Ubericon: add visual effects to your icons


UberIcon is a windows tweak that adds visual effects when double clicking on an icon. It comes with three different effects to choose from, extendible by downloading and installing additional plugins from the Ubericon website.

The tagline used in this program’s website under is “Ubericon: pointless eye candy is fun”, which really is all there is to say about this program.

What it does is display visual effects when you click on an icon.

Ubericon comes with 3 types of effects built in upon installation: iBounce (left screenshot) makes the icon look like its jumping up on clicking, Flatout (middle) creates the illusion of the icon disappearing into the horizon, while iZoom (right) creates the effect of quickly zooming into the icon. Here are more notes on this one:

  • Installing plugins: download the plugin zip archives, unzip, and place in the plugins folder in the program directory.
  • Memory use: jus under 4 megs, which is quite ’affordable’ (so to speak).
  • Note: although a previous version of this that I tried a few months ago reliably caused my system to crash, this version has been remarkably stable and error-free.

The verdict: an interesting (and original) tweak. For those who simply love to tweak your system, this one’s for you.

Version Tested: 1.0.4

Compatibility: Windows 2000, 2003, XP. Not supported: Vista, 64bit OS’s, alternate shells.

Go to the program page to download the latest version (approx 1.53 megs).