Microangelo Toolset is a comprehensive set of four utilities
that each provide a different aspect of icon manipulation.
Microangelo Animator is a bit of a misnomer, as this one can
also be used to create icons whole cloth from scratch, or edit
existing icons, and they may or may not be animated. The animation
tools here are very clunky, as you can’t drag and drop, or reorder,
individual frames in an animation. You can only create new frames
on the end or remove individual frames, severely limiting the
usefulness among hardcore animators.
Microangelo Librarian does everything sister program Microangelo
On Display does, that is, replacing icons inside a file. It
also lets you create icon libraries, which can contain many icons
from multiple locations. Finally, it lets you rip icons from whole
folders or drives and put there somewhere new, ostensibly to create
a library out of them. Those into manipulating large numbers of
icons will need to get the hang of this one.
Microangelo Explorer is simply a graphical user interface for
the other utilities. It lets you launch any of them from any point
while exploring your system in a similar interface to Windows
Finally, Microangelo Studio has the same look and feel of
Microangelo Animator, but works with higher-res icons in their
native image format rather than Microangelo Animator’s .ani files.
Also, it doesn’t do animation. Other than that, it’s really
difficult to tell them apart.
These four tools make Microangelo Toolset roughly equivalent to
Manager and IconCool
Editor combined. These utilities don’t approach the complexity
of IconCool Studio, however, and its ability to plug itself in to
Photoshop as well as its more advanced animation and editing
Studio Pro is also only slightly more expensive than
Microangelo Toolset at $60 versus $50, and is therefore worth the
extra expense over Microangelo’s version.
Note: Microangelo Toolset is full-featured during its 21
day trial period. After 21 days, the full version is $50, or $80
for Microangelo Toolset, On Display, and Creation in a bundle. This
software comes in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. This is the 32-bit
version. If your 64-bit PC is running 64-bit Vista, please download
64-bit version instead.