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Last updated:
12/23/2015  DrawOutX 1.9.1
12/23/2015  ColoFolXS 1.5
12/19/2015  iconStiX 3.4
09/23/2015  iconXprit 3.6
04/24/2015  JiXii 3.3.1

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.
If you are using earlier OS X versions, you may be interested in the archive.

iconStiX
v.3.4
for OSX 10.10-
ca.8.2 MB

USD 9
at Kagi
or at Mac App Store

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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.3.4 :

▪ Possible to add shading (gradient) in addition to color.

Note: applying a recess effect, you can adjust its intensity with this shading option.

▪ Internal adjustments by creating icon (using the sRGB colorspace as default).

 
Known issue: newly replaced custom icons of alias/symlink and items at the desktop as well as in the list view are visible only after Finder-relaunch (a convenient method: click the Finder icon in the Dock with the option (⌥) key and select "Relaunch").

 

For earlier OSX versions (v.10.6.x-), please visit the archive.



ColoFolXS
v.1.5
for OSX 10.10-
ca.8.4MB

USD 5
at Kagi
 
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A compact icon tool specialized in coloring folders.

Basic steps are very simple:
1. Launch ColoFolXS.
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 "ColoFolXS" 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 ColoFolXS colors, so that they are added or removed when you change icons with ColoFolXS.

Possible to list the items marked with ColoFolXS.

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 click the '?' buttons in the app.

 
What’s new in v.1.5 :

▪ Option "Don’t show the app icon in the Dock" - you can now let the app run in the background.

▪ Minor internal adjustments.
 
Known issue: Custom icon change of items at the desktop as well as aliases/symlinks is visible only after Finder-relaunch.

***** Dear ColoFolX Users *****
After several releases over more than a year, ColoFolX was rejected at the Mac App Store due to its black main panel. It is pity that the Review Board did not reply, but now it is time to give it up considering the time-consuming fruitless correspondences in the past. Sorry for this inconvenience, but please move to ColoFolXS. Since v.1.4.1, it works automatically as a full version if ColoFolX is installed legitimately (the app is still available at the App Store’s "Purchased" section). If you encounter any problem, please email Trollin a copy of the iTunes Store receipt for ColoFolX using the same email address mentioned on the receipt. Then, I will send you a ColoFolXS code. Thank you.
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Notes:

▪ For OS X 10.9 please use ColoFolXS v.1.3.1

▪ If you are looking for a tool to bring color to the sidebar icons and like to add background color to filenames, SideEffects and XtraFinder would be worth checking out.

iconXprit Icon iconXprit
v.3.6
for OSX 10.9-
ca.13 MB

USD 11
at Kagi

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An all-around but a bit demanding background custom icon service program.
 
iconXprit enhances the Finder's services with its menu containing several custom icon relevant functions.
After installation, ctrl-click (or right-click) an item in the Finder to get its contextual menu including "iconXprit". Click the menu item once for 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). While running, its status item is visible in the menubar.
The iconXprit customizable menu offers, in addition to the basic custom icon attachment / removal possibilities, several advanced features such as defining group colors and adding editable text. It also includes an icon editor with a scribble tool, an effect tool, free transformation possibility, etc.
 
What's new in v.3.6:

▪ Internal adjustments for compatibility and stability.

▪ A slider "opacity" is added to the Preferences/Colors to adjust attaching color opacity in whole.

▪ A menu item "Relaunch Finder" is added to the iconXprit status item menu.

 

Known issue:
Frequent icon change may result in hindering proper icon change.
On such an occasion, clearing caches can be helpful (Warning: don't forget backup and try when you have enough time).
Launch the "Terminal" app and enter the following command:
sudo rm -rf /Library/Caches/com.apple.iconservices.store
After pressing the return-key, you need to enter your password.
Then, enter the next command:
sudo find /private/var/folders/ -name com.apple.iconservices -exec rm -rf {} \; -prune
Press the return-key and enter the last one:
killall -SIGTERM cfprefsd
Then, quit "Terminal" and restart the computer.

 

For earlier OSX (10.5-10.8.5), please visit the archive.

DrawOutX
v.1.9.1
for OSX 10.9-
ca.15 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!
 
Changes in v.1.9.1

▪ Bug fix by saving a partial area of a document with background image in the PDF format.

▪ Bug fix by creating a new document with an image file dropped on the app icon.

 

For OSX 10.3.x-10.8.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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