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    Animated Icons (WinXP-SP-2)

    Is there any way to create an animated icon from an animated GIF file?

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    Re: Animated Icons (WinXP-SP-2)

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    Re: Animated Icons (WinXP-SP-2)

    Doc:

    Thanks. Ive posted to their BB to see which of their products I would use to change an animated GIF to an animated ICO.

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    Re: Animated Icons (WinXP-SP-2)

    Doc:

    Thought you might be curious:

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    Hi, Chuck. Microangelo doesn't edit or convert animated GIF files. The animations it works with are ANI formatted files, specifically 32x32 or 48x48 pixels in size.
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    Re: Animated Icons (WinXP-SP-2)

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    My bad. I didn't read it closely enough. I don't know if this will work for you, but it's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>. Try AniTuner. It will create the .ani files from the .gif files. I don't know if you can save them as .ico files or not with AniTuner, but I'd guess that Microangelo could do that for you since it works with .ani files. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Animated Icons (WinXP-SP-2)

    Great.. thanks Doc.

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    Re: Animated Icons (WinXP-SP-2)

    Not sure of this, but I believe you can create an animated cursor (.CUR) file, then simply rename its extension to .ICO to have it display as an animated icon. ???

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    Re: Animated Icons (WinXP-SP-2)

    Sounds logical Alan. I don't have any animated cursors to try it with. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Animated Icons (WinXP-SP-2)

    I've got a host of animated .cur themes and they are all created with ".png" files. The animation is accomplished similar to an animated ".gif" file, i.e., a series of single frames. So, at first glance, it wouldn't appear that simply renaming them with an "ico" extension would work. But I thought it would be worth a try and the result was what I expected. See the screenshot below which shows what the ".ico" file looks like when viewed:

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    Re: Animated Icons (WinXP-SP-2)

    I was fooling around with this last night before I went out and downloaded a .cur theme file from CursorXP to play with. I discovered the same thing. The .cur theme files are composed of .png images. But .ani files seem to be unique to themselves. If I open a .cur theme file in Winzip (these theme files are .zip or .exe files) it shows a collection of .png files with an .ini file included.. Microangelo Animator will not open this file, but it will open an .ani file as a series of images. Animator will only save files as .ani and renaming the .ani file to .ico produces a single static image. I'm out of thoughts here.
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    Re: Animated Icons (WinXP-SP-2)

    Might be worth fiddling with the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> program ActivIcons, which claims that

    You can even use ActivIcons to display animated icons on your desktop, or make the icon text labels transparent.

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