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>Features missing in Acorn

>I really like the looks of Acorn, a powerful little image manipulation program for Mac OS X. However, there are some hurdles for me adopting it to replace GIMP:

  • It’s not easy to remove all tranparency from an image. It requires creating a new background layer, filling it with white color and then flattening the image. In GIMP, it’s one command.
  • There is no support for viewing or removing color profiles. It seems a color profile can be removed by selecting all of the image, copying the selection to the clipboard and then creating a new image from the clipboard.
  • There is no support for quantization, to reduce the number of colors to produce an indexed color image.

Still, Acorn looks very promising. It looks and feels like an excellent Mac OS X-citizen. It seems strong in filters and automation, but that’s not what I am looking for…

 
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Posted by on 8 September 2008 in acorn, image editor, mac, mac os, mac os x, macos, macosx, osx

 

>Favourite Mac apps (updated x5)

>Here’s the list of my favourite Mac OS X applications:

  • Parallels Desktop — For running Windows and Linux in virtual machines. With Windows XP inside it, for testing web pages in Internet Explorer (6, 7 and 8 all have their own dedicated VM). (€80)
  • Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional — Version 9 probably runs better on my Intel Mac with Snow Leopard. I didn’t need all the extra stuff in the Professional edition, but there was no Standard edition for Mac. (version 9 is $450)
  • Cheap Impostor — For creating A3 and A4 booklets. Cheap, effective and fast. ($35)
  • NovaMind Express — For mind mapping, use it for interaction designs for web sites. ($50)
  • Firefox with the Firebug, Web Developer, Weave, CyberSearch, AdBlock Plus and SessionAlive extensions — Nothing beats the fox. (all free)
  • Acorn — Fairly simple image manipulation.
  • Skitch — Easy and simple image editing and sharing for everyone. (free)
  • GIMP — Advanced image manipulation, includingremoval of color profiles. Requires X11. (free)
  • NeoOffice — Complete office suite, based on OpenOffice.org code. No need to purchase Microsoft Office anymore, it even supports the new .docx and .xlsx file types. (free, donations welcome)
  • Skype — For video conferencing, also with non-Mac people; iChat video quality is much higher though. (free)
  • iWork — Nothing beats Keynote presentations! ($79)
  • Flip4Mac — Be able to watch Windows Media videos (WMV). (free version available)
  • iShowU — Screen video capture. ($20)
  • iTerm — Best terminal program for the Mac – beats Apple’s built-in Terminal application in terms of productivity and usability (free, donations welcome.)
  • iPartition — For dynamically changing hard drive partitions, includes resizing functionality. ($50)

And I’m considering adding the following to my toolset:

  • Pixelmator — For real Mac-style image manipulation. Question is whether it can do what I do with GIMP, including the removal of color profiles and such ($59).
  • Opacity — For creating very nice-looking icons, fast ($90).

Updates:

  • Sept. 11, 2008: Considering Pixelmator instead of Acorn, the latter just does not have enough features. And added iPartition as a favourite app.
  • Sept. 17, 2008: Added Chicken of the VNC and Chax and listed the price of iPartition.
  • March 9, 2010: Updated information on Parallels. Using a different set of Firefox extensions. Removed SuperDocker.
  • March 13, 2010: Added the SessionAlive extension for Firefox and Skitch.
  • March 31, 2010: Removed OmniPlan, Leap, Chax. Changed the link to GIMP on OS X. Added Acorn and added Web Developer extension for Firefox. Updated some descriptions.
 
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Posted by on 8 September 2008 in applications, apps, mac, mac os, mac os x, macos, macosx, osx