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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Can Pixadex import and export Windows .ICO files?

Yes indeed it can! When you import them they are automatically converted to Mac format. Exporting is easy too.

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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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What does the extension .zip mean?

The file has been compressed for online distribution in the ZIP format, popular on the Windows PC platform.

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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 requests you may have with IconBuilder.

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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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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 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.

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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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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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