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Unfortunately no. The Iconfactory does not license any of its freeware icon sets for use in commercial applications.
No, our free icons are for personal desktop use only. Instead, check out our Design Services and Stock Icon collections.
We welcome seeing new creations, but third-party icons are not posted on the Iconfactory website.
It never hurts to ask, but there is no guarantee we will turn your idea into icons. Contact us anyway, you never know!
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The "Create archive" feature in Mac OS X 10.3 and later can lead to problems and we recommend against using it.
There are really three parts to designing icons: concept, creation and construction. Read on to learn more.
In order to get v 6.0 of the Iconfactory launched, we had to remove the DeskBase, at least for the time being.
Times change, and so do website designs. Although they are gone, we hope to open a gallery for them soon.
Pixelpalooza went on hiatus after the 2004 contest due to the increasing long hours it created for the factory workers.
The Mac Finder has an unfortunate tendency to cache icons instead of updating them as it is supposed to.
Most likely you are looking at icons that were created for the Classic Mac OS, and are missing the newer, larger resources.
Yes, many of the default toolbar icons in Mac OS X can be customized using the Iconfactory and Panic's CandyBar app.
For modern operating systems, it's a good idea to start out with a full 32-bit (millions of colors) palette.
It is a safety net that allows you to rebuild your icon without redrawing or modifying the entire image.
The file has been compressed for online distribution in the ZIP format, popular on the Windows PC platform.
A .dmg is an OS X compressed, read-only disk image file popular for distributing software on the Mac platform.
Unfortunately creating icons for the Palm and other handheld devices is difficult and requires unique resources.
During the transition from Mac OS 9 to OS X, the way custom icons are stored on disks changed. Read on for more.
Yes, after creating a projector bundle you can change the Info.plist file so that CFBundleIconFile uses a .icns file.
Save as a resource file when incorporating into an application and as a folder for simple use on the Mac desktop.
Certain versions of the Mac Finder have a bug that prevents it from updating properly and showing icon changes.
Yes, there are many good reasons to update cicn resources to icon suites including millions of colors and transparency.
There are several important tips and tricks for developers working with Mac based icon resources. Read on for more.
Working with 32-bit icons in Cocoa and NIB-based Carbon applications, is surprisingly easy. Read on for more.
There are some important things to know when working with 32-bit Windows icons. Read on to learn more.
A quick way to clear the cache is to go to the Appearance tab of Desktop properties and change the default icon size.
There are several tools on Windows that allow you to change application icons. One of them is Microangelo Librarian.
Microsoft only supports 32-bit icons with their newer products. Its best to focus on backward compatibility first.
We prefer that you don't since we have worked hard on the code, design and graphics for this website.
A popular way to distribute your creations is via disk images. These steps will help you create your first Mac disk image.
Yes, adding a custom icon to a Mac disk image is easy. Please read on to learn the steps to perform this process.
Yes, but the trick is to make sure the picture you are adding is in a subfolder of the disk you are creating.
You may not have all icon resources in your icon file or your Finder may be caching old versions of the icon.
Follow the instructions in the full description to extract the pixels of the standard icon for manipulation in Photoshop.
You can create an Autorun.inf file to change the icon displayed when the CD-ROM is loaded in Windows.
Use Iconbuilder to create icons for cross-platform projects.
Instead of double-clicking the archive, Windows users need to right-click and select "Extract All..." to view icons.
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