Developer Flying Meat has released a major update to Acorn, its image editing software for the Mac. Acorn 3.0 was released earlier this week and features layer styles, quick masking for more precise selection and editing, improved gradients and more. In total, Acorn 3.0 is touted to have more than 50 new features.

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Acorn first debuted as shareware in 2007 with a goal of "simplicity" in image editing. It has since risen in popularity and has been a part of several Mac software bundles, including the Indie Mac Gift Pack in December.

Acorn 3.0 is available in the Mac App Store or through Flying Meat's website for a sale price of $29.99 valid through April 20th, at which time the app will return to its normal $49.99 price. Current Acorn users can upgrade to the new version through Flying Meat's site for $19.99. Acorn 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, although previous editions that run on older versions of Mac OS X as well as a trial version of Acorn 3.0 are available on Flying Meat's site.

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