Make New Icons for Windows Vista
Aha-Soft announced Articons Pro 5.0, the newest version of its icon design software for the Windows OS. In addition to rendering its assistance in creating, editing icon images, and managing icon files and libraries, this version provides opportunities for working with Vista Icons. And to make Vista icons compatible with Windows XP you can save them without any compression.
Vista Icons introduce a new style of iconography that brings a higher level of detail and sophistication to Windows imagery. First, the style of Windows Aero-style icons is more realistic than illustrative, but not quite photorealistic. Second, icons have a maximum size of 256x256, making them suitable for high-DPI displays. These high-resolution icons allow for high visual quality in list views with large icons. Finally, wherever practical, fixed document icons are replaced by thumbnails of the content, making documents easier to identify and find.
A picture of a maximum size of 256x256 to be used as an icon, in principle, is supported by XP, yet such an icon occupies 400KB of disk space, which is far more than standard 25KB of an XP icon. Articons Pro 5.0 uses advanced PNG compression to save images without losses, and supports semitransparent images.
Articons Pro 5.0 is equipped with essential drawing tools, including various kinds of airbrushes, pencils, and paintbrushes, as well as miscellaneous text, line, and shape tools. The software also offers a variety of solid, patterned, and gradient flood fills, drop shadow, smooth, color modification, and other effects. The program features converting from one image format into another.
Articons Pro 5.0 will help you to obtain the modern Windows Vista look. All you need is to redesign your program s most prominent icons to use the Aero-style.
Articons Pro 5.0 runs under Windows 95/98/ME/2000/NT/XP/2003. Registered customers are entitled to lifetime technical support and discounts on further updates. Additional information, as well as a 30-day evaluation version with nag screens, is available from http://www.aha-soft.com.
Price: US$39.95 (single-user license)