Fresh Acorn & Retrobatch Test Builds
Acorn 6Download: Acorn 6 Preview.zip (6.2 (13187) )
Updated September 21, 2018 10:59:29 AM
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Acorn is embracing the dark side. At least if you want it to- otherwise Acorn will totoally pretend that Dark Mode doens't exist and we're all good.
A new appearance requires new icons as well. We've refreshed all the icons in the welcome window as well as in the tools palette. And everyone gets those, not just folks running Mojave.Little New Things
- New Appearance preference when running on Mojave: Pick either Dark Aqua, Aqua, or System to follow the system setting.
- The Rotate shape processor now has a cumulative option.
- The text palette now has a fill option right above the stroke field. Hurray- no more moving to the shape palette to turn strokes on and off!
- Improvements to zooming your image in and out with the ⌘-1 through 5 shortcut keys.
- Better integration when editing from Photos.app and auto-save.
- If no documents are open, and you drag and drop a file into the layers palette, Acorn will now open up that image.
- Turned off the behavior where the selected tool is saved as part of the image, rather than global for the app. This means switching between open images will always keep the currently selected tool.
- Additional preset scale levels have been to the Command+ and Command- shortcuts, which help out on the lower end.
- The scale buttons (next to the canvas scale slider) will now stop on a scale which would put your image at a point where it zooms to fit.
- Acorn will now show a little warning on the canvas when you copy 100% transparent pixels to the clipboard.
- Canvas notifications are now shown at the top of the canvas instead of smack dab in the middle.
- Web Export uses fancier scaling, so the edges of circles that butt up against the last column of the image don't get blown out when the image is scaled down.
- When auto-save is turned on, non-native images (JPEG, PNG, TIFF, basically everything other than .acorn files) will open up as unsaved new images. This is to keep from re-encoding lossly image formats, and automatically losing data in general. If you enjoyed the previous option, you can turn off auto-save in the General tab of Acorn's preferences window.
- The subpixel anti-aliasing option for text boxes has been removed when Acorn is running on MacOS Mojave 10.14 (Apple has removed subpixel anti-aliasing from the system and made it impossible for Acorn to support).
- When using Smart Export on single layer via the Export… button, the option to always smart export when saving is now available via the export sheet.
- Super minor: The web export window will now default to save your image in the same folder the original image was opened from.
- Various MacOS Mojave 10.14 fixes.
- Fixed a relatively small drawing problem with ovals.
- Fixed a problem where you could make an empty selection on layer masks.
- Fixed a problem where the color loupe would sometimes show up when you press the option key over a palette.
- Now supporting the new drag and drop stuff from Photos on MacOS 10.14, so we can all enjoy full res images.
- Fixed a problem where the Close All menu item was unlocalized.
- Zoom to fit refinements for folks who have their scrollbars set to always show.
- Fixed a problem where web export wouldn't remember that the "Remove metadata" settings between uses.
- Fixed a problem when opening certain PDFs and creating an image out of the first page.
- Fixed some rounding errors when drawing selections.
- Fixed flickering when selecting text.
- Fixed a problem where View ▸ Draw Shape Vectors wasn't working correctly with Metal.
- Fixed a bug where clicking the mouse with the control key down wouldn't bring up the contextual menu on the canvas.
- Fixed a problem where the pencil cursor would go away when drawing.
- Fixed a scaling issue with text boxes.
- Added the placeholder "$layername$" to the smart layer export settings field (which works just like "$filename$" does). Read up on Smart Layer Export for more info.
- Fixed a problem when making a very slow crop, and then you hit the shift key to constrain it to a square, and then out of the blue the crop decides to flip itself. You did nothing wrong, it just happened. And you knew not why. But no longer, for it works as you'd like now.
- Fixed a problem when using a crop preset with keeping the aspect ratio would break when you got to the edge of the canvas.
- Fixed a problem when copying a selection from images where certain image properties were present.
- Fixed a problem where flattening layer filters wouldn't sometimes work when had a selection that was previously moved.
- Fixed a problem where there would be some visual tearing when using the crop tool.
- Fixed a problem where using the named color "windowBackgroundColor" for brushing would fail.
- Fixed a problem where Copy Merged would sometimes fail.
- Fixed an issue where using the gradient tool on a layer mask wouldn't show up right away.
- Fixed an issue where the Metadata window could show the wrong image capture date.
- Fixed an issue where Acorn's QuickLook plugin could crash with files from Acorn 1.0.
- New hidden pref to coalesce brushing with tablets; copy and paste the following command into Terminal:
defaults write com.flyingmeat.Acorn6 coalesceBrush 1
- Fixed blurry icons on 1x displays.
- Fixed some drawing issues when moving selections at ~87% zoom.
- Fixed cases where Acorn could crash on 10.11.
- Fixed a bug where editing text with the Typography palette out could cause a crash.
- Fixed a problem with the Scale and Rotate command which could clip selections on the right edge by a couple of pixels under certain circumstances.
- Reduced the amount of canvas flickering when using the Crop tool.
- Defaulting to OpenGL for Macs who have various NVIDIA GeForce GT* GPUs (Metal proved to be a little to crashy on 10.13 for those Macs).
- New hidden pref to keep Acorn from including the Touch Bar when taking screenshots; copy and paste the following command into Terminal:
defaults write com.flyingmeat.Acorn6 noCaptureTouchBar 1
- Fixed a crasher which could occur on macOS 10.12 when using undo after drawing with the paint brush.
- Fixed a problem where bringing up the feedback window on 10.13 didn't always allow you to start typing right away.
So what does this get you? Faster panning, brushing, fills, and just a general speed improvement overall. Acorn should feel more fluid, and we've even seen frame rates over 160 FPS when brushing on a 2015 iMac 5k.
We've also added some new preferences to choose where the rendering happens, located under the Fussy Stuff tab. You can choose Metal, OpenGL, or Software. You can also choose if the data for your image is stored on the GPU or on the CPU (we realize this is a little ridiculous, and we'll remove these options in a future release, but they are great for playing around with right now).
If you find that things aren't faster for you- let us know (by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org). We're super responsive and would love to hear about any problems, or even if things are awesome++ for you.
- By very popular demand, color icons are back! They are turned on by default, but if you liked the way things looked previously you can turn off the "Color Interface" option in the General preferences tab.
- HEIC/HEIF encoding support for folks running 10.13.4 or later (Save As…, Export…, and Web Export).
- Support for opening EPS files.
- When taking screenshots the Touch Bar is now included if you're lucky (or unlucky?) enough to have a MacBook Pro.
- Support for 30 bit image display for the new iMac Pro.
- The Replace Color filter has a new option to ignore alpha when comparing colors.
- Transforms are a bit faster now by drawing a low-quality transform when moving, and then a high quality one when Acorn has more time to do the rendering.
- Added a new pref to turn on or off checking for important news.
- Removed some old text styles that no longer made sense, and added some new ones (this is under the Edit ▸ Text Style ▸ sub menu. Did you know you can make your own to save in Acorn's App Support folder?).
- The App Store version of Acorn no longer has an option to purchase a 14 day free trial for $0. Various Apple App Store bugs, incomplete APIs, and a general bad experience all around caused us to think hard about removing it and we think it's best to do so for now. A 14 day free trial is still available via our website, where you can download Acorn and try it out right away.
- Various little Quality of Life fixes.
- Various undo notifications are now 94% more accurate.
- Removed some filters which showed up in 10.13 that didn't make sense for Acorn (Hello CILabDeltaE, I'm looking specifically at you).
- Fixed an issue where indexed PNGs were opening up empty.
- Oh hey did you notice that Acorn can now open up HEIF images taken by your fancy new iPhones when run on 10.13? Even Acorn 5 can do that, but who cares about that because you're running the obviously superior Acorn 6.
- Print changes: Acorn will now automatically scale down your image for printing if it doesn't automatically fit on a single page.
- Fixed performance problems with the brush tool on 10.13 and large images.
- Fixed a MacOS 10.13 problem when exporting Very Large Images which have a curves layer filter attached to it.
- Fixed a crasher when dragging and dropping group layers from the layers list, when they contained shape layers.
- Fixed a problem when using the exclude path function.
- Fixed a problem where the Bias fields in the RAW image import window didn't allow you to enter a wide enough range of values.
- Acorn has a brand new German localization.
- Fixed a crasher when merging layers.
- Fixed some cases where the dither filter wasn't drawing in the right spot.
- Fixed a case where flipping a selection on a bitmap layer wouldn't also flip the actual selection, which was annoying when you had irregular selections.
- Fixed some unnecessary console logging.
- Fixed a problem where filling a selection with AppleScript was using the wrong color.
- Fixed a crasher having to do with the Curves filter.
- Better notifications when you're starting the App Store free trial.
- Little SVG import fixes.
- Fixed an issue where initially opening multiple documents with the same dimensions and the system prefs to always show tabs was incorrectly sizing the window.
- Fixed an issue where you might crash when merging a group layer.
- Fixed a potential problem where Acorn could crash when registering.
- Removed some static libraries that weren't being used anymore. The net result is that Acorn is a smaller download now.
Text on a path
Our #1 feature request. It's a big thing, and it's awesome. You can use the Shape ▸ Convert To Path Text menu item when selecting a shape, or you can use the Bezier Text Tool (which is a sub item under the Text Tool button) to click on a path and then start typing.
To go along with this, we've added a new "Graduated Font Scale" shape processor, that increases (or decreases) your fonts on your paths, circles, or even in the old style boxes. Make fancy stuff™.
Clone tool works across layers, images, and more
Our #2 feature request, and another big thing. The clone tool can now work across layers, images, and can even use group or shape layers as a cloning source. If you'd like to reset the origin where the cloning starts, hold down the shift key when clicking. Using this technique, the clone tool can also function as a stamping tool. Keep the shift key held down if you'd like to clone in a straight line.
Use the option click to define a new clone source, or just begin drawing. Shift click to reset the clone tool's origin.
New Web Export Features
You can now zoom and pan and use shortcuts to change the scale of your image. There are new options to convert your image to sRGB if it isn't already, and if you are exporting a wide gamut image (such as DP3), there's a new option to highlight he colors that are out of range of sRGB (available on 10.12+ only)!
Web Export also has the option to keep (or remove) image metadata, such as exif properties.
Smart Layer Export Settings Palette
There's now a configurable palette to setup a layer's Smart Layer Export settings (which were originally introduced way back in Acorn 3.3). You now have a movable frame that represents the export bounds of your image, and you can even give it a real name and everything from there. In addition, you can choose to have your layer automatically export as @1x, @2x, @3x, etc. sizes.
New Bezier tools, stroke alignment, and boolean operations
You can now set the stroke alignment on shapes to be inner, outer, or center (which has always been the default you're probably used to).
Shapes now have a new boolean operation: Divide, which works on two selected overlapping shapes. In addition to this, when you hold down the option key when using the boolean shape operations, Acorn will keep the original shapes you selected in your layer. ALSO another thing- if you hold down the shift key when using the subtract boolean operation, it'll reverse the order of the shapes, so if you accidentally subtracted things in the wrong order, you can quickly undo and then try again with the shift key.
There are now Shape ▸ Bezier Stuff ▸ Simplify Path and Smooth Path menu items, which do exactly what they say.
There's a new option under the Shape ▸ Bezier Stuff menu item: "Reverse Path". If you drew a path from the right end of your canvas, to the left, and then added text to it, you text will go right to left, and upside down. This might not be what you're after. This new menu item will instead reverse your path, so that it goes the opposite direction. Tada!
When converting text to a bezier shape (via Shape ▸ Bezier Stuff), each glyph in the text box turns into its own path instead of the whole text block being a single path.
One last new thing- when using the pen tool + the shift key to add an anchor to a bezier shape, Acorn will now highlight where the new anchor location will show up.
Load and save color profiles, view wide gamut differences
Color profiles. Love them or hate them, if you do enough image editing you're going to need to use them at some point. Acorn 6 makes it easier than ever to load and save profiles to your image from the Color Profile sheet. And these days with wide gamut profiles showing up from your iPhone 7, you're going to want to know what pixels are going to change when you convert your painstakingly crafted DP3 image to sRGB for the web. And that's why we've added a new previewing option in Web Export that will show up when you're saving out a wide gamut image.
Make Shape from Selection
This new menu item, located under the Select menu, will be activated when you've placed selections on the canvas using the various vector options (rect, oval, freehand, etc). It'll also do the correct boolean options if you subtract or add to the selection. This is awesome if you want to add a stroke to your canvas selection.
Good things got better
- Previously modal operations (like Crop, Scale and Rotate, Wrap) are now no longer modal. You can now switch between images without having to finish a crop in your current image.
- The Scale and Rotate palette now show the x / y / width / height values of the transforming selection.
- New shortcut to crop a single bitmap layer: Command-Shift-Option-K (or you can hold down the Shift key when using the Image ▸ Crop menu item). This works when a crop is on the canvas, or with a selection. If it's a selection, the command is basically a shortcut for invert selection, and then delete.
- Instant Alpha gets two new options: the ability to turn on and off the smoothing of the edges, and a contiguous / non contiguous mode.
Other new things
- File ▸ Export ▸ Export All Layers menu, which lets you pick a folder to export all your layers to.
- Crop pixel lock & resizing. The crop palette now has an option to lock dimensions. Which you click this, it'll "lock" your crop and the final size of your image will be whatever the pixel dimensions you have set are. For instance, let's say you add a 100x100 size crop on your image, and then press the lock. Then you resize the crop on the canvas to be something larger. When you hit crop, your image will crop to what you've got, and then resize your image down to 100x100. So you can essentially set your image size at the same time you're making a crop.
- New "Reflection" filter, which reflects your image as if it was on a shiny table.
- New "Linear Gradient Blur" filter, which works just like the radial gradient blur… only without the radial. It's linear (see- it's right in the name that's how you know it's linear).
- Softness sliders have been added to the brush, clone, dodge, etc., palettes.
- New Automator Action- "Call Filter Preset", which adds a filter preset to images via Automator.
- The Filter menu now has a "Presets" sub menu.
- New button in the palette to delete layers. You can also drag and drop a layer from the layers list into it for deletion
- The shortcut Command-5 will zoom to 50%. And if you're already at 50%, Command-5 will then zoom to 25%. Command-4 will zoom to 800%, and then to 3500% if you're already at 800%. However, the menu items never updated their respective titles to indicate this. In Acorn 6, now they do.
- There's now an option in the text palette to invert circle text.
- After transforming a selection, Acorn will keep the selection on the canvas (previous versions of Acorn would clear it).
- There's a new option in the Crop preset popup "Last Crop". This will place on your canvas the last crop you performed.
- Text boxes now have an option for sub-pixel antialiasing in the Quick Config popover. (18294)
- The web export window now has a proxy icon for your export data. So instead of saving your image, you can use the proxy icon to drag and drop your image anywhere that can accept the image.
- You can now export CMYK TIFF images with depths of 32, 64, and 128 bits per pixel.
- The Grayscale filter has a new "Black and white only" option, which works just like the 1bit filter does, but without any extra steps. This also works like a Threshold filter.
- You can now use the $filename$ placeholder for the layer in in Smart Layer Export, which will replace it with the name of your document.
- The info palette will now show the total pixel count, along with the amount of (uncompressed) memory your image takes up. Double clicking on the move tool (or pressing 'v' twice) will bring it up.
- Double clicking or pressing enter on a bezier shape will switch to the the anchor selection tool.
- New Superellipse option for boxes when they have a corner radius turned on.
- When transforming a shape or selection, there are new options in the palette (and context menu) to flip your image horizontal or vertical.
- Filled out the Edit ▸ Tools menu with all the available tools.
- In most cases when you try an operation on a locked layer, Acorn would say 'Hey- it's locked. Do you want to unlock?' and if you choose yes it'll unlock and you can try again. In Acorn 6, if you say 'unlock' to that question, Acorn will continue with the previous operation so you won't have to try and do it again.
- The meta-data window now shows the pixel dimensions, as well as saved file size of your image.
- When cropping, you can hold down the option key + return to crop only the current layer (bitmap layers only).
- Added a Boolean Divide option to the Touch Bar for selected shapes.
- Added a Contiguous toggle button to the flood fill palette.
- If you hold down the option key when selecting a color profile, it'll show you where it was loaded from on disk if available.
- If you have a shape layer with processors in it and try and add a new shape, Acorn will no longer warn you that it can't do that. Instead, it'll just add a new shape layer and start adding your new shapes to that.
- Text boxes now clip all text to the box they are set in. This means if your first line of text has a line height that pushes it outside the box it's in, then the text will now be clipped. And if you have a baseline that sends it below the box, then it'll also be clipped. Acorn did text a little sloppy in the past, and drew text outside those boxes- but it caused all kinds of little problems and artifacts to show up. Adding the clip cleans all those cases up. (And what's more- previous versions of Acorn would clip your text in _some_ cases, but not all. Now it's 100% consistent.
- When moving a gradient stop, a tooltip is now show with the location of the stop in the gradient.
- The shape boolean operations are now powered by Paper.js
- The various Export options have been moved under a new File ▸ Export submenu.
- When using the Randomize Anchor Location processor on star shapes, the star no longer has a non-closed shape.
- The "Change Angle" Shape Processor has been renamed to "Rotate".
- The layers list in the canvas contextual menu is now visually listed in the same order as what shows up in the layers palette list.
- When moving or resizing a crop, the current x/y/width/height values are shown above the cursor.
- When switching to the Crop tool and there is a selection, Acorn automatically uses the selection bounds to place a crop on the canvas.
- The Image ▸ Trim to Edges command will now crop out any layers who's dimensions fall outside the canvas bounds (even if there aren't any transparent pixels inside the canvas to trim up). (24197)
- The Web Export window now tries to be the smallest it can be on Retina displays. (24115)
- More accurate CMYK layer export, having to do with alpha blending.
- The mirror filter no longer clamps its edges.
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RetrobatchDownload: Retrobatch Preview.zip (1.1.1b1 (578) )
Updated September 21, 2018 09:09:02 AM
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Retrobatch Release Notes
- New node for Retrobatch Pro: Mask to Alpha, which converts grayscale images with blacks to transparent and keeps the white areas opaque.
- Fixed a problem where Retrobatch wouldn't run via the command line tool correctly.
- Fixed a problem where Retrobatch could hang when running via Folder Actions.
- Automator support. You can now create an Automator action which runs a workflow, passing in image paths to the workflow to run. You can even make a droplet from your Automator action.
- New Instant Alpha node which removes pixels from your image based on a sampling location like the corners or center of your image.
- New Auto Enhance node, which does some black magic to make your photos look better.
- New preference for manual connections (control-drag to make connections between nodes).
- New Dither node with Atkinson, Classic Mac, Floyd Steinberg, Gaussian Blue, and Ordered Reproducible algorithms.
- New "Only scale smaller" option for the Scale node, which will only resize your images to a smaller dimension if the option is enabled.
- The "Set Specific Metadata" node now allows you to use tokens for setting various values. For instance if you wanted to have the copyright notice set to the current year, you would add "Copyright (:date token here:)". Or if you wanted to pipe the image through a classification node before the metadata node, you could add the "Top Classification" node to the keywords field.
- New "PDF Image Extractor" node (Pro only). This doesn't turn PDF pages into bitmaps, rather it pulls out bitmaps from PDF files and writes them out either as JEPG or PNG files. A PDF page can have multiple images in it, each at different resolutions. This node grabs the raw data for it, and pulls it out.
- You can now call Retrobatch from the command line, with arguments for a workflow, output folder, and images / folder to process:
Retrobatch.app/Contents/MacOS/Retrobatch --workflow path/to/workflow.retrobatch --output ~/Desktop/foo/ /path/to/files.jpeg /or/folders/
- Added GIF as a writable format in the write node.
- The Raw Import node now has an option to adjust the tint of your image.
- Added a Color Posterize node.
- Added a new Pixel Depth token for the file name.
- Did a bunch of background work which will make Retrobatch run more efficiently when preprocessing.
- Minor fixes to the Raw Import node.
- Minor optimizations.
- Fixed a crasher when running non-executable shell scripts.
- Fixed a crasher when using trim to edges on images with a gray color profile.
- Fixed a problem where you couldn't paste into token fields (such as the File name: field in the write node).
- Fixed a crasher with the Shell Script node.
- Fixed a crasher when using certain classification models.
- Fixed a problem where you could choose a file from the Write node as an output directory. That's not going to work in practice and probably cause a crash.
- Fixed a problem with certain PDFs, when creating an image out of the first page.
- Tweaking of the Scripting Dictionary, so you can call "execute" with a path to a workflow.
- If you run a PDF through a Color Profile node before passing it to a Layer & Page Splitter node, the page bitmaps created from it will now pick up on the previously set profile. This way you can have all pages written out as CMYK if you'd like, without an expensive and lossy conversion after the split.
- Fixed some bad juju between the PSD Maker and the Write Node when the Convert To was set to PSD.
- Retrobatch's AppleScript node now recognizes compiled OSA ".scpt" files in addition to .applescript files.
- Fixed a problem where "Reveal in Finder" wouldn't work on an image after it had passed through the ImageAlpha node.
- When the read folder is set to be recursive, it will now make sure the images are written out in the original folder structure that they were read as. If you were using the "Source Folder" token in the write node, you might need to remove it for things to work as they did previously.
- Retrobatch will now try and recreate write folders if they've been deleted while Retrobatch wasn't running (this will require a re-save of your Retrobatch documents with version 1.0.2).
- Fixed an issue with Pro upgrade registrations not working correctly.
- Added a warning when the tokens used in the File name field for the write node come up empty (for instance, if you had a Capture Date token in the file name, but there was no date for the image, so the filename would be blank).
- Throttling the thumbnail loading background thread a bit, since it turns out some of you have folders full of 100 megapixel images and that tends to kill your computer if you try and load thumbnails for 16 of those images at once.
- Added new Edit ▸ Select Next Node & Select Previous Node menu items, which helps with Accessibility as well as everyone in general.
- Added support for Voice Over.
- Fixed a problem where older macs without Metal support might not see the image preview.
- Fixed a problem where images with indexed color profiles couldn't be resized.
- Fixed a couple of memory leaks.
- Fixed a problem where empty file name tokens in the write node could cause Retrobatch to crash.
- Retrobatch now accepts upgrade registration numbers from regular to Pro.
- Hello world.