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Icon Maker for BlackBerry PlayBook is now live!

If you are following my recent tweets, you might have noticed that I am working on some applications for upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. So far, I am having fun developing for PlayBook using AIR SDK.

I noticed that the icon requirement for BlackBerry PlayBook AIR SDK are a little complicated. Developer have to make an icon of 86×86 pixels PNG, but he must not fill the entire area with graphics. Developer have to keep his graphical contents inside 77×77 rectangle so it could look similar in size to other application icons on PlayBook.

BTW, 77×77 is an odd size for 86×86 icon. As on the two sides (top-left) the transparent buffer is 5 pixels, and on remaining two sides (right-bottom) it becomes 4 pixels. Out of center by one pixel.

So, I thought we tweak our SVG Icon Maker tool for Symbian applications, to make icons for BlackBerry PlayBook as well. And of course, we did take care of that odd 77×77 size by using 76×76 selection rectangle.

Now you can create great looking icons for your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet games and applications right from your web browser!

Start using Icon Maker at: http://www.orison.biz/apps/playbook-icon-maker/

And as usual, below are couple of screenshots of the Icon Maker in action.



Do let us know you feedback or suggestions so we can keep improving it in future.

// chall3ng3r //


  1. Jason says:

    This will be really useful to create icons quickly while following the PlayBook ui guidelines! Thanks!

    1. You are welcome Jason :)

      // chall3ng3r //

  2. Jenny says:

    Is the usage of this tool free? Can I use the icons for commercial applications?

    1. @Jenny, yes. It’s completely free tool. You can use icons made with Icon Maker for PlayBook in any type of applications.

      Have fun making cool icons!

      // chall3ng3r //

  3. Gyubok Baik says:

    looks awesome, thanks for making my life easier!

    1. You are welcome :)

      // chall3ng3r //

  4. RK says:

    Hey Faisal, I saw your comment on a BB DevBlog post about shipping a free Playbook in Pakistan.

    You said you have placed the order on 13-Apr, Have you got your Playbook yet? or what’s the status on that?

    1. Hi,

      Well, I am still waiting for my email with tracking number, then it might take a week to get to my doorstep. I’m just keeping eye on BB Dev Forums for updates on how the shipping is going so far.

      // chall3ng3r //

  5. RK says:

    I see, do you think it won’t get stuck at customs? and when do you expect it to be shipped?

    I’m going to place an order soon, although I have other option to get it shipped to Australia or US, but if I could get it here in Pakistan, it would be awesome.

    1. I have no idea when they are going to ship mine. They are very slow so far.

      I have received some other devices from Nokia before without much trouble. I hope there wont be any issues with PlayBook as well.

      // chall3ng3r //

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