Issue: 13.5 (September/October 2015)
Author: Marc Zeedar
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Adobe Photoshop may be the king of image editors, but it's also priced like it. If you're a Mac user looking for a more reasonably-priced program, look no further than the lovingly crafted Acorn 5.
Just downloading the program you'll notice an amazing difference: Photoshop CS 6 clocks in at 700MB (not counting additional resources in the system folder), while Acorn 5 is just 25MB. RAM use is similarly modest, too.
Besides those benefits, though, Acorn 5 adds some unique features. The most prominent is the addition of "shape processors"—these are like image filters, but work on vector shapes, and are similarly non-destructive. You can stack them, too!
There are tons of other improvements, from bug fixes and polish, to support for Photoshop brushes, PDF importing, editable metadata, and better Retina support. The bottom line is if you need a simple, handy image processor without breaking the bank, look no further than Acorn.
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