For this review, I used the registered version.
There are limitations in the shareware version, lots of things
you can't do in the shareware version. I e-mailed the author, got
a speedy response and a registered version to use for this
review, very kind of him! Please support shareware, we all want
to see more developed!
Icons Control 95 is designed to display as many icons/images as possible (32x32 thumbnail size)
in a 10x10 grid for quick browsing. Icons/images can be copied, renamed, moved, and erased with
a click of the mouse. Hard copy of icons can be printed on any printer supported by Windows.
Icons Control 95 can even display icons embedded inside DLL or EXE files. Displayed icons can
be edited, converted to Bitmaps, or extracted to ICO format (in the DLL or EXE viewing mode).
In addition, you can convert from about different image formats (including BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PCX, WPG, Mac Paint, etc.) of any size to ICO with a single mouse click.
Conversion and extraction can be done in batch mode, thus saving a considerable amount of time
for those of you with large number of icons to process. Any portion of the screen can be
captured into an icon or bitmap. For those of you who have access to TWAIN devices (i.e.
scanners, digital cameras, etc.), you can even scan image of any size directly into icons.
One thing I found that some people may have trouble with is there's no information in the help
files to tell you what to do with the license file to register your program. It's a very simple thing to do, open the file and put in the Icons Control 95 folder.
I also managed to lock this program up. I was creating icons from some of my JPEG photos and I
tried minimizing it...it doesn't do well running in the background. As my kids say, "if it can
be locked up my mom can do it!"
A short critique of what each version will do:
Shareware: Copies - Renames - Moves - Deletes - Edits - ICO to BMP conversion - Prints
hardcopy of icons - No "nag" screen (I don't believe in "nag" screen" ;-)
Registered: Above functions plus: Converts from about 40 image formats to ICO - Icons
extraction from DLLs and EXE files - Captures any portion of the screen into an icon - Access
to image flip, shift, and rotate tools - Printing of icons using color optimization - Your name
(or your company name) is displayed on the opening screen and in the About window - No more
shamefully displaying that you are merely evaluating this software -- you will be a
full-fledged Icons Control 95 power user :-)
Although technical support has not been a drastic necessity, registered users are naturally
given more priority and attention regarding technical support. (From the author)
When you register Icons Control 95 you will receive a license file which the program will use
to activate the shareware copy and recognize you as a registered user. The registration
includes receiving the latest updates to Icons Control 95 files via the internet (UUencoded or
MIME-encoded) or on 3.5" floppy disks via the U.S. Postal Service.
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