FastIcns
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FastIcns features an innovative and easy-to-use interface for creating your own icons in only a few steps.

How does FastIcns work? Pick your favourite file, folder, or image and drag it over the cube then check the preview and then double-click the cube to save as an icns file, as a resource-fork-only file or as a PNG image. Or you can drop another file holding the Command key to assign it the icon.

Which image formats are supported? FastIcns supports all common image formats, including transparent images and Windows icons. Just
What's New
Version 3.1:
  • added background on mouse over
  • added no-cube version
  • added explicit assignment function
  • localized in Korean and Chinese (Simplified)
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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FastIcns User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Tt1tt reviewed on 28 Jun 2013
it does what i need !!

OS X 10.8.4

Thank you
[Version 3.1]


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Drdul commented on 07 Jul 2012
FastIcns still works on 10.7.4, but I can't get it to work properly on my new Retina MacBook Pro (it launches, but I can't see the rotating cube), so it looks like the switch to retina displays will eventually be the end of this app.
[Version 3.1]

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Drdul replied on 07 Sep 2012
I have since upgraded my MacBook Pro to 10.8.1, so I gave FastIcns another try, and now it works just fine. Maybe it was something with the combination of 10.7.4 and the retina display. Who knows, but it works fine now.
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Cowicide replied on 02 Dec 2012
Great to hear it still works with Mountain Lion! Thanks for the update, Drdul.
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Pusfarm replied on 27 May 2013
FastIcns worked beautifully on my 2006 MBP, but since upgrading to a Retina MBP with Mountain Lion in January it no longer works. I see the spinning cube and the image within it, but the icon generated is a small, distorted portion of the image, unusable as an icon (unless I'm looking for something abstract).
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Cowicide replied on 28 May 2013
You guys should contact the developer about the issues. Maybe there will be a fix/update. The dev has a comments area on the website, but not sure if there's an email address or not.
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+2

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Cowicide reviewed on 20 Jul 2011
What can I say... the best of the best and it's even fun to use without being hard to use, which is quite a feat. This dev reminds me of Kai Krause. For those who know who I'm talking about, that should tell you how impressed I am.

Make icons fast and easy. It's free, but it's worth a donation!
[Version 3.1]


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Ina Maka commented on 27 May 2008
I searched (really) about 4 hours for some way to make easy icons today. I am in the process of setting up my own site (beyond MySpace) and wanted to have cool icons I make myself with Photoshop. I could find NO information that really was helpful, most was way too detailed...and over my head. I thought surely SOMEBODY out there has found an easier way to make icons, that can especially KEEP transparent backgrounds on my images and size them for icons. I stumbled on FastIcns and downloaded it immediately--it sounded just like what I was looking for. It took almost no time to figure it out--it is just so darn cool, people.
I like leaving the cube spinning on my desktop with my last design in it--ready for use in an instant. (You can make the cube bigger or smaller by pressing shift and dragging it.)

The way I use the cube is to put any image onto the cube by dragging it onto the cube (psd images work too). If I am making an icon, I go to the fasticn's edit function and pick "copy as icon" then go to the folder that I want to change and open its icon by right clicking the folder and picking "get info". Then I press the old icon in the get info screen (probably a blue folder icon) and it gets highlighted and ready for the new icon, then I press "paste" and the new icon is created on the folder instead of the unimpressive generic blue folder.

My only problem is that fasticn is just way, way too much fun. My work has been on hold all day as I make one icon after another for all my desktop stuff.

Brilliant design guys! I'd have to say this is the sweetest freeware I have ever used. Good luck on all your inventions!
[Version 3.1]


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Roro01 commented on 07 Feb 2008
This application helped me enormously to create and release Folders - Full Set. Many thanks.
[Version 3.1]


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Drdul reviewed on 01 Nov 2007
Great app! Even though it says it's experimental, FastIcns can create Leopard-compatible 512x512 pixel icons (they look great in Cover Flow!).

I knocked one star off the "ease of use" rating because the rotating cube is kinda strange (there's an option to turn off the cube).
[Version 3.1]


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kobalt reviewed on 17 Sep 2007
love it! love it! love it! this is a one-trick pony that's not let me down, yet. thanks, dev!
[Version 3.1]


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Roro01 reviewed on 16 Sep 2007
PERFECT AND VERY USEFUL

Many thanks to the developer. Cheers!!!
[Version 3.1]


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Anonymous-----------------------------. reviewed on 13 Sep 2007
i've tried thumbnail pro, pic2icon (on versiontracker) and fasticns. Pic2Icon is my favourite except that sometimes it produces blank icons. It also hasn't been updated in years. FastICNS is great. Thank you for making it free.

A couple suggestions: The 3d cube is distracking and totally unnecessary. A progress bar during batch mode would be great.
[Version 3.0]


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PXL reviewed on 24 Apr 2007
I have not clue what the two comments were getting at! This app is about CREATING icons in the blink of an eye. I think this is a very handy tool to have. My only complaint is the spinning box... looks very jagged. Smooth it out and you'll achieve an eye candy look backed by a productive appeal... to everyone.
[Version 3.0]


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+5

YesThatAllen rated on 09 Dec 2013

[Version 3.1]



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hous rated on 11 Apr 2011

[Version 3.1]



Roro01 rated on 14 Jan 2011

[Version 3.1]


Downloads:41,840
Version Downloads:34,005
Type:Utilities : Icon Tools
License:Free
Date:16 Sep 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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FastIcns features an innovative and easy-to-use interface for creating your own icons in only a few steps.

How does FastIcns work? Pick your favourite file, folder, or image and drag it over the cube then check the preview and then double-click the cube to save as an icns file, as a resource-fork-only file or as a PNG image. Or you can drop another file holding the Command key to assign it the icon.

Which image formats are supported? FastIcns supports all common image formats, including transparent images and Windows icons. Just try it! ;)

What happens if I drag in a generic file or folder? Its icon is captured in order to proceed to icon generation. It can be useful if you want to convert icons from a format to the other.

What's an icns file useful for? You can provide it as an icon for a bundle. For example, Mac OS X applications use this format for their icons.

What's an icon in a resource-fork-only file useful for? That is the kind of file you'll find for example on interfacelift.com to distribute icons, as these files provide an immediate preview in the Finder and are easy to copy icons from. So this is the format recommended to distribute your icons too!

I see my picture rotated in FastIcns. What can I do? The Edit menu contains some simple editing functions to rotate or flip your image before the conversion.

Can I assign the icon to an already existing file or folder? Yes. Choose the item "Assign to file or folder" from the File menu. As a shortcut you can drag the target file or folder over the cube pressing the Command key: you'll be asked to confirm changing its icon.

Can I convert more than one file at the same time?

Yes. Enable the batch conversion mode from the menu or with Command-B and play with it: double click on the cube to configure it and drop files to create icons.


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