Remember Small is Beautiful? It is. Especially when comparing graphic apps.
If Photoshop is the evil Galactic Empire of graphic apps, and I’m not saying it isn’t, then Acorn must be what the Rebel Alliance uses to produce terrific digital graphics on a budget. A very, very low budget. With. High. Standards.
A New Hope For Your Budget
Some of us have this knack where we can combine the realities of present day technology with the movies we watched in childhood and create an intriguing scenario.
It’s Photoshop vs. Acorn. One app maker wants to rule the known universe.
The other app maker just wants to live in peace and help humankind’s graphic needs.
Alright, first things first. If you need the professional power of the
Death Star Adobe’s absolutely powerful Photoshop, go for it. Yes, you’ll need to devote the required 10,000 hours to make it work, but it’ll be money and years and gray matter well spent.
Acorn is about doing Photoshop-like graphics without the expense in money and time and prescription drugs.
The Little App That Did
Everyone has a need to edit photos and images. Not everyone has thousands of hours, hundreds of dollars, and the technical and artistic wherewithal to do it Adobe’s way. Acorn is simple. Simpler than simple. Familiar and competent.
Look at what you get with the Acorn interface. No rocket science experience required.
Like Photoshop, you get nice floating palettes of tools, most of which are self explanatory. Like Adobe’s flagship monstrosity, you get Layers, Text, Drawing tools, Layer masks, Filters, and even Vector shapes.
Adjust color, add layers, and draw in a layer right on top of your graphic image. Chain those filters together to create special effects and save them as a preset for later use.
Built in to Acorn is the ability to take Mac screenshots and export to all the basic Mac and PC graphic file formats.
Acorn is 64-bit, which means it’s fast and faster on faster Intel Macs.
Acorn makes itself competitive with Photoshop many ways, but four big ones stick out from the bullet points. It’s cheaper. Much cheaper. It does basic Photoshop functions (all those layers and masks and text and vector tools, drawing, etc.).
Many functions can be automated using basic Mac tools—Automator and AppleScript. And, second best of all Acorn is friendly and easy to dig into, vs. Photoshop’s daunting complexity.
Rebel Alliance Alternatives?
Are there alternatives? Of course, there are always alternatives. For the budget minded, there are 5 Ways This Paint App Is Better Than The Original. And, if you must deal with the Galactic Empire, learn how Adobe Brings Photoshop Elements To The Mac. Amazingly, it’s a great value, too.
For other options, Compare Values: Photoshop vs. Pixelmator. Check out Pixelmator’s new low price at the Mac App Store.