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Viou allows you to drop a folder on Viou to automatically create and apply the appropriate icon based upon the icon of the application it contains.

What's New

Version 2.8.1 (marked 2.6 in the Finder):
  • Public stabilized realease
  • Both PPC and Intel on 10.4 (Tiger) and 10.5 (Leopard)
  • SSave for CMM option redisigned

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5.

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RavenNevermore Member IconReview+1321
RavenNevermore
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Once you figure it out, it works fine. All you need to do it set your folder options in the editor. Then drop the folder on the third well from the bottom; "Drop a folder into this region to paste an icon based upon the application icon it contains". Then pick the icon and it will paste it to the folder the way you have it set in the editor. You don't have to do anything else if what you want is the icon on a folder.

This was a little hard to figure out, but didn't take long. Also the default folder icons it shows is old, but selecting "standard OS X folders" will update them. Once you quit and restart the app it remembers you settings. I couldn't get the contextual menu to work in Lion, and if you select a folder with no application icons, it asked you to abort or skip, and then crashes.

But it does what it's intended to do, and I was able to paste a bunch of icons on my folders in no time.

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Version 2.6
xati-ba Member IconReview+237
xati-ba
+2

Pic2icon does everything this does, but better.

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Version 2.8.1
RavenNevermore
+0

Maybe, but it's PPC only, so it apparently doesn't do EVERYTHING better, such as running on a Mac made after 2006.

Roro01 Member IconComment+0
Roro01
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First of all, many thanks for this application. A problem I've discovered - when using "Drop a folder on that pool to paste the last copied icon to every folder it contains", it sometimes paste the icon also on files contained in all the sub folders and, of course, this is very annoying and difficult to undo. I hope the developer would be able to fix this problem easily as file names have extensions but folders seldom have.

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Version 2.8.1
Corpsecorps Member IconComment+761
Corpsecorps
+2

After attempting to use this further, i find i was way too generous. Nothing about this application is intuitive, logical, or properly explained.

It rarely if ever even properly does what it's supposed to.
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Version 2.8.1
Corpsecorps Member IconReview+761
Corpsecorps
+1

Want to like it, but it's awkward as hell and showing it's age.

The Shadows, Tools, distortions and transformations that can be set within the Viou window, to be applied to the icon going on top are great.

Being able to choose a premade icon from a list of sets is an interesting feature conceptually, but unless one doesn't mind a hodgepodge of folder images, you're going to have to paste the same folder to every one on the system. I don't find this feature useful. Also, many premade folders are pre-Leopard and not really appropriate for cover-flow.

The ability to add a 'logo' to the mix seems like an afterthought as it's position and size are fixed.

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THE BIGGEST LIMITATION of Viou is that the image being composited on top MUST be an icon within an application or already applied to a file. NO .icns FILES OR IMAGES ALLOWED!

Given that restriction, the ability to "preview" images from the contextual menu seems out of place, as does the thumbnailing of mostly outdated PICT files.

An easy way of getting an image or icon set from an .icns file composited with another icon, and applied to a disk or folder is one of the scarcest abilities in Leopard, so it's too bad this only operates on icons already applied to folders or apps.

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Bugs:

Rendering problems when moving some sliders and clicking check boxes.

Mousing over "Add a logo" gives the tool-tip for "Expert Mode".

Logo drop zone has no tool-tip, nor do the drop zones on the panel, and their exact functions are somewhat vague.

When i dropped the wrong things on some of the regions, and then clicked 'Abort' or 'skip' in the error dialog, Viou consistently crashed the finder. (10.5.4)
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Version 2.8.1
Feh-App-Store Member IconReview+58
Feh-App-Store
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OMG! Joyous day! When I went to Leopard/intel, 3 of my must-have shareware/freeware apps were broken. iCalViewer, iChatter and Viou. iCalViewer was fixed almost immediately, iChatter is unfortunately no longer supported, and now Viou is updated! For all of you that love to have folders with icons that identify what's inside them, Viou cannot be beat. Really simple to set up a default icon scheme and then it's just a matter of right clicking on a folder and selecting what app inside you want to badge that folder with. You can even do multiple folders at once. This is one of the best apps out there, hands down. And it's free!

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Version 2.8.1
Morjovy Member IconComment+6
Morjovy
+0

19 MB of what ?????????????????????????????

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Version 2.8b
Launaysoft (Developer) Member IconDev+0
Launaysoft (Developer)
+0

Hello, I am the developer, just want to let you know the Archive is 10.5 (Leopard) only ... and that, mistakenly.
A new release, with Tiger compatibility will so be available soon.
All 10.5 user can use actual archive and 10.4 users must wait for the shortly coming release.
Sorry for inconvenience.

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Version 2.8b
Crow
+0

Sure hope it will be universal binary - I'm still on a PPC...

Dogbert1 Member IconComment+9
Dogbert1
+0

Although the platform section says PPC/Intel, this appears to be an Intel only version and not a Universal Binary. At least that's what Get Info shows.

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Version 2.8b
Killer Klown Kar Member IconComment+329
Killer Klown Kar
+0

Been using Viou for quite awhile. Currently have 2.5 installed, and yes won't launch on Tiger .11 Intel

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Version 2.8b
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Roro01
Version 2.8.1
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Date 09 Feb 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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