Last update: Sep 5, 2018
Axialis IconGenerator is a powerful icon production tool for developers, UI designers and illustrators. It lets you create icons in all existing formats, vectors and bitmaps, from a large database of icon sets made by professional graphic designers.
The database, which is automatically updated via Internet, contains a large variety of images in vector native format. These images are used to generate the icons via IconGenerator. Several icon sets are provided with different styles and specifications. Using IconGenerator is very simple: Simply select icons and overlays and generate all the icon files you need.
The application generates icon files in vector formats SVG, XAML, PDF, EPS, PS, as well as bitmaps formats PNG, BMP, JPEG, ICO, ICNS. You can create collections or generate icons directly from the database. A powerful generation tool lets you create all your icons at all sizes and formats in one batch operation.
Many overlay images are included in the icon sets. They let you illustrate actions or states associated to an icon like ADD, REMOVE, INFO, ERROR, etc. With Axialis IconGenerator you can associate them to icons in a few clicks and place them at 4 different positions:
You can also choose to colorize the icons to match a specific interface color. This icon set is colorized using monochrome solid colors to create an outlined style:
Some icon sets were designed for use in application toolbars & menus. In such case, two sizes are provided for pixel-perfect fit in toolbars, menu & ribbons:
Axialis IconGenerator requires the following system to run:
To install IconGenerator, please follow the procedure below:
IconGenerator starts automatically after installation. You can also launch it from the start menu or using the shortcut created on Windows Desktop.
Axialis IconGenerator is totally free to use without limit of time. Read IconGenerator User License Agreement to learn more.
IconGenerator and the icon set database are automatically updated when the application starts (an update check is performed). However you can perform a manual check by clicking on Check For Updates in the main toolbar, or in Help menu.
When an update is available it is downloaded and applied automatically. New or updated icon sets are displayed in bold in the list with a little "new" overlay.
When you start IconGenerator you're prompted to register the product. Registering is optional but strongly recommended. By doing so, you become a registered user and get many benefits (read more in registration window). Registering is free, done in seconds and your privacy is preserved.
Enter your name & email ❶, select Stay Informed option ❷ to receive information emails from Axialis (strongly recommended to get latest news, promotions, free icons...). When done, click Register ❸.
If you want to register later, click Later ❹. If you don't want to be asked again, click Don't Remind Me ❺ (you'll be able to register later from the Help menu).
Once IconGenerator is opened, you can start creating icons immediately. Select the icon set you want to use in the list on left ❶. Select one or several icons in the list containing all the icons included in the set ❷.
You see the first icon you selected in the right pane Generated Icons ❹. If you selected several icons you can browse your selection by clicking on the left & arrow buttons located at the bottom of the pane.
If you want to customize your icons with overlays, select one or several overlays in the list ❸. Now browse icons in the right pane: you have all combinations of icons/overlays possibles. For example, if you selected 5 icons and 3 overlays, you have generated 3 X 5 = 15 icons. Note that you can place your overlay at 4 different positions. You can also colorize the icons by clicking the Colorize option. Also, by right-clicking in the right pane, you opens a contextual menu with various commands.
When you have all the icons you want, click Create Icons ❺ to start the generation of icon files. An large window with many options opens. On the left size select the target folder (you can create a new one if you want). On the right side, select the icon file formats & options you want to generate (more information in section Generating Icons).
When done, Click OK, your icons are generated in one batch operation... cool! 😃
You can also add your icons in a collection. A collection is a document files (extension .AXICP) which lets you manage icons you need for a project. You can create, load, save collections in a multi-documents interface with tabs (at the bottom of the IconGenerator window).
To add generated icons to a collection, click Add To Collection button ❻. Once icons are added, you can move, copy, delete, rename, modify them ❼. By right-clicking on selected icons, you opens a contextual menu with various commands
Once you have finished working on your collection, you can save it by choosing File > Save. Later, you'll be able to load the file again to commit changes or generate icon files from it.
To create icons from a collection, choose in menu Collection > Create Collection Icon Files or press F4. The option window which opens is similar to the one used for generated icons. Click OK to generate the icon files
Icon sets provided in the database have different licenses types: Open Source (totally free), Common Creative (Free, Limited with Attribution) and Commercial (must be purchased).
Icon sets with Open Source license (for example "Google Material Icons") are totally free to use in commercial and personal projects. Click green button Feee License to read more.
Icons sets with Axialis Commercial License (for example "Axialis Flat Icons") must be purchased to be used without restriction in commercial and personal projects.
Icons are licensed per user, which means that a company must purchase one license per employee using the icons in his projects. Each user can use the icons for unlimited number of projects such as applications, web sites, slide shows, documentations.
Our license is Lifetime, which means that you purchase each set once and get all future updates for free without limit of time or quantity.
With this license YOU CAN:
Icons sets with Commercial License can be used freely in commercial and personal projects. However, only limited versions of the icons can be used and we require a copyright notice and a link to our website.
With this license YOU CAN:
To fully use a commercial icon set you must buy the license on our web site. You'll receive a product key and you'll be able to activate the set in the application. To buy an icon set license, follow the procedure below:
Once you have purchased a license you must activate it in IconGenerator using the key you received. You must be connected to internet to perform the activation.
Generating icons with IconGenerator is very simple. The workflow has been designed to enhance your productivity. You create icons in 3 simple steps: Select icons and optional overlays, apply options, then generate icon files.
To generate icons, simply select icons & overlays by following the procedure below:
Once you have generated the icons by selecting them as describe above, you are ready to generate icon files on your hard disk. Following the procedure below:
You can choose to quickly save an icon file. Following the procedure below:
You can choose to quickly copy an icon image in the Clipboard. You can copy a SVG/XAML vector code or the bitmap image. Following the procedure below:
Many overlay images are included in the icon sets. They let you illustrate actions or states associated to an icon like ADD, REMOVE, INFO, ERROR, etc. With Axialis IconGenerator you can associate them to icons and place them at 4 different positions:
To apply overlays, follow the procedure below:
To remove overlays simply unselect them in the overlay list: click in a blank area of the list or right-click and choose "Select None".
Colorizing icons can be useful to enhance visibility of icons (on a dark background for example) or to be consistent with a user interface theme. Depending of the icon set style, two colorization modes are available: monochrome or shaded.
The colorization mode is part of the icon set properties and can't be chosen by the user.
In this colorization mode, the whole icon is colorized with a unique color which is exactly the one you selected. Dark or medium colors are replaced. White and light colors are set to transparent. See below how Axialis Pure Flat 2017 is colorized:
In this colorization mode, the icon is colorized keeping the original shades of grey. This applies to icons using shaded colors without borders or outlines. See below how Axialis Flat Design is colorized:
To apply overlays, follow the procedure below:
You can add your own color palette to the color menu. Palette files are located in the Roaming Application Data folder. Under Windows it is: c:\Users\YourName\AppData\Roaming\Axialis\IconGenerator\Color Palettes
Axialis color palettes have extension AXPAL. They are XML text files which have a simple and self-explanatory format. You can create yours using a text editor.
Adobe ACO color palette files are also supported.
Making icon files with IconGenerator is quick and simple. However, the level of customization may not be sufficient for larger projects. Collections will solve this by letting you create your own list of customized icons with different properties
For example, you'll be able to generate icons with different overlay positions or colorizations, and store them in the same collection. You can also sort, duplicate, rename icons in a collection.
Collections are IconGenerator's documents. They can be created, modified, saved in files and re-loaded for later use. Using collection is the best method for managing icons for a project. Collection files have extension AXICP. They are saved in XML text format.
Of course, once the collection is complete, you can create all the icon files it contains in one single batch operation!
Collection documents are managed from the File menu. You can create, open, save, close collections. Collections are opened in a tabbed interface located at the bottom of the application window.
Click a tab to activate a collection. Use drag & drop to move a tab in the list. Click X button to close a collection.
To add icons to a collection, follow the procedure below:
You can quickly add icons directly to the collection document without using the Generated Icons pane:
You can quickly apply overlays directly to the collection document without using the Generated Icons pane:
Once you have added icons in a collection, you can manage them:
Once you have added the icons in the collection, you are ready to generate icon files on your hard disk. Following the procedure below:
• Create a sub-folder for each image size: each image size will be created in a sub-folder, otherwise all images will be in the same folder with image size added in the filename.
• Make Hot & Disabled versions: hot and disabled (greyed) versions will be in addition to the normal icon.
• Generate Image Strips: all icons will be places in raw in one single image (useful to populate toolbars and image lists).