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Make icons for all operating systems: Windows, MacOS, Unix

With IconWorkshop make your own icons for Windows, MacOS and Unix. Create Windows icons up to 256x256 for Windows Vista/7 and Macintosh icons up to 1024x1024 for OSX Lion 10.7. Unix/Linux uses PNG icons. IconWorkshop creates PNG images with alpha channel in a few clicks including from existing Windows and Mac icons.

The new generation of icons uses variable transparency (alpha channel). This alpha transparency permits creating beautiful icons with smooth borders and shadows. IconWorkshop, which fully support alpha transparency, is the professional tool that you need to create such icons.

IconWorkshop has been designed with one goal in mind: "Icon Quality". The powerful editor permits creating the various image formats of an icon from an original drawing without quality loss.

Make icons for smart phones: iPhone OS, Android, Windows Phone

Recent smart phones and other media pocket devices defines new standards in application development. Their operating systems have advanced multi-touch interface that brings the user experience to a new level of ergonomics. In this environment, icons have an important role to play to let the user work intuitively.

Android, iPhone OS and Windows Phone operating systems define new standards for icons. IconWorkshop lets you create in minutes icons following the specifications of those operating systems.

Using image objects, create icons for your phone applications in a few drag & drops (see object packs: iPhone Applications and iPhone Tab Bar Icons).

Create, edit icons in Image Strips for toolbars

Axialis IconWorkshop is the only icon editor to create and edit 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.

Create icons in Image Strips

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. 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 image file formats are supported:

Windows Bitmap Image (BMP)

Portable Network Graphic (PNG)

Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG)

JPEG 2000 (JP2)

Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)

Photoshop Document (PSD)

Radiance HDR (HDR)

Portable Float Map Images (PFM)

Portable Bitmaps (PNM, PBM, PPM, PGM)

TARGA Images (TGA)


Wireless Images (WBMP, WAP)

X11 Pixmap Images (XPM)

• and more...

Work efficiently with Plug-ins for Visual Studio 2005, 2008, 2010

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

Full support for Windows Vista/7 PNG-compressed icons

IconWorkshop™ loads, creates, edits, saves icons for Windows Vista & Windows 7. These operating systems includes a PNG-compressed icon format. It permits creating icons up to 256x256 with alpha channel with smaller file size.

Axialis IconWorkshop™ 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™.

• Introducing Windows Vista™ icons

• How to create Windows Vista™ icons with IconWorkshop

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:

The images objects, which have been made by professional designers, are provided in 256x256 high-quality PNG format. This permits you to easily create icons containing various sizes up to 256x256 for Windows® XP, Windows Vista™ and Mac OS®. Read the following articles if you want to learn more:

• What is an image object?

• How to use image objects to create icons?

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 10.7 Lion.

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 web sites

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, JPEG2000 and more.

Object packs named "Web 2.0 Icons" and "Web Illustrations" permit creating illustration images for your web sites in a few seconds.

• What is an image object?

• How to create illustration icons for web sites

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...

Work in a fully Integrated Workspace

IconWorkshop™ features a fully integrated workspace. This is the way today's professional applications are made.

Some icon applications available on the market are made of several programs resulting in applications which are difficult to use. In IconWorkshop™, all features are immediately available on screen. This interface permits you to work efficiently and be more productive than ever. The multi-documents interface permits you to work with several and different types of document windows (icon projects, libraries, images, file explorers...).

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

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.

Batch Procedures

Numerous batch procedures have been implemented in IconWorkshop™ to automatically perform operations on a large number of files. For example, you can create icons from a set of PNG files (ICO files are created). You can also automatically convert several icons between Macintosh® and Windows® OS in seconds.

Librarian & Explorer with previews

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).

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

Top 5 reasons to purchase IconWorkshop

One professional tool for all your needs

IconWorkshop™ is a professional tool designed to Create, Extract, Convert, Manage and Redistribute Icons. You create professional looking icons. You work like a pro, you're seen as a pro.

Create icons for Windows, MacOS, Unix, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone

IconWorkshop is the first icon editor to create icons for all devices and all operating systems: Windows up to 256x256 for Windows Vista/7; Macintosh® OS up to 1024x1024 for Lion; Unix; iPhone OS; Android; Windows Phone...

Be productive instantly

No complicated settings, no more pixel-by-pixel icon making. All has been designed to let you be productive and get professional results in minutes (using image objects for instance).

Access to private images objects

Some image object packs are available to registered customers only. By purchasing you get a lifetime access to these packs.

Compatible with graphic industry standards

You can convert icons between Macintosh and Windows formats in a click, create icons from PNG images with transparency, use Photoshop and Illustrator transfer plug-ins, Photoshop templates...

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What People Say

After playing a bit with IconWorkshop I was able to create several icons for my project. The interface is very "clean", and the product is easy for a graphic newbie.

Carlos Crespo
Grupo CCI/Alcance

WUGNET Shareware Hall of Fame

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