Haiku Vector Icon Format

Haiku Vector Icon Format
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Developed by Haiku Project
Initial release July 2006 (2006-07)[1]
Type of format vector image format
Open format? Yes

Haiku Vector Icon Format (HVIF) is a vector storage format designed to store icons, specifically for Haiku.


Haiku developers commonly agreed that Haiku could not be released with original BeOS R5 icons. Since Haiku needed its own artwork anyway, it was thought that icons could switch to vectors graphics from traditional BeOS bitmaps. In July 2006 Haiku developer Stephan Aßmus introduced Icon-O-Matic, the icon editor of Haiku, and a storage format with a rendering engine based on Anti-Grain Geometry.[1]

After a few days of discussion, Aßmus announced a contest to determine an icon theme for Haiku. He stated that there was no guideline that had to be followed and suggested 1 September as deadline.[2] 16 icon sets were rated in the contest, and Aßmus' icon set "Stippi" received the award. In early November it was also announced that Stephan Aßmus implemented vector icons in OpenTracker.[3]

HVIF icons of Stippi set are used in current Haiku releases and builds.


Haiku kernel icon in Haiku's icon editor Icon-O-Matic

Aimed at fast rendering and small file sizes, HVIF brings the following approaches:

See also


  1. 1 2 "E-mail concerning Icon-O-Matic sent to Haiku mail list". 26 July 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  2. "E-mail concerning an icon contest sent to Haiku mail list". 30 July 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  3. "Icon Contest: And the Best Rated Icon Set Award goes to...". Haiku Web Site. 3 November 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "Why Haiku Vector Icons are So Small". Haiku Web Site. 13 November 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  5. 1 2 3 "Icon Facts". Haiku Web Site. 6 November 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  6. "E-mail concerning HVIF sent to Haiku mail list". 4 January 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2011.

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