Poll to choose exe files icon

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Choose an icon for exe file

Poll ended at Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:40 pm

icon 1
9
24%
icon 2
17
45%
icon 3
2
5%
icon 4
5
13%
icon 5
5
13%
 
Total votes: 38

rachid
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Poll to choose exe files icon

Post by rachid » Sun Dec 20, 2015 8:38 pm

According to CORE-10643 , we want to choose a default icon for exe files that has no icon.
Windows XP uses this one Image (if you don't know what you are voting for :D )

so... the icons to choose from:

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EDIT: poll results:

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Re: Poll to choose exe files icon

Post by Konata » Sun Dec 20, 2015 10:28 pm

I like 2. It's similar to the one in XP, but has a little gear which implies it's an executable. But it's not in your face about it like 3 is. IMO, XP's icon was always too vague for me, which is why I can't vote for 1. 4 is a good contender too, but I'm too used to seeing that in Ubuntu, I think ReactOS needs it's own icon. And 5 just looks like the desktop, that's really confusing.

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Re: Poll to choose exe files icon

Post by Swyter » Mon Dec 21, 2015 12:54 am

Number 5 looks like an MDI dialog, which is pretty typical of Windows, I think that still makes sense given the context.
Unlike the other icons it follows the Tango guidelines while staying pretty distinguishable and visually appealing, instead of straightly cloning the original icon's shape.


I also like number 4, but for COM files, which are a bit more archaic. That diamond shaped icon looks a bit retro and fits the executable format for DOS apps.
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Re: Poll to choose exe files icon

Post by florian » Mon Dec 21, 2015 1:11 am

1 or 2 - and like Konata I voted for the second icon.

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Re: Poll to choose exe files icon

Post by timmay2019 » Mon Dec 21, 2015 2:44 am

I also agree with Konata. Maybe repurpose 5 for something else? I was thinking we can use it as a back to desktop shortcut or something.

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Re: Poll to choose exe files icon

Post by middings » Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:06 am

I encounter more and more programs that use a gear to mean "options". Firefox is one such program. When I see the gear I expect a Control Panel applet.

I agree with Konata that Microsoft Windows XP's icon for .exe programs "was always too vague". The concept of executable-ness is vague. Some .exe programs run on the desktop, some start a Command Prompt windows in order to run. If one icon has to serve them both then by necessity that icon must be vague, I suppose.

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Re: Poll to choose exe files icon

Post by reactosfanboy » Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:29 pm

I voted for 1.
But I could arrange with 1,2,4...

2 could be an issue with gear becoming unrecognizable in 16x16 (think Quicklaunch)
3 As middings I fear a gear is easy to be misunderstood as "options". And that one is too much "into your face"
4 Icon 4 has an interesting advantage compared to the others: it's very easy with it to spot an exe within explorer in a folder full of different files (think system32). I kind of liked that.
5 - I would never associate an exe with that icon, sorry...

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Re: Poll to choose exe files icon

Post by manuel » Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:41 pm

Well, if the icon of gears is associated with options, 4 (tango) should then be discarded, do not believe?.
In addition most of the icons proposed (except 1 and 5) use a gear, I think that we should choose automatically the number 1 then.
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Re: Poll to choose exe files icon

Post by hbelusca » Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:01 pm

Come on, only "strange" people would think that e.g. icon 2 would mean it means "option for a window" (especially when being placed in all the exes) ^^

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Re: Poll to choose exe files icon

Post by fLuXx » Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:34 pm

The ones with gears remind me too much of .bat file icons, so that's not what I would choose. I actually like no. 4.

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Re: Poll to choose exe files icon

Post by Pi_User5 » Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:21 pm

fLuXx wrote:The ones with gears remind me too much of .bat file icons, so that's not what I would choose. I actually like no. 4.
I agree. 1-3 don't even look like they are from the Tango icon theme. 5 is better for an MDI app.
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Re: Poll to choose exe files icon

Post by karlexceed » Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:39 pm

My personal preference is one or four, but I voted for #1 for familiarity. 2 and 3 look like they would be some kind of configuration tool, and 5 looks like a task or desktop switcher.

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Re: Poll to choose exe files icon

Post by eersoy93 » Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:00 pm

Binary files such as .exe, .bin, .com -> 4
Script files such as .bat, .cmd, .sh -> 3

I voted 4.
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Re: Poll to choose exe files icon

Post by ercanersoy » Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:11 pm

I voted 4. This is figuring general of executable files.

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Re: Poll to choose exe files icon

Post by merella » Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:49 am

The second one, for me is the best because resemble the windows one plus the gear from tango icon set

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