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How do I use your wallpapers on my iPhone?

Save the picture to either your iPhoto library (Mac) or your My Pictures folder (PC), sync via iTunes and set the wallpaper.

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What is iPulse?

iPulse is a compact and clever application that monitors the inner workings of Mac OS X like CPU usage, RAM and more.

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How do I create a "favicon" for my website?

Simply create a .ico file, name the final file favicon.ico, and upload it to the root directory of your website.

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Icons built with IconBuilder give errors in Preview. Why?

This problem is a bug in Tiger and is not related to IconBuilder. Try using our free IconExaminer app instead.

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Can I use your icon sets on my personal web page?

No, our free icons are for personal desktop use only. Instead, check out our Design Services and Stock Icon collections.

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Can guides and frames be saved for later reference?

Yes, once you have created and positioned a set of frames or guides you can then save them for later reference.

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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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Why don't my Finder icons display and update properly?

The Mac Finder has an unfortunate tendency to cache icons instead of updating them as it is supposed to.

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Why do my Mac icons look blurry in the Finder?

Most likely you are looking at icons that were created for the Classic Mac OS, and are missing the newer, larger resources.

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How do I make my first icon with IconBuilder?

Please consult the Tutorial that comes included with your IconBuilder download, or follow quick start guide here.

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How do I build folder icons with Open / Drop states?

We recommend you consult the Tutorial that comes with the IconBuilder download to learn more about Open/Drop 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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I see a generic document instead of a custom icon. Why?

Make sure you are not saving the icon as an ".icns" file or that your icon contains more than just 128x128 resources.

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Why do I have to wait so long when I run the filter?

The startup delay encourages you to purchase the full software. This delay is removed upon registration.

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Is there a version available for the Windows platform?

Yes, IconBuilder XP is available for Windows, although its feature set is not as complete as the Mac version.

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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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How do I use your desktop pictures on my Mac?

Simply save the picture to the destination of your choice and then use the System Prefs to make the picture active.

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How do I use desktop pictures on my Windows PC?

There are several easy steps you can take to make use of the desktop pictures or wallpapers, at the Iconfactory.

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".
  • Use singular terms: When searching, stay away from plural terms and always use the singular instead.
  • 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.