Acorn 7 Beta + Universal Build

Hello all, we’ve got something for you that we’ve never done before, which is a public beta of a major new version of Acorn. You can jump directly to the beta page right here:

There’s a bunch of new things, but I’ll just highlight the big ones:

All new interface
Unified window, palettes are now inspectors, toolbar and tabs. (And if unified windows aren’t your thing, there’s a pref to have floating inspectors).

Universal Build
We’ll say it again in case you missed it, but Acorn is now fully optimized for Apple Silicon Macs.

Über Export
A new export workflow gives you options for specifying a color profile (like CMYK or Gray), more formats to save as (now including WebP!), precise file size of your export, and a live preview even for PDFs. This new workflow builds on and merges the previous Web Export window, but now with tons more options.

Animated GIF export
This new option is part of the new export workflow, and allows you to export all the layers in an image as an animated GIF. You can open up existing animated GIFs, change a single frame or apply filters to a range of frames. You can then export your GIF with the original frames per second or speed up or slow it down.

New color picker
We built a brand new color picker from the ground up which is super accurate, lets you adjust RGB and HSV values without switching modes, and handles your various color profiles perfectly

Perspective Fix & Crop tool
This cool little tool will help you draw a grid on the canvas which you can use to help fix images where there are problematic perspective distortion.

New Command Bar (This one is a personal favorite of mine, I use it all the time now)
Using the File ▸ Command Bar menu item (shortcut key ⌘⇧O) will bring up a little text window you can type in to find menu commands or other hidden commands. You can also search Acorn’s help documentation with this.

Try it out, and let me know what you think! If you run into bugs, please email If you have general thoughts or ideas, you can post them here- but if it’s something important that we need to track, email is really the best.