Icon2Image
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Convert file, folder, and disk icons into images.   Commercial ($9.99)
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Icon2Image is a menu bar productivity app for quickly and easily:

- Creating image thumbnails of file, folder and disk icons, in batch, in various image formats and sizes.
- Copying icons to the clipboard (in sizes specified by preferences.)
- Adding custom icons to image, movie or ICNS files.
- Adding custom icons from the images on the clipboard.
- Making ICNS icons of image file contents or movie poster frames.
- Making ICNS icons of file, folder and disk icons.
- Making images from ICNS files.
- Adding icons to Web location

What's New
Version 1.3.7:
  • Update for OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.6 or later



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Jazzyguy reviewed on 01 Jun 2011
It WORKS!!!! By Jove IT WORKS! I just batched a whole bunch of files with it and it is GREAT.I used to use a contextual menu no longer available in 10.6 to do it and this works great!What more can I say. Props to the developerfor this great App.
[Version 1.3.6]


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gMax commented on 03 Mar 2009
Is this really worth $25?

To make turn your icons to images FOR FREE, just copy (cmd + v) your selected icon from the Finder, open up Preview and choose File -> New from Clipboard. You can then save out the icon as any image file that Preview supports. Even supports large 512px icons in Leopard.
[Version 1.3.1]

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Jppagliaro replied on 01 Jun 2011
It's not $25 - it's free!
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Smayer97 replied on 19 Aug 2011
it wasn't before. Now it is!
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Doug S. reviewed on 10 May 2007
I'd say this is a really nice piece of software. It works well and everything, however, it's 100% useless. Now, don't misunderstand me, I use things like this every so often and I do find them useful. However, this one charges you money for what various free programs do, and for a lot cheaper.

Screenshot Plus for instance can take a screen shot of just an icon. It's free. There are various plugins for Photoshop that can import icon data, including it's various states.

As a piece of software this is indeed nice, but I cannot justify paying $25 for it, not when there are so many other programs that you can get that are more flexible and cost you nothing.
[Version 1.1.9]

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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 10 May 2007
Thanks for the 3/5 stars, but...

It's just your opinion that this software is 100% useless. Didn't you read the review which preceeds yours? That person, along with many others, don't seem to agree with that. It makes me wonder if you really tried the program or not.

You're comparing software programs which are of different types. The primary advantage of Icon2Image is that it is a contextual menu, not an application. This can simpify your workflow dramatically.

For example. Suppose you want to get a 128x128 image of an application icon. With your method, you probably first have to change the Finder option to view the window with icons sizes set at 128x128. Then you need to launch an application to take a screenshot.Now come some of the problems:

a) Does the screen shot you just took preserve the transparency that resides inside the icns file?

b) Is the screenshot exactly 128x128, or do you have to open it in an image editor to trim it?

c) How easy is it to change the selected output format of the image?

Icon2Image makes this process much easier since it is a contextual menu in the Finder. All you need to do is control-click on the application and make a menu selection - and the image of the icon is generated in whetever format you like, with transparency for image types that support it.

Selecting the image size with Icon2Image is trivial. It's pretty much just another menu selection from the contextual menu.

On top of all this, Icon2Image does more than just generate images from icons. For example, it can add custom icons to image and movie files (using the movies poster frame.) It also works in the opposite direction, i.e. it makes icons from image data.

Finally, if you read the current description of the product on MacUpdate you'll have noticed that IU am offering the program at half-price for a limited time.
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Doug S. replied on 10 May 2007
Wow a quick response! That's not always the case with developers and for that, at least, I commend you. However...

(a) Yes, quite a few of them do. The one I mentioned, ScreenShot Plus, preserves 100% of the icon including alpha, though that program was just one example.

(b) I have to trim away the icon's title, however since we're referring to it's use for designers they're going to be working with photoshop or some other image editing program anyway and clearing a small section of an image takes so little time and effort, there's really not much of a strike against it.

(c) It's right in the settings for the widget, right next to allowing me to choose what it opens to and where it saves to and so forth.

As for the icon's to files, that functionality is built into OS X already. Take any icon resource (creatable by a large number of free graphic editing programs), open it's info window, click the icon and you can copy and paste it into any other info window and it will create all the necessary files for you. If you don't want to do that, there are dozens of other free apps that do it for you.

Also, I mention but one of many apps and the like that can do the job. I mentioned other apps because, though they are not contextual in nature, they may have more features. For instance, I see no mention that if you grab an icon, that it will grab all the other resources associated with it, such as sizes and variates in bit depth and open and closed states.

Again, this is all personal opinion but I can't justify paying for an application I will use relatively rarely when I can get free apps that do it with only a miniscule amount of extra effort.

So, I stand by my review. The features and stability are good (for obvious reasons) usability is alright, though maybe it does warrant a 4th star. Price, however, is still a 1 since I can do this with a variety of other programs. Sorry, but that's just one designers opinion.
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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 11 May 2007
I'm sure the alternative tools you are referring to are well suited to similar tasks. But even if those alternatives require as little as twice the amount of time or effort it's worth considering a more convenient option like Icon2Image.

For example, you mention that you need to trim off the icon name using one of your tools. This is not necessary with Icon2Image. And what if you wanted to process mulitple icons at once? With Icon2Image you can select multiple items in the Finder and process them all together, i.e. batch process them.

With your free tools, can you rely on technical support and continual updates? Often times you can't (and you did seem surprised I came back with a response so soon, indicative of my constant attention to what I am doing.)

I consider Icon2Image one of my best programs, and if you browse my website, http://www.limit-point.com, you'll see I've written quite a few programs. So there's no doubt I will continue to provide updates to it. I use it all the time.

But, if you review the history of comments here on MacUpdate you'll notice, and it's quite funny, that almost every update I post ellicits a comment or review like yours, i.e. sort of acknowledging or hinting the product is good, but you want it for free, and the pricing is the most outrageous thing you've seen. So you'll write a comment pointing out supposed alternatives, which usually turn out to be a vatsly different entities than what is described, or unsupported tools that haven't been updated for 5 years or so. It's crazy.

Please note, however, I always offer updates for free, for all my software.
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Lee123 replied on 15 Oct 2007
I totally agree, everyones thinks software should be free or the developers should work for peanuts. Where does this come from?
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Doug S. replied on 15 Oct 2007
They shouldn't. However, if they expect to be paid they should offer something that either isn't on offer anywhere else, or if it is that they do it in a much better way and therefore justifies the money.

This coming from someone who develops and designs. I don't expect to be paid the same thing for processing an image as I do for making a Flash slideshow.
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kobalt replied on 25 Apr 2008
I've just found this app and haven't had time to check it out - so no comment from me regarding functionality at this point.
My comment concerns the dev mentioning 'the review which preceeds yours' by way of showing that there are people who really dig this app and happily pay for it. BUT the writer of 'the review which preceeds yours' has paid $5 for the app and not the now charged $25. Whereas $5 seems reasonable, $25 appears less so.
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ronaldjohn commented on 07 Apr 2007
I don't know who the other reviewers are but as a graphics designer using software in this category daily, I could legitimately be called a "power user". I have used Icon2Image for several years now and I can honestly say it is the best of the class for two reasons: ease of use and reliability. As a professional I need software that keeps me moving forward at all times. Since Icon2Image is a Contextual Menu item it is always just a right mouse click away no matter which program I'm working in meaning it's fast. Secondly, I'm continually testing different software packages, always interested in speed and productivity gains. Where competing software packages fail to perform, Icon2Image has always taken the task and performed flawlessly. These are facts based upon tens of thousands of uses over several years time. Also, the developer is active and continually bettering the program. I wish I could say that for many other software products. Thanks to the developer for a great product. $5.00? If you need a program to convert images easily and reliably to other formats and sizes, you can own the best in class for the less than the price of a value meal at McDonald's.
[Version 1.1.8]

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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 07 Apr 2007
All registered users feel the way you do, judging by the email I receive. So thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on MacUpdate!
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niamor commented on 09 Dec 2005
A demo version ? For 5$ ? It's a joke ?! A there are lots of others little tools who are free, very useful, doing the same with less claim. FinderIconCM, Pic2Icon (no more on MacUpdate list ?), for my two prefered.

Bof.
[Version 1.0.10]

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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 13 Feb 2006
The demo is free, it's unrestricted and time limited to ten days.

If you like the features of the program you can register it for $5.
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yNot replied on 04 May 2006
Program works great for me. Great time saver.
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Anonymous reviewed on 26 Oct 2005
Google 'IconGrabber'

It's free and it does the same thing.
[Version 1.0.9]

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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 26 Oct 2005
Icon2Image is a contexual menu in the Finder, not a standalone application.

This simplifies workflow since it's conveniently available and conversions between icons and images is performed usually in just one step or two. Then it's out of your way.

I've been checking out the alternative (yes, free) products, and most of them don't seem to be contextual menus. I think these tasks are perfect for a contextual menu - and that's why I work on it.

Did you try it before you wrote your anonymous comment?
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maconnect commented on 09 Dec 2005
how about copy / "new from pasteboard" in Preview.app ?
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Anonymous commented on 30 Mar 2009
Agree.
Good program.
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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Sep 2005
Can't you use the graphicConverter that comes with OS X? I've done it, it works. No need for another program. Unless you love to spend money...
[Version 1.0.8]

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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 26 Oct 2005
You don't back up your comment with any specific information so it is not too useful. Can you please provide more information on how the features of Icon2Image can be reproduced by Graphic Converter? Thanks!

Even if the feature set is identical, Icon2Image is different because it provides all its functionality conveniently from a lightweight contextual menu in the Finder, and not as an application.
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Anonymous reviewed on 27 Sep 2005
You can do the same thing with Iconverter for free.
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/9477
[Version 1.0.7]

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Limit Point Software (developer) replied on 26 Oct 2005
Iconverter provides many similar features, yet Icon2Image is not an application but rather a contextual menu which makes it much more convenient and readily accessible o some people.You access its functions from a menu in the Finder, and then it goes away.
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Bill B commented on 30 Aug 2005
You can do this for free using FinderIconCM and ToyViewer.
[Version 1.0.6]

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Anonymous commented on 30 Aug 2005
Hello,

There is also Iconverter (http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/9477), but it's non a contextual menu... but it's free, but 5 bucks, it's not that much... Ho I don't know ! too much choices lol :P
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Anonymous commented on 26 Sep 2005
$5 to have it done nicely and without effort of installation? I'd say it is worth it.
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Icon2Image is a menu bar productivity app for quickly and easily:

- Creating image thumbnails of file, folder and disk icons, in batch, in various image formats and sizes.
- Copying icons to the clipboard (in sizes specified by preferences.)
- Adding custom icons to image, movie or ICNS files.
- Adding custom icons from the images on the clipboard.
- Making ICNS icons of image file contents or movie poster frames.
- Making ICNS icons of file, folder and disk icons.
- Making images from ICNS files.
- Adding icons to Web location files using their associated "favicon"
- Removing custom icons from files.

This functionality is available as a menu bar app in the Finder, and operates on multiple file and folder selections at a time, saving you time and effort creating images of icons by other multi-step methods (such as "Get Info" + "Preview" + "Save as" etc.)

Almost all interface elements have tool tips for help learning the app, or recalling what they do.

Preferences

Modify behavior in various ways via Preferences. The preference window includes the following features:

- Include make icons: You have the option to not display menu items to make icons, leaving just the other menu items available. Since making images is the basic feature of the app, it is always available.

- Overwrite files by same name: If a file by the same name already exists this option enables you to prevent Icon2Image from overwriting it.

- Include add custom icon: Option to show the menu items which add custom icons to graphics and movie files (using the movie poster frame.)

- Image ICNS: If this option is selected, and the file is an ICNS file, the image is generated from the ICNS data in the file, rather than the file icon itself.

- Append icon size: If this option is selected, the current icon size will be appended to the name of the generated image files.

- Background image color: You can specify a background image color, using the standard color picker, so that the images blend well with the background they may be placed upon. (The color chooser has a "dropper" tool to copy colors from other parts of the screen.) Click on the color well to open the picker.

Also note that Icon2Image displays the hexadecimal value of the chosen color next to the color well. You can use that to verify the chosen color matches a color you specify in HTML.

- Background transparency: Use the alpha value slider to make a background partially or fully transparent when applying the background color. (Note that only some formats support transparency, but the transparency is applied to the background color even for image formats that do not.)

- Compression: For supported Quicktime Codecs (such as JPEG) you can specify compression quality.

- Image size: Use the slider to specify the output image size. You can choose a size between 16 and 512 pixels on a side. The image size is also used when using the "Copy icon for file" fearure.

- Add custom icon to file. If you select this option Icon2Image will add a custom icon (derived from the graphic image) to the image files it creates.

- Choose image folder. Lets you specify where Icon2image will save files it creates. The default is in the app's folder of Application Support.

- Open image folder for me: Option to open the image folder in the Finder after a file is created and added to it.

- Open image file for me: Lets you specify if Icon2image should open the file after it creates it. The file opens in the default application for files of that type.



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