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    Icon Maker

    I am looking for a program to create icons from standard image files. None of the standard graphics programs that I have are able to save as icons. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15> Anyone know of a good freeware or shareware?

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    Re: Icon Maker

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.favicon.com>Favicon</A> has some software which should do the job. I fairly sure I downloaded a free trial that never timed out . . .

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    Re: Icon Maker

    Hi
    If I got you correctly, there's no need to do this. Save your image file as *.bmp and it will appear as a small icon if you set the Registry settings properly. If you want to Save it as an icon file, get hold of Icon Digger 2000 from <A target="_blank" HREF=http://bius.hk.st/> here </A> , or from my website, use it, and your bmp is resized to a portable icon image.

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    Re: Icon Maker

    If you create your image as a BMP and save it , then go into explorer and change it from *.BMP to *.ICO - you have an icon. I've created and used loads this way/

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    Re: Icon Maker

    how do make sure it is the right size?
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    Re: Icon Maker

    Try <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.impactsoftware.com/products/products.htm>MicroAngelo</A>
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    Re: Icon Maker

    >Catherine: " How do you make sure it's the right size?"

    ...by using the (freeware) IconDigger, which automatically allows you to save *.ico files in 32x32 pixel format.

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    How do you get a transparent background doing it that way?
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    Re: Icon Maker

    Catharine - right size
    Once you change it to *.ico it doesn't matter what the original size was - it's icon size on desktop.

    Eileen - Transparent?
    White background seems to go transparent. Otherwise I do background same colour as desktop (not ideal for other situations)
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    Ah, a white background goes transparent! I'll try that. Thank you.
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    Re: Icon Maker

    Eileen
    I've just noticed, that since I 'tweaked' to 'use all possible colours' on icons some time ago (I'm still on w95 with iTweaku) - new icons I create show the white background. All my old icons before this are still transparent where background was white. In WME (and I assume W98) the tweak is built in. I haven't tried it but I assume if you 'untweak', create the icon then 'retweak' - this will work.
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    Re: Icon Maker

    Hey, so *that's* the reason! I'll try your workaround. Good sleuthing. <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>
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    Re: Icon Maker

    In what file format should one save this *.bmp (Monochrome, 16-color, 256-color, 24-bit) prior to renaming it? Does it make any difference? I've tried a few tests, and anything white seems to be changing to black. (Win NT 4.0 SP5)
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    Re: Icon Maker

    Gary (Lonelywind)
    I haven't actually made any for some time except a few lwtters of the alphabet in squares but I've used TIFFS of all sizes, changed them to *BMP (24-bit I think) and then made the change to *ICO. I've never had any trouble (but see my previous response to Eileen on'tweaking').
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    Re: Icon Maker

    Thanks, Peter. "Tweaking," as I understand it, wouldn't be possible here, since we are locked out from changing our display settings in NT 4.0 SP5.

    Personally, I have been using Microsoft Image Editor version 3.10.031. I believe that program originally was part of Microsoft Visual Basic 3.0.
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