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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.

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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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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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Can IconBuilder create icons larger than 128x128 pixels?

Certainly! IconBuilder supports the creation of icon resources of any size up to and including 1024x1024 pixels.

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Can IconBuilder create icons for the Windows platform?

Yes! IconBuilder supports the creation of both classic and modern Windows or .ico files from your Macintosh.

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Can IconBuilder create icons for Windows XP?

Absolutely! IconBuilder supports the creation of modern, 32-bit (millions of colors), deep mask icons.

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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 replace the trash can icon on my Mac?

Yes! Panic and the Iconfactory have created CandyBar, an app that makes customizing the Trash Can icon easy.

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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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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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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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What happened to your Pixelpalooza icon contest?

Pixelpalooza went on hiatus after the 2004 contest due to the increasing long hours it created for the factory workers.

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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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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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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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What does the multi-celled grid on the left represent?

This grid is the Resource List and represents all the icon resources that can be compiled into a single icon.

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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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What resources are used when saving image formats?

IconBuilder uses 8-bit resources when saving BMPs and GIFs and 32-bit resources for saving TIFFs and PNGs.

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How do I save the icons I create with IconBuilder?

Simply click the "Save" button, name your file and choose a location to save to as well as the file format(s) desired.

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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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What is the best way to create 16x16 (small) icons?

For the best results, we recommend designing 16x16 versions by hand in Photoshop with pixel-clicking.

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Any tips on saving time and effort with IconBuilder?

There are several helpful IconBuilder tips and tricks including modifier keys, checking the verify panel and more.

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Any tips on using Photoshop with IconBuilder?

Some tips and trick when using IconBuilder with Photoshop include magnification levels, naming layers and more.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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How can I use parts of some icons to create new ones?

Follow the instructions in the full description to extract the pixels of the standard icon for manipulation in Photoshop.

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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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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:

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