Believe it or don’t, there are Mac users who collect icons; app icons, iOS icons, favicons, any kind of graphic design icons. Fortunately, I’m not one of them because I’ve found Poker and photography to be more suitable to the Mincey persona.
For those Mac users into icons, though, I recommend a look at Icon Slate, a useful and mature Mac utility which lets you create icons of all kinds– OS X, iOS, Watch, Windows, Android, et al– optimize, import, export, and manage icons.
An Icon Is A Face
The value of icons on Mac, iPhone, iPad or pretty much any computing device cannot be understated. Take a quick look at the Dock on your Mac. What do you see? Icons, right?
A brief look instantly tells you which app is which, where it is, what it does. Icons have that power. Icon Slate simply lets a Mac user create icons, manage icons, and export icons for use on websites, applications, and more.
Icon Slate is almost, but not quite, self explanatory, though the options and tools are not confusing to those who’ve used Mac graphic design tools.
Every file format I’ve ever seen for icons is supported here, including .icns for Retina display Macs, iOS, .ico (Windows favicon), .iconset, Android, various custom sizes, and much more. Composing an icons is straightforward but does require graphic elements to be created on a graphic design app first.
Just drag and drop graphic images onto Icon Slate and arrange and compose as needed. Multiple configurations are available for sizes and format, and output is optimized for OS X. In fact, Icon Slate uses OS X’s best practices, including iCloud storage, a Retina user interface, Fullscreen mode, QuickLook, Autosave and Versioning.
What I particularly like about Icon Slate is the preview function. You can actually preview an icon in the Mac’s Dock and every component can be adjusted. It’s hard to believe that the app costs so little and it deserves all the four and five star reviews from the Mac App Store. Alas, there is no try-before-you-buy option.