Icons on OS X

Bill Vlahos bvlahos at jpl.nasa.gov
Thu Sep 5 11:26:02 EDT 2002


A brain-dead but simple way to put an icon on a Mac application (X or 
9) is:
1. find an icon or image you like
2. copy it to the clipboard
3. Get Info on your Rev application
4. click on the icon
5. paste the icon you want in

This does not really change the icon in the "official way", but it 
looks that way to most users including the icon in the dock for OS X.

Iconographer looks to be a pretty great program which does icons for 
Mac and Windows the "right way" and it is not expensive.

Bill Vlahos

On Wednesday, September 4, 2002, at 04:48  PM, Mark Talluto wrote:

>
> On Sunday, September 1, 2002, at 05:18  PM, Troy Rollins wrote:
>
>>> My lack of Mac experience requires me to ask how to do this. I tried
>>> downloading ResEdit as advised by the Iconographer docs but it 
>>> crashed on OS
>>> X 10.1.4
>>> Any step by step instructions including apps needed would be most 
>>> welcome.
>>
>> Richard's instructions are good, but I find it a real shame that as 
>> much as Rev does for you along the way - it leaves you in the lurch 
>> for this very crucial stage. You can do practically everything from 
>> within the environment - and then when it comes time to distribute, 
>> out comes the cryptic pList editor...
>>
>> ResEdit is NOT a good choice under OSX, it is REALLY showing it age 
>> now, and is ill prepared to deal with bundles. The plist editor 
>> supplied with apple development tools is OK for this, but something 
>> is still missing... perhaps a step by step recipe. Ken Ray gave us 
>> some good insights a while back, but unfortunately, once you start to 
>> tear apart the Rev build, it gets pretty ugly. The really sad part is 
>> that we found editing the Windows registry using the Transcript tools 
>> FAR easier than getting the same functions to work in OSX - but of 
>> course, Rev provides no real help there.
>>
>> --
>> Troy
>
> I am getting into this a bit late, but here is my two cents.  Doing 
> the icons can be a pain the first time you are trying to get it all 
> together.  The next revision to Rev will change this over to the new 
> Mach O format.  The icons are done a bit differently.  I believe it is 
> actually easier now.  I created a movie that anyone can watch that 
> will show the process of setting the icons and their associations in 
> an OS X app.  If you would like to watch it, it is at:  
> http://www.clearsoftware.com/iconmovie.mov
>
> Be forewarned that there is no sound to the movie.  It is about 8MB in 
> size but should start playing once you have enough downloaded.
>
>
>
> Best regards,
> Mark Talluto
>
> http://www.canelasoftware.com
>
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