All of this said, the software does fall short in several respects. Icons must be designed individually, with no ability to create a whole set at once, as some tools provide. The application lacks features for managing icon libraries, or tools for quickly changing the folder and file icons on your own system. Nevertheless, its unique features may make RealWorld Icon Editor worth a look for icon designers.
RealWorld Icon Editor is a complete solution for icon authors offering multiple ways for creating of XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Mac icons and for managing icon libraries. RealWorld icon maker can convert images to icons using a highly configurable operation, which is able to auto-detect background color, sharpen or soften generated images, enhance edges by a custom shadow effect on per-image basis (and auto-detect if a shadow is even needed). The application integrates a simple 3D graphics editor and users can create high-quality icons from 3D models without leaving the application. The 3D editor allows creation of icons with natural materials, perspective, lighting and shadows.
A built-in image editor with layers and layer styles is powerful enough to eliminate need for a dedicated image editor when creating top-quality icons. Users searching for fast solutions can assemble icons from ready-to-use parts by dragging and dropping (or just double-clicking) them from a Library panel within the application. With RealWorld Icon Editor, users do not need artistic talent and they still can create perfect icons using trial and error approach very quickly in the built-in 3D editor. A library with icons and source 3D models is bundled with the application. The functionality can be easily enhanced by downloading media packs and plug-ins directly from within the application. A fully portable version is available - carry your icon editor on an USB stick and work on any computer Windows 2000 or later Windows OS.