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FlyingMeat introduced a new shareware image editor for the Mac called Acorn 1.0.


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The $39.95 image editor's design goal was said to be "simplicity":
Don't let Acorn's size fool you; it's a powerful little guy. Fancy math to keep your pencil strokes from having sharp edges, squeezing all the performance out of your computer's GPU as possible, and simple innovations to make your life easier.
A free trial download is available.

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kainjow

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I'm sure it's a cool app, but I don't think it deserves to be on Page 2. Should be Mac Bytes material only.
 
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72930

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squeezing all the performance out of your computer's GPU as possible
Not much on my Macbook...

Skitch is great for now, and this is too expensive. It could be amazing with plug-ins...
 
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ANTMUZ

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perhaps... testing some things out.

arn

Good idea, but I suggest maybe doing a separate category at the top, looks like there's plenty of room. Maybe call it Mac Apps. I think it'd fit snuggly in between Page 2 and iPhone.

And Arn, if you're looking for any writers send me a PM. I'm looking to fill a bit of free time!
 
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illitrate23

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Good idea, but I suggest maybe doing a separate category at the top, looks like there's plenty of room. Maybe call it Mac Apps. I think it'd fit snuggly in between Page 2 and iPhone.
as something of a lurker on the forum here, i'd be quite interested in seeing new apps being mentioned. http://www.freemacware.com/ is great for hearing about new freeware, but it'd be nice to have somewhere that'd keep up to date with interesting new shareware too
 
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tk421

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Good idea, but I suggest maybe doing a separate category at the top, looks like there's plenty of room. Maybe call it Mac Apps. I think it'd fit snuggly in between Page 2 and iPhone.

And Arn, if you're looking for any writers send me a PM. I'm looking to fill a bit of free time!

I agree it would be fine in a separate section, like the iPhone blog. This is definitely not a rumor.
 
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mkrishnan

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Anyone know how this will compare in features and price to Pixelmator?

I think the emphasis is vastly different... Pixelmator seems like it's supposed to be a head-on competitor to many aspects of Photoshop -- it seems to be much more about editing photographs and images you might use to design a website (assuming it actually ever gets released). This seems to be more about drawing / creating new images and very simple editing. That's my take, at least.

I don't think this app would practically replace / do the same thing for you as Pixelmator or Photoshop, or even Photoshop Elements... unless you're really using Photoshop for this kind of stuff.

Not that it's a strike against this guy. Just not what this really does.
 
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Mudbug

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MS Paint FTW! The combo of Paint + MS Publisher just can't be beat.

j/k - I use Photoshop + Freehand, and am begrudgingly moving towards Illustrator by the day, just so I can have the full integration of the CS2/CS3 suite of stuff. I do applaud anyone coming up with a usable consumer-level image editor that's actually functional, but the real hope I have is that it provides output options that are usable to folks in commercial printing. There's a slew of image editors out there that can hold their own, as long as the image being edited never leaves the screen. The problem comes as soon as you take it to a printer to have it offset print (or whatever format you prefer), these lower end programs produce such horrible postscript code that the output very seldom matches the intended work of the author. Colors don't match, boxes don't stay in position, fonts don't render correctly, etc. - things your desktop inkjet or laser may not show you, but once it's been RIP'd, stick out like a sore thumb. Since the OS can produce a .pdf, that's helped a bit, provided the code producing the .ps file for the .pdf is clean.

Also - I'd give this a go-around, but with as busy as I am with normal application use for work, I don't want to have to play with a new product to see what it can do. I do, however, welcome the feedback of folks who are more interested than me.
 
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arn

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Yeah, like the others have said, this is a great idea but should have its own category.

Not to continue down this line of conversation... but yes, obviously a sub-blog would be most ideal, but I wasn't going to put together a sub-blog for a single post. Page 2 is sort of our minor news wastebasket, so you may see some more non-traditional items here, but we'll move them to their own category as time/planning allows.

Please try to continue discussion on this particular app in this thread, and we'll work out the categorizations later.

arn
 
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mahonmeister

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Sorry.:eek: When you stated that you were 'testing some things out' I thought you were referring to to the location of that content (ie. on Page 2), rather then the actual content (new apps). Basically, I'm dumb and need to go to bed before I have any brain farts.

Anyways, I tried out the app and it is pretty cool. Kinda took up more resources then I would like, but I'm not much of an image editor myself. The interface was pleasant to use to say the least.
 
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fastbite

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It does look interesting -- and somebody mentioned Skitch which is a different animal but bloody great! And so is Jing!
 
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Kallikinos

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Seems too expensive, and any way I have photoshop so hah.

I have yet to hear if Apple will work on any MS Paint (Of course better) type program.
 
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cliffjumper68

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Good idea, but I suggest maybe doing a separate category at the top, looks like there's plenty of room. Maybe call it Mac Apps. I think it'd fit snuggly in between Page 2 and iPhone.

And Arn, if you're looking for any writers send me a PM. I'm looking to fill a bit of free time!

Isn't this pretty much obsolete with core image in leopard?
 
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