Nov 6, 2013
The great folks over at Plausible Labs have taken over development of VoodooPad.
Both VoodooPad and Acorn have grown over the years into much more than I can handle as a single developer. And because of this one of my two apps was going to be neglected, and obviously VoodooPad has gotten the short end of the stick lately.
This isn't fair to my customers, it isn't fair to VoodooPad, and it was driving me insane. I use VoodooPad every single day, and I love it to death. I want it to grow, and that wasn't happening so something needed to be done.
Why Plausible Labs?
I first approached my friend Mike Ash a while back about taking over VoodooPad. I've known Mike for about a decade now and he's been using VoodooPad for about that long as well. He's a good guy, a solid coder, and one of the few people I would trust with VoodooPad's future.
So I asked Mike if he was interested, and he said yes but then came back with an even better idea. How about having his company, Plausible Labs, take over VoodooPad?
So you're saying that maybe more than just one awesome person would be working on VoodooPad?
Um, hell yea?
Why this is awesome for VoodooPad users
Development on VoodooPad is going to happen at a quicker pace now. And instead of a single developer focusing attention on VoodooPad, it now has a team.
And it's not just any team- Plausible Labs has serious brains and talent and experience. And most importantly, I trust them to do the right thing with VoodooPad. It's all in their hands now.
Why this is awesome for Flying Meat
I'm sad to let VoodooPad go, but at the same time I'm excited about being able to focus 100% of my energy on Acorn. Having to split my brain up on two major apps has probably been slowing me down- hopefully this won't be the case anymore.
VoodooPad turns 11 in February
When I started VoodooPad I certainly never expected it to grow and to be able to support myself and my wife- yet that's exactly what it did. It was the first real project that I cut my teeth on, and it launched my indie career. I'm forever grateful for the customers who purchased licenses and upgrades and sent in feature requests and bug reports and everything.
So many smart people have been VoodooPad customers over the years as well- it's been amazing. VP has been used for simple things like keeping notes on the super secret development of the first Intel Macintoshes, to building web sites and books, and all the way up to world building for one of the most popular console games of all time.
VoodooPad has a strong history, super loyal fans, and now an incredibly bright future. I'm super excited to see what happens next.
Oct 22, 2013
The latest versions of VoodooPad and Acorn run fine on OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Mostly. There's a bug with Acorn when trying to use the File ▸ Export… menu item on 10.9 with the App Store versions of Acorn. We've sent a fix to Apple and it's currently waiting for review.
As a workaround until then, you can use the File ▸ Web Export… menu item, or grab the direct version of Acorn.
There have been a ton of great improvements to OS X in version 10.9, most notably to OpenCL and Core Image. Things got faster, and with it so did Acorn. So just updating to Mavericks will result in a nice performance increase for Acorn. And 10.9 is a free update, which we're pretty excited about. So go start your update engines because it's pretty awesome.
Aug 16, 2013
Acorn 4.1 came out a couple of days ago for direct customers, and it became available via the Mac App Store this afternoon.
There's some fun new features (and of course bug fixes). A new Background Blur filter, CMYK export for JPEG images, new commands to flip the whole canvas, support for multipage TIFF files, PDF vector export, a new spotlight importer, and more. As usual, you can read the release notes for all the details.
A bit more on the Background Blur filter, which I though up after the iOS 7 introduction a couple of months ago. iOS 7 has a new look in some areas where the background gets blurred out so you can focus on what's in the foreground. This has always been possible to mock up in image editors, but it can be a bit of a pain to get right and if you want to change things around then that's a pain as well. So I came up with a new filter which would do exactly what you wanted, and was super easy to use. It's a bit hard to explain so make sure to watch this quick video which goes over it:
Did you know we've got a bunch more video tutorials in Acorn's documentation? Here's another recent one I made, which shows how to clip images using vector layers:
So grab Acorn 4.1 if you haven't already. And we're already getting started on Acorn 4.2, which is going to have something rather awesome packed in it which I can't wait to tell you about.
May 1, 2013
Acorn 4 is out, and I'm slightly proud of this bit of code.
A brand new UI, non destructive filters and layer styles merged together in one great bag of awesome, curves, much improved vector tools, and speed. And that's just some of the big stuff. There's a ton of little things which when added all together make Acorn feel and work better than it ever has.
Do me a favor- if you've written Acorn off in the past, give version 4.0 a try. You just might be pleasantly surprised. And if you've been using Acorn for years, I think you're really going to love what we've done with it.
For the month of May, we're offering upgrade pricing on Acorn 4 to everyone- $29.99. If you'd like to move from the Mac App Store to the direct version of Acorn, or the other way around - you can do so without having to repurchase Acorn all over again. At the end of May, we'll be raising the price back to normal levels.
And finally, for fun, here's a little video I whipped up of the new filter UI in action:
Jan 22, 2013
Acorn 3.5.1 is out for both direct and App Store customers.
There's nothing huge in this update, just some good old fashoned bug fixes for everyone. We'll have the more amazing stuff later ready for you sometime later.
If you've purchased Acorn via the Mac App Store, we'd love it if you could leave a review for the latest release while you're waiting for it to download.
Jan 15, 2013
Pixa is a handy app to organize your images, and the latest update just added support for Acorn. I've been using it quite a bit - it's a great little app that just got better.
Oct 10, 2012
And just like that, Acorn 3.5 was released on the App Store, hurray!
Oct 9, 2012
We just pushed up Acorn 3.5 for our direct customers. The big focus for the release was bug fixes, but we managed to slip in some new features as well. A new non-contiguous option for the magic wand tool, File ▸ Layer Export, new layer blend modes (Divide, Lighter Color, Darker Color, Hard Mix, and Subtract ), and a new filter for making fancy sunbursts.
There were a handful of changes, as well as new APIs for scripters. Visit the release notes for the full details.
Sep 17, 2012
VoodooPad 5.1.1 was finally cleared for sale on the App Store, hurray! (Yes, we skipped 5.1. But 5.1.1 is obviously better anyway, because it has an extra 1 on the end. And more is always better).
We've also submitted VPiOS 2.0.3, which has support for the new 4" iPhone as well as some bug fixes and the ability to set Markdown as your default new page type.
Sep 11, 2012
We recently release VoodooPad 5.1, which has some neat new features including Static, a Markdown weblog generation tool. And earlier this week we also released VoodooPad 5.1.1 which has some important bug fixes in it.
If you've bought VoodooPad directly from us, you can use the VoodooPad ▸ Check for Updates… menu item to grab the latest version.
Unfortunately these updates have not made their way through the App Store yet. We submitted VoodooPad 5.1 on August 27th, and it was rejected last Friday for some sandboxing issues, so we took the opportunity to resubmit it as 5.1.1. We're hoping all issues will be resolved with the new update, so at the current rate of app approvals, it should be out sometime in the next two to three weeks.
Thanks for your patience.
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