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Extract icons using the 'Choose custom image' window System
I was working on a software organizing database in Bento, and I discovered that you can use the 'Choose custom image' window, available in a media field, to extract the icon of an application by dragging and dropping it onto the picture frame. I tested it in Address Book (the only other application I was sure had the same media field) and it worked, too.

In Address Book, for instance, edit a contact, then double-click on the picture field to bring up the custom window for setting that contact's picture. Drag and drop an application into the box, and its icon will appear. Or click the Choose button, and navigate to the Application in the file dialog. Once the icon is there, it can be copied and pasted.

This works in, at the least, 10.5 and 10.6.

[robg adds: While this works, it seems more of a curiosity than anything else -- you can copy any application's icon by just copying the application in the Finder, then opening a new window in Preview. I know we've run that tidbit as a hint before, but I couldn't find it when searching.]
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Extract icons using the 'Choose custom image' window
Authored by: robogobo on Nov 02, '09 10:30:07AM

Thanks for posting that addition, Rob. I like how the copy/Preview method extracts all the .icns variations in an application, not just the main icon, as can be done from the get info box.

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