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IconLover 5.34 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — IconLover 5.34

Create High-Quality Icons for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iPhone with IconLover 5.34.
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 823 (70%) 357 (30%) 72 comments

IconLover 5.34 was available as a giveaway on May 22, 2013!

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Professional editing software for video and audio lovers.

IconLover is a powerful, yet easy to use icon editor for making your own icons for any operating system, including Windows, Mac OS, UNIX/Linux and iPhone. It creates native Windows icons (ICO format) of all sizes, up to 256x256 used in Windows 8 and Windows 7, and native MacOS icons (ICNS format) up to 512x512 pixels (this size is used in the latest Mac OS "Leopard" and "Snow Leopard" versions). UNIX/Linux and iPhone use icons in PNG format which is fully supported by IconLover - you can create icons in this format from scratch or convert the existing Windows and Mac OS icons to PNG.

Numerous advanced features including support for variable transparency, built-in drop shadow, smoothing, roll, mirror and other effects, support for multi-layer images, ability to import and export a variety of image formats and batch processing of icons make IconLover the tool of choice for many professional icon designers.

System Requirements:

Windows NT/ 98 /Me/ 2000/ XP/ 2003/ Vista/ Server 2008/ 7 /8; RAM: 64 MB; Pentium-333 MHz; 44MB Hard Disk; True Color video mode





File Size:

17.1 MB



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They should really rethink the softwares name. iconlover is not very professional sounding. here is some free ideas.
icon studio, iconshop, icon designer, icon drawer pro. the list of names is endless. put the developers in a room and brainstorm

Reply   |   Comment by thomas  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

What do you think about this portable software:

_ "IcoFX Portable (Freeware)" - "http://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pictures/icofx_portable" ?

It's good enough for you expectations?

Reply   |   Comment by dice  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I cannot believe some of the responses here regarding this product. I have only been testing the product for a couple of hours and I think it is pretty good. Sure the interface may look like other software packages but surely that is a positive in that there is a minimal learning curve - ease of use is good.

Now to the complaints about price. Firstly you are getting this for free today so you do not have to pay a cent. BUT even if you did, how much effort has gone into producing this software package? Lets say it took 10 hours (lets keep it ridiculously low just for those who cannot do math) which includes testing across the various platforms etc. That means they are getting $3.95 per hour per copy. There is no guarantee they will sell many copies (and not from here). So is $40 too much, I think not.

So to those whingers out there, if you think you can do better then go ahead and deliver something worthy to the community and of course it must be under $40 considering you think that is a King's ransom.

What a bunch of whingers !!!

Reply   |   Comment by Leslie  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

The opening "design icon" screen sort of reminds me of the old "Icon Editor" but the similarity ends as soon as you start looking at some of the tools and features this program has.

This is not a 15 minute "I'm ready to give a review." program. There's just so much it can do that it will take awhile to get used to it.

But it looks like it's a keeper. TNXs to Aha-Soft and GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by olrowdy01  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Thank you GOTD and aha-soft for this nice program!
But I keep having it crash on my XP SP3 computer:

Using the "Download icons from the Internet"
results in errors (repeatedly) (after a lot of downloading/extracting)
with the program crashing and ultimately
Windows crashing, EVERY time.
After a reboot trying "Export" and "Icons to folder..." with the results (of what icons it did manage to download) also results
in the program crashing and ultimately Windows crashing...

Any ideas?

Reply   |   Comment by Avid Gamer  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

A website in the 70's? What Internet was that? The World Wide Web that I use was created by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989. What were you using in the 70's, ARPANET?

Reply   |   Comment by Lance  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

No problems with download and install on my win7-64 system. Looks like a good program I like the icon library functions and especially like the automatic internet icon downloader


There is a problem with the icon download process! Apparently there is some kind of size limitation on an icon library (program? filetype?). the program craps out after about 20k icons and says something like "too many icons delete some and continue downloading. However the control dialog foor downloading has vanished so one has to restart the process, soon overtaking the limit again! I tried a few work arounds, but couldn't get to the end.. :(

either eliminate the limitation (if it's the program's) or fix the dialog so one can actually continue. there is a pause button but that doesn't help because you cant get to the menu items when paused so cant eliminate duplicates, for example

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck Brotman  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

First, I'd like to say thanks to GotD and Aha-Soft for today's offering. Great little program that does an excellent job for the intended purpose.

But now a condensed version of the rant I originally started here.

I've visited this site daily for a few years now. Sometimes I download the program, most times I don't. Depends on whether it's something I personally want to check out. But I appreciate that GotD makes this possible.

But I have to say I get really tired of constantly reading so many posts here complaining about so many things. If the program offered today isn't what you need/want, move on. Check tomorrow. Do you walk into a store and complain about every product on the shelf that you don't like or need? Maybe you do.

And the people who want everything for free these days. I applaud the people willing to devote the time and energy to develop a great product and give it away for free, but some people do this for a living. How many people here would devote hundreds of hours to creating something and be happy when everyone wanted it for free? When you do, let me know so I can see the comments on it. You come here looking for a paid product that is being given away today for free, then complain about the regular asking price. Seriously? If you think everyone should work for free, I have some projects around the house that need done.

Then there are the people who complain about having to register, or can't get the activation to work. Too much trouble to register for something you're getting for free? Sounds like my kids when they were six. Can't make the program work? Check the software between the chair and the keyboard, that's likely where the problem is.

There are some good posts here, and some helpful and/or productive comments, but there is also so much whining here on a daily basis it's hard to believe the posts are made by adults.

And before somebody posts back "If you don't like the comments don't read them", I usually don't anymore. But I do appreciate knowledgeable comments about the pros and cons of software I haven't used, so I do read those.

And yes, that was the short version...

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Does it include a way to replace the icons for MS Office programs? (Word, Excel, etc - not as simple as it sounds)

Reply   |   Comment by G  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The snobishness of "professionals" never ceases to amaze me. "The only way to make an icon is to use $500+ software." Really? For 256x256 (and smaller) images? Now, if one is creating the base image from scratch maybe that's true but probably not. Once you get down into the 48x48 and below sizes you can't cram enough detail into the available pixels to make a difference. Anything other than 3-4 colors and either vertical or horizontal lines gets muddied. At 16x16 you have 256 pixels to play with. A pixel is a pixel is a pixel. You can't subdivide any further than that no matter the resolution of your screen.

I am a remodeling contractor in "real life". This is like me telling a customer that they must buy a $500 sliding compound miter saw to make 3 cuts so they can hang a shelf in their garage. And then they must hire me to do it. No, they can go get a $39.99 circular saw at their local "big box" store and do it themselves. Yes, the miter saw can make the job a little easier and is a great tool for professionals like me, but Joe Homeowner doesn't really need one in his toolkit for the few times he'll use it.

So I find myself in Joe Homeowner's shoes today in regards to making an iconset for a project. A project I am doing for free BTW. I've been meaning to update an icon for a long time and just haven't done anything about it. I downloaded today's offering, installed and activated on Win8 - 64-bit with no problems. Opened up the graphic which will be the base of the rest of the iconset and messed around with it a bit. All the tools I really need are there and this is going to fit the bill for me very nicely. There's a slight learning curve on the UI, but that would be the case with any application. That's not a negative!

I don't have an artistic bone in my body but I can take existing images and bend them to my will via mostly free software. For us non-"professionals" software such as today's offering fits our needs perfectly -- especially when we can pick it up for nothing :)

As many others have stated: "Thanks GOTD and Aha-soft".

Reply   |   Comment by Kevin  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Re #49, Noname: TCP was standardized in september 1981. see http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc793.txt

Reply   |   Comment by gergn  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Does what it says, a nice and simple interface with easy to follow instructions available for anyone who needs them. I have been looking for something like this so that my wife can find the applications she needs quickly and eaily. Many thanks for this useful piece of software.

Reply   |   Comment by AngryBirds  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Perhaps a newbie question --- if you are not programming websites, etc., What Need Would The Average Computer User Have For This Program?

E.g. Can these icons be used for folder identification?

Thank you for any help with this!

Reply   |   Comment by fcdt3  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

It fail to convert svg images

Reply   |   Comment by Bob Tyler  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

I can't believe some of the bad reports elicited by this program. As an Iconophile dating back to the DOS days this program surprised me more pleasantly than any other similar has in a decade. Even though it lacks the raw power of Photoshop (and layers) the Effects are plentiful and really very good. I can see myself using this for one-off jobs or modifying existing icons.

Reply   |   Comment by Phrediac  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

People, be aware! Shrinking down a (large) image to icon size doesn’t make it a good icon. A good icon is one you can easily identify even if it’s small. In most cases, icons with only a few colors are preferable!

Reply   |   Comment by Mike Connor  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

The program works really well, but I cannot find where I can register it as a full version. The version I downloaded from GAOTD has a limitation of 30 days – is anyone please able to help me with this?
Thank you :)

Reply   |   Comment by Vika  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I was looking forward to ArtCursors also.

Reply   |   Comment by sdk  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Quote ; ”So people try to be more smart and objective and post intelligent honest reviews only, don’t rate and don’t judge when you have not tried it yourself! Otherwise you act destructive and work against us all, towards what nobody wants, i.e. no GAOTD anymore. ” Unquote .

Oh how much do I agree with these comments 100%.
As I have posted, before, I honestly can NOT understand how certain programs are so badly rated, even before any comments have been posted , and the giveawayoftheday has just been made available ?
If it is at all possible, users should have installed, and tried them, before rating the same .

Reply   |   Comment by RomeBob  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

It seems like a nice icon editor. But the "Download icons from the internet" option isn't very well thought out. When you click on it, it begins to rapidly download vast numbers of icons from different internet sources with no apparent means of selection or organization. It doesn't say where it's putting them on your hard drive. It apparently puts them all in one huge icon library in the program until it eventually hits some limit and stops with an error message "Too many images". It's not clear what to do then - are the icons already saved somewhere, or do you need to save the icon library? Some of the archives downloaded trigger a virus warning.

Reply   |   Comment by D. Ames  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

This brings back fond memories of wasting hours painstakingly creating tiny custom albeit primitive icons for my win3.1 OS using a rudimentary icon maker (cannot recall the name, just a tiny grid box maybe 16x16) and pretty much guessing where any line or letter had to start in order to fit the grid.

IconLover is nifty keen. The ability to export to other image formats suggests a fantastic, easy method of doctoring images for use as avatars on forums.

Begs the question, why doesn't GOTD allow avatar images? (or have I overlooked that personalization feature or am I blocking one too many cookies?)

Reply   |   Comment by Merlins Mentor  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Bought their program called ArtIcons years ago.
This one is more powerful, don't miss it.

Reply   |   Comment by Hermon  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I like this on severall grounds... firstly the developer has not abandoned platforms jsut because Microsoft has abbandond them! I commend retainin g support for the earlier editions of windows, back to winNT and win98 as well as supporting the latest and alledgedly greatest flavours of windows as well as MacOS Icon formats and not excluding the windows server operating systems.

A previous similar product was given away a few years ago called IconCommander It was infected with a semi-benign proof of concept Delphi development system virus, it was not quite benign because if it found a Delphi development environment on the host machine it would infect one of the system modules so that all future projeect build would include the virus BUT it did not contain any malicious payload. We were not offered a clean version back then. Feb this year I had some time on my hands and developed a method to clean infected executablesby rendering the viral code impotent. Even so this product is a significant improvement over IconCommander offering to edit more varid icon source file types as well as offering to download icons from web addresses too. The Mac side of it is of little current use to me but I'm sure someone will have a use for that. I have not tested it extensively, did wonder if the 256x256 and 512x512 pixel icons used in win and MacOS respectively is a hard coded limit and it is not. I was able to create a test 1024x1024 icon file with no reported errors and windows vista explorer reports the dimensions correctly. One minor niggle is that it places an icon on the desktop without asking... but a plus to counter that I see no auto-update feature that we'd have to be concerned about in the future.
Over all I give this a solid thumbs up and also completely disagree with comment #1 and the dross comparing this to paint.net... That is a rediculous comparison, even if the editing portion had similar look and feel to paint.net through the use of simiar GUI library objects it is not in anyway a similar product beyond having graphics editing facilities.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

@Paul, did you actualy look at the program, comparing this to paint.net is like comparing motorbike with a bike, yes they both have two wheels and a steer but there the comparison stops. You can do some things with a bike that you can do with a motorbike and vice verse but I guess you agree they still are two different things. Paint.net (an excellent image editor/paint program) can for example not save in ico or cur format.

@free-everything... the roaring 70's did not use the tc/ip protocol but ARPANET, cyclades and a few other protocols, there was no standard and more important... there where no graphics. In 1982, the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) was standardized, and consequently, the concept of a world-wide network of interconnected TCP/IP networks, called the Internet, was introduced. Either you worked for a gov or military institution by then to know how it "looked" back then or your full of oxpoo

TIP for the users of the good ol'WINZIP.... if the GOTD setup does NOT have an activate.exe and activate.gcd with it you do not have to extract the package but can run it from the extra (In Dutch it's extra, might be tools in English version)tab using unzip and install, if the activate is there you have to unzip it first.

Thanks GOTD and Aha-soft, nice program

Reply   |   Comment by NoName  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

#11 Remember that Irfanview can take any picture and turn it intoan ICO file by using SAVE AS. simple simple simple.

Reply   |   Comment by David Roper  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

Downloaded and installed with no problems.
Registered just fine to Giveawayoftheday.
Has a lot of things you can do and all parts of the program runs great.
If you need a program like this, you can't go wrong downloading and installing this software.

Thanks GAOTD and Aha-soft for a decent program.


Reply   |   Comment by Terflip  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Thanks so much! This is exactly what I needed! I have been looking for such a program for a long time and was very disappointed by the freewares. You can create your own icon and later on you can choose your own icon for replacing ugly looking folders in Windows! That's so cool! Great GAOTD!
Thanks also to A-Ha Soft. I was wondering, if you got that name because you were fan of the band A-Ha? ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by Sarah  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

they requiring me to download updates and it bugs and the speed go down to 1 kilo byte
so i must uninstall it and download it with IDM ..
i hate your important updates

... and the last time i downloaded the update i got DLL problem and i can't open this program again
i am sick of that and i will never use this program again

Reply   |   Comment by Force Officer  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-22)

How to remove IconLover splash with icons? I think it spy me and take my passwords.

Reply   |   Comment by bill red  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)

What do you think about icons from IconLover splash? Does anybody buy it?

Reply   |   Comment by Mawstro  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Is this a french patch for this soft?

Reply   |   Comment by antonio  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Registration was quick and simple and went through flawlessly. Thanks to IconLover.

Reply   |   Comment by maria  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

With free online apps at http://www.iconj.com and we can convert any photo or pic by clicking on their second listed tool "Pic To Icon Converter".

If you use Firefox you can then use "Bookmark Favicon Changer for Firefox" http://goo.gl/m5BtP if you want to change any bookmark icons.

If you use Google Chrome browser, then you can use the http://www.iconj.com "Favicon Hosting" through that home page on the right near the top so that you can then import the resulting url to the "I hate your favicon" extension for Chrome http://goo.gl/EL0Cr and change the bookmark icon if you wish, for any bookmark.

Reply   |   Comment by Harvey Mechanic  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I’ve said to all before, and I will say it again — icon editors by itself is nowadays really USELESS.

You need a professional designer and photoshop or illustrator.

Reply   |   Comment by iosdeveloper  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-27)

Why would you pay $40 for this when the Free Icon Editor does a same job?

Reply   |   Comment by allegro  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)

The first comment by Paul got so many thumbs down, but he's absolutely right!

See link, with http:// in front...


Why is Aha gouging $40 from us when you can get Paint.net free plus the plug-in for the icon for nothing also?

You people make the call...

Reply   |   Comment by Richy  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-21)

Thanks to Aha-soft + GOTD.

I like this software.

Easy to use. Good user interface.

I have lots of other icon related software.

For those who do not know, these are different from Paint.Net.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

What a handy and useful program to have.

Very easy to use and has lots of features too !

Definitely a keeper in by book !

Thanks GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Sean  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)


Thanks for your interest and comments. We got a lot of letters about registration problem with IconLover downloaded from giveawayoftheday.com.

There are 2 variants to register IconLover and remove splash screens.

1) You should to extract files from IconLover534.zip
and execute Activate.exe. It will put a registration code into the
registry. Activate.exe requires Activate.gcd file, thus it can not
work when you start Activate.exe from unpacked .zip.

2)Put a registration code into the program. We can not publish the code. Please visit our support page and ask for registration code

I think that GAOTD sent this instructions :)

Thanks for using of our software.

Reply   |   Comment by Aha-Soft  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)

#2, there's nothing wrong with the website. In fact I find it clear and clean and very functional. Just because it doesn't fit your idea of a modern design doesn't mean that it doesn't work perfectly well for others. And I don't know where you are coming from, but there were no websites in the "roaring seventies," as the web itself was not even invented until the 80s.

I haven't yet tried the software, but it would be nice if comments on GAOTD could be kept to evaluations and notations on the usefulness of the software itself, not so many peripheral issues and personal preferences.

Reply   |   Comment by Larry Sessions  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

I prefer Sib Icon Editor to edit icons

Reply   |   Comment by variator  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

#1 Paul...this is NOTHING like Paint.net! Try them out and see for yourself.

#21 Deacon...the info IS in the read-me text. Click on Set up first. When finished installing, go ahead and open it. Then close the program. Then click on the activate icon where ever you extracted the files to. Then open the program again, and look under Help > About. It will say registered to Giveawayoftheday.com.

I use a lot of graphics programs: Paint.net, RealDraw Pro, Dogwaffle, Photoshop, just to name a few+, and this program is awesome! It's an ICON maker! You can't compare apples to oranges. However, because I use the sizes 256 x 256 and 512 x 512 most often,(not for icons) which is possible in this, I decided to check it out! What I like about this program is its graph! Makes it easy for me to line things up better with my old eyes!

It's a great program, and I gave it a thumbs up! It is a bit pricey though.

Thank you GAOTD and Aha-Soft!

Reply   |   Comment by Mary  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Here's another: IconArt by ConWare

They have a free version that I've been using for many years, and a pay-for professional version.

Reply   |   Comment by CJCotter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

#21, I had the same issue and was going crazy. Click on the program's help file and then on "About" and you'll see the program is licensed to giveawayoftheday. I hope that means we're registered. I did the activation etc. so if not, someone sing out.

Reply   |   Comment by Cassie  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

The test icon (Ctr + T) function doesn't work in Windows 7? I got an "Windows XP not detected" error when I tried it.

Reply   |   Comment by HandA  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

@ post #2 from Free Everything: Wonderful to see GOTD graced today by an arachnologist who for our pleasure has recalled his memories of how web sites were in the 1970s. I’m no expert on spiders, so was entirely unaware of the significant modifications to the web designs at those sites, these past 40 years. I always find something new of interest on GOTD so sincere thanks to Free Everything for his specialized, expert insights.

And now, to computers, and today's software. More like a fully fledged Paint program than a simple cut-down editor, this really is an absolute treat, beautifully engineered and typical of best-in-class software in that there's a lot of power under that hood and a heck of a lot of user controls and choices.

The developer is to be congratulated on a matured software that works right out of the box -- not something you can say of every offering on here -- and which is as clever in its execution as its concept: I've previously checked out other icon creation and editing tools and not one of 'em has come within a country mile of the elegance of this offering. Kudos to GOTD, then, and to today's developer.

** As to install and activation difficulties: this is getting to be a fairly familiar problem and may, in part, be due to the wording of GOTD's standard Read Me text file (though I'm by no means certain of that.)

That Read Me states that you should Unzip the package you`ve downloaded and install the software by running Setup.exe.
What it doesn't say -- and perhaps there's no need to in every case?? -- is that "install" means just that. And nothing more than that.

Unfortunately, just about every software offered here concludes its installation process with an option box already checked to 'launch now'. Leaving that box in its default state will do just that. . . but launching and running isn't what the Read Me text file says at all.

Thanks to the excellent advice of another GOTDer on here, I've found it best to uncheck that launch option during installation and instead, go back to the unzipped folder and click Activate. Then, when I do 'launch' the software for the first time, it comes up registered to giveawayoftheday -- as is the case here.

Hope that helps someone?

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+36)

@2.. Don't laugh too hard. I find it amazing of the 3rd graders today who can't do any webpage design unless it's "point and click". Experience in the shop is paramount when some new wiz kid with a mouse can't edit a simple page error without a mouse. Now that's what I find amazing. ;-)

On topic: Program is a little rough in the UI but isn't a bad tool to have around. However, @1 is right. The freeware pro is a better tool to have in the box. Thanks Goto

Reply   |   Comment by tc1uscg  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)

#21: I, too0, was a bit confused by the activation process since I opened the ZIP file and ran the activate program from there. No good! You MUST extract the contents of the ZIP file to a folder, then run the activate program from that folder. Works fine.

The program itself is great. To those wondering why some people leave negative comments without trying the program first - typically they are the competition trying to boost awareness of their own creations. Folks presenting alternatives often are making money by doing so - for example, sending you to their website to get more information on alternatives is a way to get traffic to their sites to boost their advertiser revenues. So take such comments with a grain of salt, and make up your own mind.

Again, this program is great!

Reply   |   Comment by Dr Ken  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

@Deacon & other bewildered people:
Yes, you have missed a critical step. Read the "readme.txt" file more carefully (& in the future, too). It says to run the "Set-up.exe" file & then run the "Activate.exe file". Make sure that the program is closed when running "Activate.exe" file. It should work.

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As a former graphic designer, I can tell you that most professional GD will not use such a tool as this one. Professional icon creation usually starts in a vector program such as Adobe Illustrator and then finishes in a editing program such as Adobe PhotoShop. Most of us will use Adobe software to do the job because we naturally will own the software, so there would be no need for an icon-editor software. But if you are looking into creating some professional icons without Adobe's expensive software, then you should download this tool. If you want to make some great looking icons, then you should install a vector program such as Inkscape to go with IconLover. Or if you just want to make some small icons(16px-48px) for a toolbar or program icons or something like that then IconLover is all you will need. You will NOT find an icon-editor with many features that IconLover has to offer with the exception of Green Fish Icon-editor or some other similar tool. And to add to that, there are not many free icon-editors available which are worth installing.
This program would be the PhotoShop part of creating icons; adding touch ups, filters, sharpness, etc. and maybe create a 16px version for your large 512px/256px icon. And the unique function that a real icon-editor has is that it can create Windows icons. It can package all of the different size PNG icons into an .ico file.
$39.99? Well it not bad considering that popular icon-editors Michael Angelo can run up to $80 and Axialis can go up to $70(recently it has gone down to $50). IconLover has many of the same functions as those.
If you are looking into seriously making some icons then it would be foolish not to download and try this. It is a good tool for amateurs and can be used professionally when teamed up with Inkscape(or any other decent free vector/3D program). It is user friendly for beginners and has a familiar set-up that many GD are use to. The only free "true" icon-editors(programs without the need of a plugin) are GreenFish Icon-editor, IcoFX(the old free version 1.6.4) or AHA-soft/SibCode's own stripped down version of IconLover, SibCode Icon-editor.

Recommended software to accompany IconLover: Inkscape(inkscape.org) & Toolbar Paint(www.donkeysstable.com/toolbar_paint.htm)

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