Software Review: IconLover
Reviewed by: Janet Conner
Source: Manatee Computer News, January 2003
IconLover is a utility that allows users to extract
icons from any file, create and manage icon
collections and icon libraries. The program can
quickly scan folders or entire drives for files that
contain icon images in a variety of formats
including .ico (the most common) .cur, .ani, .exe,
.icl, .nil, .ocx, .vbx, .dpl and .bpl. Once the
images are found, they can be extracted and
arranged into libraries, and once you create
libraries, the images can be manipulated in
different ways. For example, you can export
individual icons, rearrange icons within the
library, export multiple icons to a single image
file, automatically delete duplicate icons, and
more. IconLover also imports into collections
raster and vector images (bmp, jpeg, phg, gif and
wmf formats). It makes icons as large as 255x255
In addition, IconLover has the ability to
customize Windows icons that cannot be changed
using the standard Windows tools. This feature
enables users to change or colorize the default
icons that Windows uses to display My
Computer, Recycle Bin, Internet, Start menu
items, and shortcuts. With it you can also change
the desktop icon size and color resolution without
altering the monitor settings.
This program is easy to use, and includes a good
help file. Although I have little need to create
icons, changing the size and colors of those on
my desktop was quick and fun. For creating
icons, a grid is used, and by filling the blocks
with colors, the image is made. Allow for some
time for this activity unless you are used to
drawing in block style. Free icon images
available from the web can be recolored and
customized to the desired size. You can also alter
the image by adding to or subtracting areas of
color blocks. In addition to using the icons on the
desktop, they can be used to decorate a personal
or business web page, or be used in an instant
If you are interested in making and storing icons,
this is an inexpensive and handy program to use.
System Requirements: Win 95/98/ME/2000/NT/
XP, 16 MB RAM, Pentium Processor 133MHZ,
8MB hard drive space.
The program is shareware and is available for a
free 30 day trial, after the trial cost is $19.95.
Made by Aha-Soft, and available by download
Copyright © 2000-2016 Aha-Soft. All rights reserved.
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