Free Icons and A New Year Gift From Aha-Soft

Free Icons and A New Year Gift From Aha-Soft
Happy holidays everyone! Enjoy your time with your family, stay offline for a couple of extra days and have a fantastic, successful and a truly joyful 2013!

We’d like to celebrate the coming holidays with a gift to our customers!

You can get 2 individual icons from our stock icon sets for free.

Follow these steps to get your icons:

- Visit http://www.aha-soft.com/all-large-icons.htm

- Select desired icons

- Post your query

You can choose icons from 280 icon sets which are ready for evaluation.

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You can order all our software products and stock icon sets with 50% discount using NY2012SUB discount coupon.

Icon design software: http://www.aha-soft.com/products.htm

All icon sets: http://www.aha-soft.com/iconsets.htm

30% discount is available for icon design service.

(All offers are valid through January 1, 2013)

Why Designing a Mars Rover Like Curiosity Just Got a Lot Easier By Tim Maly

MSL Rover NX CAD model


You’ve all seen the artist renditions. This is what Curiosity looks like to an engineer.

A few minutes into our interview last Thursday, I ask Tim Nichols, managing director of Global Aerospace, Defenses and Marine Industries at Siemens, if he was nervous about the Curiosity’s fate on Sunday. “Of course I am,” he says with a laugh, “We all know about missions to Mars — they’re complex.” None moreso than Curiosity’s elaborate landing sequence, designed to get the SUV-sized robot down safely.

He needn’t have worried. Late Sunday night, the rover successfully set down on the Martian landscape, overseen by a tense room of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineers and watched by so many people here on Earth that all of NASA’s websites crashed. Like the rest of us, Nichols was glued to his screen. Unlike the rest of us, Nichols gets to say he had a hand in it. His company’s software designed Curiosity.

Curiosity is much larger than her unexpectedly long-lived predecessors, Spirit and Opportunity. This meant that she couldn’t just land bundled inside airbags like the smaller rovers.

Instead, the mission executed a complex series of maneuvers to eject the robot from its capsule and lower it to the ground, via a rocket-powered sky crane in a sequence of events that NASA called the Seven Minutes of Terror.

Curiosity was designed by the JPL at the California Institute of Technology. When it came time to coordinate the enormous team of designers and engineers that built Curiosity, the capsule, and the sky crane, JPL turned to Siemens. They needed to design the robot (relatively) cheaply and they needed to design it fast — the launch window for missions to Mars comes once every two years. If you miss the deadline, there’s a long wait ahead.
MSL Capsule with Rover NX CAE thermal model


If you squint, you can see Curiosity and the sky crane folded up together in the capsule.

Luckily, Siemens had developed software suited to this sort of project. They call it Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).

One of the costliest parts of creating a new physical product is building and testing prototypes. With PLM’s robust suite of simulators and version tracking, you can avoid a lot of physical prototyping — saving both time and money, and speeding up the development process. In essence, PLM turns the physical engineering of a product into a process that looks more and more like designing code.

PLM runs on a laptop, connected to a central asset manager, called the Team Center. Engineers can check out parts of the project, work on their problems and assignments, and then check it back in to the main branch. This allows for a lot of concurrent design work. “In the past, engineering teams would be somewhat isolated by discipline,” says Nichols, “The overall leadership recognized that they needed to bring all the groups together.”

This is a far cry from past projects, which would be designed as a series of handoffs between teams. First the thermal profiles would be worked out, then the aerodynamics, on down the line. Propagating changes between teams could become a nightmare. PLM changed all of that, Nichols says, giving the team the ability to “compress the schedule and … do many more design iterations.”
MSL NX CAD Exploded view of seperation stages


With luck, this is the only exploded view of the Mars lander that we’ll ever see.

If this sounds a lot like software engineering, especially the open source variety, it’s because it is. There’s a version control system, the ability to check code in and out of the system, and a set of test suites that allow you check the performance of your part of the module in relation to the whole. By keeping the objects in software for as long as possible, you can treat them like software, with all of the speed and flexibility that this implies.

Nichols says their suite of tools has been used to design everything from golf clubs — “Golf clubs are pretty sophisticated, though they haven’t helped my game.” — to aircraft carriers. Looking ahead, he predicts an increasing incidence of distributed international teams of contributors working on a project.
“Global virtual collaboration and engineering is really the future,” he says. “We want to see more of that.”

But first, Curiosity had to make it to Mars. “We all have our fingers crossed,” he said on Thursday. You can uncross them now, Mr Nichols.

The Release of Large Menu Icons

Menu-Icons.com announces the release of Large Menu Icons, a royalty-free library of stock menu images for application developers and web designers. The new set includes 398 icons drawn in matching style, color and gamut. The Large Menu Icons collection sells for $49.00.

About Large Menu Icons

Large Menu Icons is the perfect choice for busy application and Web site developers. This collection of stock icons with matching properties such as style and colors, can be used in various projects and scripts, as well as on portals, blogs, forums, and web sites. Large Menu Icons will make an application, blog or applet look modern and consistent throughout. All icons in the Large Menu Icons collection are royalty-free. The entire collection is immediately available and comes with an online preview.

What’s Inside

The Large Menu Icons collection contains images representing all sides of the application work. Some of the icons in the set are: open, close, edit, validate, time, clock, error, OK, data, computer, archive, people, user, girl, man, admin, horse, car and more.

 

                                    Large Menu Icons 
Technically, the set includes icons in a number of formats, sizes, color resolutions, and image styles. Every icon from the library comes in sizes of 16×16, 24×24, 32×32, 48×48 and 64×64 pixels. Normal, disabled, and highlighted versions are included for every icon. 256-color and semi-transparent True Color icons are supplied. Large Menu Icons are delivered in Windows Icon (ICO), Bitmap (BMP), GIF and PNG formats for instant integration into any systems. The entire Large Menu Icons collection is available for only $49.00. Source images are also available in SVG and AI formats for an additional payment.

Menu-Icons.com also plans to release a number of new original icon sets including Lumina Menu Icons, Windows Menu Icons, New Menu Icons, Cool Menu Icons, Win8 menu Icons, Vista Menu Icons, Mac Menu Icons, Android Tab Icons, Linux Menu Icons, Nokia Menu Icons, iPhone Menu Icons, Mobile Menu Icons.

About the Company

Menu-Icons.com offers thousands of icons in the most difficult small resolutions. PDA and mobile developers and designers can enhance their software with smooth, perfectly rendered icons in the most convenient resolutions. Menu-Icons.com are available in all sizes common to desktop and mobile applications for mobile phones, communicators, and desktop applications. All icons offered by Menu Icons are royalty-free, ready-made and instantly available.

iPhone or Android: the Battle

Androids vs. iPhones. The debate goes on and on. When the iPhone first hit the market, there was really no competition. Apple was playing in a class of its own. Early Android phones were mediocre: slow UI response, lags here and there, and the overall “do-it-yourself” approach just didn’t with consumers.

iphone icons
Today, the situation has changed. With the latest iPhone being a superb device and a wonderful system, the newest Androids leave little to be desired. Today’s Androids have no UI lags, offer most of the same apps in the Google Play store, and went away with the do-it-yourself, LEGO type approach. Today, choosing one phone over another is more of a personal preference. Let’s try to discover what’s good about going the Apple route, and what advantages the Android way can bring.

Hardware and Model Selection

With Apple, you are always limited to just a few models. Or, rather, you can choose from just one current model in several versions that differ very little. There are a few older models you can get from the used market, but that’s about it. “You can have any color as long as it’s black”.

Android devices, on the other hand, come in many shapes, models and colors. Various manufacturers use entirely different hardware. Different screens, CPUs, memory. Vastly different quality and usability. Buying an Android phone will require you to do a research on what’s available, whereas you can’t go really wrong with any iPhone you can afford. Are you a techie or a gadget guy? Look for an Android phone you like best. The rest will be served by Apple.

Display

The latest generation of iPhones has a wonderful Retina display. These super high pixel density displays will render your apps, icons and graphics so smooth it’s hard to believe. Kudos to Apple: they made one of the best screens ever.

Android phones ship with all kinds of displays. Some of the better ones can match iPhones in resolution, but software integration is still lacking. Many applications still have low-resolution icons and graphics designed to be displayed on lower-resolution screens. When selecting an Android phone, you will have to watch carefully to get a model with a good screen. If you’re not friends with numbers, icon resolutions, angles of view and other specs, just get an iPhone for the best screen ever.

Pre-Installed Software and UI

An iPhone is an iPhone. They’re all the same. One operating system, one UI, the same set of pre-installed apps, same icons. You can customize it by moving stuff around and choosing a few icons on your own, but there’s only so much you’re allowed to do.

Androids come in many flavors. Different firmware and dozens of OS versions, builds and codenames. Different sets of icons for exactly the same app. Many different shells and launchers. Fully customizable: you can turn an Android phone into pretty much whatever you want (and it’s not all about custom icons) – but you have to know what you’re doing. With such a broad variety, some models are simply better as in easier to use, more stable and working more reliable than others. If building your very own tailored system is fun for you, by all means buy the Android. If you like your phone working straight out of the box, get an iPhone and begin using it right away.

Maintenance and Upgrades

iPhones don’t have a slot to use an external memory card. You’ll be stuck with the amount of memory you originally bought. If you outgrow your iPhone, you’ll have to buy another iPhone, bringing more money to Apple.

Most but not all Android phones come with a microSD extension slot, allowing you to add more memory when you need it. With microSD cards getting cheaper every year, you will be better off in the long run if you buy an Android.

With iPhones, you can’t even replace a battery. If your battery goes bad in some years (they all do; lithium batteries die in 3-4 years), you’ll be sending your iPhone to Apple for a “major repair” (more money to Apple), or be shopping for a new iPhone (even more dough to Apple).

While some Android devices use similarly fixed batteries, most devices are easy: just lift the cover and throw a new battery in. A replacement battery will set you back a few dollars, allowing you to postpone the purchase of another phone some more years.

Conclusion

Android phones are cheaper to buy and cheaper to upgrade and maintain. They’re more extensible and customizable. iPhones work great straight out of the box, and offer possibly the best usage experience ever. Which one to pick? The choice is yours.

Source: Apple iPhone vs. Android: the Epic Battle

Icon Mega-Pack: All Icon Sets

Designing graphics on a budget has never been easy. Software developers use dozens, and often hundreds of small images (icons) throughout a single application. Custom ordering all of them makes little sense, unless you’re making a Photoshop killer or building a similarly ambitious project.

Stock icons are a perfect alternative to custom graphics for the rest of us. Stock graphics are instantly available, come with clear licensing terms, and eliminate waiting and guessing from your routine. With ready-made icons, you get exactly what you see, pay a discounted price, and receive your images in a matter of minutes – not days, weeks or months.

Every icon set is unlike another. The many collections of ready-made icon sets cover various topics, serve different platforms, and come with different licensing terms attached. And of course, the icon sets come in a wide assortment of sizes, color depths and file formats. Some icon sets are drawn better than others, and some have extra features such as a separate semi-transparent layer (the Alpha-channel) allowing the images blend smoothly with difficult backgrounds. Finding and choosing the right icon set can be just as difficult as ordering custom graphics to a designer.

Aha-Soft All Icon Sets http://www.aha-soft.com/iconsets.htm offer the ultimate answer to the entire stock icon set dilemma. This monster icon pack includes more than two hundred collections, or over 25,000 unique icons covering pretty much everything from social networks to medicine, financial and transportation applications.

 

All Icon Sets integrate multiple collections of icons. Each icon set is dedicated to a certain topic. There are icon sets for Windows developers, and there are icon sets for Android, Apple iOS, and Windows Phone apps, as well as Web portals, databases and online tools. No matter what platform you are targeting, All Icon Sets will have something for everyone.

With as many as 25,000 individual icons in 200 icon sets, the icon mega-pack includes images in a widest range of sizes, color depths, activity states and file formats. Depending on the target platform, the icons come in all sizes defined by the platform’s design guidelines. The sizes include resolutions of 16×16 to 512×512 pixels, depending on the platform and application of the particular icon set. The icons from All Icon Sets are provided in a combination of BMP, GIF, PNG, and Windows ICO formats. Vector sources can be provided with some icon sets including AI, SVG, PDF, CDR, XAML, 3DMax, and PSD formats.

All Icon Sets come with full-size, instant online preview. Visit http://www.aha-soft.com/iconsets.htm to check out previews, download free samples or place an order.

All Menu Icons Collection Packs 13,000 Pictures into a Huge Value Pack

 

 

Looking for ready-made icons and looking for the best value? Stop right here: the bundle of All Menu Icons packs thirteen thousand unique images into a single value pack. How much value? If you buy this pack, each icon will cost you just 3 cents.

With that many images offered at a deeply discounted price, there must be a caveat, right? Well, let’s check. Licensing terms? All Menu Icons are royalty-free, letting you using the icons as many times and in as many products as you need. Whether you’re developing mass-production software or design custom Web sites, All Menu Icons will never require an extra payment. With convenient, royalty-free terms, All Menu Icons offer simply the best value among its many competitors.

Visual quality? All images comprising the All Menu Icons bundle are meticulously designed and handcrafted by professional artists, then assembled into themed sets for easier reference. There are numerous icons drawn in different visual styles, allowing you designing bright and vivid Web sites or applications with decidedly muted looks while maintaining the usual high level of visual clarity.

Technically, All Menu Icons offer icons in quite a few sizes and formats. There are five pixel sizes (16×16, 20×20, 24×24, 32×32, and 48×48), two color depths (8-bit and 32-bit color with alpha-channel), and four file formats (ICO, BMP, GIF and PNG), with individual resolutions offered at an even deeper discount. Three visual states representing Normal, Disabled and Highlighted versions of navigation elements are supplied. The variations bring the total number of images to over 600,000.

Writing about icons, reading about icons or talking about images won’t tell you anything about their looks. Visit http://www.menu-icons.com/all-menu-icons.htm to have a brief look at the preview and decide for yourself whether All Menu Icons are what you need. Didn’t find an icon you were looking for? We will make one right for you, according to your needs and specifications.

Perfect Time Icons – Much Essential For Time Managements!

You can add more color and attractive look in your website or any application as well as easily scheduling your performance with the help of perfect time icons collection. You can get these royalty free icons collection in several symbol, objects and action like the clock, time machine, calendar, appointment, alarm, and schedule for both your personal and commercial use. You can get more than 89 unique icons that related to various time related concepts. All the icons are available in unique image, format and sizes that fulfill your different requirement of application. These icons are available in various sizes like 16×16, 20×20, 24×24, 32×32, and 48×48 and formats like the ICO, BMP, PNG and GIF in various color formats. Perfect Time Icons are the right option for the websites and software developers to get best graphical users interface design in quick time and less effort for their different application assessments.

The Perfect time Icons is collection of some attractive time associated stock icons for the developers of the software applications as well as web sites. These set also includes around 56 icons representing the clocks, calendars as well as other objects or concepts, and related to the time, schedules, appointments, performance, and many more etc. Every icon is been supplied in five sizes (20×20, 24×24, 16×16, 32×32 as well as 48×48 Pixels), two color depths (around 256 colors or 16.7 million colors with the transparency) and four file formats: the Windows icon (.ico), the Bitmap (.bmp), GIF or PNG, allowing simple integration of the images in any of the project or system. Every icon image as well has the three variations: hot (selected), normal, as well as disabled and you may download free Perfect Time Icons now.

Perfect Medical Icons – Designed Professionally!

The perfect medical icons have been designed by professionally, and it has been used for medical department. However, there are numbers of computer users purchasing these sorts of icons for their desktops. Now, these sorts of perfect medical icons have managed to draw more importance from those users who are related to the medical or science. It’s having assortment beneficial features through which you can levitate your desktop appearance. Now, you need to collect some information about these sorts of icons from the online retailers. These icons are available in assortment resolutions such as 48×48, 32×32, 24×24, 20×20, and 16×16. The color depths of these sorts of icons are 32 and 8 bit. Also, these sorts of icons are coming to market in three states like highlighted, normal, and disabled. The perfect medical icons are now designed in 4 picture formats such as ICO, PNG, BMP, and GIF. It’s a great addition to your PC.

Every image is given in many resolutions, the color depths as well as states. You may select any size you require from 24×24, 16×16, 20×20, 32×32 as well as 48×48 pixel versions, make use of True Color and 256 color icons or make the dynamic interfaces making use of three supplied states – normal, disabled or highlighted. You may rest assured all these icons in set have the single brightness or contrast or saturation level and cannot need adjustments before used in the interface. For sake of the convenience, all of them is supplied in GIF, ICO, BMP, as well as PNG formats that as well eliminated trouble to have to convert them for the specific needs. In case, you would like applications to look very professional or be user friendly as well as eyecatching, never look very Far. Take close look at the Perfect Medical Icons also you may soon realize that it has everything that you might need.