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April 20th, 2000

[8:00 AM] Desktops In Motion: Kineticon and Icon Export Updated
by Staff

Kinetic Creations has released two new products. Kineticon 1.7 allows easy animation of your otherwise static desktop, while the Photoshop plug-in, Export Icon, has been bumped to version 1.1.2. Both releases include bug fixes and performance enhancements. According to Kinetic Creations:

What's new in Export Icon version 1.1.2?

  • Now available on CD-ROM, alone or bundled with Kineticon
  • Much improved compatibility with older, 68K Macs
  • Three separate crashing bugs in the Export Layer Icon plug-in have been fixed
  • A crashing bug in the Export Icon plug-in has been fixed

What is the Export Icon Plug-in?

The Export Icon Plug-in enhances Adobe Photoshop by allowing direct export of Photoshop images to MacOS custom icon files. The plug-in creates custom icons directly from Photoshop images, using the image's RGB pixel data to create 4, 8 and 32-bit icons for the custom icon file. In addition, the image's transparency information is used to create the icon's 1 and 8-bit masks.

What's new in Kineticon version 1.7?

  • Now available on CD-ROM with 33 extra, high-quality icon animations and our entire archive of icon animations.
  • Most of Kineticon's bundled animations have been replaced with high-quality animations.
  • Other minor bug fixes.

What is Kineticon?

Kineticon is a system extension that replaces user-selected icons on the Macintosh desktop with icon animations. Wherever the MacOS would normally draw a regular, static icon, Kineticon will, if desired, replace it with an icon animation.

Included with the Kineticon package is "Kineticon Editor". Kineticon Editor allows the user to create their own animated icons for use with Kineticon. The editor is also handy for making icons from pictures or picture clippings with drag and drop support between itself and the Finder. This feature includes support for creating OS 8.5's 32-bit icons.

Kineticon 1.7 includes 24 high-quality animated icons with many, many more available for download from the Kinetic Creations web archive.

Export Icon and Keneticon are available via electronic download for US$14.95. You can find more information at the Kinetic Creations web site.

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