If you're looking for a quick and dirty way to create icons, Axialis IconWorkshop isn't it. If, however, you're in need of a full-featured program that will let you take your icon-making to the next level, this is the program for you. We've reviewed a lot of icon creation software, and Axialis IconWorkshop is definitely the most professional of the bunch.
The program's interface is sleek and well-designed, although it may seem a bit overwhelming to the uninitiated. The program's features are organized with panes and large, graphical buttons, and although the sheer number of features prevents it from being entirely intuitive, after a few uses it all starts to make sense. By far, our favorite thing about this program--something that's lacking from many of the other icon editors we've reviewed--is the incredibly detailed, lesson-filled Help file. It's well-written, contains plenty of screenshots, and will help even the novice user master the program's many features. Although the program will satisfy professional users, the Help file answers the question "What is an icon?" and builds from there, making this program appropriate for users of all levels. The program includes plenty of options for both creating icons from scratch and converting existing images to icons, and both Windows and Mac formats are supported. This program is not for the casual user, but the serious beginner and beyond will be pleased with it.
Axialis IconWorkshop has a 30-day trial period. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.