# Create hi-quality icons for all systems: Windows, MacOS, Unix
With IconWorkshop make your own icons for Windows®, MacOS® and Unix®. It creates Windows® icons up to 256x256 for Windows Vista™ and Macintosh® icons up to 512x512 for Leopard (MacOS® 10.5). Unix® uses PNG icons. IconWorkshop creates PNG images with alpha channel in a few clicks including from existing Windows® and Mac OS® icons.
The new generation of icons uses variable transparency (alpha channel). This feature permits creating beautiful icons with smooth borders and shadows. You need a professional tool to create such icons. Axialis IconWorkshop™ has been designed with one goal in mind: "Icon Quality".
Enjoy the powerful editor which permits creating the various image formats of an icon from an original drawing without quality loss.
# Create, edit icons in Image Strips for toolbars
Axialis IconWorkshop™ is the only icon editor which permits creation and edition of Image Strips for toolbars. If you're a developer, don't struggle with wide bitmaps anymore! Just open them in IconWorkshop and edit each icon separately.
It can read all kinds of Image Strips in BMP and PNG. Transparency is supported in 32 BPP images through Alpha channels and in 24 BPP or less images through a fixed background color.
Icons in image strips can be added, copied, moved and removed. You can also create new image strips from ready-to-use image objects in a few drag & drops. The object pack "Lite Toolbars" permits creating sharp and crisp icons for toolbars.
# Create, edit Bitmap Images
Axialis IconWorkshop™ also permits creating or modifying image bitmaps in formats BMP, PNG, JPEG, JPEG2000 and GIF. Transparency is supported in 32 BPP images using Alpha channels and in 24 BPP or less images through a fixed background color.
This feature is useful to create illustration images for applications or web sites. You can also open and convert images to different formats such as GIF and JPEG with web optimization features.
# Work efficiently with a Plug-in for Visual Studio® 2005 and 2008
Axialis IconWorkshop includes a handy feature which permits to work efficiently with Visual Studio®. The principle of this plug-in, as we've made it, is to create a direct bridge between the VS IDE and IconWorkshop.
The plug-in permits to easily edit in IconWorkshop an icon included in a solution. Just open the icon in the Visual Studio® resource editor and launch the associated plug-in command. The icon is automatically opened in IconWorkshop and you can work on it as necessary. When you save it in IconWorkshop, the VS IDE automatically refreshes the icon document.
# Full support for Windows Vista PNG-compressed icons
IconWorkshop™ loads, creates, edits, saves icons for Windows Vista. This new operating system, includes a PNG-compressed icon format. It permits creating icons up to 256x256 with alpha channel with smaller file size.
Axialis IconWorkshop now fully supports this new format in all features: edition, automatic format creation, batch creation, batch conversion, format normalization... Don't wait and create today your icons for Windows Vista.
# Create attractive icons using Image Objects
The use of image objects to create icons is an exclusive feature of IconWorkshop. It permits creating professional-looking icons in minutes using a few mouse drag & drops.
The principle is quite simple: A large quantity of basic image objects are provided in a library. By associating them together (on top of each other) you create a custom icon.
# Convert icons between Mac OS and Windows
Mac OS designers are prolific, especially when it comes to create icons. Use IconWorkshop to read MacOS icons and convert them to Windows. It reads all kinds of Macintosh® icons up to OSX 10.4 Tiger and OSX 10.5 Leopard.
If you're a software developer, you'll enjoy the ability to create applications for both Windows and Macintosh platforms by converting your icons. If you're a Windows® user you'll be able to use Macintosh® icons on your Windows XP desktop.
In addition, IconWorkshop includes a feature which permits to convert icons between the two systems in batch-processing mode (several icons are converted in one fast operation).
IconWorkshop supports the Mac Binary file format which permits to transfer icons between Macintosh and Windows in a snap.
# Automatically create icons from images
Axialis IconWorkshop™ features a powerful editor. But sometimes it's easier to create an icon from an existing image. You can import various file formats, such as PSD, PNG, BMP, JPEG, GIF, JPEG2000...
An exclusive feature permits creating an icon with its several image formats in just one operation! All is done automatically: Alpha channel is preserved, palettes are calculated for 256 color formats and even 16 color formats with transparency are generated.
# Export icons to images to illustrate your websites
If you're a webmaster or have a blog, you know that illustrations are important to create attractive visitor experience. IconWorkshop permits to export images included in icons (Windows or Macintosh) to external bitmap files.
You'll be able to easily export these images in various Web-optimized formats such as JPEG, GIF, PNG and JPEG2000.
Object packs named "Web 2.0 Icons" and "Web Illustrations" permit creating illustration images for your websites in a few seconds.
# Use a Powerful Editor
IconWorkshop features an editor with advanced functions: Easily create images formats using one command, import/export images, resize, adjust with numerous filters, change hue, contrast, lightness, drop shadows and more...
# Create composite icons using drag & drop
An exclusive feature permits creating composite icons using mouse drag & drop only. Just place your different objects in the icon using the mouse and create all the image formats in a snap!
# Compatible with graphic industry standards
You can import PSD images with layers from Photoshop® and easily create a multi-resolution icon from a program or company logo.
Use Photoshop and Illustrator plug-ins to transfer images directly in memory and make your icon in a few clicks. No more temporary document files.
With 10 ready-to-use Photoshop templates, create your icons like the professional icon designers. Use the powerful drawing tools of Photoshop to create the different formats of your icons and export the whole artwork in IconWorkshop. The icon is automatically created in seconds with all its embedded formats. You can even create your own templates.
Windows 2000, XP, Vista or higher, 30MB HD, 256MB RAM, 1024x768