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What is xScope?

xScope is a collection of tools that designers and developers can use to measure and compare on-screen elements.

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How much does xScope cost?

xScope is available for Mac OS X users for $29.99. A five user license is available for $99.99 and a ten user for $179.99.

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What are the system requirements to run xScope?

xScope requires a Mac running OS X 10.7 (Lion) or later.

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Help! I've lost my IconBuilder serial number!

Have no fear! Enter your email address at our Registration Lookup page and it will be mailed to you instantly.

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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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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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Help! I've lost my xScope serial number!

Have no fear! Enter your email address at our Registration Lookup page and it will be mailed to you instantly.

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Can I adjust the ruler in set increments in xScope?

Yes, holding down the Shift key while you rotate or adjust ruler length, effects the ruler in fixed increments.

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Can I adjust the magnification level of the loupe?

Yes, the Loupe can be set to either 200%, 400% or 800% magnification simply by selecting the desired setting.

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Can I "freeze" what the Loupe is displaying?

Yes, you can freeze what is being displayed to see a "snapshot" of the selection by pressing Command-D.

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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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Why do I have icon archive problems in OS X 10.3+?

The "Create archive" feature in Mac OS X 10.3 and later can lead to problems and we recommend against using it.

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How do I get started designing my own icons?

There are really three parts to designing icons: concept, creation and construction. Read on to learn more.

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How do I turn individual tools on and off in xScope?

There are three ways to turn xScope's tools on and off. Via the floating toolbar, the main menu bar or command-keys.

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Do you offer pre-packaged icons for specific needs?

Yes, the Iconfactory offers a wide range of professionally designed royalty-free stock icons for developers.

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What are the arrow and trash buttons in IconBuilder for?

These controls add and delete data from the Resource Grid. Consult the IconBuilder Tutorial for exact functions.

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What is the importance of IconBuilder's Verify panel?

The verify panel allows you to quickly check if your icon has extra or missing resources for the target platform and OS.

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Any tips on building and saving icons with IconBuilder?

Yes, there are many good IconBuilder tips! See the full description for general tips on building and saving icons.

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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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How can I change the color of guides and frames?

Select the Guides or Frames tab in xScope's preferences panel and then select a new color swatch for the frame/guide.

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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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Do you sell stock icons individually instead of in sets?

No, our stock icon collections are only available for purchase as complete sets at the current time.

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How do I create icons for Palm and other handhelds?

Unfortunately creating icons for the Palm and other handheld devices is difficult and requires unique resources.

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Can I make custom disk icons for Mac OS 9 and OS X?

During the transition from Mac OS 9 to OS X, the way custom icons are stored on disks changed. Read on for more.

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Can I create custom icons for a Director Projector?

Yes, after creating a projector bundle you can change the Info.plist file so that CFBundleIconFile uses a .icns file.

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Resource files or folders, which is best for Mac icons?

Save as a resource file when incorporating into an application and as a folder for simple use on the Mac desktop.

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Why doesn't the Mac Finder update when icons change?

Certain versions of the Mac Finder have a bug that prevents it from updating properly and showing icon changes.

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Should I avoid using "cicn" resources for UI elements?

Yes, there are many good reasons to update cicn resources to icon suites including millions of colors and transparency.

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Any tips on 32-bit Mac icons (in Resources)?

There are several important tips and tricks for developers working with Mac based icon resources. Read on for more.

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Any tips with 32-bit Mac icons (in NIB files)?

Working with 32-bit icons in Cocoa and NIB-based Carbon applications, is surprisingly easy. Read on for more.

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Any tips on working with 32-bit Windows icons?

There are some important things to know when working with 32-bit Windows icons. Read on to learn more.

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How do I clear the Windows Explorer icon cache?

A quick way to clear the cache is to go to the Appearance tab of Desktop properties and change the default icon size.

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How do I change the icon on a Windows application?

There are several tools on Windows that allow you to change application icons. One of them is Microangelo Librarian.

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Can I use 32-bit icons in older apps (like Visual Basic)?

Microsoft only supports 32-bit icons with their newer products. Its best to focus on backward compatibility first.

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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 report a bug or submit a suggestion?

We encourage you to use our Support page to submit any problems or general requests you may have with xScope.

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How do I create a Macintosh disk image?

A popular way to distribute your creations is via disk images. These steps will help you create your first Mac disk image.

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Can I add a custom icon to a Mac OS X 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.

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Can I add a background picture to an OS X disk image?

Yes, but the trick is to make sure the picture you are adding is in a subfolder of the disk you are creating.

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Why are my icons behaving strangely in the Finder?

You may not have all icon resources in your icon file or your Finder may be caching old versions of the icon.

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Can I use custom icons on Windows CD-ROMs?

You can create an Autorun.inf file to change the icon displayed when the CD-ROM is loaded in Windows.

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How do I author a cross-platform CD-ROM?

Use Iconbuilder to create icons for cross-platform projects.

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Why are my icons missing in ZIP archives?

Instead of double-clicking the archive, Windows users need to right-click and select "Extract All..." to view icons.

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How can I create toolbar icons for Windows?

Depending on your need, BMP and ICO toolbar icon files can be made using IconBuilder and Photoshop.

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