PC-customization fans often want a tool that can turn any ordinary image, whether a cartoon or a picture from a digital camera, into an icon. This software does that trick, but limited features and a counterintuitive interface keep us from giving it a wholehearted thumbs up. The image-conversion task works well enough, supporting most popular image formats, including JPEG, TIFF, GIF, BMP, and PNG. It offers visual effects such as the ability to sharpen, soften, and rotate, but provides no tools for image- or icon-editing. Nor does it offer features for managing icon libraries, or for helping change the file and folder icons on a computer. The interface is confusing enough that it took us considerable time to figure out how to create a complete icon set, a one-click feature in many other similar programs. On the whole, this is a niche application poorly suited for casual computer users, and most design professionals will avoid it in favor of full-blown graphics packages.
What's new in version 4.9
Version 4.9 is now freeware and contains minor bug fixes.
ReleaseApril 17, 2018
Date AddedApril 16, 2018
Operating SystemsWindows 10, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
IconMasterXP is a versatile PNG/BMP/JPG/* to .ICO converter. Unlike other similar apps, this one converts both-ways, fully supports alpha transparency mask (also known as PNG mask), can create multi-paged icons, has an easy to use batch-processing interface and supports WindowsÂ® Vista/7/8 icon format. There is also a whole set of special effects (ie. gamma/light/color balance) and geometric operations with supersampling (rotate/resize) which you can use without breaking your alpha transparency mask. Besides 32-bit images, other types are supported (24, 8, 4 and 1 bpp) with editable palette. It is designed for anyone who works with .ICO files from software developers to digital graphic designers. Even if you only seldom work with icons you would quickly come to realize the usefulness of this tool due to its speed and versatility. It can also process photos and other images that have nothing to do with icons - besides .ICO format, it can export and import images in 11 other image formats. You can batch-process photos from your digital camera or graphics for your software or website. IconMasterXP has been a Swiss army knife for many designers from 2005 to now.