of Acorn would clear it)
- There's a new option in the Crop preset popup "Last Crop". This will place on your canvas the last crop you performed
- Text boxes now have an option for sub-pixel antialiasing in the Quick Config popover
- The web export window now has a proxy icon for your export data. So instead of saving your image, you can use the proxy icon to drag and drop your image anywhere that can accept the image
- You can now export CMYK TIFF images with depths of 32, 64, and 128 bits per pixel
- The Grayscale filter has a new "Black and white only" option, which works just like the 1bit filter does, but without any extra steps. This also works like a Threshold filter
- You can now use the $filename$ placeholder for the layer in in Smart Layer Export, which will replace it with the name of your document
- The info palette will now show the total pixel count, along with the amount of (uncompressed) memory your image takes up. Double clicking on the move tool (or pressing 'v' twice) will bring it up
- Double clicking or pressing enter on a bezier shape will switch to the the anchor selection tool
- New Superellipse option for boxes when they have a corner radius turned on
- When transforming a shape or selection, there are new options in the palette (and context menu) to flip your image horizontal or vertical
- Filled out the Edit ▸ Tools menu with all the available tools
- In most cases when you try an operation on a locked layer, Acorn would say 'Hey- it's locked. Do you want to unlock?' and if you choose yes it'll unlock and you can try again. In Acorn 6, if you say 'unlock' to that question, Acorn will continue with the previous operation so you won't have to try and do it again
- The meta-data window now shows the pixel dimensions, as well as saved file size of your image
- When cropping, you can hold down the option key + return to crop only the current layer (bitmap layers only)
- Added a Boolean Divide option to the Touch Bar for selected shapes
- Added a Contiguous toggle button to the flood fill palette
- If you hold down the option key when selecting a color profile, it'll show you where it was loaded from on disk if available
- If you have a shape layer with processors in it and try and add a new shape, Acorn will no longer warn you that it can't do that. Instead, it'll just add a new shape layer and start adding your new shapes to that
- Text boxes now clip all text to the box they are set in. This means if your first line of text has a line height that pushes it outside the box it's in, then the text will now be clipped. And if you have a baseline that sends it below the box, then it'll also be clipped. Acorn did text a little sloppy in the past, and drew text outside those boxes- but it caused all kinds of little problems and artifacts to show up. Adding the clip cleans all those cases up. (And what's more- previous versions of Acorn would clip your text in _some_ cases, but not all. Now it's 100% consistent
- When moving a gradient stop, a tooltip is now show with the location of the stop in the gradient
- The shape boolean operations are now powered by Paper.js
- The various Export options have been moved under a new File ▸ Export submenu
- When using the Randomize Anchor Location processor on star shapes, the star no longer has a non-closed shape
- The "Change Angle" Shape Processor has been renamed to "Rotate"
- The layers list in the canvas contextual menu is now visually listed in the same order as what shows up in the layers palette list
- When moving or resizing a crop, the current x/y/width/height values are shown above the cursor
- Removed the option "Keep crop bounds inside canvas". Snapping to the canvas edges works well enough for this these days
- When switching to the Crop tool and there is a selection, Acorn automatically uses the selection bounds to place a crop on the canvas
- The Image ▸ Trim to Edges command will now crop out any layers who's dimensions fall outside the canvas bounds (even if there aren't any transparent pixels inside the canvas to trim up)
- The Web Export window now tries to be the smallest it can be on Retina displays
- More accurate CMYK layer export, having to do with alpha blending
- The mirror filter no longer clamps its edges
Acorn 5.6.5 Build 12356
- Fixed a bug where duplicated documents wouldn't get the correct bit depth set
- Fixed a bug where selected text could show up in web export
- Fixed a crasher when importing a RAW image in full screen mode
- Fixed a bug where RAW images sent to Acorn via Photo's "Edit in Acorn" were not being saved back correctly Note: if you are on the App Store version of Acorn, you will not get the RAW import window because of Sandboxing restrictions
- Fixed a bug where an image would snap to the grid even though it was specifically turned off for that image
- Fixed a bug where the TGA format wasn't always availabe for export
- Fixed a bug where you couldn't clear the selection while a group layer was active
- Fixed a bug where the Alpha Multiply filter wasn't being saved in the presets correctly
- Fixed a crasher when using the Dither filter in combination with a gradient filter
Acorn 5.6.4 Build 11927
- Fixed a(nother) problem where areas of the image would go black when running on macOS 10.12 Sierra
- Fixed a problem where nudging a single selected pixel could fail on 10.12
- Fixed a problem where deleting a magic wand selection would sometimes fail on 10.12
- Fixed a problem where certain NEF files might cause Acorn's RAW importer window to misbehave on 10.12
- A little fix for Python plugins, for the handful of you still using those
Acorn 5.6.3 Build 11814
- Fixed a problem where areas of the image would go black when running on MacOS 10.12 Sierra
- Fixed an issue where the gradient blend mode button would become inactive
Acorn 5.6.2 Build 11756
- Added a new AppleScript command to documents and groups, which will add an image from a file, and you can give it a specified index: tell document 1 to add image from ("/path/to/file.jpeg") at index 0
- Fixed a problem where Acorn's Photos Extension wasn't showing up for some folks
- Fixed a bug where Acorn would sometimes bring Photos to the front when closing a new unsaved image
Acorn 5.6.1 Build 11714
- Fixed a bug where the brush "Painting 9" wasn't working correctly
- Fixed an annoying bug where sometimes you'd try and click on a shape that's on another layer but instead you'd end up selecting a shape on your current layer which was technically under the one you were trying to click so that kind of makes sense, but it's not what you were trying to do. We fixed that
- Fixed a bug where the Clear Recent menu item wouldn't clear the Touch Bar of recent images
Acorn 5.6 Build 11592
New MacBook Pro Touch Bar Things:
- Brush tools on bitmap layers: Change the size, opacity, and softness of your brushes.
- When no images are open, Acorn will a New button and show a list of recently opened images in Touch Bar, which you can tap to open.
- General canvas: Fill & stroke color widgets, share widgets, canvas rotate / flip.
- Crop: Rotate left & right, Crop button.
- Scale and Transform: Rotate left & right, Apply button.
- Free Transform: Flip your layer vertically or horizontally.
- Shape Layers: If you have two or more shapes selected, you'll get a boolean operation popover, which lets you then use the union/difference/exclude/intersect operations.
- Shape Layers: If you have two or more shapes selected, you'll also get alignment options for those shapes.
- Shape Layers: Turn fill and stroke on and off for selected shapes.
- Shape Layer Stars: You can adjust the number of points selected stars have using Touch Bar.
Edit in Acorn from Photos:
- We've added a new Photos extension, which will let you edit your photo in Acorn (available for macOS 10.11 and 10.12+).
- Acorn supports tabs if you are on 10.12 or later. Drag and drop between the layers list and other tabs, it's pretty awesome.
- Fixed a problem where histograms were calculating incorrect data for transparent areas.
- Fixed a bug where the Text Splitter Processor wasn't working correctly for Circle Text.
- Fixed a bug where trying to copy when no layer was currently selected would lead to an error.
- Fixed a bug where Acorn couldn't open up some older files where text boxes were set with interesting colors.
- Fixed a bug where Acorn could become unstable when bringing up the canvas contextual menu item from a SVG file.
- Fixed a problem where opening up iPhone 7 RAW images on macOS Sierra wouldn't show a correct preview in the RAW Import window.
- Added a check for the 3rd party filter "SobelEdgeDetectorUnit.plugin", which was crashing Acorn in macOS Sierra.
- Fixed a problem where the cursor for the clone tool with the tool tip enabled would draw in the wrong location on retina displays.
- Acorn no longer requires the discrete graphics card to be in use for MacBook Pros.
- The text palette now has an added level of precision for the baseline, kerning, line height, and paragraph spacing fields.
- New hidden pref to turn on auto-scrolling for various canvas operations: defaults write com.flyingmeat.Acorn5 autoAutoScroll 1