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Axialis IconWorkshop is a professional icon authoring tool which runs under Windows and lets you easily create hi-quality icons for all available platforms & devices.
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One license is required for each developer using the product.
As a developer you'll be able to easily create professional icons for your applications on all major operating systems, including:
The whole IconWorkshop interface was designed to increase your productivity:
IconWorkshop was designed with one idea in mind: "Allow everyone to create hi-quality icons, even without drawing skills". In addition to a classic multi-resolution image editor that you find in all icon authoring applications, several tools have been added to IconWorkshop to help you creating professional icons in a snap:
If you work with Adobe products, you'll enjoy IconWorkshop plug-ins for Illustrator® and Photoshop®. Once installed, the plug-ins will let you transfer images directly from your Adobe application to IconWorkshop without saving a temporary file.
Many Photoshop Templates are also provided to create your icons in several resolutions in Photoshop and export them all in IconWorkshop in one simple operation. With templates your icons are created in one click.
Axialis IconWorkshop includes a handy feature which permits working faster with Microsoft Visual Studio®. The principle of this add-in is to create a bridge between the VS IDE and IconWorkshop. The add-in permits to easily edit in IconWorkshop an icon included in a solution. This add-in greatly increase your productivity with Visual Studio.
With IconWorkshop make your own icons for all operating systems. You can create icons for Windows icons up to 768x768 for Windows 10 and MacOS icons up to 1024x1024 for OSX 10.11 El Capitan. Unix/Linux, Android & iOS use PNG images as icons. IconWorkshop creates PNG images with alpha channel in a few clicks including from existing Windows and Mac icons.
The new generation of icons uses variable transparency (alpha channel). This alpha transparency permits creating beautiful icons with smooth borders and shadows. IconWorkshop, which fully support alpha transparency, is the professional tool you need to create such icons.
IconWorkshop was designed with one goal in mind: "Icon Quality". The powerful editor permits creating the various image formats from an original drawing without quality loss.
IconWorkshop™ features a fully integrated workspace. Some icon tools available on the market are made of several programs resulting in applications which are difficult to use. In IconWorkshop™, all features are available on screen. This interface lets you be more productive than ever.
All the tools are easily available on screen. The application fully supports mouse drag & drop allowing easy and intuitive operations like creating composite icons from several images.
The interface is compatible with hi-DPI retina screens (200% scale or more). The interface is automatically adjusted to match the high pixel density resulting in a visual comfort never met before.
IconWorkshop™ loads, creates, edits, saves icons for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10. These operating systems use the ICO format conataining PNG-compressed images formats. It permits creating icons up to 768x768 with alpha channel with smaller file size.
Axialis IconWorkshop™ fully supports this new format in all features: edition, automatic format creation, batch creation, batch conversion, format normalization. Don't wait and create today your icons for all version of Windows up to 10.
Recent smartphones and other media pocket devices defines new standards in application development. Their operating systems have advanced multi-touch interface that brings the user experience to a new level of ergonomics. In this environment, icons have an important role to play to let the user work intuitively.
Android, iPhone OS and Windows Phone operating systems define new standards for icons. IconWorkshop lets you create in minutes icons following the specifications of those operating systems.
You can import PSD images with layers from Photoshop® and easily create a multi-resolution icon from a program or company logo.
The product includes Plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Once installed, the plug-ins will let you transfer images directly from your Adobe application to IconWorkshop without saving a temporary file. The following applications are supported:
With 15 ready-to-use Photoshop templates, create your icons like a professional icon designer. Use the powerful drawing tools of Photoshop to create the different formats and export the whole artwork in IconWorkshop. The icon is automatically created in seconds with all its formats. You can even create your own templates.
Draw your icon in in Photoshop using the Template. For each image format you have a specific drawing zone. Once transferred in IconWorkshop, the icon is automatically created with pixel-perfect quality.
Axialis IconWorkshop includes a handy feature which permits working faster with Visual Studio®. The principle of this add-in, as we've made it, is to create a direct bridge between the VS IDE and IconWorkshop.
The plug-in permits to easily edit in IconWorkshop an icon included in a solution. Just open the icon in the Visual Studio® resource editor and launch the associated plug-in command. The icon is automatically opened in IconWorkshop and you can work on it as necessary. When you save it in IconWorkshop, the VS IDE automatically refreshes the icon document.
Axialis IconWorkshop is the only icon editor to create and edit Image Strips for toolbars. If you're a developer, don't struggle with wide bitmaps anymore! Just open them in IconWorkshop and edit each icon separately.
It can read all kinds of Image Strips in BMP and PNG. Transparency is supported in 32 BPP images through Alpha channels and in 24 BPP or less images through a fixed background color.
Icons in image strips can be added, copied, moved and removed. You can also create new image strips from ready-to-use image objects in a few drag & drops. The object pack "Lite Toolbars" permits creating sharp and crisp icons for toolbars.
Axialis IconWorkshop™ also permits creating or modifying bitmap images. Transparency is supported in 32 BPP images using Alpha channels and in 24 BPP or less images through a fixed background color.
This feature is useful to create illustration images for applications or web sites. You can also open and convert images to different formats such as GIF and JPEG with web optimization features. Many image file formats are supported:
The use of image objects to create icons is an exclusive feature of IconWorkshop. It permits creating professional-looking icons in minutes using a few mouse drag & drops.
The principle is quite simple: A large quantity of basic image objects are provided in a library. By associating them together (on top of each other) you create a custom icon:
The images objects, which have been made by professional designers, are provided in 256x256 high-quality PNG format. This permits you to easily create icons containing various sizes up to 256x256 for Windows® XP, Windows Vista™, 7, 8, 10 and Mac OS®. Read the following articles if you want to learn more:
Mac OS® designers are prolific, especially when it comes to create icons. Use IconWorkshop™ to read MacOS icons and convert them to Windows®. It reads all kinds of Macintosh® icons up to OSX 10.11 El Capitan.
As a software developer, you'll enjoy the ability to create applications for both Windows (ICO, PNG) and MacOS platforms (ICNS, RSC, BIN) by converting your icons. If you're a Windows user you'll be able to display MacOS icons on your Windows desktop.
In addition, IconWorkshop™ includes a feature which converts icons between the two systems in batch-processing mode (several icons are converted in one single operation).
Axialis IconWorkshop™ features a powerful editor. But sometimes it's easier to create an icon from an existing image. You can import various file formats, such as PSD, PNG, BMP, SVG, JPEG, GIF, JPEG2000...
An exclusive feature permits creating an icon with its several image formats in just one operation! All is done automatically: Alpha channel is preserved, palettes are calculated for 256 color formats and even 16 color formats with transparency are generated:
We have created a professional and comprehensive help in IconWorkshop to permit you to learn all the features included in the product. Unlike other competitor tools, the help file describes more than the product features. It is amply illustrated and written in easy-to-read English. It includes following topics:
Numerous batch procedures have been implemented in IconWorkshop™ to automatically perform operations on a large number of files. For example, you can create icons from a set of PNG files (ICO files are created). You can also automatically convert several icons between Macintosh and Windows OS in seconds.
Use a powerful librarian to easily manage all your media and icon files. This is an integrated window (which can be hidden) where you can store, move, copy and extract all the files you're using in your work (images, icons, libraries).
Also, A built-in file explorer permits to browse your disks and find files including images and all files containing icons. This advanced explorer permits to display files in thumbnail mode. By a simple click you open any file in a viewer or editor window
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Axialis IconWorkshop is fully compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 & Windows 10. The application is compiled in 32 bit mode but works perfectly under x64 versions of Windows.
This FAQ covers most common support questions related to IconWorkshop. If you can't find a response in the list below, you can Contact Axialis Team.
If you have questions about your purchase, registration or your customer account, please read the Customer FAQ.
Axialis IconWorkshop an Icon Authoring tool for Windows, the industry standard and the only application compatible with all icon formats. Using IconWorkshop you'll be able to create icons for all operating systems including Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS, Android... Additionally, this all-in-one application includes all the features you need to deal with icons:
This is why IconWorkshop is widely used by professionals icon makers and developers.
Yes. Axialis IconWorkshop is fully compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 & of course Windows 10.
No. Axialis IconWorkshop requires Windows Vista or superior to run.
No. IconWorkshop lets you create icons for all platforms, including Mac OS, but it's a Windows application. So you must work with it under Windows, then create/export your icons to Mac OS.
Yes. Since Vista, Windows introduced a new PNG-compressed icon format. IconWorkshop fully support this format up to Windows 10 768x768.
Yes. IconWorkshop supports reading and writing of all existing Macintosh icon formats up to 1024x1024 format for OSX 10.11 (El Capitan). You can create them from scratch, using Photoshop® templates, image objects or convert existing Windows icons.
Yes. The conversion can be done in both ways. You can simply open an icon and save it for the other operating system. A feature permits converting a set of icons in batch mode. Read this topic to learn more on Macintosh-to-Windows conversion.
Yes. You can install plug-ins that will let you transferring an image from Photoshop/Illustrator into IconWorkshop directly without using a temporary file.
Another great feature is the ability to use ready-to-use Photoshop templates. They permit creating icons in different formats using the professional tools of Photoshop, then export the whole icon in one step into IconWorkshop. You can even create your own templates.
Yes. This was a widely requested feature, and we've implemented it with pleasure. You can open any transparent PNG (even SVG, PSD, BMP or GIF) in the product and create an icon with its different formats in one click! This is an awesome feature. See this topic to learn more. You can even create several icons from a set of images in one operation (learn more).
Yes. IconWorkshop permits compiling an icon library (set of icons on one ICL file) and create a handy installation package. The user will easily install it on his computer. You can even create key-protected installations to sell your icon sets.
Axialis IconWorkshop is living, so periodically we release new versions. Axialis policy on updates is the clearest possible: FREE UPGRADES FOR LIFE. To get more information click the "Lifetime License" tab above.
There are plenty of good reasons for purchasing IconWorkshop, but here are the top 5:
IconWorkshop is a professional tool designed to Create, Extract, Convert, Manage and Redistribute Icons. You create professional looking icons. You work like a pro, you're seen as a pro.
IconWorkshop is the first icon editor to create icons for all devices and all operating systems: Windows up to 768x768 for Windows Vista/7/8/10; Macintosh® OS up to 1024x1024 for El Capitan, Unix, iPhone OS, Android, Windows Phone.
No complicated settings, no more pixel-by-pixel icon making. All has been designed to let you be productive and get professional results in minutes (using image objects for instance).
Some image object packs are available to registered customers only. By purchasing you get a lifetime access to these packs.
You pay for the program once and get all future versions for free. No condition, no hidden terms, 100% free, period.
When you purchase an Axialis product, you get a lifetime license. What does it mean exactly?
You pay for the program only the first time and get all new versions of this program for FREE and for lifetime. It works with is a built-in update system which operates through Internet to automatically upgrade your application to the latest release using a patching system. All new program releases will include this feature.
When you purchase and install an Axialis program, you are prompted to register online. The first time you register you specify a personal Username and Password. Don't loose them, they are requested each time you upgrade your application online. When you use your program, click on the upgrade button. The program connects to our server and checks for a new version. If this is the case, a patch is downloaded and your application is upgraded for free. Friendly isn't it?
If you purchase a product now, you're entitled for a Lifetime License. It means that you're guaranteed to get free upgrades for life. If we decide to change the terms of the Axialis EULA in the future, this will be applied to new licenses only. In all cases, you'll keep the lifetime license benefits.
Yes, you pay once and get all future versions for free. That's as simple as it gets! No condition, no hidden terms, 100% free, period.
Latest IconWorkshop News
SVG images: You can import SVG images to create ICO and ICNS icons.
Support for Windows 10 icons: Create icons for Windows 10. Two new formats added: 768x768 and 512x512.
New Photoshop Templates: 5 new Photoshop templates are added. Now create icons for Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Photoshop plug-in for CC, CC 2014, CC 2015: The transfer plug-in is compatible with the latest version of Photoshop CC 32 and 64 bits. You must re-install the plug-in if you upgraded to Photoshop CC, CC 2014 or CC 2015.
Illustrator plug-in for CC and CC 2015: The transfer plug-in is compatible with the latest version of Illustrator CC 32 and 64 bits. You must re-install the plug-in if you upgraded to Illustrator CC and CC 2015.
New Free Sample Icons: Free Icons have been added to the Librarian.
Home & Professional Editions Merged: Starting from version 6.90, only the Professional Edition of IconWorkshop is available. Owners of the Home Edition are upgraded to the Professional edition.
Windows Customization: The Windows Customization feature is no more available due to compatibility issues with latest versions of Windows.
Various other enhancements and bug fixes.
Note about Layers: This feature is currently under development and will be implemented in version 7.0
New User Interface: The usability remain the same but icons, colors and illustrations are in the style of Visual Studio 2012, Windows 8 Metro.
Photoshop plug-in compatible with CS6: The transfer plug-in is compatible with the latest version of Photoshop CS6 32 and 64 bits. You must re-install the plug-in if you upgraded to Photoshop CS6.
Illustrator plug-in compatible with CS6: The transfer plug-in is compatible with the latest version of Illustrator CS6 32 and 64 bits. You must re-install the plug-in if you upgraded to Illustrator CS6.
Export to images formats 512x512 and 1024x1024: Now you can batch export the Mac icon images to 512x512 and 1024x1024.
Various other enhancements and bug fixes.
New Object Pack: Object Pack 10 is composed of 1296 objects designed to create icons for toolbars in 48x48, 32x32, 24x24 and 16x16 formats. The style is clean and professional which make them suitable for commercial applications.
New Batch Feature: Create Hot and Disabled versions of images and icons in one single automated operation.
Various other enhancements and bug fixes.