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Last updated:
07/08/2015  ColoFolX 1.3.1
06/30/2015  ColoFolXS 1.3.1
06/23/2015  iconXprit 3.5
04/24/2015  JiXii 3.3.1
04/01/2015  iconStiX 3.2
10/16/2014  DrawOutX 1.8

Thank you for your interest in Trollin's software programs for Mac OS X.
You can try most of the features of each program before purchasing a license code.
Please download any program(s) of your interest and read the documents included in the packages carefully.
If you decide to keep using a program, please purchase its license code at the Kagi order site.
ColoFolX and iconStix are available at the Mac App Store as well.
If you are using earlier OS X versions, you may be interested in the archive.

iconStiX
v.3.2
for OSX 10.9-
ca.6.5MB

USD 9 at
Kagi

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Easy-to-use custom icon tool to combine and attach images to desktop items.
 
iconStiX is a custom icon tool to combine images, shapes & text and attach the composition to desktop items such as folder. You can use the app normally or as Finder's services.
 
Main Features:
  multiple objects (image, shape and text) can be added and ordered in a list
  edit the objects in various way (move, resize, rotate, skew, color, shadow, change font)
  a retouch tool (overdraw or erase specified color)
  preview of scaled images
  attach / remove custom icons (read/write permission is required)
  possible to change the max icon size to reduce memory use (refrain from high quality)
  saving own documents to be used as template (QuickLook compatible)
  export as image (icns, png, tiff)
  a separate panel to keep favorite icons
  Finder services: copy, attach, remove, and open (more...)
 
What's new in v.3.2 :
Several adjustments for OS X Yosemite :

▪ Deprecated methods are replaced.

▪ QuickLook plugin, which is included in the app, is updated.

▪ Icon attachment methods regarding alias (bookmark) and symlink are modified so that their originals are processed.
Notes:

 - new icons are visible only after restarting the computer and/or renaming the alias / symlink in concern (completely new names are required to avoid the 'cache' issue).

 - selecting an item and changing its icon does not update its aliases / symlinks if any (aliases / symlinks are re-created manually, as far as tested on OS X 10.10.2 and 10.10.3 preview).
- to update icons, it is helpful to delete the contents of the folder '/Library/Caches/com.apple.iconservices.store' and restart, though this is not a convenient way at all…

▪ A few lately intruded bugs are fixed (mainly in relation to drawing shapes and text).

 

For OSX v.10.6.x-10.8.x, iconStiX v.2.3.2 is available.



ColoFolX
v.1.3.1
for OSX 10.9-

USD 4.99 at
Mac App Store

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ColoFolXS
v.1.3.1
for OSX 10.9-
ca.9MB

USD 5 at
Kagi

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A compact icon tool specialized in coloring folders.
 

Please note ColoFolX [without the last "S"] is available at the Mac App Store (MAS) only and licences are NOT exchangeable. The MAS version is slightly different due to its limitation posed by the sandbox environment; for instance, it has NO shortcut-assignment possibility. The two apps may also differ from each other according to their versions.


Basic steps are very simple:
1. Launch ColoFolX[S].
2. Drag & drop a folder to a color cell.
 
Or use as a Finder service:
1. Right- (or ctrl-) click a folder in the Finder.
2. Select "ColoFolX[S]" from the contextual menu.
3. Click a color cell.

Note: these 3 steps need to be repeated if you like to change the same folder's color again.

 
Main Features:

Cell colors are adjustable with the color sliders or using the color panel.

Possible to keep not only colors but also your favorite folder icons on the main panel (drop an icon image to the empty cell while pressing the alt (option ⌥)-key).

Custom icon max size can be limited to reduce memory use.

Finder tags can be linked to the ColoFolX[S] colors, so that they are added or removed when you change icons with ColoFolX[S].

Possible to list the items marked with ColoFolX[S].

[ColoFolXS only] Shortcuts can be assigned to the removal function and each ColoFolXS color.

Note: they are valid while ColoFolXS is running, while the shortcut assigned to the Finder service works to launch the app.

 

For more details, please refer the readme file included in the ColoFolXS package and click the '?' buttons in the app.

 
What's new in v.1.3.1 :

▪ Internal adjustments for stability and compatibility.

 
Notes:
 SideEffects and XtraFinder would be something for you,
 if you are looking for a tool to bring color to the sidebar icons and like to add background color to filenames.
iconXprit Icon iconXprit
v.3.5
for OSX 10.9- ca.13 MB

USD 11 at
Kagi

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Background custom icon service program for OS X Finder.
 
iconXprit enhances the Finder's services with its menu containing several custom icon relevant functions. It offers advanced features such as defining group colors, adding editable text, customizable menu, and an editor with a scribble tool, effect filters and free transformation, in addition to the basic attachment / removal possibilities.
After installation, ctrl-click (or right-click) an item in the Finder to get its contextual menu including "iconXprit". Then, select the menu item (click once) to get the full iconXprit service menu.
To skip the first step, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to "iconXprit" (e.g. ⇧⌘X; cf. "Services Preferences…" under the Finder menu).
For quicker use, iconXprit can be launched at log-in; then, its status item is visible in the menubar.
 
What's new in v.3.5:

▪ various internal adjustments to reduce use of deprecated functions and methods on OS X Yosemite.

 

Known issue:
Frequent icon change can make icon cache enormous, which may hinder proper icon change.
Clearing cache once a while seems to be effective, though it must be done carefully especially if you have a large amount of colored items (i.e. make a backup and try when you have enough time).
To clear icon cache, launch the "Terminal" app and enter the following command:
sudo find /private/var/folders/ -name com.apple.iconservices -exec rm -rf {} \;
After pressing the return-key, you need to enter your password.
Then, enter another command:
sudo rm -rf /Library/Caches/com.apple.iconservices.store
and press the return-key.
Certainly you can go to the folders directly and remove them manually: "/private/var/folders/xx/xxxx/C/com.apple.iconservices" (where xx and xxxx are variable names) and "/Library/Caches/com.apple.iconservices.store".

 

Please use iconXprit v.3.4 for OS X v.10.8.5. For earlier versions, take a look at the archive.

DrawOutX
v.1.8
for OSX 10.8-
ca.21 MB

USD 15 at
Kagi

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Create multi-page documents as making scrapbooks.
 
Draw and adjust path objects (default and custom shapes, free lines, or lines & curves in mixture), write or paste text where you want, drag & drop images which can be scaled and modified with various filters, add simple tables, stamp date & page... Finally export the whole or a part of the document in various image formats (pdf, tiff, jpeg, png, icns). You can also start with existing image files and add any objects described above.
Just handy for multiple purposes!
 
What's new in v.1.8

▪ Support for autosaving documents; i.e. new items under the "File" menu: 'Duplicate', 'Rename', 'Move To' & 'Revert To' as well as a clickable window title.

▪ Various internal adjustments for energy efficiency and better compatibility with the latest OS X (v.10.10 GM3).

 

For OSX 10.3.x-10.7.x, please have a look at the archive.

JiXii
v.3.3.1
for OSX 10.8-
ca.16 MB

USD 9 at
Kagi

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Jigsaw puzzle with your favorite images - relax or challenge with the timer.

You can adjust various puzzle settings (image size, piece patterns and numbers, single or two-sided), view options (board color, piece outline, etc.), sounds and shortcut key assignment.
To change image, drop your image (e.g. your digital photo such as you see here ) on the program icon or on the puzzle board if JiXii is already open.
Your puzzles can be saved as "JiXii Cards" (.jixi) with your message and specific settings separately from the main puzzle.
 
What's new in v.3.3.1

▪ Puzzle option states (show ghost image, edge pieces only, fullscreen) are now kept across sessions.

▪ Minor internal updates.

 
Note: java applets saved using JiXii are not code-signed and deprecated in the Java 7 environment, though they still work locally as stand-alone apps (double-click the created jar file). For the earlier Java environments a quick tutorial is available.

For earlier OSX 10.1.5-10.7.x, please have a look at the archive.


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