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Program icon

When does it make sense to change program icon between program versions?

Is there some kind of official (Microsoft or Apple) recos on this?  Not official?

Thursday, March 10, 2005
Well, in my opinion it's mostly a marketing issue. You know, the `new image' stuff. They have to give the graphical department something to do :-)

The only situation in which you _must_ change your icon is when there's a big 1.0 on it :-)
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Sure. I actually mean going from, say, 2.00 to 3.00. Not from 2.1 to 2.2.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
I think this is just "nice to have". It will not new feature and so on. Sure, if previous icons where ugly, they should be changed
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Thursday, March 10, 2005
Apple has kept the icon for Mail the same from the beginning.  Finder got a small change for 10.2 to coordinate with the overall UI update (flatter appearance, smaller shadow, less depth to the gloss).  iTunes has received a new icon for each major release.  The CD is constant, however the musical note which overlays it changes.  I believe there were originally two (two eighth notes and a quarter notes in purple, then just the two eighth notes in green, then some other colors and arrangements of notes).  I don't think there's any logic to the iTunes changes, however it does identify the new version quite easily (hey, that's the old icon!).
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Thursday, March 10, 2005
I suspect the reason icons, for new versions, are changed is to make things look "fresh" and "different". That is, it's marketing.

It's possible that, if a person runs multiple versions of a product (not uncommon with MS products), a different icon would be helpful.
Thursday, March 10, 2005

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