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Hi Jaron, Christoph,

Jaron Kuppers schrieb:
Hi Christoph,

On Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 5:24 PM, Christoph

Hi Jaron! [...] Just to present my "nit-picking" side: does this
icon still respect the position/size of the application symbols?

You caught me... not exactly!  The other icons don't have elements
that exceed 8 px width although some currently have elements only 7
px wide.

The source contains a hidden layer containing the area Christoph mentions.

I stretched that rule a little and made the gear 8.5 px wide.  I find
bitmaps to be tricky at small scales and a small change can make a
world of difference.  In this case I had hoped 0.5 pixels could be
overlooked for the improved look.  :-) As for position there is still
a 1 pixel boundary at the bottom of the icon and it is still

I'd prefer to stay consistent, but the visual impression might be more important than single pixels.

Even if not, I think it looks much cleaner - we should go for it
(for the 16px icon), even if it is a bit different. To me, it is
important that all the main application icons are consistent. In
this case, the macro icon might rarely be used together with the
main application icons - so I really appreciate the improved

Agreed; consistency is important. Therefore if we want, the 8 px wide
gear looks 90% as good but follows the rules.  Here you can see it
for comparison:
(8.5 px left, 8 px right)

I like the larger gear wheel - but not because it's half a pixel wider, but because the symbol's borders are sharper.

But looking at the source Christoph defined the maximum symbol size as 8px width and 7px height.

While my present version is smaller (don't really know why) I exported a version with the maximum height (becoming 7,4 px wide):

Comparing the three ones your wheels look darker - did you go away from the grey gradient already used on the borders (if not, it's a resizing problem here...)?

The 8.5 wheel is still the sharpest, but I don't see much difference between 8 and 7 - except the different color.

In my eyes it depends on our interest in staying consistent:

If we want to stay consistent, we should use the 7px (7.4px) version - as the macro icon will not be used very often, there might be just a few people noticing the icon at all.

If we want to provide the visually better icons, I'd go for 8.5 px (even if there is no background between wheel and border).

My personal preference is staying with the standard (showing that we follow our own rules), but this preference is quite weak...

Best regards


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