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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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What is IconBuilder for Windows?

IconBuilder Windows is a powerful filter for use with Photoshop and MS Windows that builds desktop icons.

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How much does IconBuilder cost?

IconBuilder is available for Mac OS X users for $79.00. A multi-user site license is also available for $349.00

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How do I upgrade to IconBuilder 8.5.x?

There are currently two upgrade options available depending on your original purchase and registration date.

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How much does IconBuilder for Windows cost?

IconBuilder for Windows is available for $49.00 for a single user license. A multi-user site license is $249.00

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What are IconBuilder for Win's system requirements?

IconBuilder for Windows requires a PC running Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Adobe Photoshop 7.0 or later.

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What are the system requirements to run IconBuilder?

PowerPC or Intel processor; Photoshop or Fireworks (CS3 or CS4.)

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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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Help! I've lost my IconBuilder for Win 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 can I create a bookmark icon for my website?

Creating a website favorite icon is simple. Build an icon normally, save the .ico file, and name it "favicon.ico".

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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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What is the difference between Mac and Win versions?

The Mac version can convert icons from Windows to Mac and vice versa. There are some other Mac only features as well.

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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 for Windows build 32-bit icons?

Yes, the filter was created especially to construct the 32-bit, deep mask resources that were added for Win XP and Vista.

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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 for Windows save out 95/98/NT icons?

Yes, IconBuilder for Windows handles the older, traditional .ico icon formats just as quickly and easily as modern ones.

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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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How do I make my first icon with IconBuilder for Win?

Read this complete support item for a quick list of steps, or consult the PDF guide included with your download.

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How do I use IconBuilder for Win's QuickBuild feature?

The QuickBuild button automatically creates all available sizes and bit depths for an icon from what is available.

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

This is the Resource Grid and it represents all of the individual icon resources that can be compiled into an icon.

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Can I view icons against different background colors?

Yes, the "Cycle" button lets you step through a variety of different background colors.

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What does "Apply View to Photoshop Layer" do?

It takes the icon in the Target Icon File window and applies it back out to the currently selected layer in Photoshop.

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How do I save icons I create with IconBuilder for Win?

Once you have filled the Resource Grid, simply click the Save button, select a name and a save destination.

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What color depth is best to start designing icons with?

If you are creating icons for older versions of Windows like 95/98/NT, start with the 8-bit, 256 color palette.

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

Experience has taught us that designing smaller icon versions by hand really is the way to get the best results.

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Any time saving tips for use with IconBuilder for Win?

There are several things you can do to save yourself time when using IconBuilder for Windows. Read on for more information.

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Why is it important to save my Photoshop layers file?

Working from Photoshop layers really helps you to quickly and easily move components, recolor, or resize.

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Any tips on using Photoshop with IconBuilder for Win?

Yes, be sure to name individual layers, turn layer transparency on and view your work at multiple sizes.

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Any general tips on building and saving icons?

Consider the target platform carefully before you create individual resources that you may not end up needing.

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Why won't IconBuilder for Windows launch?

The first thing to do is to check and make sure your PC meets the proper system requirements to run the filter.

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

Until the filter is purchased, there is a startup delay to encourage you to register your copy of IconBuilder for Windows.

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Win icons I've built are not showing up correctly. Why?

You may have built icon data into a grid cell in the 24x24 column. If so, clear that data and re-save.

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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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Can I preview icons on different colors in IconBuilder?

Yes, you can change colors by using the "Options..." button in the lower right corner and selecting "Appearance".

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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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How do I report a bug or submit a suggestion?

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

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