Dock Icon Viewer

Version: 1.0 || Release Date: 2007-04-16 || License: Freeware Developer: Matt Gray | App Owner: bitnix

Dock Icon Viewer does just that - it lets you view an icon in the Dock.

This is handy for application development - you can drop an image file, pdf or icns file onto the Dock Icon Viewer, and it will immediately show you what that image will look like as an icon in the Dock.

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@bitnix :
Thanks for the advice! I was actually already planning to open up the .nib, at least to turn on the 'red x,' but your plan is quite a bit smarter. Glad to know it doesn't cause any sort of implosion or anything either. :)

@ brh :

I found a simple workaround for that annoying window that unecessarily pops up. It requires you to have Apple's Interface Builder (provided within the XCode developer tools, which can be found on your system install disc).

1.) Right-click (or Command-click) on Dock Icon Viewer's icon and select "Show Package Contents".

2.) Navigate to: Contents/Resources/English.lproj/ and open the MainMenu.nib with Interface Builder.

3.) Then, in the nib file window, "MainMenu.nib (English)", select the tab called "Instances" and within that, double-click on "Window".

4.) Now that the annoying window is open, go to the "Tools" menu and select "Show Inspector". (Alternatively, you can just hit Command-Shift-I (that's a capital 'i').

5.) In the Inspector, simply deselect the "Visible at launch time" check box. Hit Save, then Quit and you're done.

Yeah, this is very useful for previewing icon designs... Much better than plastering the icon on a handy app, previewing it, then removing the icon... I kinda wish the program didn't even bother with the little window, since you can drag files directly onto its dock icon... But hey, it's still quite the little tool.

I find this to be a great tool when designing icons. You just drop the image file onto its Dock icon, and there it is.

Needless to say, you can drop image files in the 'documents' area of the Dock, but that's just not feeling all the same to me, as compared to the possibility of dragging around and preview the icon wherever you want.

Furthermore, there's an additional huge advantage that Dock Icon Viewer brings to the table; the image files do not need to actually have their graphics thumbnailed onto their icons first, in order to directly see the resulting icon in the Dock (which is the case with the normal method of placing icons in the 'documents' area).

It's all in the details, you know ;)