Date Archives September 2015

Apple and the TV Market

A well thought-out piece on the new Apple TV:

Unlike its competitors, Apple is playing the long game in the TV market. Apple TV’s long term goal is not about beating Amazon, Google, or Roku in the streaming media player market, it’s about redefining the TV market by building a true smart TV platform. One that seamlessly integrates with the Apple ecosystem and converges all the different functions (gaming, long form video, home automation, and who knows what) we want from our TVs into one product. In other words: the only thing you need to hook up to your TV.

Acorn 5 Review

Despite having used Photoshop for the past five years, I know I didn’t need it.

My uses for Photoshop were quite simple: editing pictures from my camera, creating funny images and making the odd logo. There’s a lot I didn’t take advantage of with Photoshop and I knew I didn’t need to spend the cash on it every year.

I first explored a Photoshop-alternative when I downloaded the original version of Pixelmator a few years ago. I was amazed at the feature set of an app costing under $50 and how it did everything I needed it to for a fraction of the price of Photoshop.

It makes perfect sense then I got excited when developer Flying Meat released the newest version of their powerful image editor for Mac, Acorn 5.

Like Pixelmator, Acorn is a subscription-free Photoshop-alternative image editor available at the low price of $25. That’s it.

As I mentioned, my image editing needs are fairly elementary. The other day I imposed a few friends faces on John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s bodies. That’s the most advanced I’ll get with image editing.

That being said, my wife is graphic designer in her spare time who lives on Photoshop and InDesign. Seeing as her needs are much beyond mine, I asked for her opinion on whether Acorn was a feasible tool for her everyday use.

After a few short minutes of using Acorn, she came away surprised at the bevy of features available, specifically in regards to Photoshop features such as: vector tools, custom brushes and shape generators.

Acorn 5 is an extremely powerful image editor that should be considered by any graphic designer, photographer or student. It’s currently available on the Mac App Store for the low price of $24.99.

You can check out their website for more information regarding Acorn 5 and see the lengthy list of new features.