Graphics for Mobile Developers

Developing PDA applications is different from coding for desktop platforms. There are numerous mobile platforms, each powered by their own hardware and operating system. Every platform sets its own requirements on the visual design of user interfaces.

PDA screens differ in resolutions and color depth, often demanding exotic formats and sizes for graphical elements. Windows Mobile has its own requirements, while Symbian phones and handheld devices employ different sizes and formats of icons. Are you up to the challenge of crafting your own icons for the multitude of handheld devices?

While VGA resolution is used on many modern handheld devices, 320x240 and lower screen sizes are still more common on low-end handheld devices as well as on many mobile phones. You simply can't use desktop-resolution graphics on these platforms, or you'd be wasting precious screen space.

Serious handheld developers need their graphics in a number of formats, resolutions and color depths to suit the requirements of various handheld devices. Windows Mobile supports graphics in ICO format, while Symbian demands for BMP or even MBM (Symbian OS multiple bitmap file) format.

Other handheld operating systems may have their own requirements as to the format and size of graphics used in their applications. In either case, you have to supply a variety of sizes of images for the mobile OS to select the most appropriate icon size for the current zoom state of the UI. If you omit one or more sizes, the handheld device will scale icons dynamically, which results in a significant loss of visual quality, clarity and legibility of the images. The required icon sizes and resolutions are specific to the operating system, but the more you have the better.

As you see, having your icons available in various formats, sizes and color resolutions is not a benefit but a mere requirement for entering the market. Are you up to the challenge of making your icons to the strict specifications of the various handheld device and operating system manufacturers?

Luckily, you don't have to! It is now easy to enhance the appearance of your handheld software with properly made icons without having to make them to order or drawing them in-house.

Perfect Mobile Icons are available in all common sizes used in mobile systems, including 16x16, 20x20, 24x24, 32x32, and 48x48 pixels, and come in 16 and 256 colors, while having 32-bit True Color versions for high-end VGA-resolution mobile devices and desktop communication tools. With respect to the different format requirements of PDA system makers, each icon is available in Windows Icon (ICO), Bitmap (BMP), GIF, and PNG formats.

Perfect Mobile Icons are a matching set of over 50 images made in common gamma and sharing common color and drawing style. Your mobile applications will look professional and consistent on any platform. Simply visit Perfect Mobile Icons page to see full-size online preview of these icons!.

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