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Generate icons for image files with pic2icon Apps
I'm not sure how I overlooked publishing a hint on this earlier, but a recent thread on the Macworld OS X forum served as a good reminder for me.

If you have a bunch of image files in the Finder which lack the custom preview icon (the small version of the image itself), check out Sugar Cube Software's pic2icon. pic2icon is a little freeware app which does nothing more than add a custom image preview to your image files -- but it does it very well!

pic2icon works via a drag-and-drop interface; you drag the images into the first tab of the application (which contains an image drp spot and progress bar) and it then starts creating the icons. The other tabs in the interface allow you to control things such as:
  • Retaining original modification dates
  • Adding a one-pixel border, a dog-ear corner, and/or a drop shadow
  • Specifying the amount of anti-aliasing
The final tab shows the statistics for the latest batch of icons you created (how many, how long it took, total size).

pic2icon even shows the remaining number of images to process (via a red circle with white text, ala on its dock icon while it's working. Creating 115 icons took it about a minute on my G4/733, so its relatively speedy.

You can do similar things with batch conversions in GraphicConverter and PhotoShop, but I really like pic2icon's interface and ease of use. And it's tough to beat a cost of $0.00!
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Use in conjunction w/FruitMenu
Authored by: brajesh on Jul 05, '02 02:15:42PM

If you use Pic2Icon in conjuction w/ FruitMenu, you can create a contextual menu to open a file with Pic2Icon. This is very handy.

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Authored by: Manic Velocity on Jul 05, '02 02:35:07PM

I've been using p2i for a couple months now and I love it. But I got tired of having to open the application, drag my pictures into the well, and then quit. So I gathered all of my pictures that needed icons, put them in a temporary folder, and just dragged the folder onto the unopened p2i application. It automatically started converting my pictures, and then the application quit itself when it was finished.

Just FYI.

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Authored by: ret on Jul 08, '02 01:29:42AM

Don't forget the customizable tool-bar alternative!

I have Pic2Icon and another do-one-job-and-do-it-well favouite: LineBreak, on my Finder tool-bar, so if I want to create an icon or convert line-endings, I don't need to open that app first, or manipulate multiple Finder windows to do it.

That's one of the things I love about OSX. There are so many ways of achieving the same result, you can use what works for you, and any combination of things that work for you.


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