[texworks] Icon Update

Jonathan Kew jfkthame at googlemail.com
Sat Jul 11 13:16:17 CEST 2009

Hi Stefan,

I was just thinking of writing about icons, but with a different  
request! But as you've been busy (yet again), some comments on this  
one first.

To tell the truth, I preferred the previous edition.... I liked the  
more interesting "inky" surface, in particular, and I also prefer it  
without the strong outline; I think the shape itself is simple and  
strong enough that it doesn't need this. Modern systems often show us  
icons with quite high resolution, and the revised version then looks  
rather dull (to my eye). I've nothing against the adjustment to  
thicken the T-bar, and a richer "metal" look might be nice, but in my  
view the Inkscape/svg version has moved in a less-attractive  
direction, so personally I'd vote for refinements to the Blender  
version rather than this one.

(Just the opinion of a non-artist, of course!)

Now, what I was going to request.... in addition to the application  
icon, it would be good to have icons for associated documents, which  
at least some systems will display. If you look in the res/images  
directory you'll see that I have created a simple TeXworks-doc.png  
that the latest Mac build is using, but this was just hacked together  
in Photoshop, and would probably be better regenerated from Blender  
source if you're up for that. Also, it would be nice to have distinct  
document icons at least for text and PDF file types, while keeping the  
visual association with the application itself.... would you (or  
anyone) care to give this some thought? :)

If you have the time (and inclination) to do this, it'd be ideal to  
have the icons generated at 512px, as I think that's the largest size  
anyone needs for now, well as any "source" that may be relevant, and  
any smaller sizes (256, 128, 48, 32, 16px) that benefit from fine- 
tuning rather than simply scaling the original. Oh, and of course the  
Windows .ico format, for those of us who haven't yet attempted to  
build those.

Thanks again!


On 11 Jul 2009, at 11:33, Stefan Löffler wrote:

> Hi,
> I've updated the icon. These are the changes:
> * It's now in vector format (svg, made with Inkscape), so it should be
> much easier for everybody to get it at any possible size.
> * As part of the conversion process, I cleaned the icon up a little  
> bit
> and gave it what I consider to be a more icon-ish look. I also  
> broadened
> the upper bar of the letter T (as requested by Alain). Technically,  
> this
> means the letter is no longer representing the cm font family, but I
> think it's close enough, no one will really notice, and it should make
> the icon a bit easier to understand at low resolutions.
> I've included the most common sizes as png files (as usual). I also
> followed Joel's guide to build a windows icon, hope it works.
> Hope you like this new version (otherwise just ignore it ;)).
> Stefan
> <tw-icon.ico><tw-icon.svg><tw-icon-16px.png><tw-icon-24px.png><tw- 
> icon-32px.png><tw-icon-48px.png><tw-icon-96px.png>

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