tools to edit/build button & icon images?

Discussion in 'iPhone/iPad Programming' started by dugbug, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    dugbug

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    #1
    Pardon the intro question but I am a PC developer trying to use xcode for an iphone project.

    What application(s) do you folks use to create custom graphics for your buttons/toolbars/etc? In visual studio there is a built-in editor for simple graphic editing tasks. I was kind of surprised to see xcode only shows me the icons or bitmaps, but never lets me enlarge the image to see the pixel details or make changes.

    I assume then there are probably some common tools everyone is familiar with that is compatible with what xcode understands/expects. What do you use?

    thanks
    -d
     
  2. macrumors 68040

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    #2
    Most pros probably use Illustrator and Photoshop. I use Vector Designer and Pixelmator.
     
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    dugbug

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    thanks! both of those look very good.

    I just stumbled over "pixen", a free paint and animation tool designed for mobile devices. It looks quite good, but illustrator may be a must buy

    -d
     
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    dugbug

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    #4
    Some revised impressions:

    Pixen is quite nice but does not offer free-hand rotation or scaling of a layer or selected region (only 90 degrees, flip). It also does not offer antialiasing of the composite layered image as far as I can tell.

    It IS very nice and easy to use though...

    -d
     

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