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PixelToolbox is the complete solution for designing desktop graphics for Windows. Create, edit, and apply 1-bit patterns, wallpaper tiles, icons, and cursors - all from a single integrated environment. PixelToolbox offers the standard set of painting tools along with a few filters and features not found in other software. The unique interface, tools, and workflow were engineered to maximize your creative potential.
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DIManagerX (last freeware version) is a small, practical tool to quickly save and restore the position of desktop icons.
When the screen resolution changes, Windows often automatically repositions the icons on the desktop. These then have to be rearranged manually to their customary positions. Here is where "DIManager X" comes to the rescue: One click, and the original order is instantly restored!
The use of this tool is absolutely simple. Two options are available to the user for saving the current icon positions: "Quick save..." and "Save in profile...". The second alternative offers the possibility to save an individual profile for each and every screen resolution. A particular profile can then be selected and loaded with a click of the mouse key. Lastly, the highest degree of comfort is provided by the option in the settings to automatically restore the icon postions whenever the screen resolution changes. In this case no user intervention is needed.
DIManager X requires no installation: A double click directly starts the tool.
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Rainbow Folders
Rainbow Folders is a unique application that allows you to change color of any icon representing any folder. To make it short: with this program you can colorize your folders ! Such operation will speed up your navigation among thousands of folders located on your hard drive. Would you like to mark your favorite folders with green color, your work or school folders with blue, and your personal documents and photos folders with red? No problem. With Rainbow Folders you can colorize as many folders as you want using any color of your choice. Such colorized folders are visible in every Explorer window, every open/save dialog and in every folder selection tree as seen in many programs. In addition you can manage your favorite colors and colorize folders using Explorer context menu item. You can also add a custom hint or secure a folder from deleting it by mistake. This and much more can be done with the help of Rainbow Folders.

ÜberIcon creates a more customizable atmosphere on your desktop by extending Windows to perform new effects when you launch your icons and folders. The effects are plugin-based to give you control over the look and feel. The name translates to 'OverIcon' which will begin to make sense from the moment you see your first icon fly towards you.

The icon converter is a program to create an icon or cursor from all or part of an image. It can also save an icon as an image. The program can handle JPG, PNG, GIF and BMP. Features:
- Select any portion of the image for your icon
- Create icon files with multiple resolutions
- Create Vista compatible (up to 256x256) icons using images with alpha (transparency) data.
- Create a transparency mask for the icon
- Create a cursor (with hotpoint) from an image
- Extract the icon from an executable
- Save the icon as an image.

Save and restore the positions of the Windows Desktop Icons.
DesktopOK is a small but effective solution for user that have to change the screen resolution often. t is also good for windows users who often have to work with a projector on the notebook eg laptop or tablet-pc.
After you change the screen resolution you can find an icon chaos on the windows desktop, as if a bomb had hit it.
The icon position will shift and Windows will not correctly restore the desktop icon position.

IcoFX 1.6.4 (last freeware version)
IcoFX is an award winning freeware icon editor. It is an all-in-one solution for icon creation, extraction and editing. It is designed to work with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Macintosh icons supporting transparency.
With a wealth of tools and more than 40 effects at your fingertips, there’s virtually no limit to the icons you can create. You can easily convert your favorite images into icons, or icons into images. IcoFX gives you the possibility to create icon libraries or change icons inside exe files. Create a favicon for your website or blog.
Convert your Macintosh icons to Windows icons and vice versa. With IcoFX you can extract icons from other files, including Windows Vista and Macintosh files. You can easily work with multiple files using the batch processing capability of IcoFX.

Pixelformer is a bitmap editor, specifically optimized for creating, modifying, and converting small and medium-sized images, such as icons, buttons, web graphics, sprites, etc.
Pixelformer is faster, smaller, easier, more precise, and often more efficient than large bitmap editing tools; at the same time it is more powerful and less limited than classic simple icon editors.
So you need to create, edit, crop, resize, or convert icons or other small images? Pixelformer can help. Even if you prefer a sophisticated high-end image editor for creating graphics, Pixelformer would be a useful tool for doing fast edits, final tweaks, conversions, and optimizations.

FolderIcons is an MS Windows customizing tool, that helps you change the icons of your file system's folders. It works by simply adding a desktop.ini file in a folder, then changes the folder's attributes.
FolderIcons automates this process making it very easy to change your folders' iconds, revert them back to original, recursively asign the same icon to a whole folder tree, etc. Compatible with icons in DLLs, EXEs, ICLs and literaly any file that contains icons.

XP Icon Raider
The XP Icon Raider is a simple utility that allows you to replace the existing Windows 95, 98, or ME shell icons with the Windows XP icons.
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LiquidIcon XP
LiquidIcon XP is an icon editor for creating and editing 16x16, 32x32, and 64x64 icons. It comes with an integrated icon browser for icon extraction, and is capable of creating multi-icon resource files. It supports standard image manipulation functions such as flip, rotate, and reflect, full gray scale, color and gradient palates, transparency support, as well as image effects such as capture, text and buttonize. Note that the application needs MSVBVM60.DLL to run.
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Icon Phile
Icon Phile is a small program for customizing windows's system icons. Using IconPhile you can change the standard Desktop icons (MY Computer, Recycle Bin, Network Neighborhood, etc..), drive icons (Hard drive, Floppy drives, external drives), folder icons (Open and Closed Folders, Printers, DialUp, Tasks.. or any individual folder) and more.
Icon Phile's main feature is document icon customization. Using iconphile you can change the icon for any File Type on your computer. Icon Phile provides a faster and simpler interface for changing these icons. Moreover, Icon Phile lets you change File Type icons by extension. The file list is totally user configurable, making the process of finding the file you want to change faster and much more powerful.
IconPhile's interface fully supports drag and drop, meaning you can drag icon files straight from you computer onto the icon you want to change in IconPhile. Icon Customization has never been faster.
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RealWorld Cursor Editor
RealWorld Cursor Editor can create and edit static and animated Windows cursors. Cursors are created from images using a simple wizard. Images in cursors can be modified by drawing tools such as Lines, Curves, Rectangles, or Ellipses. A drag-and-drop based interface allows users to easily reorder, duplicate, or append frames to animated cursors. Application contains several predefined filters covering color corrections, sharpening, softening, motion blur, and other effects. Selected filters (for example drop shadow) can be applied on multiple images at once.
A windows blue-silver cursor set is bundled with the editor.
The application installer does not require administrator rights and a native 64-bit edition is available as a separate download.

IconTweaker is a free tool to customize Windows icons.
Changing the default icons gives your desktop a personal look and customizing icons of individual drives and folders can make it easier for you to recognize them.
The themes systems let's you apply a set of icons with a single click and allows designers to share their icons with other people. Many themes with beautiful icons are already included and ready to use.
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C'S Wizard Icon
C'S Wizard Icon 1.3.1 (last freeware version) is tool useful for viewing; creating; and editing a variety of file formats including ICO; BMP; WMF; GIF; EXE; DLL; and ICL. It includes tools for pulling (freeform caresses; lines; rectangles; and circles); filling; moving; rotating; painting with any color; and a zoom command that allows you to edit each pixel of the icon. You can see increased and decreased current size versions of the icon you are working with and also scan your PC for icons in .DLL; .EXE; .ICO; .ICL and .BMP files.
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