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MBW 58; Pick of the week is Acorn

MacBreak Weekly 58: Repeal the Nerd Tax


Hosts: Leo Laporte, Merlin Mann, Alex Lindsay, and Chris Breen


Chris reviews the new iPods, screen issues with the Touch, and the trouble with ringtones...

Here's a direct MP3 download of MBW 58.

Oh, brother, I was totally high on cold medicine when we did this episode. But, not so high that I couldn't recommend Flying Meat's amazing new Acorn, a stripped-down, and very inexpensive graphics app. It's one my favorite Mac programs of the year.

Fiddlin' with the “Lovely Glow Effect”

Like I said on the show, there's so many little things you want to do with screen shots or photos -- just weird little tweaks like Dooce's "Lovely Glow Effect" -- and high-end graphics apps like Photoshop can seem really heavy for the job. Acorn is in the sweet spot for most of what I want to do, and so far it's stood up to every task I've needed. And, the price is sure right at an intro rate of $39.95 (0.057 of an "Alex").

And, for the next show, I'll try to be less medicated. I promise. Unless it's something people like. In which case I'll consider getting wasted. Up to you.

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Acorn / Pixelmator / Picturesque

I've toyed with both Acorn and Pixelmator and they are great aps-- load before Photoshop has done it's happy bounce in the dock. Pixelmator seems to have a richer feature set and a more revolutionary UI - a lot of translucent windows floating around.

I also use Picturesque for a lot of web work- very quick to resize, add shadows, rounded corners, and the ever-so-ubiquitous-apple wet floor reflection. Costs $15 (I think) and a very usable interface.

Medicated / Drunk / High on Life - all sounds the same when Merlin is on mike.




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