IconPackager 4 Guided Tour
Take a look at the new IP4!
Thursday, May 15, 2008 by Island Dog | Discussion: OS Customization
IconPackager 4 is here and with this new release comes several new features, some of which will definitely please users of Windows Vista, and XP alike. If you aren't too familiar with IconPackager, let me first start off with telling you what exactly IP does. IconPackager is an application that allows you to change the icons in Windows. The big advantage of using IconPackager is that it changes nearly the entire set of Windows icons at one time, so you don't have to change each icon individually. This is done using sets of icon "pack", which there are hundreds available for download.
New User Interface
The first thing you will most likely notice is the completely new user interface. The layout is much more clean and it's way easier to find both common and advanced settings and functions. At the top of the configuration you have a set of tabs, that when clicked, will give you several more options for that particular section.
New user interface
In the "Look & Feel" section this is where you can browse, preview, and apply all your installed icon packages. If you have a bunch of icon packs installed, IconPackager will let you sort through those by category type, and there are two different views for you to browse from.
Sort by category
There are so many great icon packs available, but what if you find one that just isn't the right color? IconPackager will allow you to easily recolor the icons in a given set. Using the various sliders in the Colors section, you can adjust the icon packs to a color more suitable for your skin or theme.
If changing the color just isn't enough, then IP4 also has several filters that allow you to really change the looks of the icons.
If you use Windows Vista than you might be familiar with the Live Folders feature. This feature in Vista gives you an icon showing the contents of the folder, not just a static icon. IconPackager not only supports this, but will also allow users to set Live Folder icons independent of the icon package. This can be very useful for icon packs that don't have Live Folder icon specified.
If you are browsing through your files in Windows Explorer and stumble upon one that needs an icon change, there is no need to open the IP configuration. Right-click the file and select the icon tab from the popup menu. A new menu will appear and you can simply drag and drop a new icon in its place. There are also several options available here also such as just changing the icon for the selected file only. I use this to change the icons of individual files to make sorting and finding them even easier.
Shell integration options
Scale Pre-Vista Icons
Windows Vista has been out for a while now, but there are still many more icon packages made way before Vista was around. IconPackager 4 introduces a feature that will scale icons to the 256x256 size of Vista icons. This is great because you can now use those icon packs that had icons that just weren't made for Vista. This setting can be found in the Settings tab.
IconPackager 4 settings
IconPackager is part of the Object Desktop suite of desktop enhancements, and is also available as a stand-alone application for Windows XP and Vista. There is a free trial available and the full version is $19.95, with discounts for existing IconPackager users. More information can be found at the IconPackager website.
Reply #4 Saturday, May 17, 2008 1:43 AM
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Reply #6 Saturday, May 17, 2008 11:43 PM
Me too... and in pre-school English cos most technical terms in computing/software use go right over my head.
Ditto on that... and for all your other software/tech reviews, they're always informative and easy to follow.
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Reply #12 Friday, January 14, 2011 6:09 PM
Thank you very much for cool icon packager.........
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