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I can't seem to paste a custom Mac icon. What's wrong?

Many factors can prevent custom icons from being applied to Mac files or folders including locked items and more.

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What are custom icons used for exactly?

Custom icons are a visual way to quickly identify and locate various files and folders on your computer's desktop.

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Can I customize my Mac's toolbar icons?

Yes, many of the default toolbar icons in Mac OS X can be customized using the Iconfactory and Panic's CandyBar app.

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What are the small icons on the download pages?

They represent the different types of downloads available for that set: iContainers, Mac format and Win format.

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How do you create OS X icons, and can I make my own?

Once art work is finalized, we turn to the filter we created for use with Photoshop, IconBuilder, to construct our icons.

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Why isn't my Open/Drop icon working in the Finder?

Be sure to set IconBuilder to save as a folder with a custom icon applied to it, or the Finder won't display it properly.

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What happened to IconBuilder versions 6 and 7?

IconBuilder 8 is a completely new version written from the ground up with all new features and user interface.

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Can collection icons be customized?

Yes, you can select any icon within a particular collection and use it to customize the Collection's List icon.

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Did the Iconfactory work on the Windows XP icon suite?

Yes, we worked closely with Microsoft to develop a suite of icons including the Recycle Bin, My Computer and others.

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What is IconBuilder?

IconBuilder is a powerful filter for creating desktop, toolbar and image icons for use with Photoshop or Fireworks.

About Searching

The Iconfactory search engine is a great tool to help you find whatever you are looking for. We have associated keywords with all of the content available on the site. These keywords span icon sets, desktop pictures, iPulse Jackets, software products, support items, design services projects and even news page postings.

In order to make it easy for you to find what you are looking for, we have built some features into our search engine that allow you to customize your search:

  • car - Finds an exact match for the characters "car"
  • car* - Finds matches that begin with "car". Helpful for searches of singular and plural items (like "car" and "cars")
  • *car - Finds matches that end in "car"

Helpful Search Tips

  • Use specific words: Stay away from common words and search for specific, unique terms like "galactica" or "halloween".
  • Don't use punctuation: Punctuation such as , . / ! ( ) is ignored by the search engine and is treated the same as a space.
  • Try different terms: There are many words to describe content. For example, television or TV. Try several different words and/or combinations, to vary the results.