What's the best bitmap editor?
In your explanation of the Joel Test question "Do you use the best tools money can buy?", you give the example of programmers forced to manipulate icons with crappy bitmap editors like Paint. Great point. Now, having had to do this kind of thing too many times, I'm wondering what you think the best tool in the category is. There are about a million shareware apps...
I actually use Corel PhotoPaint on the rare times I need to edit at the pixel level. Not because it's the best, but because I know it well and it's not worth the effort to learn a new tool for occasional use. I'm not sure what professionals use.... check out IconFactory.com -- they are the people who design some of the most famous icons in the world, with both Apple and Microsoft as major clients.
Why not Photoshop?
Joel just gave you his reasons for not using PS.
For making icons there are specialized icon programs, either free or commericial such as Michael Angelo. You will normally use a standard graphics tool first.
Axialis Icon Workshop is the bees knees...
I'll second Axialis Icon Workshop. Very nice tool and extremely easy to use.
I would have to say JASC Paint Shop Pro for Windows 3.1. I've been using it since 1996 and it hasn't given me any trouble!
Hey, why has the "New topic" link disappeared? This forum is also no longer listed on the main site. Maybe we asked Joel too many questions???
I wondered the same thing - has Joel decided he doesn't want to answer questions any more?
microangelo for icons & images in executables, paint shop pro for everything else. Great software, bargain prices.
Poor boy just couldn't live with the fact that perhaps he doesn't know everything about everything after all
Joel maintained this board as a service and hats off to him for doing that but I think he underestimated how vicious people can be on public discussion boards. "Ask Joel" means Joel is involved in a dialog, discussion board conversations will ALWAYS occasionally degenerate.
There's also the possibility he's on vacation and he didn't want to come back only to find 2^32 new topics awaiting his answer!
If I might stray onto the designated topic for a moment... Axialis IconWorkshop is my icon editor of personal choice. It's nice and usable, fully featured and pretty cheap (USD35). Enjoy...
Hey, Joel, please - why don't you come out and tell everybody "ok, I don't want to do this anymore", and everybody would say "It's a pity, but thanks, Joel, it was great." And that would be it, no guess work.
Hello. Joel? You okay, Joel? Joel?
Keep this thread alive... ;)
Why? It will soon disappear into the ether.
I've become emotionally attached to it...
Love joelonsoftware, even without Ask Joel.
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