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Giveaway of the day — Icon Constructor

Icon Constructor converts images of any format into Windows icons.
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 537 (91%) 52 (9%) 190 comments

Icon Constructor was available as a giveaway on February 27, 2007!

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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 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista





File Size:

5.34 MB



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This is a very Cool bit of software...
I now have O-Ring icons

Reply   |   Comment by O-Ring  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Well, everything nice and easy, but I just can't get to register my Icon Constructor 3. What is the product-key for this, because my own won't work! I've looked everywhere!

Please help me with this, for I need this program very hard!

Reply   |   Comment by Stef  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I finally found time to play with this one and it froze my computer like 5 times...I give up.

Reply   |   Comment by Jess  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#185 - You're getting it wrong, it's fully possible to understand the point (think most people do really), still you can make fun of the "buying" part. It's really interesting to focus on something else than the main whining, that boring part of focusing we gladly leave to you.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The simple and straightforward interface belies Icon Constructors powerful capabilities. The uncomplicated user interface is intuitive and easy to operate with that 'done! ... At the touch of a button' feel to it. What's more, it produced quite wonderful icon's of fantastic quality. I've used quite a few icon software packages in my time but I have a sneaky feeling that Icon Contructor will become a permanent utility on my PC. Top marks IconContructor.com. Thank you GoTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Rich  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I d/l this product but it will not activate...It looks like a fun program and am curious if there is a chance it will be offered to d/l again?....

Reply   |   Comment by Blood Bunny  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#181 - Right-click on the folder and go to properties. If you have XP, you should have a Customize tab. Otherwise, Google for "custom folder icon".

#182 - Yes. Except that commenting on isn't voting.

#184 - It's only funny if you miss the point. It's all fine and dandy to make fun of whiners, but unfortunately I don't find it funny.

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#149(co-mum for #68) - I'm not missing any picture, just focusing on some funny line from an ordinary whiner.

Reply   |   Comment by Zorro  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I downloaded the free icon construction yesterday the 27th, but it still shows up as a trial, how do I register it so that I can use it?

Reply   |   Comment by shelly  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The following is one of the true mysteries of the universe. Voting thumbs up to software while posting comments like these.

"Nice bit of software. I am looking forward to playing with it." "I might try the program, just for the fun of it." "I will definitely try this software!"

Shouldn't one usually try something BEFORE voting on it? Hello?

Reply   |   Comment by anonymous  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Would someone be kind enough to explain how to take an already made icon and use it as the icon for a folder. (for now it's saved as a pic in a folder, and that's it!)

Reply   |   Comment by Mo  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Great piece of software for individualising desktop folders etc, why do we get into these messes I don't know!

Wish there was a option of larger icons though...Or is there somehow?


Reply   |   Comment by Robbo  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#151 and # 162 -Lillian

Thank you very much for the info about the styles!
I appreciate the help. I'm going to give that a try.
[good idea, -I was wondering if that might work.
-Glad I wasn't the only one; I thought there was something wrong.]


Reply   |   Comment by  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Before downloading software from gold-software.com, as suggested in post #168 by "Anonymous", please check the file's test details at SiteAdvisor.com in the download details section. They found plenty of adware and spyware in files downloaded from there, and the site links to many other unsafe sites. Personally I would not download anything from there, but anyone who would should use caution. The site also is named suspiciously similar to goldfiles.com which is safe site. :/

On today's software, nifty little tool and the registration process was a breeze. It's true there's no help file in the program itself, but the interface is very intuitive, has an instant preview, and there's plenty of help at the developer's site for anyone wanting documentation. Of course few really need such software, but it sure is fun to have. lol

Reply   |   Comment by Site Seer  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

nice program i give (in scale of 1-10) 9 :)

Reply   |   Comment by Charlie Hes  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

urmm, i think i'm fine. there's no sign of any "___ days left to the end of trial period."


Reply   |   Comment by naz  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

how do i register by application key? i got the # already... anyone help..

Reply   |   Comment by naz  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

lol 40mins left ..........
will try... :p

Reply   |   Comment by Charlie Hes  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

perfect for creating my favicon.ico for my website: works great

Reply   |   Comment by andries  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Every time I try to install any program from this site I get the following error message:
Fatal Error: Key is Invalis!
Could this be because I am on a network at work and something isn't going thru?

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis Kolb  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Cool Tool.

Chalk me up as in highly in favour of the registration method. Means I can re-install it after I have to do my periodic Windoze reinstall (unlike all the others that will no longer be useable). Please keep doing it this way.

As others have pointed out, not going to be used much, but nice to have. And as 42 and 54 said, basically I hate GUI icons, but since we have to live with them this is a nice tool.

I'm not terribly keen on this User Interface. It has problems with my favorite tool, FileBox eXtender. FBE does not recognize the buttons in the upper left corner, they overlap (sigh).

Win XP SP2

I tried the maximize option in the drop down menu from the button in the upper left corner. Oops, that didn't work very well. It just tiled the same app window 4 times, well partial display of 3 additional non functional graphics of the window. Remove the option of fix it. When I do the maximize, it does not "play well" with my task bar. It does not recognize that I've moved my task bar to the top of the screen. There is no way of setting back to normal view, have to shut and restart the app.

Where is the online help?!? For most part it has been "intuitive", but I'd like to know more details behind some of the options. ie as someone mentioned, apparently the app will store more than 1 resolution of the image in the ICO file. I had no idea that was happening. The help button in the upper right corner only displays "Help About". None of the other buttons display anything else! Either make them functional, disable them, or take them off the dialogs.

I'm not keen about the selection of the default style, I'd prefer it started with the simplest one.

In advanced settings, sharpen settings, what does opacity do (ie help file!)? I understand the word, but when I move the slider, I see no difference in the previews above it.


Reply   |   Comment by Rohn  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Nice tool, not only for entertaining yourself - ability to create website favicon and simple icons for ones software is awesome.

Sometimes it is tricky but http://www.iconconstructor.com/tutorials/ and http://www.iconconstructor.com/tutorials/demo.htm clarifies most of the cases - I like when someone shows me the way step-by-step.

Reply   |   Comment by Alec  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Same virus warning from AntiVir. I decided not to download the software. It is unfortunate because I really needed this software, but regardless of the statements to the effect that everything has been checked and is safe, I can't afford being affected.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#161 and anyone else still having trouble - the number you need is in the readme: NC3-9T7TK-U7B7U-XXV5C-77HJN-HSM9H. As I have asked before, I don't know why some of you earlybirds (yeah, I'm talking to you, the "first poster" crowd !!) can't just jot down the number for the ones who have trouble with the registration process. Some people are so new they can't begin to understand some of these explanations, so give them a break and help them along.

Also, check out "www.gold-software.com/desktop12.html" for a long list of other software (some freeware and shareware included). Their first offering, "ABB Image Icon Converter 5.1" looks like a good program to tweak what you makee with "Icon Constructor".
Lastly, thanks to all the commentors who give other links to compare or contrast with the daily offerings - if you check them out, day by day you will build a knowledge base to better utilize your computer. I also appreciate the ones who put in a clickable reference. Believe me, if I knew how, I would have done it on mine.

I also wanted to mention - there may soon be a huge influx of users, as I gave the site name to one of the Dell techs who manage the technical support phone lines and asked him to spread it around. He was most interested!

Finally, thanks GOTD team. Keep up the good work!

Reply   |   Comment by  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is a really fun program and I am sure a great tool for those interested in creating a unique or fun icon for web pages, a new program or just a fun customization of unique icons. I have no real professional need or experience in the area of creating icons, but this is a powerful no brainer tool. You have created a program that will quickly and easily create icons with a short or essentially no learning curve. The package is extremely user friendly and walks you through the process. No fooling around with bit nonsense, this program does it all for you.

I simply choose a picutre I like, a shape I like, the size I want and all options are presented without accessing menues or submenues. The only problem I encountered was remembering where I saved the icon. Great program and any company would really miss out if they overlooked this icon creation software.

Reply   |   Comment by Ultra_Sunshine  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It was worth installing Icon Constructor for the entertainment value in watching my wife's reaction to discovering her folder icons now consisted of pictures of her holding a Costa Rican sloth. I'm baffled why the program's designers created question mark symbols which do nothing when you click on them. It would be nice if GOTD would provide a registration key in their instructions in future offerings as they did with this one.

#159 - AbnInfantry, thanks for bringing BillW50's ludicrous remarks made late in the Advanced WindowsCare thread to my attention. I've disabled System Restore on all my PCs since 2004 and never looked back. When I attempted restorations, I never knew whether to clutch a rabbit's foot, prayer beads or chant in Tibetian to help out the process. I wish I had a dollar for every time I received a message reporting System Restore had failed to work (there I go again being "greedy"). I wonder how I can have two full image backups (of a 250GB hard drive with over 50 GB on it) stored on a 60GB portable drive with plenty of room to spare? BillW50, the resident electrial engineer/rocket scientist said that's impossible. It must be magic! I use imaging software to make drive backup images multiple times every day and use my PC for other tasks while doing so. Since BillW50 said this can't be done, it must be more of that magic stuff.

#128 - BillW50, you were actually a genuine rocket scientist? Whoever would have guessed? Based on the content of many of your GOTD posts, I'd assumed you were a disgruntled Fuller Brush salesman, inebriated rodeo clown or BATF bottomfeeder. You succeeded in removing any lingering doubts I may have had regarding NASA's o-ring/Challenger disaster. Good luck in getting a handle on how drive imaging software actually works.

Reply   |   Comment by AnnoLiberatis  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks GOTD - this one is something I've been looking for for a while now!

Reply   |   Comment by Perilous  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This was my first ever downlaod from your site and it's too cool for words! Didn't have any trouble registering, I saved the zip file to my computer, opened it after it downloaded and in the Readme file they have a registration number you can use if nothing else works. Considering that Data thing was blank, this number came in handy.
My first icon took 3 seconds to make!
I'm going to play with this more over the weekend when I have more time.
Thanks great freebie!

Reply   |   Comment by Marla  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hello, In response to Jeg on #127, I was having the same problem when I tried downloading the extra icons from their website on
‘ ERROR CAN’T FIND INSTALLATION PATH ‘. I downloaded the files to my computer and then right clicked on the file and chose open with Advance Icon Creator. It then opened up the Icon Creator program and installed the icon in its correct path. I hope this helps you out.


Reply   |   Comment by Lillian  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I've installed MANY of these "FREE" apps.This is the FIRST one I couldn't install.I'm not a newbie,but it was NOT worth it.I know all you "genuises" think "duh",but this was the FIRST for me.Why bother.It wasn't that good of an app to start with(thank gosh).Read all helpful hints,but no luck.See ya next trip.

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I don't anticipate having much use for Icon Constructor but from my brief exposure it seems like a decent enough program for people with a need for it. I do appreciate the fact the registration key may be used for future installations.

BillW50, #123: After you repeatedly insulted him and baselessly questioned his honesty, it's a real mystery why BladedThoth wouldn't do a favor for you. [guffaw]

Since I suffer from a pathological inability to suffer fools gladly, I can't passively let your snide, reprehensible, inaccurate remarks directed at Karen in yesterday's AWC thread go unanswered. On numerous occasions, System Restore has failed on multiple PCs for me. I turned off System Restore in disgust long ago and now rely on utterly dependable FirstDefense-ISR. Contrary to what you wrote, making a partition image snapshot is NOT "very time consuming" nor does it "take the computer down during this process." I can create a new drive snapshot in the time it takes for some GOTD programs to download via dial-up; snapshot updates only require a few minutes. I have no idea where you got the bizarre, false notion a PC can't be used during this period. While I prefer FD-ISR, I also use Acronis True Image for making weekly backups. I routinely use my PC while True Image or FD-ISR are running in the background. I can install and experiment with a score of programs then just reboot, press the F1 key, and I'm immediately back into a different snapshot and don't have to bother uninstalling any unwanted programs (or receive a message saying System Restore didn't work). If a registry cleaning program deletes some necessary items, no worry; press F1 and I'm back in business as if it never happened.

As far as your notion an image of "a 320GB HD with 2 GB on it" "still needs 320GB of space," that's downright ABSURD. Besides using a second internal hard drive to store backups, I also have multiple FD-ISR and True Image snapshots/images of my 160 GB primary drive (with over 49 GB containing the OS, programs, and data) stored on a portable 80GB hard drive with plenty of space left over. RollbackRX makes snapshots which require far less space than those created by FD-ISR or True Image. Be sure and drop by Wilders Security Forums and tell the folks there how stupid they are for using drive imaging software instead of reliable [snicker] System Restore. You recommended ERUNT which is just a registry backup. Talk about apples and oranges. When you have a complete hard drive failure, let us know how ERUNT and System Restore worked for you. In the meantime, Karen and I (two non-rocket scientists) will be back in operation in a few minutes thanks to our BillW50-scorned imaging software with our OS, programs, and data files intact.

Reply   |   Comment by AbnInfantry  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sorry to say, but this is LAME! It only supports up to 48x48 icons!?!?!?!? Pretty useless. It needs support for 128x128 at least. These icons would look like junk on Vista, there are other, much better programs out there. It also sorely lacks user control. Not the best I've seen from GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by aximgeinus  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

No problems whatsoever. Very cool and easy to use. Thanks GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Helen  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

That is so awesome! Downloaded and activated with no glitches or problems or antivirus warnings. Made several icons and replaced boring folder icons quickly and easily. Great program! I wanted something like this. Thank you GOTD team and Icon Constructor for giving this away today!

One problem, had difficulty downloading additional styles, but there are plenty of choices built right into the program.

Happy, joy. Two thumbs up!

Reply   |   Comment by kc  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Just wanted to say to the GOTD team that I for one prefer this new reg method; it seems more foolproof in that there are multiple ways of registering, so if one method doesn't work, you have a couple of other ways to do so.

As for the app: it's not something you'd use everyday, but it works. You can actually have fun by associating people's faces with apps & filetypes on your system.

Lastly, to anyone frustrated about "I'm 1st" posts: just ignore them (ie scoll down one page to skip those comments: any comment made within several minutes of release is always useless). If not, silently pity those losers who stay up till 3am just to do so, only to find out they weren't first.

Thanks to the GOTD team for giving us some variety in the offerings!

Reply   |   Comment by DN  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Cool beans ive been wanting a way to change my icons, thanks!!

Reply   |   Comment by john1999  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I really like this program. It was a little hard to get activated but with the help from different feedback I got. It is a very easy program to use and I want to thank you for offering it for us. I rally appreciate the wide variety of programs and games for us to choose from, I don't download them all but I see that many others like them and I like to see what is available even if I don't get it for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Kathy  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Very cool software. Lots of different things to play around with. As a couple of people have mentioned, there's a registration key in the readme.txt file you can just copy and paste. Works like a charm.
Thanks GOTD and IconConstructor!

Reply   |   Comment by headman  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

First time downloading a program from here, hope this one works. It looks like a cool program. Oh and the registration key is in the ReadMe file; y'all should read it.

Reply   |   Comment by Anonymous  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Oh, and for those having difficulty with the styles - you can just drop them in the wi_styles directory where you installed the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is awesome! Love it; works perfectly with no problems

Reply   |   Comment by Luke  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Program seems pretty solid. Slow to load, but otherwise does what's expected and comes with some nice styles. Too bad some of them are the US flag and they could only be bothered with about five other flags. (Where's the Canadian flag, eh? We're right above you guys. Y'know, north. Yeah, above you on that globe... I said above... NORTH. ... nevermind.)

Zorro (#137), BillW50 (#124) - Talk about missing the big picture. It's not so much buying but the activation process that he doesn't want to go through.

#134 (Anonymous) - It's not us geeks who do it, but the upper management that say "Make this or you don't get paid". =/

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

BTW-if you plan on putting this program on more than one computer in your house then I found the easiest way to activate (register) it was to just use the key code used on the 1st computer you used to set this software up. I always run these on my old desktop first, THEN onto my brand new laptop, just in case. If somebody can find out how many of these programs can be activated in a household and if it is a # higher than 2, then I will give you the code I have for registaion. When I found it finally the first time after much hair pulling I saved it into a notepad.txt. Used it today after installing it onto my laptop and no prob. Either leave me a message here or goto:
http://triquetra5100/blogspot.com and email me from there. I plan on going there to edit my template some more after this and adding a new post about this software so you could leave me a comment and if there is a way I will either comment back to you or you could sign your name with a hyperlink of your email addy.

Reply   |   Comment by elaine  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I approached this program with great trepidation after reading all the comments, but breezed right through it! I was pretty much led through the whole thing which made me wonder why one commenter asked about the "convoluted activation procedure". I believe this will be very useful. Unlike some commenters, I do find icons helpful. I have very little interest in screensavers or audio assistance-type software. I'd love to see more graphics stuff. Great job, GOTD! P.S. who cares who has first posting? Being awake at 3:00AM doesn't make anyone special, just another one of us insomniacs or weird-shifters. Sorry, guys, I do count on your comments!

Reply   |   Comment by Cheryl McGraw  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Also, forgot to say something else. I feel the same with the company's other programs. They, too, are obsolete, when such great digital art programs are available.

Reply   |   Comment by Arnold Onimuss  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I don't really see the point of this. GIMP, a free program, can do the same thing (and much more) and so can other programs (for example, Adobe Photoshop). Why clutter up your computer with an obsolete program?

No offense or anything. I'm sure its handy somehow if you don't have GIMP or another digital art program.

Reply   |   Comment by Arnold Onimuss  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Props to "binary bandit' for the easy way to register: click "edit" on the registration entries icon and copy the code. I was about to give up until I saw that post. Should have been the default registration instruction to begin with. Anyway, another interesting and fun free app. Thanks as always.

Reply   |   Comment by Ken92111  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

small and easy to use , does what its designed to do, thats the way i like it aaha aaha (thank you very much)

Reply   |   Comment by hakan  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For those of you using Avira Antivirus:

HEUR/Crypted - Heuristic Full Description

In the unlikely occurrence of a false positive we would kindly ask for your help, by sending the file to our virus lab.

A heuristic detection might be a false identification if one or more of the following are true:
- The program is in use for a very long time and is known to the user
- The program was installed by the user himself
- The program is from a trustworthy source

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick Star  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

THANKS!!!!! you helped!!! it works, just click "edit" the file, when you right-click the file and get the menu. Then copy the key and paste it in, when clicking the "register button" after opening the program. That's it!! (I couldn't find any Icon Constructor folder in any of my application data folders either)

Reply   |   Comment by Cath.  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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