We’re blessed these days with a plethora of outstanding image editing Mac apps from indie developers. The one I depend on most, and have for years, is Flying Meat’s Acorn. (Flying Meat is a two-person company: Gus and Kirstin Mueller.) Version 5 is a great upgrade with all sorts of new features, but my favorite thing from the release notes is this:
We fixed hundreds of minor bugs and annoyances. Little things
that built up over the years that very few people ever
encountered, like “the shortcut key for zooming in doesn’t work
when the keyboard layout is set to Dvorak - Qwerty ⌘”. So we
fixed pretty much all of those. It took months and months of
work, it was super boring and mind numbing and it was really hard
to justify, and it made Acorn 5 super late. But we did it anyway,
because something in us felt that software quality has been going
downhill in general, and we sure as heck weren’t going to let
that happen to Acorn. So we took a long break from adding
features and just fixed stuff.
That sense of craftsmanship truly shows in the app. For a limited time, Acorn 5 is available for just $25, an absolute steal. Just buy it.
★ Wednesday, 26 August 2015