This application is a joy to use. In my book it is by far the best image editing application for macOS. Very intuitive and well-designed.
Definitely my go to app for fast startup, and feature rich image editing, without being overwhelmed.
Really does everything you probably will need unless it's some advanced Photoshop function.
Regularly updated by a dedicated Mac only family development team.
This is not some crappy port of a half baked Windows or Linux Qt program that doesn't follow the macOS UI standards.
Have been using this app for years. No subscriptions, great value, and thoroughly recommended.
[Edited by JTC, October 20]
This has some great features BUT performance can get sketchy. I've used GIMP and Photoshop extensively for collage/flyer art type things and was looking for an alternative after GIMP didn't run as well on newer Macs and Photoshop introduced the subscription thing. This has a very comparable feature set for what I'm doing, didn't really miss anything except the smart select tool from Photoshop. The way it handles filters, letting you mute and unmute them per layer or save different presets, is very useful too.
However, if you get into large images, things with tons of layers, or lots of instances of said filters without flattening them down, performance gets WAY slower and occasionally buggy or freezing. It's super useful to a point but I may have to move to something else in order to handle more complex types of projects, beyond a certain point you just can't move things or tweak the filters to a useful degree without a bunch of lag. (This is on a 2016 Macbook Pro with 8GB RAM so some of it may be my system, but it still feels a little slower than other alternatives).
Wow, this thing is the sh1t. I have been using open source seashore and livequartz, but really they both lack. Acorn seems to have it all, is familiar to photoshop users, even many similar keyboard shortcuts. It is very intuitive, just works how you think it should, little thought involved.
There is now a free version of Acorn, that you can use for forever. Some advanced features are missing in the free, though you get to try them for 14 days. What an awesome way to sell your product, while also providing a free resource to the world.
Get this if looking for a mac image editor less burdonsome than photoshop, but still capable.
Much more useful to me than Photoshop or Gimp because I can actually figure out how to use Acorn. This is the image editor for non-professionals.
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