Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Sep 2009 17:43 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Last week, Culf of Mac published an article showing off some of Snow Leopard's beautiful 512x512 icons, revealing some interesting tidbits about them you could only see when the icons are fully maximised. In this article, I compare some of Snow Leopard's icons to those of Windows 7, and you'll see while both operating systems have beautiful icons, there are some key differences between the styles of these icons. Note that this article contains some large images, so if you're on dial-up, you've been warned.
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From a bloat perspective
by deathshadow on Mon 7th Sep 2009 22:41 UTC
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The 512x512 just pisses me off because the filesizes are ridiculous - especially when the majority of users aren't even going to use them larger than 32x32 with only a handful even considering going as large as 128x128...

Much less the detail/damage of downscaling them makes them pretty much look like ass - like anything else once you start downscaling you have damage.

ICO stores native tweaked versions of each size - you can put anything from 16x16 in 2 colors to 128x128 in truecolor in a single file. Read the header, index to the one you want, read the one you want in the format you are going to use it - vs. load in and decode a 512x512 image every time? Nothing like chewing a MEGABYTE of memory just to process an icon you're going to render as 4K. **** that ****.

... and people wonder why I say using OSX often feels like driving with the parking brake on - and we wonder why common advice for speeding up OSX is to reduce the number of icons on the desktop and in the Dock.

Meanwhile the "handling .ico files stuck within .dll or .exe files is a total nightmare." comment - what, you've never used a resource editor? ... much less it's not like you are locked into using the ones in the file if you don't want - and it's not like the change icon dialog won't show you all of them, so for the #DDD user it's not exactly a big deal.

Edited 2009-09-07 22:49 UTC

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