Review: Icon Tools 1.6
Power PC-based Mac with Mac OS 8.0 or higher
In case you and your Sherpa guides have just returned from another assault on the South Face of K-2 and have been out of touch for awhile, let me remind you: we love our Macs because (Fill in your favorite reason here.) and we can customize them to our heart’s content without getting into too much trouble. If you are the type who can’t leave well enough alone, but might be a bit put-off by ResEdit, and want everything on your Mac to reflect your personality (a scary thought for some of us) you might like to try out the adventure of Icon Tools by Alberto Ricci and Alessandro Levi Montalcini.
Icon Tools is a Contextual Menu Manager plug-in that allows you to create, modify, customize, rotate, invert and mark your Icons. For users of System 8 and above, the Contextual Menu Manager is a control-click menu of actions that can be customized to save time, mouse movement and keyboard strokes. I have to admit that I had not used the Contextual Menu very much until I began the review for Icon Tools, and I find it is a very powerful tool available to all Mac users that should not be overlooked. You can use the Contextual Menu to create folders, change desktop settings, make aliases, move items to the trash and many other repetitive chores. There are a number of helpful plug-ins available (like Icon Tools!) that you can use to customize your Contextual Menu Manager. Version 1.6 of the Icon Tools package has been redesigned to take advantage of the new 32-bit icons available with the release of System 8.5. Preview icons now look much better, and you can now apply transparent or translucent icon stamps.
There is no way for me to list all of the possible features and uses for Icon Tools in this small review, so my recommendation is to grab a copy of Icon Tools and try it out for yourself! It is easy to use and won’t get you in any trouble, unless you overdo it and render some of your icons totally unrecognizable! In that case, there’s always a “reset icon” command to restore sanity. Icon Tools will appeal to anyone who wants their Mac to have that “custom” look. It can also actually speed up your work by making it easier to locate files and folders. I now can’t live without it.