Monday, September 10, 2007

Acorn 1.0

Acorn is a simple new bitmap editor from Gus Mueller (and Gus Mueller) with built-in screenshot-taking (using a resizable crop box), vector and text layers, gradients, and Core Image filters. Best of all: support for plug-ins written in PyObjC. A single Tools window combines tools, tools options, layers, and status info—an unusual design that, I think, works. Acorn seems to have a bunch of 1.0 bugs and drawing glitches, but it looks promising. I’m primed to switch from GraphicConverter to something with a more modern interface. I’d like to see an export window with quality previews. Foto Trimmer–style crop controls would rock.

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