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Acorn is an image editor for Mac OS X 10.10 and later.

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Acorn review by Charles M.
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"Easy to use and understand"

What do you like best?

I like that it's a "scalable" software, meaning that for someone like me who doesn't use it for high-level projects, I still feel like I can operate it. Sometimes the "bigger" programs out there feel out of my league, but Acorn lets me get the simple stuff done with zero problems and a lot less confusion.

What do you dislike?

Because it is a little more basic, there are some instances when I want the software to be able to do something, and I feel like I can't figure out how to do it - at least not easily.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is inexpensive but can handle a lot of grunt work, especially for small businesses. That's primarily where we use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We post a lot of content online, so we're always making images for that content. This often means overlaying text on an image, resizing images, or even designing images from the ground up by combining icons and other items into one cohesive set. Acorn is quick and easy to use for this purpose, meaning I don't spend extra racking my brain to figure out how to get everything in one place. Speed and ease of use are of the essence for what I do.

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Acorn review by Bryan M.
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"A Basic Image Editor that can be a Great Tool for Hobbyists "

What do you like best?

I originally purchased acorn as part of an app bundle way back in 2009. I have used it multiple times and it seems to fit the need of a comprehensive photo editing app, without the huge price tag. In fact, Acorn is even more affordable than the majority of the other lower cost photo editors.

What do you dislike?

The interface of acorn provides powerful, customizable tools, however today the interface feels a little dated and uninspired to me. It functions perfectly well, but doesn't have the same modernization or ease of use of other similar applications.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for an app to handle a variety of photo editing functions beyond the basic photo filter appliers, but don't want to spend a bunch of money on other more popular photo editors because you are primarily a hobbyist, Acorn is the app for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Acorn is powerful, but doesn't quite have all of the features of the more popular (though more expensive) photo editors. For a hobbyist looking for an affordable solution it is perfect, but for businesses with more advanced photo editing needs it might not yet be the ideal solution.

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Acorn review by Madison B.
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"photoshop results without the complications!!"

What do you like best?

Of Acorn I really like the ease it provides when editing, it is a simple editor where I can edit minor projects whenever I need to. I love the circle text tool and the text on a path tool, make it easy to get my text exactly how I want it to look like. Basically, Acorn has all the photoshop tools, but less complicated and cheaper, which is amazing because if you have experience on the design fields, you can have amazing results with a simple software like this.

What do you dislike?

I think my problem with Acorn is that it is not available por PC's and there are times when working on my cellphone is not the best option, I think they should expand it to PC's too.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend Acorn for three simple reasons:

1-Easy to use, to set up and to acquire. Not expensive at all and give you the best results.

2-Doesn't have to be a professional to use it and lear how to.

3-It is simple but not basic, which is great since offers professional tools that turns out in professional, elaborated and creative designs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Acorn is so simple to use, that it has really helped in my designs, since it complements my other more complicated design softwares, giving me innovative and creative results in a fast way. With Acorn, I can even give my clients the option to create the basis of what they want in their social networks or web page, and since it is so simple they can do it without much hassle, helping me to work more safely in the extensive design of the image. Also, when there are sudden publications to be made, with this software I do not worry at all about it, it is quite easy to create them and upload it to social media. It has brought me many benefis as a freelancer designer, it has facilitated my work and expanded my ability to work with any kind of editor.

Acorn review by Brook B.
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"It works so well!!"

What do you like best?

I like how simple Acorn is, it really is not complicated to use but it is not basic either, it has the exact and precise tools to create professional editions that are very useful to me. The circle text tool and the text on a path tool are amazing and very useful, make it a lot easier to get your text exactly how you want it to look. The file suppot gives me a lot of confidence since I know my editions are safe, and the streamless editing tools are great as well. It is very cheap for all it offers, i love the ease it offers for creating editions, it is quick to open the software, customize the image, save it and use it!!

What do you dislike?

The free software doesn not include the best tools, and I think that if someone is testing for the first time the software, they can get desmotivated since the software does not show what it actually offers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend Acorn because with this you can develop your brand or company image in a easy, quick and cheap way, you don't need to have professional designers to create your own images, you can adap everything you put on the software and be original and unique.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Acorn benefited me and my company image in a great way, other image editors were very complicated and expensive, and I really needed an image editor to create advertising images in a fast and uncomplicated way, for which I need a software that would contribute to the image of the company in a simple way and that other members of the supermarket could use in the same way. So when Acorn entered my designs life, I solved all those problems, I forgot about difficults and complicated softwares like Photoshop and whe I had to edit an image for the social media of the brand or even to make publicity for printing, I do it with the program having a very good result, so I can save money and time. Acorn satisfied my design needs on the editing field!!!

Acorn review by Allie K.
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"ACORN photo editor review"

What do you like best?

the best thing I like about it is that it has many tools found in other similar editing software such as selection, resizing, cropping and brushes but it has more! In this one, you can actually add some texts but the outstanding part is that it has much more such as altering the color, you can change the texture even adjust the shadow. With acorn, you can process many photos at the same time but one thing I even love more is that you can crop or process many photos at the same time. I am not gonna mention how you can make your own HDR and more. It is just easier to use and convenient than many out there

What do you dislike?

One thing I don't like about it is that I couldn't use it on my window computer, I hate that restriction. Lacking photo organizer is also one bad thing I did't like

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just prepare to pay some $30 and be using Macc computer, couldn't work with my windows OS

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

photography

Acorn review by Mandy M.
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"I can edit image without much problem."

What do you like best?

Of Acorn I love the ease it offers for editing, it is quick to open the application, customize the image, save it and use it. You do not need to have more knowledge and the images look really professional. It's totally cheap for everything it offers, much more than other complicated software. As I only work with Mac devices, it's great that this works perfectly on them.

What do you dislike?

The Free version doesn't have the most special tools, and I think they should show the customers with free trial what the software offers so they would feel animated to purhase the whole software. And the interface can be more modern, it looks old and the program is really good.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommed Acorn to all those people that are not interested very much on being an expert on image edition, but they for some reason need to look like one, this software really offers proffesional and good options to work with. It's easy, it's quick, it's affordable and it's good.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Acorn helped me in a great way, other image editors were very complicated and expensive, I really had to focus my design area in other ways and I didn't need to be an expert in image editing, but at the same time I had to find a software that will help me look professional without much mess. So when Acorn entered my life, I solved all those problems, I forgot hard software like Photoshop and when I have to edit an image for a brand or a client, I do it with the program having a very good result, so I can save money and work. Acorn satisfied my design needs on the image editing field.

Acorn review by Roma B.
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"Good app and really easy but it miss some options"

What do you like best?

We bought it because it was a cheap Image editor app and it's really easy to use. Before we had the 2 weeks free try and it made a big difference so we bought it. Everyone in the office knows how to use it and we are not even Designers. Also we are a PRO-MAC company, so having an app done for a MAC makes a big difference.

What do you dislike?

Not enough options to edit your pictures when you come from an app like PHOTOSHOP but to be able to use them you need to be an expert. It's also not for PC so maybe that could be a problem if your company only has PC's.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want a cheap image editor I think this is the best one you will find. But your company has to use MAC's or it will be impossible for you to use it. Again, great Image editor but maybe not enough if you are coming from photoshop.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I solved the price problem because it was too expensive to have PHOTOSHOP for everyone in the office. We are not a company we need the best IMAGE editor in the world, but it's important to have one easy to use and ACORN is easy. Maybe one day, if we miss some extras we will figure out a better app but for now, ACORN is enough.

Acorn review by Phuong L.
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"I used Acorn to do photo editing for my manuscript "

What do you like best?

I like Acorn in a way that it is easier to use and Mac friendly. The price is pretty good. I was using Photoshop before, and Photoshop costed me $180 for my PC. When I changed to Mac, I have to buy a new version of Photoshop since it was not compatible (i was not happy about it). So i decided to try Acorn. It is very similar to Photoshop and it is cheaper. Therefore, the price is a big plus.

What do you dislike?

The trial free version did not have a lot of features as the purchase version. At first, I was using the free trial. After 14 days, it automatically taken money out of my account without me realizing it. I wasn't happy about it. However, I decided to keep it anyway since i like the app. However, the company should look into this automatic feature. Some other customer may not be happy with this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Acorn to edit my images for a menuscript.

Acorn review by Nicole T.
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" Acorn has been very helpful in utilizing my spare change into something more"

What do you like best?

I really enjoy how Acorn encourages you to save yes it runs up your purchases but that change that you would probably waste gets put to good use

What do you dislike?

The only thing that I would say I sort of dislike about Acorn is the fact that their fees are what I consider to be somewhat high for the service that they offer however I've already begun to start saving and I feel that Acorn actually is really worth the fees in the long run they may seem a little high but again I think it's worth it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

So far this is help me to save money into a separate account by encouraging all of the change to get put into a spending account it encourages savings that is hard to do without something like this setup

Acorn review by Joshua J.
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"Excellent for SMEs in China"

What do you like best?

it works in China without a VPN and it's backup history is really good!

What do you dislike?

Bilingual interface still a bit clunky and their is no retina display support - so looks pretty crappy graphic wise on the Mac.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are an SME in China needing a fast reliable Dropbox equivalent, Nutstore are pretty good. They're English is not great but they are committed to working stuff out quickly. Their dev team is amazing - if you hit a major glitch, they update code within 24 hours...but the product is really stable now and i cant even remember the last time there was a major glitch.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Dropbox style features for our company in China with blazing fast speeds and no VPN!

Acorn review by Eliot A.
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"Very competent and bug free photo editor"

What do you like best?

It's almost as fully featured as full commercial applications but at a fraction of the cost.

What do you dislike?

It doesn't have the level of community that I can talk to as Photoshop. That said, that's a very minor problem

Recommendations to others considering the product

The product is very fully featured, it's easy to use, and it does the job a lot better than freeware.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I need to edit large files and convert them to other formats

Acorn review by Mina S.
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"Simple, but not too detailed"

What do you like best?

It has standard editing tools you can basically see in a smartphone.

What do you dislike?

The tools are very limited, and work is limited to certain features - for more detailed editing, I would recommend Adobe Photoshop.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

You can edit in a mass, simply select several photos and customize the editing you would like to make.

Acorn review by Sadaf R.
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"Acorn Use for Education: Use Friendly but Glithces"

What do you like best?

Acorn has been very user friendly and transition from older software was smooth.

What do you dislike?

There are additional functions that could be integrated (i.e. calendar with alerts) however it is lacking.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using for education management in students, it allows for communication

Acorn review by User in Pharmaceuticals
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"Acorn: Invest in the future!"

What do you like best?

Acorns lets you invest your money in small amounts periodically.

What do you dislike?

Acorn charges more fee ($1/month) for smaller investments below $5000.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Will definitely recommend to family and friends

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Acorn lets you invest spare change from your credit card transactions.

Acorn review by User in Education Management
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"Best for Mac"

What do you like best?

I like the different photo editing options. Plus, it is easy to use once you get the hang of it, especially if you have learned Photoshop.

What do you dislike?

That you have to buy it, but it is not expensive in the long run.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure your computer can handle it, and budget for it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Photoshop was getting too expensive for us so we switched. I am no longer with the group this uses it though.

Acorn review by User in Food & Beverages
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"Suitable for first-timer"

What do you like best?

Allows you to connect to your credit-card and round-up all payments into investment. You can invest a fixed amount each month to buy index

What do you dislike?

For a first-timer like me, I got too dependent on the fixed amount of investment and did not learn how to evaluate stocks correctly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very easy to use for first timer if you are getting into stocks. Good starting point

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allowed me to get discounts with the partnering companies

Acorn review by April J.
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"Acorn Image Editor "

What do you like best?

Mostly their file support and streamless editing tools

What do you dislike?

Has a bit of a learning curve if you are not familiar with the software

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Images for marketing especially creating vectors for logos and ad's

Acorn review by User in Retail
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"Making Investing easy even for this "Millennium Generation"...."

What do you like best?

it gives you a easy to read graph of how much you could save over time, even if you add $5 a month

What do you dislike?

Takes the standard 3-4 days for a deposit to show up, other apps allow for direct debit card deposits, which are instant

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Saving for the future, allowing family members unfamiliar with investing to learn about it.

Acorn review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Acorn makes photo editing simple and enjoyable!"

What do you like best?

The circle text tool and the text on a path tool are awesome and make it so easy to get your text exactly how you want it to appear!

What do you dislike?

I haven’t really experienced any negatives with Acorns yet.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating bold and flashy advertising without outsourcing the work has saved me money and given me complete creative control.

Acorn review by Consultant in Computer Software
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"Great image editing software "

What do you like best?

My favorite new feature in version 6 is Text on a Path - to wrap text around whatever path you draw.

What do you dislike?

Acorn looks janky like MSPaint. Improvement to the graphical look for a graphics program would be great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider it a pairing with Photoshop, not a replacement

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Graphics needs, ease of use

Acorn review by James M.
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"A great image editor"

What do you like best?

It's easy to use, affordable, has a great feature set, and has excellent support.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. I love this app. I recommended it to someone today, in fact.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Buy it. It's great.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it mostly for simple resizing, image optimization, cropping, and light editing.

Acorn review by User
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"Simpler, easier Photoshop"

What do you like best?

Acorn is easy to learn and still lets you use vectors and layers. All the tools are in one place.

What do you dislike?

Acorn is simpler than Adobe with less functionality.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to edit photos and cannot afford the time and money for Adobe, use Acorn.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Acorn for editing images.

Acorn review by User in Consumer Electronics
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"Acorn User "

What do you like best?

You can earn money while buying stuff and it lets you round off your transactions and adds to your savings

What do you dislike?

You do not have enough options for investing. Few specific brands on offer and may not be relevant for everyday use case

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Generation of revenue and side budget for spending

Acorn review by User in Entertainment
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"Acorn"

What do you like best?

It is cheaper than photoshop if you are looking for a one time buy to do basic photo edits

What do you dislike?

It is still difficult to navigate and figure out how to do things. Much more limited than photoshop.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Saving money to use a software like photoshop.

Acorn review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Acorn Review"

What do you like best?

Very easy to use software with very elegant and efficient tools.

What do you dislike?

There is no photo organizer so it is hard to keep them in the same file.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is very compatible with Mac. I am able to edit and share photos with anyone.

Acorn review by User in Computer Software
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"Acorn review"

What do you like best?

Compatible with Photoshop for i can import old custom brushes

What do you dislike?

Not really like the outdated GUI comparing to Pixelmator

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Alternative to Photoshop Creative Cloud when users don't want to pay a monthly subscription fee.

Acorn review by User
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"Excellent and as expected"

What do you like best?

Better than expected. The performance and the simplicity.

What do you dislike?

Some features of the user platform. Lack of certain features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Efficiency

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