Time before a release is both stressful and boring. No exciting large-scale functions are being added, bugs are being found and being fixed, praying that a fix does not destroy anything else. But, occasionally, a small step for a developer can be a giant leap for the end user.
It has been 3 years since the first public version of RealWorld Icon Editor was released on April 17th 2005. RWIE is still one of the youngest, but is has already managed to establish itself and has positively influenced the whole industry.
Amazingly easy to use and surprisingly powerful. Picture Resizer started as a toy, but evolved into a something more. A flexible tool with unexpected features packed in a less than 300kB of data. Version 3.0 released today adds more of the good stuff.
Beta version of RealWorld Icon Editor 2008.1 will be sent to beta testers this weekend. If you’d like to participate, leave a comment with a contact info and few words about yourself (it won’t be published, no worry).
Possibly the biggest change in RealWorld Icon Editor 2008.1 will be a redesigned raster editor and scripting subsystem. This change is a major one and it is responsible for the long period between the upcoming and the previous versions. Some aspects of the new raster editor were already discussed in previous posts (here, here, here, and here) and an incomplete version can be seen in RW Cursor Editor or in the beta of RW Photos.