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Organising Custom Icons

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:52 pm
by Collider
At present, adding new custom binder icons just inserts them into the pre-existing list. This works pretty organically on Mac, where the list is vertical and scrollable, but in Windows it just adds column after column; I've found this makes it impossible to navigate after a certain point because it doesn't let you scroll horizontally past the edge of the screen.

I'm wondering if there's a way to add new icons within a sub-folder, like we see in the defaults for, say Way-Stations and Flags? Or possibly a way of making the list run vertically instead of horizontally as it does on Mac? Anything to make it more manageable, basically.

Re: Organising Custom Icons

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:48 pm
by rburke
I second this. I'd like a way to create folders for icons, too. The default ones have folders, and it would be helpful if we could do that for ours, too.

Maybe instead of changing the built-in icon manager, there could be an option to point to folders and icons on the local hard drive?

Re: Organising Custom Icons

Posted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:07 am
by Termitka
Seconding this. I hit the limits of my widescreen with the icons and would like to classify them in neat folders to save space like the default icons do.

Re: Organising Custom Icons

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:09 am
by bongobong948
Thirded.

Re: Organising Custom Icons

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:41 pm
by AmberV
Yes, this will be possible in the future using a naming convention. The existing icons in fact already do that, but we haven’t made it yet possible for custom icons to be recognised the same way. You could for example add your own way-station flag by calling the file “Way-Station (My Flag Colour)”. The “My Flag Colour” would appear as an entry in the “Way-Station” submenu—and you could of course create your own groupings in the same fashion.

Re: Organising Custom Icons

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:46 pm
by saiph
I was also looking for a way to organize custom icons into folders / categories. IMO this would be a very nice new feature.
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Re: Organising Custom Icons

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:39 am
by Marko Čibej
Yes, that would be a welcome feature. Judging from this post, the naming convention was already working in 2014, but presumably deactivated later. It should be fairly simple to reactivate it.

Mind you, I personally take a somewhat dim view of the naming convention approach--why not simply use sub-directories within the Icons directory of a project folder? However, that's me thinking as a developer. As a user, bring on the naming convention!

Re: Organising Custom Icons

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:44 am
by jaroch7
As an icon addict, this would be very helpful. Any idea when it might be implemented? Thx!

Re: Organising Custom Icons

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:34 am
by AmberV
@Marko Čibej: Yes, that would be a welcome feature. Judging from this post, the naming convention was already working in 2014, but presumably deactivated later. It should be fairly simple to reactivate it.


It still works fine, but you are linking to a Mac thread, which might be the source of confusion given your stated platform tag here.

Mind you, I personally take a somewhat dim view of the naming convention approach–why not simply use sub-directories within the Icons directory of a project folder?


I sincerely doubt that any methodology will ever please everyone. :) For example I have little tolerance for excessive subfolder usage as it greatly increases simple navigation overhead and puts a burden on the necessity to use search more often, whereas with a flat folder and naming conventions everything is a simple few keystrokes away. The only time I find myself resorting to folders is when there are thousands of things. And I say that as a “developer” of sorts, too, but you’re also talking to someone that spent several years refining a naming convention system for filing information within a system designed to be flat.

Then again, for something as seldom and oft lightly used as an icon folder, navigation speed and organisational optimisation probably aren’t issues to worry too much about. :)

jaroch7 wrote:Any idea when it might be implemented?


Not a clue, it isn’t in the public beta yet. Then again your platform tag suggests you use a Mac—so maybe try it out?

Re: Organising Custom Icons

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:09 pm
by jaroch7
The naming convention works great in the latest Mac OS version. Thanks for sharing that technique. It's great having folders for custom icons!