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Vectory Ducks 4.5

Vectory Ducks 4.5

Submitted By Sam Gwilym (SamGwilym)


A set of brand new, image conscious ducks, made with vectors and a lot of love. Comes in 8 colours.

Initiated by the animated Vectory duck icon by Radek, this new collection now includes all the default Adium duck colours and more!

Featuring world renowned colours such as:
the mysterious and enigmatic Blue,
a juicy and delicious shade of Purple,
the exciting and wild Red,
the classic Green,
the stylish Black,
the pure and simple White,
and now the positively sumptuous Pink

Of course, all these variations blink, flap, turn, go invisible and look drowsy whenever they need to!

Please check the changes to see what the newer version has - lots of cool new things. Sure the away Duck looks a little bit evil and leering, but that's part of the charm, right?

If you would also like some icons like these especially made for the crash reporter, check these out.

If you also would like to perhaps play around with the icons, you are also free to edit the ducks contained in the .AdiumIcon packages, or download the EPS files of the ducks here (however these do not have any shading, shadows, or stroke).


The sleeping state now looks even more asleep that it did before!
The away state now has more visual difference than just doped eyes - without the use of a sign. And with feet.
Take a gander below for how they look.

Little fix
Just did some .plist stuff

Polishing time.
Honed those outlines to be as smooth as possible, baby
Got those shadows into a healthy fuzz rather than that cold, edgy look
Gave each and every duck its own eye colour. Still taking the medication
Added Pink for you girly girls out there
Made black more black. It looked silly.
Added own connection thing. You might not even notice.

Huge changes!
Added stroke for definition
Added new improved flapping state
Added Idle state
Added Invisible state
Made a better shadow
Fleshed out the duck a bit more
Added the White duck to the collection
Fixed a bug under 10.3.9 that caused icons to appear faded

Made the shadows softer
Made shadows fit within icon, taking away nasty cutoff
Added the Black Duck

Big changes!
Completely redid all the other colours from scratch (as opposed to a simple hue shift) and this gets rid of the beak halo issue and other inconsistencies.
Reworked all frames of animation, but a big thanks to Radek on taking the initiative early on.
A softer, more Mac OS X Shadow was added
Better naming scheme so now all the Vectory Ducks live together in one big clump.
The filesize has also improved, at a mere third of what it used to be. Joy.

Stopped crediting myself.
Took away silly eye candy garbage that messed up the quick install feature


You can reply to individual comments by clicking the "Reply" link next to each.

# by zacw on 11/13/05 at 11:37:35

I suggest you rename them to "Vector " so that they are grouped together in the dock icon list.

# by zacw on 11/13/05 at 11:37:53

Vector [color], that is.

# by star123 on 12/02/07 at 10:26:06

not very good

# by star123 on 12/02/07 at 10:26:43

i mean very good i luv ducks

# by AgentPhoenix on 11/14/05 at 15:10:45

Love the ducks! Just one suggestion ... soften the shadows under the icons to look more like the shadows under other OS X icons. Besides that, love 'em.

# by ianlafo on 11/17/05 at 18:26:23

There seems to be a green 'halo' around the blue vector duck's beak. It's not the most annoying thing in the world, but still very noticeable. Especially in the application switcher (the cmd-tab thingy)

# by SamGwilym on 11/18/05 at 00:22:25

For the next update, I'll make sure to update the shadows, rename the files, and sort out this beak aura thing, which is understandably irritating. Adobe CS2 is winging it's way to me via post, so as soon as I get that I'll get cracking with that. ;)

# by Walrus on 12/01/05 at 12:39:31

Colors appear very faded and faint for me.

# by SamGwilym on 12/01/05 at 12:58:53

That's odd... would you mind sending me a screenshot at Thanks.

# by Walrus on 12/01/05 at 18:20:09

Screen shot sent. Hope you can make the proper adjustments, because I liked the pre-2.0 icons.

# by SamGwilym on 12/01/05 at 23:32:17

It's odd, because you seem to be the only case of this happening so far - I'll send you another zip that comes out nice over here by email, and see how it turns out.

# by Niclas on 12/04/05 at 07:22:39

They are faint for me to, I'm using the latest Beta of AdiumX and MacOS 10.3.9. It would be great if you could fix this bug Sam :)

# by SamGwilym on 12/04/05 at 08:15:22

I have a smidgeon of an idea as to what it is - it's something to do with interlaced PNGs. I've run all of the icons through PNGcrusher so as to make the filesize better, but this seems to have compromised the icons for people below 10.4.

I will make a fix for the 3.0 version - hang on in there.

# by Niclas on 12/04/05 at 08:26:30

great! Other than the colors it's a great dock icon :)

# by Catfish_Man on 12/02/05 at 16:12:29

Very nice icons :) I much prefer 2.0 to previous versions.

# by SamGwilym on 12/02/05 at 16:13:46

Always good to know they're liked. Thanks!

# by cbarrett on 12/03/05 at 13:45:21

These are getting better and better, Sam.

Anyone else with me when I say that we might be ready for an icon switch in the not-so-distant future?

# by evands on 12/03/05 at 15:26:27

I like the current icons a lot better, personally... the vectory ones are a neat set, don't get me wrong, but: the softer edges look out of place in the dock, the wings look too amorphous in the 'alert' state, there is no indication of away in a clearly demarcated way, and there is no idle state at all... I don't mean any of this as an insult to the xtra but rather as an argument for it not being made the Adium default.

# by cbarrett on 12/04/05 at 18:36:28

IMO, the current icon is starting to look a little stale. And we *do* get a lot of comments about the duck. I agree; in its current state, it's not ready. But our current icon isn't perfect either, and I think something new and shiny would be great for the new shiny 1.0 version.

# by zacw on 12/04/05 at 23:05:41

I think the main complaint is that it's a duck, not that the duck looks silly.

# by wschamps04 on 12/17/05 at 15:32:53

I second Colin. I'd make it the default icon complete with all colors, but leave the old icons in there as an alternative to people who like those, but I absolutely LOVE these icons.


# by kjdenison on 12/04/05 at 17:02:55

The black duck is by far the best look.

# by dcentity2000 on 12/16/05 at 09:40:25

Very, very nice indeed!

# by Shark on 12/16/05 at 12:55:09

Amazing update!

# by air__devil on 12/16/05 at 20:20:20

I love the white ducky! So cute!

# by yayo on 12/17/05 at 00:09:16

Awesome dude!

# by Niclas on 12/17/05 at 07:52:35

Woderful! Great job!

# by michelebugliaro on 12/17/05 at 09:24:05

Well done!

# by Diatribe on 12/19/05 at 16:43:29

The only two problems I have with these is that it is pretty hard to tell the away from the available state. Especially with the white duck. And the other thing is that there is no indication of idle AND away, it will always show the away state. Other than that the graphics are AWESOME. Great work all around I can't stress that enough, really great.
Now if I could only have a vectorized version of this: I'd be a happy camper. :D

# by 61Tipo61 on 01/16/06 at 06:16:37

Just.... Wow.

# by kjdenison on 01/29/06 at 11:07:32

These are making incredible progress. Keep pushing them further, I look forward to seeing updates!!

# by SamGwilym on 01/29/06 at 11:55:04

What do you think would help them improve? How can I push these ducks the extra mile? What should I dooooooo?

# by kjdenison on 01/29/06 at 12:07:56

The main thing I notice is that when the icons are larger the subtle details are beautiful. When they are small on your dock which is always, they get lost and its hard to appreciate them. It's hard to say what it would look like if they were enhanced a bit. It may not look better. They are close to perfection because I have a hard time finding things to improve. I would mess around with making more natural colors as well.

# by Wylinx on 01/30/06 at 08:49:20


# by ultraman on 01/30/06 at 10:10:52

The best icon set I've seen so far.
If I'm right, you posted it in macthemes forums not so long ago, I hope comments helped you :)

# by SamGwilym on 01/30/06 at 10:13:12

Indeed I did. And what help you guys were. Thanks again. Thagain.

# by thejokell on 02/25/06 at 21:53:38

I love these icons with one exception: the away state. The duck doesn't appear away - it looks stoned. ;)

I'm not sure of a better way to do it without using something like the signpost. I've actually edited them for my personal use to use the old away signpost...

# by SamGwilym on 02/26/06 at 09:15:13

The next version of these ducks will have a new, less stoned away state. More of a duck with its head tucked away kind of look. I just don't want to use the signposts.
So your problem will be addressed soon, I hope. Thanks for commenting!

# by miffy on 05/27/06 at 03:11:58

Absolutely loved it. It's really cool to have its back turned while idled.
Personally, I perfer the simplicity of the drowsy look to putting up an away sign.
Thanks for the great design.

# by cbarrett on 06/09/06 at 05:31:57

The feetses are excellent. I'm lovin' the new ones already.

# by SamGwilym on 06/09/06 at 05:33:26

I think that for the next one, I'll make the feet a little lighter. They just look dirty or dark in a very evil foot kind of way

# by ispytonyv on 06/12/06 at 15:54:18

Any chance of getting the source files to hack together a new variant? I'd like to create something along the lines of what's described below.

# by ispytonyv on 06/09/06 at 10:13:43

I like the changes... but is it me or would having the feet/more lowered head on the sleep state make more sense? I don't know much about the habits of ducks, but if I'm just "away" (perhaps around but distracted by something else or daydreaming) my head would be less hunched and my feet in their normal position, where as if I was sleeping me head would be even lower and my feet would be up.

Does that sound right to anybody or am I crazy? Good icons either way!

# by SamGwilym on 06/12/06 at 23:06:54

Sure, I'll try rustling up something tonight.

# by Phreddd on 06/12/06 at 16:48:41

Cute... but no orange?

# by SamGwilym on 06/13/06 at 05:28:56

Another colour might be bulking it up a bit too much, don't you think? Besides, I don't want to have to make another colour right now... :(

Maybe you'll get your wish with version 5 :)

# by ToPPi on 06/17/06 at 08:26:34

The old away duck looked better! :-) But anyway: very nice work!

# by SamGwilym on 06/17/06 at 08:32:19

Maybe we can compromise.

# by ToPPi on 06/17/06 at 08:43:37

When you zoom a lot it (the away one) looks ok, but in the dock (normally quite small) it really lookes a bit stoned ;-)

# by SamGwilym on 06/17/06 at 17:22:44

Well what do you think ducks do for pleasure? ;)

# by alexks3 on 07/12/06 at 08:00:00

Can an orange duck be made? That would be amazing. Still this is the best Xtra.

# by Shark!! on 08/24/06 at 08:30:04

I second that

# by enkuturi-akrias on 11/25/06 at 09:28:47

yeah a orange one!i like the orange
this is the better xtra in the world!!! i love it! im using it and i never will change it. very good job sam

# by vanceab on 12/07/06 at 20:12:42

They are excellent

# by camassacre on 01/05/07 at 17:33:15

These icons are perfect. Great job. I have a question. This sounds stupid but I don't know how to make my own icons for adium. I tried using candybar but it doesn't work with adium. Do you think you could do me a favor... I have a .icn file for the icon I would like to use. Let me know if you could do this for me. I have a theme that goes perfect with the icon I want to use. It would be much appreciated.

# by snowtrap6 on 03/18/07 at 19:48:53

o that's so cool!

# by tasmanian_devil on 04/05/07 at 23:52:01

You should try making them themed- holidays and seasonals, places [like with a scene in the bg] and then soften some of the colors- as in make a pale style! but they are my favorite ducks ever!! I loved the adium ducks, but they look kinda all ruffly and so I use these because I love ducks, but the adium ducks are a little lacking- so these are smooth and clean and crisp so they are perfectly perfect and I hope you make more vecotry ducks!! Keep it up!! :-) :3 :-D ;-)

# by bassman92 on 08/08/07 at 11:38:17

The Ducks are great, I love them all. Thanks for this set.

# by bassman92 on 08/28/07 at 22:05:15

this is a great set, i would love it if someone could make a vectory type menubar set, i really want like the purple

# by creator2456 on 11/04/07 at 17:58:30

These icons are great...should be included with Adim from the get go.

Always one of the first downloads along with Adium on any new mac.

# by blinQ on 11/07/07 at 03:45:10

take a look at this ticket:

maybe you are able to help there.

# by SamGwilym on 11/07/07 at 05:31:52

Well seeing as how I haven't updated these in forever and a bit, and now 512px is the new thang, I'll definitely start on something. :)

# by mathuaerknedam on 03/06/08 at 12:44:38

When do we get the Flaming version? :)

# by boki on 06/21/09 at 04:05:46

Hi, I love these clean looking ducks! It's a pity that in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) the icons are too low a resolution to display clean. Would you be able to make all the icons 512 pixels in size?

# by MKuhlberg on 03/19/10 at 17:16:09

these are great the only thing is you added a shadow to them, since the dock draws shadows by seperatly these now have a very very dark one wich looks off next to the rest of the dock. oh well im using a dark dock now anyway :P these do look amazing otherwise good job :)

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3.90 / 403 votes
Current Version: 4.5
Last Updated: 06/09/06
Adam Betts for the original duck, and Radek for starting the ball rolling