Way, way back in the day, back in the last century, Apple billed the Mac as ‘the computer for the rest of us.’
The implication was obvious. The Mac was simple, not complex, and it was all the computer the average person really needed. That was wrong. It’s just as wrong to assume that a lesser photo editing app is Photoshop for the average person.
Little Acorns To Big Trees
Suffice it to say that the Mac is not the computer for the rest of us– unless the rest of us want a computer that is so powerful it runs everything, costs the most, and appeals to those with discriminating tastes.
Likewise, Acorn is a Mac photo and image editor that can be bought for about what Photoshop can be rented for in a couple of months.
It’s not Photoshop and doesn’t claim to be. Acorn is more like Photoshop Lite. Or, maybe Lite Lite. Or, Photoshop mini.
What you get in Acorn are familiar Photoshop-like photo and image editing tools. Non-destructive filters, masks, vector tools, a brush designer, gradients, curvets and Boolean shaper operations, shapes, a text tool and much more. Much more. But not as much as Photoshop.
Also familiar but not as pervasive are the floating tool palettes (sans the professional level ‘charcoal’ look in Photoshop).
There’s much to like in Acorn besides the nominal price tag.
Just remember this. Acorn isn’t Photoshop, but if you find Adobe’s flagship app daunting, intimidating, overly complex and expensive– and you don’t need all those bells and whistles– Acorn becomes a decent and affordable substitute.