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Emoji on the iPhone

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I love being able to send cute little smilies to friends who are also using an iPhone. Using Emoji is fun and is simple to do. Once you’ve installed Emoji, it will tell you exactly what you need to do to get started. After enabling Emoji, anyone who has an iPhone will be able to see all of the cute little symbols you send via email, IM and text.

There are more than 460 different icons to choose from at this time with categories that include people, animals, places, food and general silliness. They work pretty much anywhere you may want to type text.

The icons will sadly only show up on an iPhone or iPod Touch. That is a limitation found with any Emoji application – including ones you pay for. All Emoji apps have the exact same icons, so don’t be fooled into paying for a “premium” Emoji app. They’re all the same thing! The apps simply enable the Emoji keyboard that’s normally hidden from you on your device.

If you have an iPhone (or iPod Touch) and aren’t using this application, what the heck are you waiting for?

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Create Folder Icons for OS X

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Alec has created another screencast for us! Today, he’s going to show you how to create your own custom folder icons if you’re using OS X. It’s not as easy to do as you might think, and I know many people who haven’t figured it out on their own. Alec’s tutorial will show you how to do this quickly and easily, without having to throw your computer out of a window!

The first thing you’ll need to do is to choose icons and download them from Apple’s site. There are thousands available, so this part might take you awhile. Once you have those downloaded, you’ll need to open the folder to see your icons.

Right-click your desktop and create a new folder. Name it whatever it is you want to have it called. Now, right-click on the icon you wish to you, and choose Get Info. At the top of the new window, you’ll see the picture of the icon on the left. Select it so that it has a little blue square around it. Click Command + C on your keyboard to copy it, and then close that little window out.

Now, right-click on the new folder you created, and once again select Get Info. At the top left, you’ll see your boring folder icon. Select it so it has the blue glow around it as you did before, and then click Command + V on your keyboard to paste your icon. Close that info window, and you’ll see your new folder has the correct icon on it now!

The folders work like any other folders. Drag and drop files in there, just like always! You can create your own icons if you want, but be sure that they save in the correct Mac format. The free program Img2icns will help you create and save icons for OS X!

Thanks, Alec, for an excellent tutorial! Very well done!

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RSS, OPML, Tag, Bookmark Icons

We have a “standard” RSS icon and a similar working OPML icon, but I’d like to work with the graphics community on creating a “standard” Tag icon and a “standard” Bookmark icon – in a similar square style. These icons would tie into the functionality of my first two WP plugin ideas – where the user would only need to display one icon, and when the visitor hovers over it, would receive a nice callout to selected services. We could eliminate a massive amount of confusion and save page space at the same time. I think it’s time we started thinking about this – but I’m not a graphic designer. Help?