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Re: XP-style icons broken

From: Simon Large <simon.tortoisesvn_at_googlemail.com>
Date: 2007-11-15 22:58:55 CET

On 14/11/2007, Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn@gmail.com> wrote:
> Toby Johnson wrote:
> > Stefan Küng wrote:
> >> Simon Large wrote:
> >>> Hi folks,
> >>>
> >>> The XP-style icons seem to have undergone a non-optimal change, from
> >>> being clear and bright to smaller, fainter and fuzzier. Looks like a
> >>> rescaling of a larger icon? Screen shots of the before and after
> >>> attached.
> >>
> >> They're not 'broken' :)
> >> I took the liberty of recreating them as vector graphics to make sure
> >> we can get any size we need in the future (Vista now has 256x256 icons).
> >> They're now made from the svg files located here:
> >> http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/svn/tortoisesvn/trunk/src/Resources/svg/Overlays
> >>
> >
> > It's really not possible to create good 16x16 or smaller icons by
> > scaling down vector graphics. When you get that small, it really is
> > necessary to create distinct bitmaps because things like antialiasing,
> > gradients etc. just don't look right.
> >
> > You can see this in most of Windows' icons; the 16x16 versions often
> > look very different from the bigger versions and often omit details that
> > don't scale well. I agree with Simon, the new ones are very difficult to
> > see; maybe it would be possible to keep the old 16x16 icons but use the
> > vector graphics for larger ones?
> I made them a little bit bigger. IMHO they now look good even in 16x16
> size. Please try the next nightly build and report back if you still
> think we should keep those sizes separate.

Sorry but I disagree. The bigger size is certainly better, but what is
lost is the clear edges. The scaled down ones look very fuzzy. Also,
the colours are a bit washed out compared to the originals. The larger
sizes look fine, although maybe they are a bit *too* big now.
Personally I always use Explorer in List view, so I normally only see
the smallest icons.

But I have no easy solution for automatically combining the SVG
generated icons with the hand-crafted small icons :-(


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