Released on July 12th 2010.
The notable new feature of this version are layers. Layers (with effects) can be used when editing individual pictures or entire icons. The image to icon convertor user interface was simplified and displays live preview of the generated icon.
The built-in 3D editor is capable of automatically multiplying objects and it is now much easier to create things composed of multiple similar parts - like pyramids, grass, or shells.
The new version is also available as fully portable, no-installation zip package and works on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 (there are minor limitations in look and feel on Windows 2000). Native 64-bit edition is available.
Released on May 15th 2008. Old version archive.
This version introduces support for icon libraries (.icl files) and a completely redesigned raster image editor with arbitrary selections, sub-pixel precision for shape coordinates, tablet pressure support, mouse gestures, and modern look and feel. Another notable feature is the ability to store created files in database and attach tags to these files. Application help is now web based.
Support for older Windows systems was dropped. The new version is fully supported on Windows XP and Vista and works with minor limitations on Windows 2000. Native 64-bit edition is available.
Raster editor related:
Released on February 12th 2007. Old version archive.
This version features improvements on all fronts. The application user interface is both simpler and more streamlined, there are new image filters, drawing tools, Mac OS icon support, batch operations, the ability to parameterize 3D models and more.
The free upgrade period for professional and corporate licenses was extended to 2 years (applied retroactively). Owners of personal licenses can upgrade to latest version for 6 USD. Price of new personal licenses was increased to 29 USD.
RealWorld Icon Editor allows designing icons for Windows Vista and is fully compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista. Learn more about the high DPI modes supported in Vista.
Released on April 14th 2006. Old version archive.
This version features major improvements in image editing, image to icon conversion, and general user interface. Application behaves as a standard image editor without distinct view and edit modes and it has more built-in image filters and operators. Image to icon conversion was improved both internally and externally and is better accessible thanks to a simple wizard and a batch image to icon convertor. Application menu and toolbars are now fully configurable and fine-tuned to each scenario.
New version of RealWorld Icon Editor helps designing Windows Vista icons faster. Raster editor allows quick creation of a projected shadow and reflectivity can be specified for material in 3D models allowing realistic reflections of other objects in 3D scene.
Released on August 20th 2005. Old version archive.
This update made RealWorld Icon Editor the first editor with Windows Vista icon format supported. Windows Vista uses large 256x256 images and reduces size of icon files using PNG compression.
Released on August 6th 2005. Old version archive.
In this version, we focused on making application functionality better accessible. It is now easier to start working with the software and use its numerous features.
For this version, three license types are available: home, professional and corporate. Newly introduced is the home license with significantly lower price and full functionality. This license is for individuals, who intend to use the software for non-commercial purposes only.
New is also native support of Windows XP 64bit edition running on AMD Athlon A64, Intel Pentium 4 6xx and compatible processors.
Released on April 17th 2005. Old version archive.
First public version with these new features:
Released on January 30th 2005. Old version archive.
Internal version with these features: