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Add Folder Icons

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Ordinary folders in the Mac OS X Finder are always displayed with the same boring old blue folder icon.

Sometimes you might want to liven this up. Perhaps you browse a music collection through the Finder as well as in iTunes, or have photos that you browse in the Finder as well as in iPhoto. You might create artwork, or own a collection of home movie DVD files. Whatever things you have, one thing is for sure — the standard blue folder icon doesn't give you many clues about the folder's contents.

This is where Add Folder Icons comes in. It uses any pictures found inside a given folder to create a customised icon based on a configurable icon style. There is a set of built-in icon styles and you can create your own.

┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄ Release notes for version 2.1.0 ┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄

• When building icons, very large images are skipped to avoid using too
   much memory. This is set at 64MB in version 2.1.0. In a future update,
   you'll be able to configure this to suit your computer and images.

What's New in Version 2.1.0

• Now supports sandboxing in Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" and 10.8 "Mountain

• New introduction screen makes it easier to understand and use the
   application straight away.

• Fixed icon generator stalls on Lion for large collections of folders.

• Fixed failure to honour the filename and label related settings in the
   "Advanced" section of the Preferences.


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Customer Reviews

With a *tiny* bit of perseverance this app pays off big

In response to several of the previous reviewers - did you give up reading that book because it didn't have on the cover 'open here by grasping one of these corners (arrows pointing at corners) and pull gently toward you…' ?

It's pretty simple to work out - if you make sure there's only one picture in the folder when you run the app (note - move all other images out of the folder - make the icon - then put them back!) - and select 'one image' on the edit styles - you have full control. Also - it's not just limited to album art - any JPG or - wait for it - PNG with transparency (!) makes for an astoundingly flexible and useful tool.

Now… where's the instructions for these toothpicks….?


I was one of those Mac users, for a brief period of time, when Apple allowed the X-ray folder feature/plugin for the QuickLook was ecstatic with Mac OS. Then Apple regressed and took away this feature and had been very disappointed so much so that I had relied on using WinXP VM running on Parallels to view the photo folders on my Mac (How sad and ironic). Reading up on the developer, it appears that the developer also found the loss of QL enhancement to be an issue and wrote this static solution. I did notice that none of my video files did not generate corresponding thumbnails. This is a great app with batch processing that works. Thank you.

Works as advertised

It does what it says, and you can't complain about that. I give 4 stars because it could use some more advanced options, and sometimes it doesn't seem to lay out the icons very well. For example, when I make a custom set with only 1 picture that isn't cropped square the picture ends up being kind of tiny in the middle of the folder. With only 1 icon it should try to fit the dimensions of the folder better. Great app other than that, and some updates could possibly make this a stellar little gem.

Add Folder Icons
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  • Free
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1.0
  • Size: 2.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later, 64-bit processor

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