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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     iconsmith - an interactive	tool for editing polygon-based icons

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     iconsmith [-h] [-t	templateFile] [editFile]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     IconSmith is an interactive drawing editor	for artwork created from twodimensional
 polygons.  This artwork is used in file-typing	rules to
     create icons for the IRIX 5.X and 6.X Indigo Magic	Desktop	and the	6.5
     IRIX Interactive Desktop graphical	user interface (see the	IID(1G)
     reference page).  The fftr(1) compiler and	the older ftr(1) compiler
     combine this artwork with IRIX commands specified in file-typing rules to
     produce icons.  See the fftr(1) reference page for	full details.

     IconSmith data files are text files written in a graphics language
     similar to	the GL interface in C.	This language is described in the
     fftr(1) reference page.  IconSmith	saves its files	in the GL-like
     language for you; you don't need to know anything about that language to
     use IconSmith to draw icons.

     Sample IconSmith data files can be	found under the	/usr/lib/filetype
     directory,	in subdirectories named	iconlib.  By convention, files created
     in	IconSmith should have .fti as a	filename suffix.

     IconSmith is intended for use by graphics artists during application
     development, not by end users, because you	need root privileges to	add
     new icons to the system and because every icon is used across the system
     rather than by a particular user.	To use your artwork as an icon in the
     IRIX Interactive Desktop, you need	to define a file-typing	rule to
     control the icon's	behavior (for example, when the	user double-clicks the
     icon to open it, or when the user drops the icon onto another icon).  See
     the fftr(1) reference page	and the	IRIX Interactive Desktop Integration
     Guide for more information	about creating icons and using them in the
     IRIX Interactive Desktop.

     Icon designing guidelines can also	be found in the	IRIX Interactive
     Desktop Integration Guide.	 These include such tips as

	 * Draw	within the icon	boundary (outlined in royal blue)
	   to ensure all of the	artwork	appears	on the Desktop.

	 * Use Icon color liberally as a fill color, to	ensure
	   your	icon responds visually to mouse	events.	 (The
	   color named Icon available from the IconSmith palette
	   differs from	white in that it responds to user input.)

	 * Draw	your icon on isometric (slanted) axes to make
	   it appear three-dimensional,	like all other Desktop
	   icons.  IconSmith starts up with an isometric grid
	   by default.

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     Press the IconSmith Help button for brief instructions about using
     IconSmith itself.	Detailed IconSmith instructions	can be found in	the
     IRIX Interactive Desktop Integration Guide.

     IconSmith interprets the following	options:

     -h	     Print usage.

     -t	templateFile
	     Display templateFile in the IconSmith background for reference
	     while creating or editing artwork in the IconSmith	foreground.
	     The template file does not	get changed or saved when you change
	     or	save the foreground artwork.

	     Display editFile as the artwork to	be edited in the IconSmith

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

     The generic*.fti files listed below have special visual meaning in	the
     IRIX Interactive Desktop.	You can	use these files	as templates while
     designing artwork in IconSmith, to	make sure the artwork looks centered
     and does not obscure the generic elements below.  Then you	can write a
     file-typing rule to use these generic files along with your artwork, such
     that the generic elements appear beneath your artwork in the resulting

     The generic.exec.*.fti files are the "magic carpets" that appear in every
     executable	icon on	the Desktop.  For examples, select the Find toolchest,
     then choose Applications to bring up the iconcatalog page showing
     application icons.

     The generic.panel.*.fti files are used in a similar way as	the magic
     carpets, but for customization panels, which are applications that
     customize aspects of the user's environment.  For examples, select	the
     Find toolchest, then choose Control Panels	to bring up the	iconcatalog
     page showing all customization panel icons.

     The generic.doc.fti file is used in icons that represent data files.


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SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     IID(1G), fm(1G), dirview(1X), fftr(1), IRIS Essentials, IRIX Interactive
     Desktop Integration Guide.

AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

     John Eisenman

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