What Is IconBuilder?
IconBuilder is a new filter for Adobe Photoshop that makes creating icons for the Macintosh a snap. IconBuilder combines the power and flexibility of Photoshop with the ease of use of IconDropper to make a powerful icon creation tool for both beginner and advanced users.
Written by veteran Photoshop filter author - Craig Hockenberry, IconBuilder is the first "real world" solution for creating 32 bit icons for Mac OS 8.5. Thanks to the use of layers (and their transparent properties), Photoshop makes an ideal editor to create the blended shadows, smooth outlines and translucent areas of 8.5 icons. IconBuilder has the ability to translate any kind of transparent effect done in Photoshop layers, quickly and easily into the world of 32 bit icons for Mac OS 8.5 and beyond.
Keep in mind that IconBuilder itself is not an icon editor. You use Adobe Photoshop as your editor, in combination with IconBuilder as your assembly tool. Using this method, making icons has never been easier!
Summary of IconBuilder Features
(see Product Features for a complete listing)
Creation of true 32 bit icon formats for Mac OS 8.5
Supports transparent/translucent masking of icons
QuickBuild feature creates all icon resources in a single click
Extract any icon (including its mask) into Photoshop for editing
Cycle backgrounds to view icons against a variety of desktops
Instant access to "BuilderTips" for novice and advanced users
IconBuilder does it all - no need for additional icon editors
A Macintosh computer with a PPC processor
Adobe Photoshop 3.0 (PPC) or later
Mac OS 8.5
Monitor capable of displaying thousands or millions of colors
Screen resolutions greater than 640x480
Please Register IconBuilder
Many hours of development went into IconBuilder to make it the best product of its kind available. If you use IconBuilder, please support our efforts and register the filter.
IconBuilder is available for the Macintosh for $49.00. When you register IconBuilder you'll eliminate the startup delay function as well as be signed up to receive copies of the IconFactory newsletter to keep up on the latest developments. In addition, registered users of IconBuilder will be able to upgrade to IconBuilder "Pro" (available in the second quarter of '99) for a minimal fee.
News Update: The February issue of the eZine AppleWizards features a great IconBuilder "How To" article by our very own Dave Brasgalla. Check it out!
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IconBuilder combines the power of the ultimate graphics editor - Adobe Photoshop, with the ease of use of IconDropper, making a powerful icon creation tool for both beginner and advanced users.
We are dedicated to the seemingly nonexistent art of designing awesome freeware icons for your Mac.
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