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Registered: ‎12-25-2010
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Free Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook is now live!

Hello everyone,

 

I am glad to announce that we have released an online tool to help BlackBerry PlayBook developers create great looking icons for thier games and applications.

 

You can read more details on my blog at 

http://www.orison.biz/blogs/chall3ng3r/?p=2893

 

Or start using Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook at 

http://www.orison.biz/apps/playbook-icon-maker/

 

I would love to hear any feedback or sugesstions you may have.

 

Happy coding!

 

// chall3ng3r //

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Registered: ‎12-10-2010
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Re: Free Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook is now live!

that's pretty cool.

 

why not market the RIA as a general app icon maker for all devices, even desktops?  you could have a pull down menu to select the target OS and output the image at the size of the recommended OS, or just output say a 512x512 max size and let the user reduce the image themselves.


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Re: Free Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook is now live!

Thanks,

 

Yeah we will add support for more platforms soon. For now it can be used for SVG Icons for Symbian OS and PNG Icons for BlackBerry PlayBook.

 

I think it's best to output platform's recommended output as some developers still make mistakes, specially new ones Smiley Happy

 

// chall3ng3r //

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Posts: 386
Registered: ‎12-12-2010
My Device: BB Style
My Carrier: Sprint

Re: Free Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook is now live!

Please don't get me wrong...

 

1. Why need this if you have GIMP or Photoshop? and there are several other free online options as well like Paint.NET or Sumo paint.  Also you mention in the directions to create the image using photoshop..well if one has photoshop, I don't see a reason why they cant just resize and crop the image to 86x86.

 

One reason might be if the tool has some nice filters to apply that are not present in other tools. Do you have plans to add any other filters?

 

2. It would be good to have an online URL of an image as input as well.

 

3. I guess when i upload an image it gets loaded to your server where you do the processing? If so I'd have privacy or other legal concerns to upload my media to an unknown server. Have you thought about creating a standalone app? this app could also take screenshots and resize them to appropriate size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Free Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook is now live!

@tags07, thanks for your reply and suggestions.

 

1. You are right. Developers with some experience can do this. But new developers I am seeing here are still asking for or making incorrect size icons (90px or 72px I guess). I think very less developers have actually read the UI Guidelines document. This tool is to simplify the process for them. Yes, I might add some more templates and effects soon.

 

2. Good tip. Thanks. Will try to add it in next update.

 

3. When you click the load button, image is directly loaded into the application. It is not uploaded, as bigger images will take a lot of time to upload, and consume bandwidth. However, when you click the Create Icon button, your selected 76x76 rectangle data is sent to the server, where it is processed and added 5px buffer arround image, and sent back to the client.

 

I have also explained in detail (including link to official guide) what is actual requirement for the correct icon, so once developer gets some experience, he can produce the icon using Photoshop, GIMP or any other tool of choice.

 

Best regards,

 

// chall3ng3r //

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- Free Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook developers | 5900+ icons created and counting
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Posts: 270
Registered: ‎12-13-2010
My Device: PlayBook 16GB, BB10 Dev Alpha
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Re: Free Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook is now live!

Is it possible to add the "cube"-style template that RIM uses in the sample application - and many apps that we see in demo videos?

I absolutely love it - and not every coder is familiar with Photoshop...

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Posts: 144
Registered: ‎12-25-2010
My Device: PlayBook 16GB + Z10 LE
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Re: Free Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook is now live!

Thanks for the tip. Yeah sure.

 

Will add some more templates in next update.

 

// chall3ng3r //

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- Our PlayBook Apps: IdeaPad | EasyCrop | Popcornia
- Free Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook developers | 5900+ icons created and counting
- A Kudo is appreciated if you like my post Smiley Happy
- My post soveld the problem? Please click Accept as Solution.
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Posts: 144
Registered: ‎12-25-2010
My Device: PlayBook 16GB + Z10 LE
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Re: Free Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook is now live!

Hello everyone,

 

I'm glad to share that I have posted a new version of Icon Maker for PlayBook. Now you can create great looking icons using new template.

 

- Cube template like official RIM icons Smiley Wink

- Some bug fixes

 

IconMaker-Playbook.jpg

 

Thank you everyone, it seems developers really like the Icon Maker, and we have already crossed 100 icons mark!

 

Keep your suggesting and feedback coming, so we can add more features to it.

 

// chall3ng3r //

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- Our PlayBook Apps: IdeaPad | EasyCrop | Popcornia
- Free Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook developers | 5900+ icons created and counting
- A Kudo is appreciated if you like my post Smiley Happy
- My post soveld the problem? Please click Accept as Solution.
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Posts: 1,269
Registered: ‎12-29-2010
My Device: PlayBook, Z10 LE, Dev Alpha C

Re: Free Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook is now live!

Just curious - do you happen to have the cube icon template in GIMP format?  I've been using GIMP, and tried one evening to create my own cube icon template using some crude measurements off of the default icon image but I got the perspective angles wrong, and my template looks a little squished compared to the default icon image.  Did you create your BB icon image from scratch or did you grab the BB default one and scrub out the BB symbol from the center of it?

 

Thanks for posting the web app - good stuff!

Developer
Posts: 144
Registered: ‎12-25-2010
My Device: PlayBook 16GB + Z10 LE
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Re: Free Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook is now live!

Thanks for appreciation,

 

My designer made one from scratch. It's done in Photoshop. Then I incorporated it in Icon Maker.

 

Best,

 

// chall3ng3r //

--
- Our PlayBook Apps: IdeaPad | EasyCrop | Popcornia
- Free Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook developers | 5900+ icons created and counting
- A Kudo is appreciated if you like my post Smiley Happy
- My post soveld the problem? Please click Accept as Solution.