Friday, October 22, 2010

5.0 Feature of the Day: Flexible Icon Pack


I don't care to think about how many point-of-interest map icons we've cranked out over the years here at IDV Solutions.  So many clients had so many different icon needs (my favorite: a flaming pirate skull), and so the default icon set available in the product was an amalgamation of many of those (some incredibly topic-specific icons becoming the bane of my existence, like the...chicken icon, which is handy if you are mapping avian flu, but little else).
In Visual Fusion 5.0 we've cut that legacy cord and started fresh with a set of more generic icons from which to choose (don't worry, those old icons are still available if you need them!).

Our new icons are all semi-transparent stubs, so you can apply whatever color/transparency you want.  Time to go nuts with the Twitter Bird!

But the most interesting thing about these icons is that they are fully color-neutral stubs that can have any color assigned to them.  This means that the icons can be dynamically colored as any variant of the rainbow as your data shifts (before, you only had five or so pre-configured choices).
Anyways, get ready to live...to truly live.

Here's the new set of Visual Fusion's icons available out of the box.  These shapes, and their bajillion potential variants of color, opacity, scale, and orientation, are a good start for your mashup.  And, if none of these cut it, you can always upload your own images and use those.  Here's to options!
DotFadeFlameTargetBuilding
CameraCellDocumentRssFeedItemWikipedia
BingFlickrGoogleTweetTwitter
CircleCircleGlowCircleDotCircleHoleCircleExclaim
PaddlePaddleGlowPaddleDotPaddleHolePaddleExclaim
SquareSquareGlowSquareDotSquareHoleSquareExclaim
ShieldShieldGlowShieldDotShieldHoleShieldExclaim
TriangleTriangleGlowTriangleDotTriangleHoleTriangleExclaim
CaptionCaptionGlowCaptionDotCaptionHole
PinPinGlowPinDotPinHole
StarStarGlowStarDotStarHole
FigureFigureGlowFigureDot
SearchglassSearchglassGlowSearchglassDot
CarrotCarrotGlow
LabelLabelGlow
ArrowArrowGlow
ArrowDiskArrowDiskGlow
PlusPlusGlow
XXGlow


2 comments:

  1. I want the chickens back! My maps won't be the same without poultry!

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