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RealWorld Icon Editor

By RealWorld Graphics Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
It sometimes seems there are as many tools for editing icons as there are icons in the world. But this program stands out, with a built-in 3D editor that can help set newly created icons apart. It doesn't come close to what can be done with a full-fledged graphics package, but certainly proves enough for 64x64 icons, even offering some limited support for 3D Studio files. The interface is fully customizable, with the ability to create helpful macros.

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2010.1

Version 2010.1 supports layers with styles for icons and images, new and enhanced drawing tools (lasso, rotated text, move, select with x). * allows assembling icons from downloadable ready-to-use parts * optimizes image to icon conversion by taking gamma correction into account * allows multiplication and randomization of components in 3D editing mode via iterators * includes a redesigned built-in web-page with updates, language packs, media packs, plug-ins and tutorials * portablity.

General

Date Added August 26, 2010
Version 2010.1

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Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 14,429
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Developer's Description

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.