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Suggest an Icon Editor
« on: March 16, 2006, 02:04:48 AM »
I will be doing a review in the coming months on Icon Editors and I would like to have some input on which you think should be in it.  I have the below icon editors so far on the possible list.


    The below are confirmed so far and should be in the review when finished.
      AWicons Pro - Commercial
      Axialis IconWorkshop Corporate Edition - Commercial
      IconCool Studio - Commercial
      IconLover - Commercial
      Microangelo Toolset - Commercial
      LiquidIcon XP Editor - Free
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    « Last Edit: October 19, 2006, 09:51:43 AM by hamradio »

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #1 on: March 16, 2006, 04:33:49 AM »
    I am using IconLover (http://www.aha-soft.com/index.htm) which seems to have replaced ArtIcons Pro (I got it as a free upgrade).

    Actually I am using it as part of their IconUtils pack.

    Actually I say I am using but actually it is more a case of it is installed and occasionally I remember it is there when I want to do something with an icon (rare).

    Actually .... that was really good English ... n'est pas?
    « Last Edit: March 16, 2006, 04:36:11 AM by Carol Haynes »

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #2 on: March 16, 2006, 10:56:05 AM »
    Hi ham,

    i didn't do often icon art
    but here are a few freeware apps i know
    in case you nedd a few suggestions:

    ICON LiquidIcon XP - http://www.x2studios...e=products&id=11
    Icon PixelToolbox 1.1 - http://www.axiomx.com/free_software.htm
    Icon SnIco Edit 2.0 - http://www.snidesoft.com/index.html
    icon sushi - http://www.towofu.net/soft-e/
    IconArt v2.0 - http://www.conware-p...roducts/ia/about.php

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #3 on: March 16, 2006, 11:02:32 AM »
    I never do many icon projects, but i've tried using The Gimp, and it handles icon creation quite well.
    I'm not sure how well it can be integrated in that list.

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #4 on: March 16, 2006, 11:52:58 AM »
    There is a free plugin for Adobe PhotoShop (full versions and Elements) and PaintShop Pro that allows you to Open and Save ICO files in those programmes. Ot's called ICOFormat and is available at http://www.telegraphics.com.au/ so if you have an app that can use PS plugins you don't need a separate editor.

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #5 on: March 17, 2006, 11:45:34 AM »
    You may also want to consider adding AWicons Pro to your list:

    http://www.heaventoo...cons-icon-editor.htm

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #6 on: March 17, 2006, 12:38:34 PM »
    Added AWicons Pro and looking at a few of the free ones to include too.
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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #7 on: March 17, 2006, 02:53:27 PM »
    Added AWicons Pro

    Great. Check your mailbox for the AWicons review copy as per your request.

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #8 on: March 17, 2006, 08:32:36 PM »

     Here are a couple more...i know nothing about them,just found'em.(both shareware btw)

    Icon cool studio (and other versions) 
    http://www.iconcool.com/

    RealWorld Icon Editor looks pretty groovy by just looking at it
    http://www.rw-design...m/3D_icon_editor.php

    On a side note i've seen alot of forum postings post about
    Axialis IconWorkshop being really good.

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #9 on: March 18, 2006, 09:41:34 AM »
    Don't forget my current favorite freebie, IconCraft.  :Thmbsup:

    http://www.iconempire.com/iconcraft/index.htm
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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #10 on: March 18, 2006, 11:09:00 PM »
    Hmmm...Icon Empire and Aha-Soft seem to be one in the same...as they got the same design looks and the same postal address on the support page. By the way, I will look into Icon Cool Studio.
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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #11 on: March 22, 2006, 09:27:39 PM »
    Definately include Microangelo. I have been a user & fan of that software since the old version 2x. It's not just for icon creation....does animated cursors as well. (And a whole bunch of other neat tricks that would be fun even for people that have no use for an icon creator)

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #12 on: April 08, 2006, 05:19:12 AM »
    Hi, if you choose to review RealWorld Icon Editor (the one with 3D support), please let me know at vlastimil.miler at gmail.com

    I can get you some inside info  8) worth the effort

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #13 on: April 08, 2006, 07:07:10 PM »
    I'm cut right down the middle between Realworld Icon Editor and Axialis IconWorkshop,
    but Realworld Icon Editor's installer gets on my nerves,when i try to move it's shortcut to
    another folder on the start menu and then click on it from it's new location,it reinstalls. :mad:
    « Last Edit: April 08, 2006, 07:29:22 PM by tinyvillager »

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #14 on: April 09, 2006, 03:15:12 AM »
    ... funny problem. When you move the shortcuts, the installer detects that vital files are missing and repairs the installation.

    But I see your point - it will be fixed in next version.

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #15 on: April 09, 2006, 03:25:55 AM »
    is this a microsoft installer based thing?
    (this is one of the reasons i loathe microsoft installer)

    yes, it's very important to disable this repair of shortcuts, it makes managing the start menu very difficult.

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #16 on: April 09, 2006, 03:34:12 AM »
    partially, each file has an attribute indicating whether it is vital for the app or not. It is enabled by default for those internet shortcuts.

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #17 on: April 09, 2006, 05:10:39 PM »
     

     I think it is a Microsoft installer thing,Veign's Pixeur,which i like does the same thing to me.

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #18 on: April 20, 2006, 09:53:02 PM »
    Just wanted to say my issues with Realworld Icon Editor's installer has been resolved in the latest release.
    I dig the drag and drop image to icon function,very cool. :Thmbsup: Don't know if that was a new feature,
    new to me anyway,lol.

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #19 on: April 21, 2006, 01:34:24 AM »
    I just use Paint Shop Pro to make a png file and then use png2ico to convert it to an icon. . .


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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #20 on: April 21, 2006, 01:07:33 PM »
    Just wanted to say my issues with Realworld Icon Editor's installer has been resolved in the latest release.
    I dig the drag and drop image to icon function,very cool. :Thmbsup: Don't know if that was a new feature,
    new to me anyway,lol.
    ;) if you run into any other problem or if you'd like to propose a new feature, I would love to hear it.
    ...and yes, the batch image to icon conversion using drag and drop is one of the new features in the latest version.

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #21 on: May 09, 2006, 07:55:56 PM »
    Hi Hamradio,

    Can you consider in your review if the application can extract/change icons from other applications? E.g., if I want to substitute the big red 'O' icon in opera with something else...

    I have found one program that does it, but it's kind of shaky:

    http://www.icon-maker.com/

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #22 on: May 09, 2006, 07:59:09 PM »

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #23 on: August 27, 2006, 11:01:18 AM »

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    Re: Suggest an Icon Editor
    « Reply #24 on: August 27, 2006, 03:22:37 PM »
    This is mentioned in the list that's occasionally published by alt.comp.freeware:

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    Program: Randy's Icon Editor
    Company:
    Author: Randal Ford
    Install:
    W:
    Ware: (Freeware)
    http://ranfo.com/



    I've seen the freeware version below mentioned somewhere, and I see it's now joined by a payware version:

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    Fx Icon Maker, freeware

    http://www.jhepple.com/iconmkr.htm

    Create 32X32 icons from scratch from bitmaps or import from applications.

    Download ico32su.exe20

    3,733 KB

    --------

    Capture, create and edit icons of all sizes and formats

    Pretty Icon Maker

    $19.95

    Pretty Icon Maker21

        * Supports all icon formats: Windows® and Windows XP® with Alpha Channel
        * Supports all icon sizes:16,32,48,72,128 or custom sizes.
        * Drawing tools include Anti-alias and Smoothing functions.
        * Includes 3D and Gradient effects and supports Crystal effects.
        * Import and Export to and from PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, PCX and others.
        * Blur, smooth, sharpen, adjust hue, brightness and contrast, resize, rotate and flip.
        * Add a drop shadow effect to create Windows XP compliant icons or add text
        * Extract existing icons from DLL, EXE, OCX, CPL and SCR files.