Acorn, the popular OS X-only image editor, has officially reached the 2.0 milestone. If you’re a new user, a license is $50. If you previously had purchased Acorn 1.x, you’ll get the new version for a discounted price. But if you don’t have the cash to drop on this app, you’re in luck. You can use Acorn for free for two weeks. After that, it goes into “Lite Mode.” You can still use the basic image editing functions, but some of the cooler stuff gets deactivated. Very nice!

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Other improvements in the 2.0 release include 64 bit support, RAW image support, rulers, improved cropping/transforming, JSTalk support, and new implementation of tools like dodge and burn. One thing that is important to note is that this update is only for Mac OS X 10.6. Leopard and Tiger users need not apply. For all of the details, you can check the release notes on FlyingMeat.com.

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I was lucky enough to have beta tested Acorn for the past few weeks. I have seen the performance raise dramatically. You really are getting a fantastic product if you buy Acorn 2. I have it running on my Core Duo iMac and my Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro, and I must say that the difference between them is noticeable. If your machine is 64 bit capable, you will see a nice bump in speed.

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