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Acorn 3.5 brings improved wand, layer export, Sunburst filter

10 October 2012 1,247 views No Comment

The big focus for Acorn 3.5 is bug fixes, but developer Flying Meat has slipped in some new features

The big focus for Acorn 3.5 is bug fixes, but developer Flying Meat has slipped in some new features, as well. For example, the new non-contiguous option for the magic wand tool, File ▸ Layer Export, new layer blend modes (Divide, Lighter Color, Darker Color, Hard Mix and Subtract ) and a sunburst new filter.

Flying Meat has released Acorn 3.5 (release notes), which available both direct (i.e. “Check for Updates”) and the Mac App Store. New features in this rather beefy update include:

• The magic wand selection tool now has an option for contiguous or non-contiguous selections, more
• New File ▸ Layer Export… menu item, which will export a single layer out of Acorn, more
• The contextual menu now has a copy of the Layer ▸ Shape Align and Size menu for working with selected shapes quickly
• New layer blend modes: Divide, Lighter Color, Darker Color, Hard Mix, and Subtract
• New Generator ▸ Sunburst filter, which lets you make some awesome backgrounds
• Holding down the shift key while rotating when using Layer > Rotate and Transform > Scale and Rotate menu item will snap the rotation to 45° increments
• Increased the amount you can magnify an image with the zoom slider from 1000% to 2000%, which should help out Retina MBP owners
• New AppleScript functionality, including new method on CIImage
• A metric butt tonne of bug fixes, including when using the various transform tools on a bitmap layer, the transform operation will now apply to the layer mask if it is linked (yeah!)

Acorn is available on the Mac App Store ($49.99) — if you buy it using the provided link, you also net the satisfaction of supporting the Fairer Platform. A fully functional 14-day trial is available direct.

For what it’s worth, Acorn is my daily use image editor — plenty good and very, very reliable.

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