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August 2, 2016

Earlier today I typed in the magic commands which perform the Acorn release song and dance, which means Acorn 5.5 has been released for everyone. It's available via direct update as well as the Mac App Store, so go grab it when you get a second.

What's new and interesting in 5.5? For starters, I've rewritten the color picker loupe tool so that it Does The Right Thing (tm) regarding display color profiles and sampling colors from anywhere on the screen. We've also given it a few new tricks for zooming in and out when sampling colors as well. It also looks better than the standard system one Acorn used previously.

We've also added new dithering filters, new layer alignment options, and additional information about your image in the Metadata window.

Changes in Acorn 5.5 include various color profile improvements including reworking how colors are matched to the your image's profile before they hit the display, as well converting incoming colors from the color picker to the right color space. Cleaning up these seemingly little things really make a difference now that wide gamut displays are showing up everywhere these days.

And as I always do, I close up bugs that we find along the way. The full release notes are available on our website. And while you're reading about what's new, make sure to scroll down and see what else we've changed since Acorn 5 was released. We've put out 10 updates to Acorn 5 in just under a year with over 100 new things and tweaks, so I won't fault you if you might have missed one or two.

Acorn 5.5 is a free update for anyone who has already purchased Acorn 5 and it runs on macOS 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, and 10.12 Sierra.