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

– Select desired icons

– Post your query

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

* * *

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

Icon design software:

All icon sets:

30% discount is available for icon design service.

(All offers are valid through January 1, 2013)

The Release of Large Menu Icons 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. 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 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. 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.

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.

iPhone or Android: the Choice is Yours

Androids vs. iPhones. The debate goes on and on. When the iPhone was first released, there was really no competition. Apple was playing in a class of its own. Early Android phones were mediocre: slow UI, 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 platform, the newest Androids leave little to be desired. Today’s Androids have no UI lags, feature most of the same apps in the Google Play store, and abandoned the do-it-yourself, LEGO type approach. Today, picking one system over another is more of a personal preference. Let’s try to discover what’s best about going the Apple route, and what benefits the Android way can bring.

Hardware and Model Selection

With Apple iPhone, you are always limited to just a few models. Or, rather, you can choose from only one current model in several versions that, honestly, 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 reliability and usability. Getting an Android phone will require you to do a market research, while you can’t really go wrong with any iPhone you can afford. Are you a techno geek or a gadget guy? Look for an Android phone that flies with you. Others will be served by Apple.


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

Android phones come with all sorts of displays. Some of the better ones can match iPhones in pixel density, but software integration is still lacking. Many apps still have low-resolution icons and graphics designed to be displayed on lower-resolution displays. When choosing an Android phone, you will have to look really carefully to buy a model with a good display. If you’re not good with numbers, icon resolutions, angles of view and technical specs, just leave the Androids alone.

Pre-Installed Software and Interface

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

Androids are available in many flavors. Different firmware and dozens of OS versions, builds and codenames. Different sets of icons for exactly the same app. Completely different shells and launchers. Extensively customizable: you can turn an Android phone into pretty much whatever you want (and it’s not just about custom icons) – but you have to know what you’re doing. With such a broad variety, some devices are simply better as in easier to use, more robust and working faster than others. If making your very own tailored environment 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 start using it right away.

Maintenance and Upgrades

iPhones don’t don’t accept memory cards. You’ll be stuck with the amount of memory you originally got. If you outgrow your iPhone, you’ll have to get another iPhone, bringing more dough to Apple.

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

With iPhones, you can’t even replace a battery. If your battery dies in some years (they all do; lithium batteries won’t hold charge after 3-4 years), you’ll be shipping your iPhone to Apple for a “major repair” (more dough to Apple), or be on the market for a new iPhone (even more money to Apple).

While some Android devices use similarly fixed batteries, most Androids are easy: just lift the cover and throw a new battery in. A new battery will only cost you a few dollars, allowing you to buy a replacement phone when you want it.


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

Source: Apple iPhone vs. Android: the Epic Battle

Secure your app front-end with Windows Phone 7 icons

Getting the right balance of the User Interface along with the back-end of your application is extremely important while trying to set up a good application. Windows Phone 7 Icons for developers help strike that balance. Read further to get to know how.

Getting the user interface right can be a daunting task for many a programmer, yet it is a task that cannot be neglected because even the most extraordinary of applications when combined with an ordinary UI may fail to catch the user’s imagination. To be able to garner the best interest for your app you need to be able to present a pleasing front-end that makes a user stick to your app long enough to use and like the functionality.

Contrary to the belief, a good user interface is not hard to make, all you need to do is allow for comfortable navigation while keeping it simple and sober. Your color combination largely depends upon the client base you are targeting, but when you cater to a large and diverse group of people such as those by a social networking site, you need to be neutral as far as possible. A neat appearance always helps, and it is with that in mind that the latest Windows phone 7 icons have been developed.

These icons are a developers’ paradise as a small payment of $79 would fetch you 576 top-notch, ready to deploy icons. All of these icons have an outer size equivalent to a 48 by 48 pixels square, while an additional image is centered within a square of side 26 pixels. These icons are available in white along with a transparent background and come in the widely used PNG format.

You can find icons galore to fulfill your heart’s desire over here as you’ll find the most common of images such as those for windows, redo, back, percentage, email, copyright, synchronize, refresh and update amongst others, along with some not commonly used ones such as a feather icon, a pen icon, a desk icon etc. the best lot though would have to be the images that apparently depict the weather such as the mist icon, hail with the fog, hail with rain, heavy fog, strong fog and mist icon. This poses an immense opportunity for you as you have the chance to use all of these unique and hitherto undefined icons to your advantage on your way to giving the app an extra edge. It’s all positive from where I look at it as you can now divert most of your attention to the back end of the application while letting these icons to take care of the time consuming front end. Just deploy these images according to your need and ensure a neat and acceptably snazzy UI.
Transgress mediocrity and move into a more sophisticated and well managed world by using these icons, they have the potential to be a class A tool for developers on their way to making ever popular apps.

Avoiding Unscoped Work from Unreasonable Clients – a Good Contract can Save Your Money as Well as Improves Sales Opportunity

Have you ever has any sorts of dispute with a clients? Well, most of the freelancers will answer no of this question because they think that dispute as something which will result them court proceeding or the intervention of lawyers.  Well, this completely wrong information, that many people believe that contracts are only mean full in the event of a dispute.  A good contract can save your money, time as well as improve your brand image and sales opportunity.  Some of the common reason for the extra unscoped work is discussed below:

  • The client changed his or her mind about the project necessities.
  • The client comprehensive the scope of the project further than the concise
  • The client likely to get the services that the freelancer had not initially intended to supply
  • The client has not offered the necessary information desired to complete something
  • The client has been sluggish in approving drafts in spite of imminent deadlines

Disputes or spending unplanned time working for  the “unreasonable clients” generally result in the lost profit, to have very less time in spending on to get the new work and stress. Amazingly, when you already have bent over the backwards to avoid the dispute -despite all this extra effort -business will as well get damaged, as in minds of a client, you are one to be unreasonable! In the circumstances – from commercial perspective, that makes little sense to view disputes or unreasonable clients in a same way: do best in avoiding them.

Thus, how we do that?
To manage expectations of the clients up front or giving client clear choices to extend scope of a work – by subject and agreement to appropriate any kind of the changes in price or agreed timelines – are keys in avoiding any kind of disputes and doing the unpaid work.

777icons – Small in Size but Effective in Nature

Before going through these following lines, you must consider about the actual mean of icon! An icon is small graphical representation of any computer based program or application that has offered quick access to users. Basically, the icons are available in the 32 by 32 pixels size that is for required for various computer related task. However, the common icons that are used in the PC software, also known as the toolbar icons. Also, the designers are recognized these stocks icons for all application in the Microsoft Office. These icons are not only used in the PC but also used in various server and website related programs. In this way, the Vista style icons are bigger in size and can be use for the Websites and magazines as per the user’s requirement. In case of stock icons, you can use it everywhere on your computing related task, website and as per the software icons.

Wouldn’t that be great in case, home users can have the original Vista icons representing various folders and documents? Wouldn’t be the dream to come true for those software makers who can buy the icons (which includes Vista icons) on internet and instantly? Also, there are a lot of websites giving the toolbar icons, software icon packs, business icon packs, or Vista style icons. However, none of them gives you single icons for the sale, particularly Vista style icons, business icons, toolbar icons, as well as stock icons. Also, it is matter of finding the icon interested in or clicking ‘Buy Icon’ link. Anybody may get the original, and stylish icon for $5.00 every icon in! All kinds of practical, original, multi-purpose, individual or ‘hot’ looking icons are available here.

Liquid Crystal Display – Offering Tons of Benefits!

The liquid crystal display is a flat and thin electronic visual display and it uses the light for modulating the properties of LC (Liquid Crystals). The LC doesn’t process the light in a straight line. This sort of technology has applied in a vast range of software or application like television, computers, signage, aircraft cockpit displays, and instrument panels. Also, it has considered as common software for using in gaming devices, watches, calculators, telephones and video players. Keep in mind that LCD is more lightweight, compact, portable, more reliable and less expensive.

These are available in vast range of screen shape and sizes, and from the time of invention the LCD doesn’t use the phosphors. Keep in mind that LCD has designed to conserve less energy and offer safer disposal than CRT. Also, you can use this sort of technology through battery. So, it’s time to take this sort of technology at home. LCDs are energy efficient as well as give you the safer disposal than the CRTs. The low electrical power allows that to get used in the battery powered equipment. It is the modulated optical device that is made from any number of the pixels that are filled with the liquid crystals or arrayed in the front of light source (backlight) and reflector to make the images in monochrome or color. Earliest discovery leading to development of the LCD technology, discovery of the liquid crystals. And by 2008, the worldwide sales of TV’s with the LCD screens had also surpassed sale of the CRT units. Every pixel of the LCD generally consists of the layer of the molecules that are aligned between 2 transparent electrodes, as well as 2 polarizing filters, axes of the transmission which are perpendicular to one another. In most of cases liquid crystal has got the double refraction.

Pixel Geometry – Considered as Image Sensor!

The elements of the pixels are primary colors like red, blue, and green. These colors have considered as display or image sensor, and it can be projected in assortment segments. Keep in mind that these segments are called pixel geometry. The geometry collections of colors within a pixel that are differ on utilization. For instinct, monitors like LCD or CRT that particularly shows edges or rectangles, so that elements are combined in vertical stripes.

Shows with the motion images should have a substitute of diagonal patterns or triangular, so that the picture deviation has apparent perfectly by the viewer. Getting information about the pixel geometry can used by a display, and can be utilized to made raster images of higher perceived resolution applying subpixel rendering. Now, the pixel geometry technique has used through assortment places by the people. If you want to use this sort of technique, then you need to get more information about it. Word “pixel” was published first at 1965 by the Frederic C. Billingsley in JPL, to describe picture elements of the video images from the space probes to Mars ad Moon. But, Billingsley didn’t coin this term himself. In place, he got this word “pixel” from McFarland Keith, at a Link Division of the General Precision in Alto, who didn’t know where word originated.

Word is the combination of element and picture, through pix and word pix appeared in the variety magazine headlines at 1932, as the abbreviation for word pictures, in the reference to films. By 1938, the “pix” was used in the reference to the still pictures by the photojournalists. Concept of the “picture element” generally dates to its earliest days of TV, for instance as the “Bildpunkt” (German word for the pixel, picture point) in 1888 German patent Paul Nipkow.

Perfect Icon – Create the Icons Instantly!

Trying to get superb icon tool? Are you looking for the best tool through which you can create the icons from images and photos and also able to tweak your system in second? It’s right time to move for the online media and get all information which is very important to select the best icons from these online service providers. Well, it’s the 21st century and now numbers of icon creators available in the market. So, you can get some information about desire icons for decorating the system easily. If you want the icons instantly, then you need to look for the perfect icon tools through which you can create any type and size of icons instantly. Among all icons toolbar, the perfect icon toolbar has managed to draw the leading role in the market. One of the best advantages of the perfect icon is creating the icons semi transparent for Windows XP.

The Perfect Icon is simple tool for making the icons from pictures and photos. Different graphic formats are been supported: JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, WMF as well as lots more. The Perfect Icon generates the stylish semi-Transparent Icons for the Windows XP. Different effects and styles will allow you make the unusual pictograms as well. Effects available: opacity, Hue/saturation, rotation, flipping, shadow, sharpness, as well as more. Styles also help you Create Framed and shaped icons.

Perfect Icon is ultimate tool to customize icons on the desktop, in the Windows Start menu, as well as in icons of the folders and files. Making use of Perfect Icon, you may very easily replace the Default Windows icons with your selection and customize them with various desktop attributes. Bored with the standard run of mill desktop? The Perfect Icon gives you simple solution and making use of small handy tool, you may very easily replace the standard Windows icons with ones, which you like and customize the desktop attributes. You may as well change the icons, which will not get changed by using the standard Windows tools.