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Giveaway of the day — Icon Constructor

Convert various image files into Windows icons and use them on your desktop or in applications.
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 496 (70%) 210 (30%) 95 comments

Icon Constructor was available as a giveaway on January 24, 2008!

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AnyCase App is a multi-program in-place case converter for Windows.

Icon Constructor converts images of any format into Windows icons. You can find many images on the Internet and convert them to icons for use on your Windows desktop, in applications and much more.

It supports Windows XP icons in 32-bit color depth with an alpha channel; now you can create semi-transparent XP icons easily. With just a few clicks, any image can be turned into an icon.

Assign eye-catching icons to individual Windows folders, making every folder different. The simple Icon Constructor interface makes it easy to change the look of an every folder.

System Requirements:

Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server

Publisher:

IconConstructor.com

Homepage:

http://www.iconconstructor.com/

File Size:

4.42 MB

Price:

$29.95

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#95

I love this program. It is easy to use and great fun. I give it 10/10. Thank you Giveawayoftheday I love this site. I give you 10/10 also.:-)

Reply   |   Comment by Jac  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#94

This is a great toy! Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Hilde  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#93

brendag4 (#84), thank you for the email shortcut info.... :). I suppose, then, that one would have email shortcuts for all their intended recipients, or at least the mainly used ones?
Hmm...could lead to a LOT of desktop icons for just that usage .

Reply   |   Comment by RosnSC  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#92

Amazing software! This is just what I needed after getting file marker. I was unhappy with the majority of icons out there. Tested this software's features and I'm thrilled. I can't wait to see how my colleagues react when my software and word documents have my face as the icon! Ha!

Reply   |   Comment by Josh  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#91

GForce: It crashed on my computer as well but I overwrote the previous installation and now it works fine. I hope this helps you.

Reply   |   Comment by JungleBay  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#90

Tried to install this program several times. It kept giving me a message that my key was invalid,without ever giving me an opportunity to insert the key. Why?

Reply   |   Comment by Karen  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#89

Interesting software :)
Now I can have more icons for my windows :D

Reply   |   Comment by Thinh  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#88

Paint.Net with the icon filetype plugin can convert any image into an icon. It even can be extended to open PhotoShop files!
http://getpaint.net

Why bother buying/getting a giveaway of software like this? If you need to extract an icon from an *.exe, use IcoFX.

Reply   |   Comment by Liam  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#87

Sweet !!! Thanks GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by thefbi  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#86

Great software ,installed good ,runs good ,only bad thing about the software you get from GOTD is you get to use it free.It becomes part of your systom. And when your computer crashes IT COST YOU A FORTUNE to replace it.This is another keeper! This software is fun ,easy to use and does what it says . Thanks GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Florida Boy  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#85

The program crashes upon initializing. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Gforce  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#84

Great Giveaway...thanks for this one!!! I have been using Icon Developer, but my Oject Desktop has expired and I have changed computers lately. I was trying to find another way to create simple, easy icons with my Icon Developer at hand and amazingly this program answers that call.

THE GOOD:
Super easy to create any icon or shortcut. Its GUI is easy to read and follow and very simple, yet powerful in what it's suppose to do. The templates are nice and you can even download more here: http://www.iconconstructor.com/styles.htm

THE BAD:
No icon support above 48x48. Big BOOOO on this one. I would like to see this offered again with support up to 128x128. Since getting Icon Desktop Toy from a previous giveaway, I like having a little bit bigger icons on my desktop since I run a 24" monitor and less than 10 icons cluttering it up.

Definitely worth the download and well worth the price you're paying for it today!! Thanks GAoTD and Icon Constructor.

Reply   |   Comment by Shauna  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#83

This program does NOT work with on my computer running Vista HP. It crashes before it even fully loads.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeremy  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#82

People, once you get the install finished you need to punch the registration code, which can be found in the readme.

Reply   |   Comment by Inventor  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#81

Some people have asked what version this is. It is version 3.54

#70... RosnSC... To make the email shortcut you need to input the other person's email into the box, not your own. It isn't asking for your name and email, it is asking for the name of the person you want to send the mail to when you click on the icon you created.

I tried it to see if it would work for me, but it says my email client is not properly installed. A tutorial at the below link helped me to fix this problem. (It wasn't that the program wasn't properly installed, it was that IE thought my default email was Outlook when Outlook is not installed.)

http://www.iconconstructor.com/tutorials/

Some stuff I haven't seen mentioned here yet...

It is not simply an icon creator. It helps you to create icons that perform a function. For example, the email icon does not just open your email program. It opens the program and starts a new mail message to a specific person. (I still don't have it working exactly right, but I haven't really looked into it yet.) The web icon is used to open your browser and start at a specific website.

If you start it in one mode such as Web Shortcut and then decide you wanted to be in a different mode, you can switch it to a different mode without having to restart it.

This program can also make "favicons". Favicons are the little graphic that appears on the left side of a tab in some browsers. For example, the GAOTD site has a little image of a 3.5" disk.

Reply   |   Comment by brendag4  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#80

Simplest way to download and add the extra styles from their website is to use the download button by the styles selection window and from the presented selection simply save the .wisp files locally to your PC.

Do NOT choose Open as instructed on the download page because the import tool is broken as mentioned in my previous post. Once you have a local copy of the .wisp file, use the ADD button just above the download button you used previously... navigate to where you downloaded the .wisp file or files to and select one or more of the .wisp style files to be added to the available selection. Note by default many of the downloadable styles are already installed in verson 3.

To determine what is there and what is missing have a look in the wi_styles sub-folder in the installation folder.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#79

I just downloaded, installed and created an icon from a random stock photo - couldn't be easier! I have a set of shortcuts to frequently used folders on my desktop and I'm now deciding which pictures to use, e.g. a snail for the "Urgent Action" folder ;-)

Many thanks GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by CR  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#78

Trying this on Vista seems ok so far, I have tried to use the downloadable styles that are on offer but the style master executable fails abysmally to find the install folder for one very simple reason it is the WRONG build for the version of icon constructor being distributed! Style Master.exe looks in registry key

HKCU\Software\Sibental\Icon Constructor 2

And since this belongs to Icon Constructor 3 instalation it fails completly to find the the data it wants.

In fact there is no HKCU\Software\Sibental\ registry key at all and the main program looks for an Icon Constructor 3 subkey off that key but finds nothing as the installer never set the key during the initial setup.

I don't doubt that I could reverse engineer a suitable .reg file to synthesise the keys and data both executables are looking for with a bit of effort but why shpould I? Maybe the developer would simply prefer to fix the distribution build and re-run the giveaway sometime in the near future. BTW here's a hint to the developer... the path where Style Master.exe was found is the root of the instalation which strangely enough can be found at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\IconConstructorStyle\shell\open\command
or I am sure there is a windows API call to return the path of the currently running process.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#77

>sukibabe(first comment)

"# 23 Phil! If you are the same negative person that was commenting on Brickshooter Egypt, I think you need a life and a Job! Try out for The Apprentice, lol, Trump would give you the boot!"

Phil said that people were entitled to their own opinions. How is that "negative"? He said the same thing here, too.

What do you mean by telling him to get on The Apprentice, anyway? Isn't it by invitation?

Reply   |   Comment by Lockett  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#76

#51... John Chow

On their site they say it’s free!

Read the info at the link you posted again.. Icon Extractor is the one that is free, not Icon Constructor.

Reply   |   Comment by brendag4  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#75

#29 Asked:However, I haven’t started using it yet; so maybe someone can tell me if Icon Constructor is superior to IcoFX?"

IcoFX is superior IMHO. BUT This is far easier to use, simple, strait forward and no learning curve.

Reply   |   Comment by Mogurnda  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#74

I've downloaded and am about to install it; whether I can use it or not, *Shrug*. I do, however, object to the various commentors who give GOTD and its people ANY crap whatsoever.

This is free site, giving away free utility software. Even if I wind up uninstalling a program, I appreciate the effort the folks at GOTD go to in order to provide me with free software.

When was the last time any of you were so generous?

Reply   |   Comment by MailStan  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#73

Seems like a pointless tool, especially since the ability to make icons out of pictures is built-in to many Imaging Programs, such as the freeware GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)...

The only advantage I can see it has over such programs is that it automatically shrinks the selected image to the right size for an icon, so you only have to decide how much of the picture will be in the icon. Would that feature alone REALLY be worth $29.95, though?

I personally find no use for this program, so I won't be downloading it.

On a brighter note, can you please rerun HDDLife Pro? My computer broke a week before I could get it and I don't have the money to buy it as of yet.

Reply   |   Comment by Webmaster Olnew  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#72

HELP!! It downloaded fine. I created one folder icon then tried another and it didn't create the 2nd one. I closed the program and tried 3 more times with no luck. I know it isn't me as I did create the first one just fine and didn't do anything different the next time. Anyone else having this problem?

Reply   |   Comment by Topshelf  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#71

#70 6 negative votes showing means little. If 10 vote positive and 16 vote negative the grand total will be 10 - 16 = -6. Which is why I hope GOTD will someday consider showing both negative and positive votings. It would represent the actual score in a much more transparent manner.

Reply   |   Comment by Moizelle  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#70

Thank you kb (#68) for the tip about “freeware world team” http://www.all4you.dk/FreewareWorld/links.php
Didn't know that one.

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Icon Constructor is a toy. IcoFX is a tool.
Some like toys, others like tools.
If you like it, ask yourself if you would really pay for it and if so... can I give you my bank account number for you to throw your money away on?

Reply   |   Comment by Belgian Dude  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#69

I love it! I just downloaded it and created 3 icons lickity split.... and under Windows Vista. This is a winner. Easy and quick... my kind of stuff.

Doris

Reply   |   Comment by DorisM  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#68

#59 John C "We all could use a good chuckle!"

John, I chuckled just from reading your comment - even though 6 readers apparently didn't (6 negative votes)...LOL.


To all in general - I downloaded it just out of curiosity as I DO like cute/different/interesting icons. I experimented with it a bit, trying to make a Windows icon which didn't work for me. I also did the email one, which I found brings up my email account, and to a new email with my own email address in the To: line, so I figure I did something wrong. I will play around with it some, and check out the Forums for info/help, and see what happens. :)

Reply   |   Comment by RosnSC  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#67

Thank you GAOTD for this freebie. It is easy to use. I changed a few icons using some pictures I had in my Pictures folder and it worked fine. I suppose it has added a little variety to the bland yellow folders. Although not as valuable (to me for my needs) as some of your "giveaways" this was easy to download, install, and use without additional instruction.

I also want to thank those of you who have taken the time to test the "giveaways" and then offer comments that provide substantive information about what the "giveaway" for that day does and how well it functions and thanks to those of you who share links to similar and usually free alternative programs. The explanations of why you use one program and not another has been very helpful.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#66

Runs wonderful on Win2K Pro. TO GLENN If you will simply type "freeware world team" into google(without the quotes) you will find a search box on their site. Simply type what you need a program to do in the search box and they will find you a freeware program to do it. It is the first place you should go when you need a program to do a specific task.

Thanks for the sweet little program, GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by kb  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#65

This one is nice, simple, and just helped me score brownie points with the ball and chain, er um, wife. There is no learning curve. Downloaded, registered, created icon (of my daughter), and emailed to wife (with instructions). All and all took about 6 minutes. I've been looking for a good icon creator. I like this one as I can basically use any image editor/creation software for the image and then use Icon Constructor to convert it. Sweet...
Thanks Give...day and Icon Constructor!

Reply   |   Comment by aka Morzorak  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#64

Excellent software. It is very easy to use and you can practically used any photo/movie clip to make a pretty decent icon. User friendly. Should put up similar useful softwares more often!

Reply   |   Comment by AM  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

Couldn't get program to install. Said it could not register dll/ocx. Tried 4 times, same problem.

Reply   |   Comment by Howard Boertlein  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#62

Nice work, GOTD. I've been looking for a decent program like this for a long time. This software is powerful and very user-friendly. Unfortunately, some of the advanced options that would let the user edit the predefined styles are locked in this version. Other than that, it's a great little program. Very helpful pop-up tutorial when you first open it up. Thanks, GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by hex1213  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#61

While i am greatful for all the free software you guys give away, it seems the stuff you're giving away lately isn't as good as it used to be. I mean i had some awesome programs off here but an Icon Constructor? You can make it in photoshop or something and save it as an .ICO file and it will work...

But to finish on a lighter note, looks great from the screenshot for if you don't have photoshop, or even irfanview. but i am a vista user. =(

Reply   |   Comment by GM  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#60

VISTA.........although not 100% perfect for vista, this is a great little program. well worth trying out...thanks GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by iggy  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#59

This is another nice program. I like to play with my icons just to brighten my computer and change it's appearance. I also use Foldermarker Pro and Bee Icons (both were earlier giveaways). It can be argued that these custom icons will slow down your computer. I'm sure it does. But using a computer should be about having fun. I have fun changing my icons. I can live with an extra 30 seconds for my computer to boot up or an extra 10 seconds to open a folder. Thank you so much GAOTD team. Thank you Icon Constructor

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

Installed with ease.

Attractive interface.

I haven't tried all of the options yet. But, in less than a minute, I had created a new shortcut on my Desktop and used Icon Constructor to convert one of my photos into a new icon for the shortcut.
Plenty of styles are included. Not many effects, but that's not a big deal because my photo editor can handle whatever special effects I want before I load the picture into Icon Constructor.
This application gets a thumbz up from moi.

Reply   |   Comment by allthumbz  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#57

Wanna be a Grinch? When your spouse is off his/her computer, take a photo of yourself on removable disk (or if networked, use your network); Then, using this program make an Icon of yourself. Then, change ALL their desktop program icons so that they show a picture of yourself. Use The "Icon Style" option- note the scroll bar for additional styles- and make each icon a picture of yourself w/a different style (ie movie, etc). I would not dare try this on my wife's computer. But if you do, please post the results here. We all could use a good chuckle!

Reply   |   Comment by John C  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#56

#40 you should read the readme file.

Reply   |   Comment by geof  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#55

Symantic Corporate Edition detected and cleaned a "very low" priority threat "Downloader" during the download process. Their description indicates that the threat can be used to subsequently download Trojans and other malware.

I haven't installed the program itself yet; this is purely an observation on the process of fetching the offered product.

Art

Reply   |   Comment by Arthur Shapiro  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR VISTA USERS - while this program seems to work with Vista, the Icons it creates are not adequate for Vista's larger sized icons. After registering, they take you to web site with a 25% off pre-release order on a VISTA version. I suppose the new version will make the larger VISTA Icons.
This program is ideal for XP users, not VISTA.

Reply   |   Comment by John C  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#53

Is there a way to get the word "TRIAL" off the icon picture

Reply   |   Comment by cw  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#52

#40 In the Read Me Text file, there is a registration code. I just print the Keys out, had to do it for InControl too. Then when you bring it up, just type in the Key!

Suki

Reply   |   Comment by sukibabe  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#51

I tried this as a shareware offering and was impressed with the ease at which you can crank out icons of different size, styles, and even types (AIM, ICQ, Folders, Windows, Web Shortcuts).

So glad this is a GOTD offering. :)

Reply   |   Comment by MercuryPDX  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#50

installed and activated ok on xp sp2.but seems kind of basic to me and has it's limits. if you only want to make folder icons or aim icons i suppose it's an ok program. but if you want to make your own custom icon for your programs then i would use other programs like icon fx and liquid icon or for simply converting photos to icon try the free version of pictures to icon. i have used a lot of icon makers out there.for me i use icon fx the most because it has lots of good features in it and it's free. basically it seems most of these icon makers have there unique things they do best.it just depends on what you need to do with icons so this one i will keep in case i need some of the features it offers for now anyways but i seriously doubt i would ever buy it though.

Reply   |   Comment by beta tester # 1  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#49

On their site they say it's free!

http://www.iconconstructor.com/products.htm

Reply   |   Comment by John Chow  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#48

Yeah!... finally an icon maker for my desktop icons. I have been looking for a program that works exactly like this. Photography is my hobby and I happen to have a large 24" screen, so you can probaly imagine what my icons look like on my desktop. I wanted to find a program that I could use that was fast simple and offers a very nice professional look to it. I consider myself an "Expert-Novice" so anything else just did not seem to fit the bill, till this program.
I just tried it out and am finally able to improve the look of my desktop using my pics.
Thanks GOTD and IconConstructor for letting me try this out. There are quite a few programs that use the word icon in the title but most do something else I couldn't use, so it was difficult to find a program by searching that functions like I needed. Several functions to edit or enhance icons and sizes too.
5 out of 5 on this software. OH...easy load and activation too....yep, like butter :-)

Reply   |   Comment by radiospotz  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#47

Who ever give thumb down, they may be thinking stars. I like this programme and great job by giveaway. I am a frequent visitor of this site and 90% offers are useful. I have linked this to winmatrix.com.

enjoy

Reply   |   Comment by Phoenix_abhi  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#46

Wow! Exactly what I was looking for my upcoming eBook launch!. Thanks GAOTD Team. Just downlaoded & everything was smooth. Liked the icon designs. But they all tend to cutaway a bit of the lower portion of my vertical image - didn't find any design template which keeps it all intact. It's cool neverthless.

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