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Axialis IconWorkshop™ is compatible with Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10 (x32 / x64)
Axialis IconWorkshop™ has been designed to be fully compatible with Windows Vista™, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. The interface is adjusted automatically to integrate smoothly in hi-dpi screens (200% or more). All file and registry operations comply with the UAC (User Account Control) specifications.
Support for Windows 10 768x768 PNG-compressed icons
Axialis IconWorkshop™ loads, creates, edits, saves icons for Windows Vista to Windows 10. This new operating system introduced a PNG-compressed image format which permits to create icons up to 768x768 with alpha channel.
To get a better idea of Windows 10 icon sizes, download IconWorkshopIcon.ico (191 Kb)
IconWorkshop™ fully supports this format in all features: edition, automatic format creation, batch creation, batch conversion, format normalization... Don't wait and create today your icons for Windows 10.
To learn more, visit the following pages:
• Introducing Windows icons
• How to create Windows icons with IconWorkshop™?
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.
• What is an Image Strip?
• How to create Icons for Toolbars using Image Strips
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. Many file formats are supported:
• Windows Bitmap Image (BMP) - Loading/Saving
• Portable Network Graphic (PNG) - Loading/Saving
• Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) - Loading/Saving
• JPEG 2000 (JP2) - Loading/Saving
• Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) - Loading/Saving
• Photoshop Document (PSD) - Loading/Saving
• Radiance HDR (HDR) - Loading/Saving
• Portable Float Map Images (PFM) - Loading/Saving
• Portable Bitmaps (PNM, PBM, PPM, PGM) - Loading/Saving
• TARGA Images (TGA) - Loading/Saving
• TIFF Images (TIF, TIFF) - Loading/Saving
• Wireless Images (WBMP, WAP) - Loading/Saving
• X11 Pixmap Images (XPM)
• Camera RAW Images (CRW, NEF, RAF, ORF, MRW, DCR, MOS, RAW...) - Loading
• DirectDraw Surface Bitmaps (XPM) - Loading
• Raw Fax G3 Images (XPM) - Loading
• Koala Images (XPM) - Loading
• MNG Animations (MNG) - Loading
• Silicon Graphics Images (SGI) - Loading
• Sun RAS Images (RAS) - Loading
• X-Bitmap Images (XBM) - Loading
• Kodak Photo CD (PCD) - Loading
• IFF Images (IFF) - Loading
• ZSoft Images (PCX) - Loading
• Apple PICT Images (PICT) - Loading
• Windows Metafile Images (WMF) - Loading
Work efficiently with a Plug-in for Visual Studio® 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012
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.
• Introducing the Visual Studio® plug-in
• Modifying an icon in a Visual Studio solution using the plug-in
Compiling programs with 768x768 PNG icons using Visual C++ 6.0 and .NET 2005
Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2005 or prior versions does not support compilation of projects which contain 256x256 PNG-compressed icons. Using IconWorkshop™ you can simply create the icon in 256x256 uncompressed mode in order to compile the program. When the project is finished, open the final version of the executable file in IconWorkshop™ and compress directly the embedded icon.
Support for OSX 256x256, 512x512 and 1024x1024 icons
Axialis IconWorkshop™ is an application which operates under Windows® but it fully supports all the existing icon formats for Mac OS® up to OSX 10.11 El Capitan. Latest OSX versions introduced a large JPEG2000 and PNG-compressed image format which permits to create icons up to 1024x1024 with alpha channel.
IconWorkshop creates, converts and transfers icons from/to a Macintosh computer. ICNS, RSC and Mac Binary icon file formats are supported.
An easy-to-use integrated workspace
A professional tool must be Powerful and Easy to Use. That's why we have created an intuitive fully integrated workspace. All the tools are easily available on screen. Additionally the application fully supports mouse drag & drop allowing easy and intuitive operations. For example, creating composite icons from several images using drag & drop is really a child's play.
The multi-documents interface permits you to work with several and different types of document windows (icon projects, libraries, images, file explorers...). This is the way today's professional applications are made.
Some icon applications available today are made of several programs resulting in applications which are difficult to use. In IconWorkshop™, all features are immediately available on screen. It permits you to work efficiently and be more productive than ever.
A powerful editor to create professional Windows® and Macintosh® icons
Axialis IconWorkshop™ is the first icon editor to create Windows® and Macintosh® icons. You can easily create icons for both systems. It creates Windows® icons up to Windows 10 and Macintosh® icons up to El Capitan(Mac OS 10.11).
Windows® and Mac OSX systems come with generations of icons using variable transparency. This feature permits to create beautiful icons with smooth borders and shadows (learn more). 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 to create the various image formats of an icon from an original drawing without quality loss.
Automatically create icons from images
Axialis IconWorkshop™ features a powerful editor. But sometimes it's easier to create an icon from an existing image (see tutorial). Basically, you can import all kind of existing images: PSD, PNG, BMP, JPEG, GIF. As icons use transparency, IconWorkshop™ supports all formats containing Alpha Channel (a.k.a. 32 bit smooth transparency).
An exclusive feature permits to create 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 transparency is generated:
Create attractive icons using Image Objects
Various Axialis Object Packs are included in IconWorkshop™. They contain thousands of image objects which permit you to create an unlimited number of icons with various glossy effects and shapes simply using drag & drop:
Creating different versions of an icon is very easy with object pack. See below some examples of the help icon made in a few minutes simply using the mouse and without drawing one pixel (non-exhaustive list of course!):
The objects come in 256x256 high-quality PNG format. It permits to easily create icons containing various sizes up to 256x256 for Windows® XP, Windows Vista™ and Mac OS®.
You can also create folder or any other composing icons in a snap:
To learn more about Image Objects, visit the following pages:
• What is an image object?
• How to use image objects to create icons?
• Download Image Object Packs
Work like a pro with ready-to-use Adobe Photoshop® templates
If you work with Photoshop®, you’ll enjoy the ability to work with templates.
This feature permits you to use the powerful tools of Photoshop® to draw your icons in several formats. You can use layers and all associated effects.
When done, export the whole artwork to IconWorkshop and the icon is automatically created with all its formats in one step:
15 ready-to-use templates are provided but you can create your own ones (a tutotial is included in help).
Convert icons between Macintosh® and Windows® systems
Macintosh® designers are prolific, especially when it comes to icon creation. Use IconWorkshop™ to read Mac icons and convert them to Windows®. It reads all kind of Mac icons up to El Capitan OSX 10.11 (see tutorial).
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 simply a Windows® user you'll be able to use Mac icons on your Windows® XP desktop. This new version 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™ fully supports Mac Binary file format. It permits to easily transfer icons between Macintosh® and Windows®.
Export icons to images to illustrate your websites and applications
If you're a developer, webmaster or have a blog, you know that illustrations are important to create attractive user experience. IconWorkshop™ permits to export images included in icons to external bitmap files. You'll be able to easily use these images in your program to create beautiful toolbars for example (see tutorial).
If necessary, the alpha channel is preserved. You can create 256 color versions with or without transparency. 32 bit PNG creation with transparency is also possible to make Linux® icons.
Object packs named "Web 2.0 Icons" and "Web Illustrations" permit creating illustration images for your websites in a few seconds.
Another one named "Quick Toolbars" permits to create icons for application toolbars:
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 (see tutorial).
The application includes plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe Illustrator®. These features permit to transfer images directly in memory and make your icon in a few clicks. No more temporary image files.
You can also export an icon image to Photoshop® or Paint Shop Pro® for modification (preserving transparency).
A powerful built-in Librarian
Use a powerful librarian to easily manage all your media and icon files. This is an integrated window (which can be hidden) where you can store, move, copy and extract all the files you're using in your work (images, icons, libraries).
Use a Media File Explorer with previews
Also, A built-in file explorer permits to browse your disks and find files including images and all files containing icons. This advanced explorer permits to display files in thumbnail mode. By a simple click you open any file in a viewer or editor window.
Numerous batch procedures have been implemented in IconWorkshop™ to automatically perform operations on a large number of files: Create icons from a set of image files (see tutorial), convert several Macintosh® icons to Windows® (see tutorial), export images included in icons to images (PNG, BMP, PSD).
Learn using a Comprehensive Help
We have created a professional and comprehensive help in IconWorkshop to permit you to learn all the features included in the product. Unlike other competitor tools, the help file describes more than the product features. It is amply illustrated and written in easy-to-read English. It includes following topics:
• General information on Windows and Mac OS icons, icon creation and Windows Vista™ new format (4 topics).
• Getting started lessons (14 topics).
• How-to step-by-step tutorials (35 topics).
• Full feature reference (150+ topics).
See the online version of IconWorkshop™ help
Redistribute your icons
A new compilation feature permits you to create professional installation packages to redistribute your Icon Libraries (Professional Edition only). It produces a compressed install program (the result is up to 70% smaller) convenient for Web distribution.
Also, an advanced system, based on activation codes, permits you to protect your Icon Libraries. The user will be prompted for a personal code to proceed with the installation. An activation code generator is also provided (see tutorial).
What's new in version 6.90?
New User Interface - The new interface supports hi-dpi displays ( 200% and more ). UI icons have been redesigned to colored flat ones.
SVG images - You can import SVG images to create ICO and ICNS icons.
Support for Windows 10 icons - Create icons for Windows 10. Two new formats added: 768x768 and 512x512.
New Photoshop Templates - 5 new Photoshop templates are added. Now create icons for Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Photoshop plug-in compatible with CC, CC 2014, CC 2015 - The transfer plug-in is compatible with the latest version of Photoshop CC 32 and 64 bits. You must re-install the plug-in if you upgraded to Photoshop CC, CC 2014 or CC 2015.
Illustrator plug-in compatible with CC and CC 2015 - The transfer plug-in is compatible with the latest version of Illustrator CC 32 and 64 bits. You must re-install the plug-in if you upgraded to Illustrator CC and CC 2015.
New Free Sample Icons - Several new Free Icons have beed added to the Librarian.
Home & Professional Editions Merged - Starting from version 6.90, only the Professional Edition of IconWorkshop is available. Owners of the Home Edition are upgraded to the Professional edition.
Windows Customisation - The Windows Customization feature is no more available due to compatibility issues with latest versions of Windows.
Various enhancements and bug fixes
Note about Layers: This feature is currently being developped and will be implemented in version 7.0
What's new in version 6.80?
New User Interface - The usability remain the same but icons, colors and illustrations are in the style of Visual Studio 2012, Windows 8 Metro.
Photoshop plug-in compatible with CS6 - The transfer plug-in is compatible with the latest version of Photoshop CS6 32 and 64 bits. You must re-install the plug-in if you upgraded to Photoshop CS6.
Illustrator plug-in compatible with CS6 - The transfer plug-in is compatible with the latest version of Illustrator CS6 32 and 64 bits. You must re-install the plug-in if you upgraded to Illustrator CS6.
Export to images formats 512x512 and 1024x104 - Now you can batch export the Mac icon images to 512x512 and 1024x1024.
Various enhancements and bug fixes
What's new in version 6.70?
Ability to edit bitmap images - Now you can open, edit and save bitmap images in different formats. This feature permits creating UNIX icons in PNG format as well as illustrations for websites in GIF or JPEG format.
What's new in version 6.50?
Ability to edit bitmap images - Now you can open, edit and save bitmap images in different formats. This feature permits creating UNIX icons in PNG format as well as illustrations for websites in GIF or JPEG format.
Photoshop plug-in compatible with CS4 - The transfer plug-in is compatible with the latest version of Photoshop CS4 in versions 32 bits and 64 bits. You must re-install the plug-in if you upgraded to Photoshop CS4.
Welcome window - The Welcome window is a handy tool for opening recent files, creating new projects and more. It is displayed in the center of the main window when no document is opened.
JPEG Optimizer - Now you can save images as JPEG and specify the JPEG compression ratio with instant preview.
New filter - The gaussian blur filter has been added.
New image enhancement - Now create Hot and Disabled effect on an icon, image or image strip.
Enhanced Drop Shadow - The drop shadow feature has been enhanced: now you can adjust color, angle, size, distance and opacity.
New Object Pack "Rinoa Toolbars" - Rinoa Object Pack is composed of 183 objects which permit creating icons for toolbars in 32x32, 24x24 and 16x16 formats. The style is clean and professional which make them suitable for commercial applications. The full set of objects is available for download on our web site.
New Object Pack "Milky" - Milky Object Pack is composed of 257 objects which permit creating hi-quality icons in sizes up to 256x256. The style is smooth which make them suitable for commercial applications and websites. The full set of objects is available for download on our web site.
New Object Pack "iKon" - iKon Object Pack is composed of 269 objects. It permits creating realistic 256x256 icons in sizes up to 256x256. The full set of objects is available for download on our web site.
New Object Pack "Function" - Function Object Pack is composed of 488 which permit creating icons for toolbars in 48x48, 32x32, 24x24 and 16x16 formats. The style is clean and professional which make them suitable for commercial applications. The full set of objects is available for download on our web site.
New Object Pack "Bright" - Bright Object Pack is composed of 296 objects which permit creating hi-quality icons in sizes up to 256x256. The style is realistic 3D which make them suitable for commercial applications and websites. The full set of objects is available for download on our web site.
Various enhancements and bug fixes.
What's new in version 6.30?
Compatible with Windows Vista™ - Many Windows Vista™ compatibility issues have been fixed in this version. The program is fully compatible with UAC (User Account Control).
New Interface for Windows Vista™ - The application automatically detects Windows Vista™ and proposes a new user interface compatible with the new Aero™ visuals.
Free icons and new samples - The application now includes many new icons and samples (up to 256x256) that you can freely use in your projects.
Make program files containing Windows Vista™ compressed icon - Microsoft Visual Studio versions 6 to .NET 2005 do not support creation of executables with PNG-Compressed 256x256 icons for Windows Vista™. Axialis IconWorkshop permits to compress icons directly in EXE/DLL files and use Windows Vista™ icons in your software projects.
Create icons the professional way using ready-to-use Photoshop templates - 10 ready-to-use Adobe Photoshop® Templates are provided with Axialis IconWorkshop™. Load templates in Photoshop® directly from IconWorkshop™, draw your icons in several formats and transfer the whole work in IconWorkshop. Your icon is created in one step. You can even create your own template using an easy to use XML description file.
Support for 512x512 Macintosh icons for OSX 10.5 Leopard - Create extra large 512x512 icons for the new MacOS 10.5. Axialis IconWorkshop now fully support this size.
New Object Pack #2 for Icons (Realistic Buttons) - This pack is composed of 500 hi-res image objects which have been designed to create icons in the style of Windows Vista™. Using this pack you can easily create beautiful sets of buttons to be used in your projects (websites, application GUI, toolbars, dialog boxes...). With 156 symbols included and many shape effects (circle, rounded square, octagon, triangle) you can create a large variety of icons. The full set of objects is available for download on our web site to registered customers only.
New Object Pack #3 for Icons (Quick Toolbars) - A collection of 256 image objects which permits to quickly create program toolbars. Using drag & drop, you can create in seconds icons and buttons for your toolbars by associating basic objects and overlays symbols. The objects do not contain details and have thick borders to allow the creation of small icons suitable for toolbars (32x32, 24x24, 16x16). The objects, which are provided in 256x256 format with alpha channel, permit to easily create icons containing various sizes for Windows XP®, Windows Vista™ & MacOS®. The full set of objects is available for download on our web site to registered customers only.
New Object Pack #4 for Icons (Web 2.0 Icons) - This pack is composed of 601 image objects which permits to quickly create icons in the style of Web 2.0. Using drag & drop, you can create in seconds icons and buttons for your websites and applications by associating background shapes, glossy effects, shadows and various ready-to-use texts and symbols. The icons can also be saved as optimized GIF, JPEG or PNG images for inclusion in your websites. To permit you to work faster, more than 500 ready-to-use derived symbols and texts have been added to the pack, including effects like outer light glow, soft shadow, emboss and 15° rotation. The full set of objects is available for download on our web site to registered customers only.
Features from prior versions
Support for compressed Windows Vista™ icons - IconWorkshop™ now loads, creates, edits, saves Windows Vista™ icons. This new operating system includes a PNG-compressed icon format which permits to create 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™.
New Object Pack for Icons included (Glossy Buttons) - The first Axialis Object Pack for icons has been included in IconWorkshop™. It is a library of 150 image objects which will permit you to create an unlimited number of icons with various glossy effects and shapes simply using drag & drop. The images come in 256x256 high-quality PNG format. It permits to create icons containing various sizes up to 256x256 for Windows® XP, Windows Vista™ and MacOS®.
Full tutorial on how to use Image Objects - Creating icons from image objects is easy and produce hi-quality results. This tutorial will learn you how to create attractive icons in minutes using Image Objects.
Background floating selection - Using this command you can easily place a floating object in background of your icon. This is useful to add a shadow or a colored halo around an icon.
Copy/Paste Alpha Channels as Masks - Now you can use a grayscale mask image to apply it as Alpha Channel to an icon. Also, you can extract an alpha channel from an icon to create a grayscale mask image.
256x256 and floating Preview Window - The preview window is now adjustable (256x256 or 128x128). It can also be set as a floating window (easier to move in 256x256 mode).
Batch conversion of icons from Windows® to Macintosh® - A very handy feature which will permit you to convert hundreds of Windows® icons to Macintosh in minutes.
Batch creation of Macintosh® icons from images - Select several images and create associated Macintosh icons, with all formats embedded, in a few seconds.
Icon normalization - This feature permits you to create a set of icons with identical image formats embedded. This is very useful especially if you want to publish icons.
Macintosh Icontainer® libraries support - This version permits to extract icons from Macintosh Icontainer® icon libraries. Multi-state Mac icons are also supported.
Composition of icons using drag & drop - You'll create original icons from a library of symbols in minutes: Select the objects (disk, folder, screen...) in the librarian and drag them using the mouse in the icon editor window. Resize and move it using the mouse then repeat the operation to add other overlay symbols in your icon. You've done your own icon in seconds!
Real time preview in Brightness, Hue, Saturation dialogs - A very handy feature which permits you to adjust icons with precision.
Full support of JPEG 2000 - This is the future format for raster icons. It has a better compression ration than PNG (can be set with lossy compression like JPEG) and support alpha channels. It has been completely included in all features of the product (load/save/export/convert).
Full support of GIF - CompuServe GIF image format is widely used in Web pages because the majority of Web browsers recognize it. It has been completely included in all features of the product (load/save/export/convert) with Web-optimization options.
Better image quality in image resizing and blending - Now crystal clear results in all scale/blending operations!
Easy-to-use user interface
• Customizable interface compatible with new XP themes
• The program is fully integrated in one workspace
• All the features are visible on screen and easy to access at any time
• Performs batch operations (create or convert several icons in one operation)
• Automatically creates a multi-format icon from an image in one click!
• Includes a built-in explorer with thumbnail preview to browse your disks, find images and files containing icons
• Compilation Wizard which to create redistributable installation packages of your icon libraries
• A built-in Librarian helps you to work more efficiently with your icons and libraries
• An image loader/viewer to create icons from pictures in one click!
• Full Drag & Drop support in all workspace
• 3 Built-in search engines: Computer, Librarian & Web
• Advanced HTML help with Getting Started lessons, How-to procedures and reference manual.
• Manage 'favorite' documents
• Recently Used bar to quicly access used documents
• Context help which permits to get help when using dialog boxes.
• Built-in free online upgrade system to keep to software up to date!
• Ability to create icons compatible with all versions of Windows® including the latest XP format with alpha channel
• Full support of Windows Vista™ icons with 256x256 PNG-compressed image formats (embedded in ICO files)
• Supports images with alpha channel to create icons (smooth transparency, shadows and image borders)
• Create attractive icons using ready-to-use Image Object Packs.
• Customize Windows® icons. Adjust Windows® icon size. Repair or rebuilds Windows® icon cache.
• Transfer images from Adobe® Photoshop® using a plug-in (through memory - no more temporary PSD file)
• Reads Macintosh® icons from 16x16 mono to OS-X 512x512 alpha channel thumbnail format. Save them for Windows®.
• Supports ICL Icon Libraries Create/Load/Save
• Imports/Exports Adobe® Photoshop® PSD images with layers
• Imports/Exports PNG and BMP with smooth transparency alpha channel
• Import/Export Adobe® Photoshop® PSD images with layers
• Batch create PNG, PSD or BMP images from icons (several icons at once)
• Batch create Windows® icons from images or Macintosh icons (several icons at once)
• Batch convert Macintosh icons to Windows® icons (several icons at once)
• Create icon or library snapshot images (create an image showing all the image formats embedded in an icon or library)..
• Contains several icon image filters (blur, smooth, sharpen, details, contour, emboss...)
• Contains several icon image adjustments (Hue, Saturation, Brightness, Contrast...)
• Contains several icon image tools (Resize, Rotation at any angle, flip...)
• Drop shadow effect to create Windows® XP compliant icons
• Enhanced color swatch/palette system compatible with Adobe® and Jasc® color files.
• Create an icon with all its formats from another icon image in one operation (easy-to-use wizard).
• Create an icon with all its formats from an extarnal image file in one operation (easy-to-use wizard).
• Create an icon from a screen capture
• Create ICL icon library
• Open any executable file (EXE, DLL, OCX...). Ability to change icons embedded in executable files.