Windows® Vista Icons
What are the icons for Windows Vista and what are the differences between the icons of Windows XP and Windows Vista?
All the Windows operating systems have different icon displays. The icons represent the function that the program carries out. The icons for Windows Vista are different from the icons that were used in Windows XP. The new Windows Vista icons have a more elegant and refined look and texture. New design concepts have been implemented in the icons are they are very detailed too. The appearance of Windows Vista interface graphics has changed a lot and has become more sophisticated.
Some of the distinctive features that has made a differences between Windows Vista icons and Windows XP icons are as follows:
- High Resolution Icons
- Iproved Visual Designs
- Realistic Look of Icons
- Compressed PNG Format of the Icons
High Resolution Icons
Icons for Windows Vista have high resolution. The maximum icon size of in Windows Vista is 256x256 pixels. This resolution is highly suitable for high-dpi displays. Highest quality images are displayed for creating such resolutions.
Iproved Visual Designs
The improved and polished visual designs of Windows Vista icons are a great attraction for the users. The fit-and-finish look of the icons makes it extremely appealing. Another interesting thing about the icons in Windows Vista is that you can change the size of the icons by merely zooming in and zooming out, making the icons larger and smaller respectively. You are also at the liberty of setting up the icon size as per your preference from the slider control feature of Windows Vista®operating system. On the whole, the overall impact of the visual designs on the viewers is very high.
The realistic appeal and look of the icons in Windows Vista is a fascinating feature of this Windows operating system. The icons in Windows XP are very illustrative and in sharp contrast than those of Windows Vista. The shadows and the light source in the icons of Windows Vista are far more realistic in appearance. The icons resemble objects that can actually be seen in real life. In Windows Vista, the light source falls on the objects from top right and the objects are rotated in clockwise direction. As a result it has been seen that the objects of the icon directly face the source of the light giving them a more realistic look.
The large resolution icons like the those with 256 x 256 pixel, come as a compressed PNG image. This image format ensures that maximum resolution is attained and that alpha channel transparency support is full. Apart from these, this image format also has the capacity of compressing large images excellently without hampering its quality.