PNG Icon Editor

Previous versions of icon editors don’t support Windows 8 icons? Experts from SibCode have found new guidelines for solving this problem

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SibCode today announces the unveiling of PNG Icon Editor, the newest version of its award winning icon design software for the Windows OS. This version, aside from rendering its assistance in creating, editing icon images and managing icon files and libraries, provides great opportunities for working with Windows 8 Metro-style icons. If you couldn’t work with Windows 8 Style UI Icons previously, now with the new version of icon editor it is going to be no trouble at all. From now onwards you will be able to handle Windows 8 and other icons with ease. And you can make icons for Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/98/95 still!

By far, the most visible new “feature” in Windows 8, is it’s new UI, which takes inspiration from smart phone and tablet devices. The old start menu is now full-screened, with large icons for all apps, and apps run in full-screen by default, changing a desktop PC into a very large tablet minus touchscreen with a keyboard and mouse added on.

That’s why it’s rather surprising to see them take a hard stance on the Windows 8 UI. Sure, undoubtedly some third party will create a drop-in shell replacement eventually. That’s been done in past versions and will likely be done again for Windows 8. For a home user, it’s an acceptable path. Home users of Windows are used to beating it into submission. However, for any company that has deployed hundreds of Windows seats, mandating the use of a third party shell replacement just isn’t an option, much like Windows 8 isn’t an option at present.

PNG Icon Editor benefits at a glance:

  • Metro icons support;
  • PNG format to compress high-resolution images without losses;
  • Saving Windows 8/7 icons without compression provides compatibility with XP;
  • Find and extract, edit, import and export icons and manage icon libraries;
  • Lot’s of delicate power instruments for creating icons;
  • Import and export ICO, CUR, BMP, JPG, PNG, PSD, etc. images;
  • Support for Mac OS icons.

Pricing and Availability

PNG Icon Editor runs under Windows 95/98/ME/2000/NT/XP/2003/Vista/7/8 and costs $29.95 (USD) for a single user license. Registered customers are entitled to lifetime technical support and discounts on further updates. Additional information on PNG Icon Editor, as well as its 30-day evaluation version with nag screens is available from SibCode

Large Menu Icons announces the release of Large Menu Icons, a royalty-free library of stock menu images for application developers and web designers. The new set includes 398 icons drawn in matching style, color and gamut. The Large Menu Icons collection sells for $49.00.

About Large Menu Icons

Large Menu Icons is the perfect choice for busy application and Web site developers. This collection of stock icons with matching properties such as style and colors, can be used in various projects and scripts, as well as on portals, blogs, forums, and web sites. Large Menu Icons will make an application, blog or applet look modern and consistent throughout. All icons in the Large Menu Icons collection are royalty-free. The entire collection is immediately available and comes with an online preview.

What’s Inside

The Large Menu Icons collection contains images representing all sides of the application work. Some of the icons in the set are: open, close, edit, validate, time, clock, error, OK, data, computer, archive, people, user, girl, man, admin, horse, car and more.


Large Menu Icons
Technically, the set includes icons in a number of formats, sizes, color resolutions, and image styles. Every icon from the library comes in sizes of 16×16, 24×24, 32×32, 48×48 and 64×64 pixels. Normal, disabled, and highlighted versions are included for every icon. 256-color and semi-transparent True Color icons are supplied. Large Menu Icons are delivered in Windows Icon (ICO), Bitmap (BMP), GIF and PNG formats for instant integration into any systems. The entire Large Menu Icons collection is available for only $49.00. Source images are also available in SVG and AI formats for an additional payment. also plans to release a number of new original icon sets including Lumina Menu Icons, Windows Menu Icons, New Menu Icons, Cool Menu Icons, Win8 menu Icons, Vista Menu Icons, Mac Menu Icons, Android Tab Icons, Linux Menu Icons, Nokia Menu Icons, iPhone Menu Icons, Mobile Menu Icons.

About the Company offers thousands of icons in the most difficult small resolutions. PDA and mobile developers and designers can enhance their software with smooth, perfectly rendered icons in the most convenient resolutions. are available in all sizes common to desktop and mobile applications for mobile phones, communicators, and desktop applications. All icons offered by Menu Icons are royalty-free, ready-made and instantly available.

Why Designing a Mars Rover Like Curiosity Just Got a Lot Easier By Tim Maly

MSL Rover NX CAD model

You’ve all seen the artist renditions. This is what Curiosity looks like to an engineer.

A few minutes into our interview last Thursday, I ask Tim Nichols, managing director of Global Aerospace, Defenses and Marine Industries at Siemens, if he was nervous about the Curiosity’s fate on Sunday. “Of course I am,” he says with a laugh, “We all know about missions to Mars — they’re complex.” None moreso than Curiosity’s elaborate landing sequence, designed to get the SUV-sized robot down safely.

He needn’t have worried. Late Sunday night, the rover successfully set down on the Martian landscape, overseen by a tense room of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineers and watched by so many people here on Earth that all of NASA’s websites crashed. Like the rest of us, Nichols was glued to his screen. Unlike the rest of us, Nichols gets to say he had a hand in it. His company’s software designed Curiosity.

Curiosity is much larger than her unexpectedly long-lived predecessors, Spirit and Opportunity. This meant that she couldn’t just land bundled inside airbags like the smaller rovers.

Instead, the mission executed a complex series of maneuvers to eject the robot from its capsule and lower it to the ground, via a rocket-powered sky crane in a sequence of events that NASA called the Seven Minutes of Terror.

Curiosity was designed by the JPL at the California Institute of Technology. When it came time to coordinate the enormous team of designers and engineers that built Curiosity, the capsule, and the sky crane, JPL turned to Siemens. They needed to design the robot (relatively) cheaply and they needed to design it fast — the launch window for missions to Mars comes once every two years. If you miss the deadline, there’s a long wait ahead.
MSL Capsule with Rover NX CAE thermal model

If you squint, you can see Curiosity and the sky crane folded up together in the capsule.

Luckily, Siemens had developed software suited to this sort of project. They call it Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).

One of the costliest parts of creating a new physical product is building and testing prototypes. With PLM’s robust suite of simulators and version tracking, you can avoid a lot of physical prototyping — saving both time and money, and speeding up the development process. In essence, PLM turns the physical engineering of a product into a process that looks more and more like designing code.

PLM runs on a laptop, connected to a central asset manager, called the Team Center. Engineers can check out parts of the project, work on their problems and assignments, and then check it back in to the main branch. This allows for a lot of concurrent design work. “In the past, engineering teams would be somewhat isolated by discipline,” says Nichols, “The overall leadership recognized that they needed to bring all the groups together.”

This is a far cry from past projects, which would be designed as a series of handoffs between teams. First the thermal profiles would be worked out, then the aerodynamics, on down the line. Propagating changes between teams could become a nightmare. PLM changed all of that, Nichols says, giving the team the ability to “compress the schedule and … do many more design iterations.”
MSL NX CAD Exploded view of seperation stages

With luck, this is the only exploded view of the Mars lander that we’ll ever see.

If this sounds a lot like software engineering, especially the open source variety, it’s because it is. There’s a version control system, the ability to check code in and out of the system, and a set of test suites that allow you check the performance of your part of the module in relation to the whole. By keeping the objects in software for as long as possible, you can treat them like software, with all of the speed and flexibility that this implies.

Nichols says their suite of tools has been used to design everything from golf clubs — “Golf clubs are pretty sophisticated, though they haven’t helped my game.” — to aircraft carriers. Looking ahead, he predicts an increasing incidence of distributed international teams of contributors working on a project.
“Global virtual collaboration and engineering is really the future,” he says. “We want to see more of that.”

But first, Curiosity had to make it to Mars. “We all have our fingers crossed,” he said on Thursday. You can uncross them now, Mr Nichols.

iPhone or Android: the Battle

Android or iPhone? The debate goes on and on. When the iPhone was first released, there was really no competition. Apple was playing in a class of its own. Early Android phones were dismal: sluggish UI, redraw lags, and the overall “assemble-it-yourself” idea just didn’t with consumers.

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Today, the market has changed. With newest iPhone being a superb device and a luxurious system, the latest Androids leave little to be desired. Today’s Androids have no UI lags, feature most of the same apps in the Google Play store, and went away with the do-it-yourself, LEGO style approach. Today, picking one phone over another is more of a personal preference. Let’s try to discover what’s best about going the Apple route, and what benefits the Android way can bring.

Hardware and Model Selection

With Apple, you are always limited to just a few models. Or, rather, you’re limited to only a single current model in several versions that differ very little. There are a few older models available from the used market, but that’s about it. “You can have any color as long as it’s black”.

Android devices, on the other hand, come in many shapes, models and colors. Different manufacturers use entirely different hardware. Different screens, CPUs, memory. Vastly different reliability and usability. Getting an Android phone will require you to do a research on what’s available, whereas you can’t go really wrong with any current iPhone. Are you a techie or a gadget guy? Look for an Android phone you like best. Others will be served by Apple.


The newest generation of iPhones has a great Retina display. These super high resolution displays will display your apps, icons and graphics so crisp it’s hard to believe. Kudos to Apple: they built one of the best screens ever.

Android phones come with all sorts of displays. Some of the better ones can reach iPhones in resolution, but software integration is still something to work on. Many apps still have low-resolution icons and graphics designed to be shown on lower-resolution displays. When selecting an Android phone, you will have to look carefully to buy a model with a good display. If you’re not friends with numbers, icon dimensions, angles of view and other specs, just leave the Androids alone.

Built-in Software and UI

An iPhone is an iPhone. They’re all the same. One operating system, same user interface, the same set of pre-installed apps, exactly the same icons. You can customize it by moving things around and choosing a few icons on your own, but there’s only so much you’re allowed to do.

Androids are available in many flavors. Different firmware and dozens of OS versions, builds and codenames. Different sets of icons for same apps. Many different shells and launchers. Extensively customizable: you can turn an Android phone into pretty much whatever you want (and it’s not just about custom icons) – but you have to know what you’re doing. With such a broad variety, some models are simply better as in easier to use, more robust and working more reliable than others. If making your very own custom environment is fun for you, by all means buy the Android. If you like your phone working straight out of the box, get an iPhone and begin using it right away.


iPhones don’t don’t accept memory cards. You’ll be stuck with the amount of memory you originally bought. If you outgrow your iPhone, you’ll have to get another iPhone, bringing more money to Apple.

Most but not all Android devices come with a microSD slot, allowing you to put more memory when you need it. With microSD cards getting cheaper every year, you will be better off in the long run if you get an Android.

With iPhones, you can’t even replace a battery. If your battery dies in some years (they all do; lithium batteries die in 3-4 years), you’ll be sending your iPhone back to Apple for a “major repair” (more dough to Apple), or be on the market for a new iPhone (even more dough to Apple).

While some Android phones use similarly user irreplaceable batteries, most devices are easy: just lift the back cover and put a new battery in. A new battery will cost a few dollars, allowing you to postpone the purchase of another phone some more years.


Android phones are more affordable to buy and cheaper to upgrade and maintain. They’re more extensible and customizable. iPhones are perfect right out of the box, and offer possibly the best usage experience ever. Which one to pick? The choice is yours.

Source: Apple iPhone vs. Android: the Epic Battle

Creating Icons – Required for Easy Accessibility!

Now day’s icons have managed to draw more attention from the computer, iPad, and iPod for easy accessibility. These icons are creating the interface between the user and device much easier and smoother. Creating icons are suitable option for the users who are beginner artists and web-designers. However, there are so many things required to consider at the time of designing any icons, like the perfect size, shape, eye catching appearance and well rounded shape. In this regard, the creating icons are right option for the icons designers to designs any icon designs. The icons are small and easy graphical representation of every program through which the user can known about the program according to the icons designs. So, it is much important for the designs to made well crafted designs for better look and demand. On the other hand, the shape, sizes, graphics and look of the icons will vary according to device requirement.


While designing the icon, till the icon covers an entire canvas, you would like to make a background transparent. This may allow canvas of the icon being transparent and allow background to show. The first step is to click on “Screen” button on a right hand side of the screen. This may also display transparency lines in the left color window. In order, to add the transparency to pixel, you can click on “Flood Fill” tool (an tipping paint) on left hand side of the screen or fill in pixels you would like to make it transparent. While you are finish with the icon, just save the file as the favicon.ico or upload that to server where you can store the HTML files. In case, you have the image, which you want to use as the icon, then you may do so in different ways.

Cone Gradient in Adobe Illustrator Offering Opportunity to Modify the Gradients!

In this 21st century, technology has been used for almost every field. It does not matter in which field you are working on; technology can perform the tough task in an easy way. Adobe illustrator is such type of technology that helps the user in varied ways. Though Adobe illustrator doesn’t come with a conical gradient setting but by using such tools the user can create an adjustable conical gradient to use in their work. Most importantly it will not take too much time to create. The users can create this in just two minutes. The Adobe illustrator usually contains 2 styles of gradients such as Linear and Radial gradients. Now by using the Adobe illustrator the users have the opportunity to modify the radial gradient into an elliptical one. Using the features of adobe illustrator we can also create rectangle of any size by using the rectangle tool and fill it with a multicolor linear gradient.


Everybody knows, that the Adobe Illustrator doesn’t allow you make those gradients. How we must draw the CD in Adobe Illustrator? All right, I hope you are set! In case, need for the preparation, I will suggest recommend article “Pure Vector”. Do not forget turning on Scale Strokes and Effects choice, it is last time that I remind you of it. Then, you have to concentrate actually hard, as the whole process is the punctual repetition of one as well as same operation. Take central section of CD where the iridescent flares need to be as well as copy that mnay times. Fill first one with the pale blue, for instance, and make the mask for that out of 2 circles, as illustration shows.

Color Space Needed to Considered the Color Combinations!

As we know, vast range of colors may be generated through the primary colors of pigments like yellow, black, magenta and cyan. These sorts of colors can be defined through color space process. For creating three-dimensional presentation of color space, the developers have attached the amount of magenta color to the presentations X axis as well as the amount cyan color in Y axis. At the same way, the developers have added some brightness colors in Z axis.


This sort of combinations is vastly known as HSV color space. If you want define the colors, then you need to understand the three dimensional color space technology. If you are not underrating the process of color space, then you can face big trouble by knowing how your images are drawing the appearance to print. Now, you need to considered these three dimensional process of color space. In this regard, you can judge that your image will print in superb quality. Various colors are made by primary colors of the pigment (CMYK). These colors define the specific color space and in order, to make the 3d representation of the color space, we may assign amount of the magenta color to representation’s X axis, amount of the cyan to the Y axis, and amount of the yellow to Z axis. Resulting 3D space gives the unique position for each possible color, which is made by combining these 3 pigments.

But, it is not an only possible space of color. For example, when the colors are been displayed on the computer monitor, usually they are defined in RGB color space. It is one more method to make nearly same colors (and limited by reproduction medium, like phosphor or backlight and filter, and RGB is considered as X, Y &Z axes. One more method to make same colors is using Hue, Saturation, and brightness Value.

Business Icons – Look for Several File Formats!

As you know the lucrative and eye-catching icons are playing great role in the technical world. In most of the cases, numbers of commercial people have preferred to the business icons because these sorts of icons have specially designed for business purposes. One more thing, the business icons are commonly related to the financial and accounting purpose. These sorts of icons can make the website and business profile’s appearance great. The business icons are royalty-free icons and these are professionally designed. You can download these sorts of icons from online media in assortment formats like accounting, dollar icons, and money clip art. Also, these sorts of icons are available in assortment formats and sizes such as 16×16 to 48×48, and also the 256×256 size has specially designed for Windows vista.


Before selecting these sorts of icons you needs to take a look of several file formats and these icons are available in two color variations. In case, you build any types of the website, accounting software, email, server application and Contact Management, these are perfect solutions. Over 2700 XP Icons as well as vista icon made specifically for the database applications, internet applications, business applications, as well as websites. Number Of the Icons: .ICO(NOT INCLUDE 128 x 128), PNG, GIF, Sizes: 48×48, 128×128,64×64, 16×16, 32×32, 24×24, you may free Business XP Icons set now. License: Free for the personal non-commercial, Includes Link back to the author website. 25 Icons Free for the web site as well as applications and these icons are totally free for the personal, and non-commercial use. Now, you may also download free Free Business Icons now.

Automation Icons – User Friendly

In order to enjoy the work in computer there is a great need to have attractive and professional icons in your system. In this regard icon designers are offering several sets of icons to the users, automation icons are some of them. The automation icons are making sure that they make the interface look bright and user friendly. These icons are coming in different sizes so that one can choose the best according to his or her requirement. These icons also offer software designers high quality icons that cover a wide range of topics in a program. Automation icons are available in two color variations with an alpha channel. All these icons can be inserted into a software application without any modifications. These icons are available in four formats such as ICO, PNG, GIF and BMP. Automations icons are available in different sizes such as 16×16, 20×20, 24×24, 32×32 and 48×48.


All of the icons come in 3 state variations that include disabled, normal, as well as highlighted. 256 color or True Color versions are given with each order. This also allows you to make the professional looking program without any need to use the graphics editor and make the images from complete scratch. In case, you are searching for the software icons, which give you different diverse range or unmatched quality, perfect automation icons are what you have to make the professional looking program. The perfect automation icons are planned for the software, which automates various processes like software, which works through an Internet and radio or controls house illumination, the consumption of energy, as well as access to house. You can give the projects fresh new look by using Perfect Automation Icons range.

App Tab Bar IOS Icons – Available in User-Friendly Resolution!

In this technological world, technology has been used for almost everything. So there is no exception in the field of computer. Computer is in use for every field whether it is commercial or personal. In this regard icons developers are developing some eye catching icons for easy accessibility. App tab bar ios icons are such collection of icons what are becoming very popular due to their easy accessibility. Application developers require a certain set of images meeting Apple’s custom icon when they make applications for iphone, ipad and ipod devices. Most applications also require a fair share of graphics to draw the tab bars and toolbars. In this regard icons industry offers a readymade collection of royalty free icons for Apple’s navigation bar, toolbar and tab bar guidelines. These icons are coming in all standard format and sizes. The app tab bar ios icons are coming in resolutions of 20×20, 30×30, 40×40 and 60×60 pixels.


New retina displays with the 960 * 640 pixels, thus tab bar icons come in a resolution of 60 * 60lpix for best possible quality. App icons in the collection are well organized in twenty eight different categories as well as are based on themes of the Apple’s App Store. And all the icons correspond to Apple HIG guidelines, and with the free updates of each collection extension for the period of a year after the purchase. Now an icon set supports high resolution of the iPhone 5 as well. As on new retina displays, with the 960 * 640 pixels, the tab bar icons come in a resolution of 60 * 60 pixels in a best possible quality. The App developers may as well receive all the 480 icons from a collection in size 30 * 30 pixels that are been used on the iPad and iPhone 3.