воскресенье, 19 августа 2012 г.

The Release of Large Menu Icons

Menu-Icons.com announces the release of Large Menu Icons, a royalty-free library of stock menu images for application developers and web designers. The new set includes 398 icons drawn in matching style, color and gamut. The Large Menu Icons collection sells for $49.00.

About Large Menu Icons

Large Menu Icons is the perfect choice for busy application and Web site developers. This collection of stock icons with matching properties such as style and colors, can be used in various projects and scripts, as well as on portals, blogs, forums, and web sites. Large Menu Icons will make an application, blog or applet look modern and consistent throughout. All icons in the Large Menu Icons collection are royalty-free. The entire collection is immediately available and comes with an online preview.

What's Inside

The Large Menu Icons collection contains images representing all sides of the application work. Some of the icons in the set are: open, close, edit, validate, time, clock, error, OK, data, computer, archive, people, user, girl, man, admin, horse, car and more.

Large Menu Icons

Technically, the set includes icons in a number of formats, sizes, color resolutions, and image styles. Every icon from the library comes in sizes of 16x16, 24x24, 32x32, 48x48 and 64x64 pixels. Normal, disabled, and highlighted versions are included for every icon. 256-color and semi-transparent True Color icons are supplied. Large Menu Icons are delivered in Windows Icon (ICO), Bitmap (BMP), GIF and PNG formats for instant integration into any systems. The entire Large Menu Icons collection is available for only $49.00. Source images are also available in SVG and AI formats for an additional payment.

Menu-Icons.com also plans to release a number of new original icon sets including Lumina Menu Icons, Windows Menu Icons, New Menu Icons, Cool Menu Icons, Win8 menu Icons, Vista Menu Icons, Mac Menu Icons, Android Tab Icons, Linux Menu Icons, Nokia Menu Icons, iPhone Menu Icons, Mobile Menu Icons.

About the Company

Menu-Icons.com offers thousands of icons in the most difficult small resolutions. PDA and mobile developers and designers can enhance their software with smooth, perfectly rendered icons in the most convenient resolutions. Menu-Icons.com are available in all sizes common to desktop and mobile applications for mobile phones, communicators, and desktop applications. All icons offered by Menu Icons are royalty-free, ready-made and instantly available.

Why Designing a Mars Rover Like Curiosity Just Got a Lot Easier By Tim Maly

MSL Rover NX CAD model

You’ve all seen the artist renditions. This is what Curiosity looks like to an engineer.

A few minutes into our interview last Thursday, I ask Tim Nichols, managing director of Global Aerospace, Defenses and Marine Industries at Siemens, if he was nervous about the Curiosity’s fate on Sunday. “Of course I am,” he says with a laugh, “We all know about missions to Mars — they’re complex.” None moreso than Curiosity’s elaborate landing sequence, designed to get the SUV-sized robot down safely.

He needn’t have worried. Late Sunday night, the rover successfully set down on the Martian landscape, overseen by a tense room of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineers and watched by so many people here on Earth that all of NASA’s websites crashed. Like the rest of us, Nichols was glued to his screen. Unlike the rest of us, Nichols gets to say he had a hand in it. His company’s software designed Curiosity.

Curiosity is much larger than her unexpectedly long-lived predecessors, Spirit and Opportunity. This meant that she couldn’t just land bundled inside airbags like the smaller rovers.

Instead, the mission executed a complex series of maneuvers to eject the robot from its capsule and lower it to the ground, via a rocket-powered sky crane in a sequence of events that NASA called the Seven Minutes of Terror.

Curiosity was designed by the JPL at the California Institute of Technology. When it came time to coordinate the enormous team of designers and engineers that built Curiosity, the capsule, and the sky crane, JPL turned to Siemens. They needed to design the robot (relatively) cheaply and they needed to design it fast — the launch window for missions to Mars comes once every two years. If you miss the deadline, there’s a long wait ahead.
MSL Capsule with Rover NX CAE thermal model

If you squint, you can see Curiosity and the sky crane folded up together in the capsule.

Luckily, Siemens had developed software suited to this sort of project. They call it Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).

One of the costliest parts of creating a new physical product is building and testing prototypes. With PLM’s robust suite of simulators and version tracking, you can avoid a lot of physical prototyping — saving both time and money, and speeding up the development process. In essence, PLM turns the physical engineering of a product into a process that looks more and more like designing code.

PLM runs on a laptop, connected to a central asset manager, called the Team Center. Engineers can check out parts of the project, work on their problems and assignments, and then check it back in to the main branch. This allows for a lot of concurrent design work. “In the past, engineering teams would be somewhat isolated by discipline,” says Nichols, “The overall leadership recognized that they needed to bring all the groups together.”

This is a far cry from past projects, which would be designed as a series of handoffs between teams. First the thermal profiles would be worked out, then the aerodynamics, on down the line. Propagating changes between teams could become a nightmare. PLM changed all of that, Nichols says, giving the team the ability to “compress the schedule and … do many more design iterations.”
MSL NX CAD Exploded view of seperation stages

With luck, this is the only exploded view of the Mars lander that we’ll ever see.

If this sounds a lot like software engineering, especially the open source variety, it’s because it is. There’s a version control system, the ability to check code in and out of the system, and a set of test suites that allow you check the performance of your part of the module in relation to the whole. By keeping the objects in software for as long as possible, you can treat them like software, with all of the speed and flexibility that this implies.

Nichols says their suite of tools has been used to design everything from golf clubs — “Golf clubs are pretty sophisticated, though they haven’t helped my game.” — to aircraft carriers. Looking ahead, he predicts an increasing incidence of distributed international teams of contributors working on a project.
“Global virtual collaboration and engineering is really the future,” he says. “We want to see more of that.”

But first, Curiosity had to make it to Mars. “We all have our fingers crossed,” he said on Thursday. You can uncross them now, Mr Nichols.

воскресенье, 27 мая 2012 г.

Small Network Icons - A Collection of Distinctive Icons!

In this 21st century, technologies have been used in every field. So, there is no exception in the field of computer. In this regard, several icons are used by the users to make their work even easier. Small network icons is a collection of distinctive icons that represents all operation related to network. You can represent several attractive network related images through these icons such as traffic, data transfer, internet, network connection, local area connection, network key, network support, network tools and many more. The other collections of such icons are network card, network hub, network engineer, network security and many others. Now you can get these attractive icons for only $ 49.95. You can also get all standard sizes, styles, file formats and color depths of these icons. Each icon are coming in ICO, BMP, GIF and PNG formats. Customer can also get these icons in normal, disabled and highlighted states.

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Small Network Icons are used in:

  • Security applications.

  • Internet and Network utilities;

    You may purchase the whole Small Network Icons range and individual icons for just $5 each. The icons that are included in the Small Network Icons are of best quality as well as are crafted by the professional designers. Also, they are the excellent option for the individual software developers as well as small businesses keen to make use of Modern quality of icons in the applications without any need to hire the designer for drawing them. The Icon Impire plans releasing their next icon packages as well: Standard Flag Icons, Standard Desktop Icons, Standard Office Icons, Standard Aero Icons, Standard Computer Icons, Standard Weather Icons, Standard Software Icons and Standard Folder Icons. You may download free Small Network Icons now. The Small Network Icons is pre made best quality of icons that are representing different network associated items: cable, network hub, network card, network engineer, wireless connection, administrator, network security, and many more.

  • суббота, 19 мая 2012 г.

    iPhone vs. Android: the Epic Battle

    Android or iPhone? The debate goes on and on. When the iPhone first hit the market, there was really no competition. The iPhone was playing in a class of its own. Early Android phones were mediocre: slow UI response, lags here and there, and the overall "do-it-yourself" idea just didn't with consumers.

    iphone icons

    Today, the situation has changed. With the latest iPhone being a superb device and a wonderful platform, the latest Androids leave little to be desired. Today's Androids have no UI lags, feature most of the same apps in the Android Market, and went away with the do-it-yourself, LEGO type approach. Today, choosing one system over another is more of a personal preference. Let's try to discover what's good about going the Apple route, and what advantages the Android way can bring.

    Hardware and Model Selection

    With Apple iPhone, you are always limited to just a few models. Or, rather, you can choose from just one current model in several versions that differ very little. There are a few older models available from the used market, but that's about it. "You can have any color as long as it's black".

    Android devices, on the other hand, come in all sorts of shapes, models and colors. Different manufacturers use entirely different hardware. Different screens, processors, memory. Very different reliability and usability. Buying an Android phone will require you to do a research on what's available, while you can't go really wrong with any current iPhone. Are you a techie or a gadget guy? Look for an Android phone that flies with you. The rest will be served by Apple.


    The latest generation of iPhones has a superb Retina display. These super high pixel density screens will render your apps, icons and pictures so smooth it's hard to believe. Kudos to Apple: they built one of the greatest screens ever.

    Android phones ship with all kinds of screens. Some of the better ones can approach iPhones in resolution, but software integration is still lacking. Many applications are still using low-resolution icons and graphics designed to be displayed on lower-resolution screens. When choosing an Android phone, you will have to look really carefully to buy a model with a good display. If you're not friends with numbers, icon resolutions, angles of view and technical specs, just leave the Androids alone.

    Pre-Installed Software and UI

    An iPhone is an iPhone. They're all the same. Same operating system, one user interface, the same set of pre-installed apps, exactly the same icons. You can customize it by shifting icons around and choosing a few icons on your own, but there's only so much you're allowed to do.

    Androids are available in many flavors. Different firmware and dozens of OS versions, builds and codenames. Different sets of icons for same apps. Many different shells and launchers. Fully customizable: you can turn an Android phone into pretty much whatever you want (and it's not just about custom icons) - but you must know what you're doing. With such a huge variety, some models are simply better as in easier to use, more stable and working more reliable than others. If building your very own custom system is fun for you, by all means get the Android. If you like it working out of the box, get an iPhone and begin using it right away.

    Maintenance and Upgrades

    iPhones don't don't accept memory cards. You'll be stuck forever with the amount of memory you originally bought. If you outgrow your iPhone, you'll have to buy another iPhone, bringing more money to Apple.

    Most but not all Android devices come with a microSD extension slot, allowing you to put more memory when you need it. With flash memory getting cheaper every year, you will be better off in the long run if you get an Android.

    With iPhones, you can't even replace a battery. If your battery goes bad in some years (they all do; lithium batteries die in 3-4 years), you'll be sending your iPhone to Apple for a "major repair" (more dough to Apple), or be shopping for a new iPhone (even more money to Apple).

    While some Android devices use similarly fixed batteries, most Androids are easy: just lift the back cover and put a new battery in. A replacement battery will only cost you a few dollars, allowing you to buy a replacement phone when you want it.


    Android phones are more affordable to buy and more affordable to upgrade and maintain. They're more extensible and customizable. iPhones are perfect straight out of the box, and offer one of the best usage experience ever. Which one to pick? The choice is yours.

    среда, 16 мая 2012 г.

    All Doctor Icons – Perfect Option for a Medical Website!

    At present, there are assortment icons images available through which computer users can fulfil their requirements easily. Also, numbers of professional people are searching their related profession icons in online media through which they can easily symbolize their professional works. Among all professional designed icons, the doctor icons have managed to draw more importance from those people who are deeply involved in the doctor profession. As you know the all doctor icons are the set of collection. So, you can use these sorts of icons on your computer easily. Also, these icons are having great quality to enhance the appearance or look of a medical profession. All doctor icons are available in three states such as normal, hot and disabled. In this way, you can get the opportunity to download these sorts of icons in four picture formats from online media. Before using these sorts of icons you need to take a look for your profession. Subsequently, you can easily download these sorts of icons on your desktop.


    Readily available All Doctor Icons can improve appearance of healthcare application and medically related software. Images are instantly accessible in different sizes, states, resolutions, color depths or file formats, and are used for designing the websites, software, as well as database applications. Set has icons that are representing many social roles, objects, symbols, as well as professions like first aid Box, optometrist, blood donor, receptionist, insurance agent, cotton roll, band aid, DNA, pills, stethoscope, tweezers, funnel, stretcher, and lots more.

    Hospitals, test labs or offices of the healthcare experts have different and varying software needs. No matter whether they make use of Mac, UNIX, and Windows PC systems, All Doctor Icons are willingly available. Set also comes in various formats and every icon is accessible as the Windows Icon, Bitmap, GIF, or PNG file.

    четверг, 3 мая 2012 г.

    Web Buttons – Easy Use for Websites Developers!

    Web Buttons are great collection of numbers of attractive images that requires for the websites developers. It is also including with more than 400 eye catching images that use in the several social networking sites. These icons are available in the several colors for better attraction such as: Red, Orange, White, Black, Yellow, Green, and many others colors of web buttons. From the huge collection of the Web Buttons images the user can get more than 750 colors of web icons as well as in various sizes like the 16x16, 24x24, 32x32, 48x48, 256x256, and 512x512. If you are looking for the elegant designs of image for your desktop, then the Web Buttons collection is the best option for you. With compression to other service provider the users can get attractive Web Buttons in cheap. So, it is the right time to move for the online to select best and attractive Web Buttons images designs for your desktop.


    Create expert XP, Vista, glassy, Mac, metallic, and colorful web buttons and the DHTML popup menus with the pre-made templates. Not just web buttons you can make button images with the normal, mouse over as well as pressed states, you can add drop menu to the web buttons, design vertical and horizontal navigation bars as well as tabs for website. Make various XP, Vista, glassy, Mac, metallic as well as colorful web buttons with many pre made button templates. So, working with all the modern web browsers.

    In case, you would like to make the efficient navigation system and user interface, which men can enjoy using, the Web Buttons is immensely very helpful. Giving many pretty faces to select from, that can help you to make the user interface that can actually stand out of a crowd and thanks to the sexy appeal! You may download Web Buttons free now. Users will find the vector sources. File formats: Adobe Illustrator. PNG, Images Sizes: 256*256, 512*512, 32*32, 48*48, 16*16, 24*24. That includes buttons representing popular social networks like one provided by the MSN, Yahoo, Apple, AOL, Facebook, Google, ICQ, Twitter, and others.