Icon Factory ($5, Mac App Store) provides a simple way to create icons without a lot of effort. Even if you’re a Photoshop user, creating icons in the necessary sizes can be cumbersome, and Icon Factory performs this task with one click. You can also add the infamous glass effect and rounded corners with ease, then export the file for iOS and Android devices (an option to export to OS X is forthcoming).
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.