Some very cool apps were released/upgraded recently. Just wanted to send out some props here.

First, Daniel Jalkut has been working on MarsEdit 2.0 for quite some time, and I have to say the results are spectacular. The blog post window has been much improved, and now includes the ability to add new blog categories without going to my WordPress admin interface. This feature alone is worth the upgrade price. Overall, the app seems a lot slicker, and blends into Tiger very nicely.

Next is Gus Mueller’s newest application, Acorn. I was fortunate enough to be shown a demo of a beta version back at C4 last month. This really is a good alternative to Photoshop Elements. It’s easy to use, has a very clean interface, and has some advanced features like Layers and Core Image filters. Definitely give Acorn a look-see, and take advantage of the introductory pricing offered.