What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing justIcons 2 for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software justIcons 2






TOKYO (MacHouse) – Xcode is a great IDE application. But it has made us difficult to design application icons since it no longer supports ICNS files. Instead, you have to place 10 PNG files in the small squares of an AppIcon box, which can be painful if you end up redesigning the icon over and over again. So this icon issue has made JustTomato (an existing desktop application) near-useless.

These days, I’ve been thinking about upgrading JustTomato. I need a desktop application that lets me create icon files such that I can use them with Xcode easily every time I change icon design. And that’s how I have come up with justIcons 2, a successor to JustTomato.





Mac software justIcons 2   Mac software justIcons 2






justIcons 2 supports three different development platforms, letting you create icon files for all of them out of a single image. As far as the OS X platform is concerned, by default, justIcons 2 no longer generates ICNS files. Instead, the application will create a folder containing an AppIcon (.appiconset) folder with 10 icon files and a Contents (.json) file in it. So you can just drop this folder into the Images (.xcassets) folder of your Xcode project. Furthermore, on top of OS X and iOS, justIcons 2 also supports the watchOS platform and lets you create six different icon files for the 42mm screen.  





Available at Mac App Store
Mac App Store






What’s new?

  1. The application creates an AppIcon folder with 10 icon files and a Contents file for OS X.
  2. The application creates an AppIcon folder for iOS. Select iPhone, iPad or Universal from a drop-down menu.
  3. The application lets you create icon files for watchOS
  4. The application now supports Japanese localization.
  5. Quick Tour shows the user how to use the application with graphics.






Features

  1. Create icon files for all three development platforms (OS X, iOS, watchOS) out of a single image.
  2. Batch-create icon files with multiple source files.
  3. For OS X, create a folder containing an AppIcon folder with a Contents file that you can use with your Xcode project.
  4. For iOS, create a folder containing an AppIcon folder with a Contents file that you can use with your Xcode project. Select your device from the drop-down menu that appears to the right of the iOS checkbox button.
  5. For OS X, optionally create an ICNS icon file.
  6. For iOS, create 13 icon files for iPhone and iPad.
  7. For watchOS, optionally create icon files for the 38mm screen as well.
  8. The application support the fullScreen mode.
  9. The application supports the retina screen. (tested with 2014 2.6 GHz 13″ MacBook Pro)
  10. Languages: English and Japanese only.
  11. Application file size: 18.1 MB.
  12. The application comes with a built-in 16-page user guide. Choose Show Quick Tour under justIcons 2 whenever you need to see it.






System requirements

  1. 10.8 (tested with 10.8.5), 10.9 (tested with 10.9.5), 10.10 (tested with 10.10.4)10.9 (tested with 10.9.5), 10.10 (tested with 10.10.4), 10.11 (tested with 10.11.6)
  2. 64-bit system






Limitations

Nothing so far…






Version history

Version 2.1.0 (Released on August 31, 2016)

  1. The application now creates AppIcon.appiconset for iOS devices. After turning on the iOS checkbox button, use the drop-down menu to the right to select a device option.
  2. The minimum OS version is raised to macOS 10.9.


Version 2.0.3 (Released on August 20, 2016)

  1. The iOS icon package now includes an icon image for iPad Pro App (167 px x 167 px).


Version 2.0.2 (Released on unknown date)

  1. The application comes with a new distribution profile.
  2. A new toolbar button labeled Open folder is installed. This toolbar button will become accessible when the user creates icons. Click on it to open-launch the folder containing icon files.
  3. Tooltips are added to toolbar buttons.






Trial/Demo version

Click here to download a trial version. This trial version will remain fully functional for 7 days, starting from the very moment you first launch it.






Video tutorial

There is no video tutorial at this time.






justIcons 2 is a product of Tom Bluewater.
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