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Authored by: DeusExMachina on May 08, '01 03:52:54AM

Well I remember seeing these things somewhere while poking around... If you look for .tiff files instead of .icns files, you can get one in


that seems to correspond with the one displayed by the preferences app. However, I'll admit that after a quick check, overwriting that file didn't seem to have any effect. It may require a logout to flush the image System Preferences uses, but I can't do one of those without abandoning this post :)

Now I also have a conundrum I'm hoping someone has solved before:

Suppose I got all professional about the icon making thing (heh) and actually created my own .icns from a 128x128 4 channel tiff file. This .icns file looks great in icns Browser or in IconComposer (is the former a beta thing? Seems they both perform the same function, almost) but whatever I do, I can't get it to appear in the finder! And I mean WHATEVER I DO! I tried copying and pasting... that's kinda difficult when there's no source to copy from: the .icns file doesn't give itself its own icon. I tried naming it the same thing as the target file (a .term file, FWIW) but with .icns on the end... that didn't work either. I got really pissed off and tried to define it as the icon for the build product of one of my Project Builder projects, and I couldn't even do THAT! (I can go into specifics if you think that's the right way to do it, and I'm just screwing it up) but anyway, I FINALLY got this icon to appear in the finder by making a brand new PB project for a cocoa app this time, and defining the icon in there.... but when I try to copy and paste from the resulting .app, that doesn't work either. To add insult to injury, viewing the icon in the finder made me want to make modifications, so I did, and now I can't even get it to appear on that hello world cocoa app anymore. I'm about to just give up here.

Having a .icns file in the guts of an application package is great and all, and it really simplifies changing app icons, but WTF are you supposed to do if you just want to change the icon on a FILE, and all you've got is a .icns?

Thanks for any help, love this site by the way.

(lover, poet, guy-who-can't-use-icons)

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Somewhat related Icon thingy....
Authored by: MiniD on May 10, '01 10:59:02AM

Hello there, I too (probably among everyone else who purchased OS X) have been messing around with the icons of items, and I have noticed when I pasted an icon, from another file that had the icon I wanted, in the get info window on a folder that I had created (which was also in my dock) the icon changed in the finder, but not in the dock... BUT then I had an idea... I just dragged the folder OFF the dock and readded it with the new icon and it worked fine. This might not work the same way for files though, from what I have been reading. I have also heard that for files... if you close the get info window that you are copying from... it won't work. Hope any of this helps.

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