Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

IconDB – Ajax-enabled Icon Search

Category: Showcase

<>p> If you’ve ever been stuck on a project looking for just the right icon to fill your need, you might want to check out the IconDB site and search for what you need.

The site provides a handy sliding navigation on the left to pop out the search button to locate the icons. Click on the “IconDB” text there, and it will slide out to give you the search box. When you submit the search, the box will tell you how many results were found and start to fill them in there behind the interface. Click anywhere outside of the search area and it will slide back, showing you the icons located.

Clicking on each of the icons will show the details for it, including the owner, a link to download it, what the image type is, and some of the keywords that it can be found under. The bar at the top can be used to navigate between the pages either by clicking on the arrows on ether side or actually sliding the highlighted section around.

It’s an interesting interface and it’s nice to help locate some icons if you’re in need, but I do wish there was a way to just browse the keyword categories and see how many of each kinds of icons there are. It feels more like a guessing game right now of getting the right term to find the icons you might want. Even a “similar icons” option might work well.



Posted by Chris Cornutt at 6:54 am
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Pfff guys, get real:

(…)The demo works only with Internet Explorer 6.
This is because of the limitations of other browsers. Other browsers are suited for advanced websites and simpler RIA’s. Challenger is based on an advanced framework that requires extended functionality that only IE delivers.(…)

It ain’t worth mentioning unless stuff is browser independent…

Comment by F0x Muld3r — May 31, 2006

The interface is intriguing, seems to be well done.

Comment by Dan — May 31, 2006

The interface is really nice but I thought it would be simple to get to the results and there are no categories + the server is lagging tremendously at the moment.

A – for effort
C – for execution

Comment by Alex — May 31, 2006

Fox, what are you talking about IE only? I am looking at the site in Firefox and it is working splendidly….

Comment by Lee — May 31, 2006

Hi,

It works for me in Firefox 1.5.0.3. I like it! It is a bit slow in rendering the icons though.

I agree with Chris, there needs to be some way to view the icons by category. Right now, I am “guessing” at the tags.

Comment by Oliver T — May 31, 2006

Hi,

It works for me in Firefox 1.5.0.3. I like it! It is a bit slow in rendering the icons though.

I agree with Chris, there needs to be some way to view the icons by category. Right now, I am “guessing” at the tags.

In addition, my feeling is that the lock which controls the visibility of the left pane is not intuitive. It is not obvious what it does. You have to play with it a few times before understanding its function. I also thought that it would be better if the left pane was resizable.

Still, I liked it.

Comment by Oliver T — May 31, 2006

GREAT RIA.
COOL!

Comment by vinicius Camara — May 31, 2006

Whether it’s intermittent or consistent, I think the comment about it only working in IE is because of a JavaScript error that IT permits but FF doesn’t. I get a blank screen in FF and the JS console reports a few missing semicolons. I’m sure the author will discover this and fix it quickly enough.

Comment by Keith — May 31, 2006

[...] Erst letzte Woche habe ich mir zwei Bookmarks für kostenlose Icons gemacht da ich öfters mal Icons für selbst entwickelte Tools benötige und dann nie welche zur Hand habe. Gestern habe ich dann via Ajaxian IconDB entdeckt mit dem sich anhand von Schlüsselwörtern nach Icons suchen lässt. [...]

Pingback by webthreads.de » IconDB mit nettem User Interface — June 1, 2006

I agree with the other readers — great idea, but the UI needs a little more work before it’s 100% usable. It’d also be nice if it’d tell you what license each icon is released under so you can not only search by keyword, but by license.

Comment by Reader — June 1, 2006

Muy pero muy bueno, esta técnica de Ajax, ya no tiene límite, el único sería la imaginación, no me joda, bueno si no me entendieron hablo español y escribo de igual maner, soy Colombiano y estoy anonadado con todo lo que hacen con Ajax…

Comment by Jorge Rubiano — June 1, 2006

It would have been good if the author could have spent some time to create a cross-browser version of this. I don’t think that this would be impossible

Comment by JJ Pagac — June 1, 2006

Don’t work with Safari :(

Work great with Firefox.. and looks great too.. good job.

Comment by Michaël — June 1, 2006

[...] IconDB – Ajax-enabled Icon Search: ” If you’ve ever been stuck on a project looking for just the right icon to fill your need, you might want to check out the IconDB site and search for what you need. [...]

Pingback by IconDB - Ajax-enabled Icon Search — June 5, 2006

That looks really nice! also it doesnt work with Safari…

Comment by erde — September 19, 2006

That´s what i need.
Thank you very much!

Comment by Volker — October 3, 2006

I found this page on google because I look for a new button design and your link to the Icon DB is exactly what I am looking for. Sometimes google can help you, even if you have to look around the corner from time to time :)

Comment by Braut — January 7, 2007

cool looking interface. Got to hand it to you.

Comment by Richard — January 8, 2007

Very interesting site!

Comment by Wasserbelebung - ViktorSchauberger — January 27, 2007

Very great article!

Comment by Japan Tuning Spoiler — February 6, 2007

Interesting, but difficult to understand…….

Comment by Hochzeitsvideo -dler — February 21, 2007

Thanks for the informations. They are very helpful to me.

Comment by otilie — March 1, 2007

Great and interesting article.

Comment by dvd kochen — March 1, 2007

Very nice and interesting site.

Comment by LR — March 10, 2007

Great work ! I really enjoyed browsing through this site. I will recommend it to my friends. Greetings

Comment by tworzenie stron www — April 5, 2007

Absolutely great information – thanks for posting!

Comment by Rechtsanwalt - Markenrecht — April 10, 2007

This site is much better.

Comment by Martin Leblanc — April 21, 2007

This site is much better: http://www.iconfinder.net

Comment by Martin Leblanc — April 21, 2007

Er.. sorry for the diversion in the thread folks, but Martin’s website (iconfinder.net) seems to proclaim that he is the author of the Silk icon set. While I have no problem with people using the set, but renaming it, claiming ownership, and relicensing under GPL without permission is just really really wrong. Both legally and morally. You don’t have any contact information on your site, so I’m having to air this dirty laundry. Please remove the icons from your site, or correct the naming/attribution/licence. Or contact me via my website. Or both. Both would be nice.

Comment by Mark James — April 25, 2007

Great and excellent article t’s realy helpful. Thanks again.

Comment by Wettforum Wettpoint Sport Wetten — May 9, 2007

News and articles about yachts

Comment by Yacht charter — May 9, 2007

It´s a very useful article. Thanks!

Comment by ZahnShop.net — May 14, 2007

yep, does not work with Safari, but hey, who is still using safary anyway?
It does a great job with Firefox and that is what counts… really good job

Comment by echthaarperuecke — June 2, 2007

Good article, thanks a lot for putting all this together.

Comment by Mobile GPS - Navigation — June 7, 2007

Fantastic article covering some points I really needed some good usability info for.

Comment by Eigenhaarverpflanzung - Info`s — June 13, 2007

great site with very good look and perfect information…i like it

Comment by Türen - Schiebetüren - Treppen — June 25, 2007

Great and very useful tips.
THX!

Comment by Lena Hamburg — June 28, 2007

Great tips and a great site!

Comment by Autopflege — June 30, 2007

Great and interesting site.

Comment by Ermittlungen Observation und Personenschutz — July 4, 2007

Cool!

Comment by Dean — September 3, 2007

While I have no problem with people using the set, but renaming it, claiming ownership, and relicensing under GPL without permission is just really really wrong. Both legally and morally. You don’t have any contact information on your site, so I’m having to air this dirty laundry

Comment by Hop Hop Shop — November 27, 2007

Simple and very useful informations.
THANKS!

Comment by Colostrum — May 7, 2009

HEy thanks for these infos. I used to search on iconfinder . net, but iconDB is also great!

Comment by suchmaschinenoptimierung — October 25, 2009

Is there anybody who can help translate it ino Polish?

Comment by translation123 — February 10, 2010

the links in the articel are not working anymore? sad…

Comment by Haartransplantation — February 10, 2011

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