ArtIcons Standard 5.28

Organize, edit and create your own desktop icons


  • Customises icons easily
  • Converts XP icons into Vista icons


  • Doesn't allow sounds to be added to icons

Not bad
Are you completely bored with the way that Windows looks? Do nyou wish you had more icons or at least better icons to choose from?

Well why not make your own? ArtIcons allows you to create your own as well as make sure that Vista icvons are compatible with Windows XP. The program looks a little like MS Paint but don't let this fool you - this is a very powerful program with lots of cool icon editing features. For a start, it now supports the highest resolution icons possible which means those up to 256 x 256 in dimension, making them suitable for high-DPI displays. This take about 400Kb of disk space, which is more than the standard 25Kb of an XP icon but because the program uses PNG compression, this isn't a problem. Hey presto, you've got high definition XP icon images without the huge file sizes. You can make XP look remarkably like XP from an icon perspective and yet still retain normal use of your favourite operating system. Probably the best feature of this program though is that it makes distinguishing your icons and folders so much easier. There's no need to worry about labelling them correctly - just use the design instead.

A super program for anyone that wants to spice up their desktop or just wants to give XP a bit of a Vista look.

Bug fixes


  • Bug fixes

ArtIcons is an advanced icon-specific utility for Windows. The application allows professional and amateur graphic artists alike to create and edit icon images and manage icon files and libraries. ArtIcons boasts a huge range of features that can help you improve your designs.

Features of the program:

  • Create and edit icons in either standard or custom sizes, in color depths up to 16 million colors

  • Create and edit icons for Windows XP in 32-bit color depth with 8-bit alpha channel

  • Create and store images containing several layers

  • Paint images with gradient and chess fill

  • Modify images with drop shadow, opacity, smooth, negative, grayscale, colorize, hue/saturation, rotate, roll and mirror effects

  • Replace image colors

  • Create and manage icon libraries for better and more efficient icon storage

  • Paste images in various graphic formats directly into icons

  • Export icon images to ICO, ICPR, BMP, JPEG and PNG files

  • Extract icons from Windows executables, libraries and animated cursor files

  • Extract icons from all files in selected folders and subfolders and save them as out icon libraries

  • Convert Mac icons to Windows format

  • Modify icons inside executables and other program files

  • Sort images inside icons and icons inside libraries

  • Customize Windows Desktop and folder icons

  • Drag and drop files from file shells

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