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IconBuilder for Macintosh

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IconBuilder for Macintosh

Requires: Mac OS X 10.4+ (including Snow Leopard) with Photoshop or Fireworks (CS3 or CS4) installed.

Download: IconBuilder 8.5.2 (9.3 MB)

IconBuilder is a filter for use with Adobe Photoshop or Fireworks that makes creating icons for either the Macintosh or Windows operating systems a snap.

CS4 Compatibility

Compatible with Adobe CS4 and Intel Macs

IconBuilder is compatible for use with Adobe's new Creative Suite 4, specifically Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Fireworks CS4. The filter is also optimized for use with Apple's powerful Intel-based Macintosh computers running Snow Leopard.

Build Icons for Windows Vista

Build Icons for Vista & Leopard View QT Movie

IconBuilder 8 supports the creation of Vista-ready ICO files with 256x256 resources, Leopard ready icons with 512x512 resources and multi-resolution TIFFs. Check out this quick tutorial to see how easy it is to create your first Vista icon. See the "New Features" PDF in the IconBuilder download for more information.

Any Size Icons

Create Icons of Any Size View Screenshot

IconBuilder supports the creation of icon sizes up to 1024 x 1024 for both the Mac and Windows operating systems. Additionally, non-Mac resources are not limited to being square in proportion. Create a 64x32, a 10x200, or anything in between - whatever your project calls for.

Multiple File Formats

Quickly Save in Multiple Formats View Screenshot

Build Macintosh custom icons, Windows ICO, ICNS, BMP, PNG, GIF, and TIFF files with a single save operation. IconBuilder is flexible, so any combination of file formats can be specified in the save dialog

Grids and Presets

Use Layout Grids and Presets View QT Movie

Utilize the PSD grid files that come with the filter or create your own grids to use as templates to place, size, and edit artwork. Each provided grid file corresponds to a Preset in the filter that IconBuilder uses to locate the artwork on the layer and import it into the filter. Plus you can create and save your own IconBuilder Presets to go with any custom icon grids that you make.


New Verification Tools View Screenshot

See resource information and warnings for each file format prior to saving, so you can catch problems early.

Feature List

  • Create Mac and Win icons in standard & unique sizes
  • Create icons of any size up to 1024x1024 pixels
  • Save generic image file formats (TIFFs, BMPs, etc.)
  • Custom Grid Files and Presets that can be shared
  • Build icons for an entire project in a single filter pass
  • Resource protection info via Verification Report
  • Save icons in multiple file formats at the same time
  • Adjustable alpha thresholds for 8-bit resources
  • Apply all of an icon's resources to a PS layer at once
  • Revised & expanded documentation
  • Revised & expanded Iconbuilder Assistant PS actions
  • Handy Keyboard Shortcuts menu for easy reference
  • Pixel Grid and Coordinate Tool
  • Developed entirely in Cocoa for power and flexibility
  • Import existing icons
  • View icons against various background colors
  • Cloning resources - create missing or non-existent resources for lower bit depths
  • Compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS3 and CS4
  • Compatible with Adobe Fireworks CS3 and CS4

Still have questions? Don't forget to visit our IconBuilder Support page. We've tried to anticipate most of the questions you might have, so be sure to check there prior to writing us. Thanks!


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