The platform I use doesn't support ICO icons; can I still use your images?
Yes, absolutely. The ICOs we provide are solely for Windows Development. Our bitmapped
also include multi-OS and web-friendly extensions such as GIF and PNG. Pick any
of the styles above to see a complete list of sizes and formats.
What are the pros/cons of having multiple sizes integrated into a single icon
The most prominent benefit would be the ability to toggle among sizes without having
to swap out files. This is a commonly used technique in scenarios where multiple
views are supported (i.e. thumbnail vs. detail view). In these cases, different
size thumbnails (i.e. icons) are often displayed, requiring the presence of 2 or
more resolutions. The new RibbonBar also adapted this philosophy, rendering an appropriate
image size depending on the state and size of the current window dialog (i.e. whether
it's maximized, minimized, small, big, etc.).
The only disadvantage to ICO icons would be an increased file size, although this
could be circumvented by deleting any additional resolutions that are not being
used by the application and/or interface control.
I'm using a RibbonBar control; which of your products do you recommend?
It is really just a matter of personal preference. Every product line is designed
with a unique color scheme and perspective suited for an array of application styles.
All of our bitmapped families (i.e. Office, Vista,
etc.) come with multi-size ICOs, so as far as the RibbonBar is concerned, you will
have everything you need for proper implementation.
If you are having a hard time deciding which products to purchase, we recommend
downloading the samples we provide and inserting them into your interface to see
what works best. If you are familiar with Photoshop you might also consider taking
a screenshot and overlapping the sample images to get faster results. This would
also enable you to toggle among multiple PSD layers (or document windows) to compare
the styles side-by-side.