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Dear Flying Meat

Christopher L. Jorgensen
P.O. Box 93042
Des Moines, IA 50393


September 20, 2010


Flying Meat Inc.
12231 11th Dr SE
Everett, WA 98208


Dear Flying Meat,

Your company name is kind of a bit gross. Meat should not fly!

This aside I am thinking of making some pictures to put on the web and think it would be cool to use Acorn to do it. Mostly I would be cropping a scan and making a thumbnail that links to a bigger image. You would then click the thumbnail to see the full sized picture. Acorn would do this for me, right?

$49.95 seems like a fair price to me, but sadly that $49.95 more than I have. I doubt if you have any kind of installment plan, but if you do that would be cool. Like maybe I send you a buck every time I crop a photo and make a thumbnail for it? That’s only 50 photos, so shouldn’t take me more than a year to pay you off.

Or maybe once I get my site done I could trade you a banner ad for a promotional code?

What do you think my chances are of getting the guys at Panic to send me a license for Coda? I’m going to ask them as well. If you say “yes” and they say “no” just think how much cooler this will make you! Oh course if you both say yes I’ll be saving $148.95!

I’ll understand if you just tell me no.

Sincerely,


Christopher L. Jorgensen

Sponsor:

A nut, a slug, and a logo. Image takes you to flyingmeat.com

Reply:

[Editor’s note: This printout was received in reply.]


Scan of the certificate from Flying Meat

Handwritten on the back: Tell Your friends about Acorn! –Gus.

Flying Meat website: www.flyingmeat.com

Commentary:

When I redesigned Jackass Letters I decided to redesign the workflow used to create this site as well. My primary motivation was to simplify. Where possible I took the fast and easy way out. I am also poor, so cost was a consideration. This was why I decided to dump Photoshop in favor of Acorn.

I’d been searching for an image editor to replace Photoshop for some time. I don’t have anything against Photoshop (other than they never answered my letter), but it’s not the right tool for the job for what I need. I seldom do anything more complicated with images than cropping, sizing, a bit of contrast and brightness and that’s pretty much it. I could go into a ton of reasons why I am no longer an Adobe fan, but it always boils down to price and complexity. Their applications cost too much, have an unacceptable learning curve, and do way more than I’ll ever need them to.

In full disclosure I probably wouldn’t have bought Acorn, but that’s not because I don’t think it’s worth the money, but rather because I don’t have the money! Jackass Letters is incredibly expensive to operate. Every time I total up the costs I get depressed.  There’s the costs of hosting, domain renewals, ExpressionEngine upgrades, postage, site promotions, etc. I am pretty sure I’ve spent close to $1,000 in the last year. I have a whole list of software that I think would make this site a better/cooler place, but I doubt I’ll be buying any of it any time soon.

As far as using Acorn goes: I’ve been incredibly happy with it. About every time I think, “I wish it did…” I find that it does indeed do what I was wishing. It’s also easy to use and I never have to hunt for a tool. If I could figure out how to automate some of the image editing I’d be super happy (I want to create my medium and thumbnail images without having to manually resize and save). I also want it make web optimized images at the same time, but since it’s so easy to use I don’t mind doing it by hand (for now).

The app also launches quickly. I thought about sending Gus a buck for every letter I post, but realized that would cost me another $25 in postage for the joke (and I have no idea if it would continue to be funny after the third letter.)

The above Acorn/Flying Meat banner ad is totally unauthorized. It took me about 3 minutes to create in Acorn.

Anyway, thanks Gus!

[4.12.11 Update: Acorn 3.0 is out! I paid for the upgrade today with money from your donations.]

By Christopher L. Jorgensen

Website: http://jackassletters.com

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