First a big thanks to the_iceman for his help and support!
For the past few months Iíve been working on a Windows application called ZL Iconset Factory, ZLIF for short.
ZLIF is a utility for making ZLauncher iconsets. (BTW, it's not for editing the icon artwork.)
OK, so whatís so special about that?
A lot of people may not realize that a properly formatted ZLauncher iconset, can replace ANY or ALL icons on your PDA, in a fashion similar to programs like AppIcon. However, creating this type of iconset isnít particularly easy to do, especially if you donít have any programming chops.
Also, since there are so many Palm applications, distributing this type of iconset is likely to result in wasted memory for icons that wonít be used.
Whatís needed is an application that makes it simple for any user to make an iconset for themselves. And thatís the purpose of ZLIF.
I know that many of you are familiar with my ThemeMaker program. ZLIF doesnít work anything like it. Virtually everything in ZLIF is automatic. Here are some of the things ZLIF does:
Modify existing iconsets or create new ones.
Automatically keeps track of new programs you install, so those icons will be available.
Automatically converts to other color depths on the fly.
Automatically converts images you load or paste to the correct color depth.
Automatically selects the transparent color for you, and displays icons using the transparent color.
Automatically strip out all of the low or high res icons, depending on what you need.
Create templates from any iconset with your favorite program icons.
If youíre curious to see what ZLIF looks like, there are some screen shots on my web page.
OK, now for a couple of pieces of ďbad newsĒ.
1) ZLIF isnít going to be free. I apologize if anyone on the board got the impression that it would be. There are several reasons for this, but the biggest reason is the huge amount of time Iíve had to put into it. (As a comparison, the ML background converter on my web page took about a week and a half from start to finish.) If thereís any good news in this, itís that I plan on making it quite inexpensive.
2) The second piece of bad news is that even though ZLIF is pretty much fully functional now, I canít sell it because itís currently using PilRc to compile the iconset. Even though PilRc is a free application, it has licensing restrictions that donít allow it to be used with anything other than a free program. The program canít be sold until I finish writing my own resource compiler, and to be honest Iím not certain how long that will take yet, but hopefully not too long.
So the reason Iím posting this today is I would like to get a few more people who would be willing to be testers. So hopefully when the resource compiler is finished, the front end will be pretty bullet proof.
If youíre just curious about ZLIF, please donít volunteer to be a tester. If thereís enough people who just want to check out the program, we can make a demo available for anyone to download. The demo version will save ZL system icons, but will only save 2 application icons per iconset.
I will give the first 5 people who ask, a reg key code and the location where the program can downloaded.
Most of the testers that Iím currently using are members of ClieSource. So if you have a question or problem, please post it here first to let the others know and in case other testers can supply the answers. (Which gives me more time to finish the program.)
Again, if you donít want to commit to being a tester, but are interested in seeing the program work, post a request here.
OK, I'm off to the state fair to have a deep fried Twinky on a stick. (No I'm not kidding!)
I think it's a Minnesota thing, everything on a stick at the state fair. Pancakes, pizza, pork chops, deep fried candy bars, and of course the Twinkie (with chocolate syrup). The rumor is that next year its deep fried White Castle hamburgers on a stick
As far as the release date, I'd like to get a little more into resouce compiler before I commit. I've done all the compression routines before in ThemeMaker, and I'm already doing the palette conversions in the dll that comes with ZLIF, so I'm hoping it won't be too bad. I'm as anxious as anyone to get it finished. Its been a long project.
Festus, I would love to give it a try. I just dug out the old skinning tools and have started in again (now that zztech is not changing there format every release ) I would also like to be the first to purchase it when it is released. You have done so much for the skinning community an I would like to give something back. Just let me know.
Sting? I don't really listen to his music.
But I respect the fact that he is making it
BTW - Since my normal Yahoo e-mail address appears on a lot of web pages, it's getting constantly clobbered with Sobig virus e-mails. (Sometimes up to 30 per hour!) So it gets filled up quick.
Another one that can be used is festus440 [AT] zlthemes.com
Version V0415 has been uploaded this morning with following changes / fixes.
Fixed problem that caused start-up search to happen regardless of the setting.
Unknown icons can now be modified.
Added some additional Palm OS system icons.
Fixed lockup that occured when changing the application of an unknown icon.
There's a history file in the root of the install directory.