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hurricanedavid
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I know there have got to be some free icon editors out there that you folks are using.

I have LiquidIcon and it's great... as long as you are creating icons from scratch. If you open one in it, and try to save it, the icon is all black.

What I like to do is take an existing icon that i find and alter it. IrfanView can save as an icon file, but I can't modify the image that much before the save.

:?: What do you guys use?

Again, I'm hoping for a free one.

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I too have similar need!

I use Icon Collector.. http://www.softwarec...com/updates.htm

- I extract an Icon and save it as a BMP
- Manipulate it in an Image editor then reduce the color depth to 256 colors
- Save it again & rename it from Filename.bmp to Filename.ICO

I was used to Microangelo but altering existing Icon was never satisfactory!

Regards, :)

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Perhaps more a topic for Utilities & Resources, but this can be argued...
Anyway, I didn't found so much good free icon editors...
I used to use PCMag's one, in times where their utilities were free, but now you have to subscribe to get them.
I settled for SnIco Edit 2, which is fine.
Hey, a new version! [Update as it seems to correct some problems...]
It has quirks, some has been corrected, others has been introduced...
But well, it is nice and works well enough.
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I use this Photoshop plugin for making icons and @icon sushi for making icl files.

I have LiquidIcon and it's great... as long as you are creating icons from scratch. If you open one in it, and try to save it, the icon is all black.


I had this problem on XP so I downloaded the other version (can't remember which build) which works fine.
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Dear PhiLho, :)

SnIco Edit 2 is nice ... Thanks!

Regards, :)
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Another editor I downloaded, but didn't used much: AWicons Pro (Lite version, which is free). I should retest it.
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Stardock IconDeveloper (DeviantArt approved too).

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Stardock IconDeveloper (DeviantArt approved too).

Did you tried it?
I just did. And uninstalled it quickly...

1) This is no an icon editor! Perhaps an icon manager, but to edit an icon, it calls an external program... (MS Paint by default!)

2) The installation is mandatory, the file is ~2.4MB. SnIco Edit is ~1MB, no installation needed.
Even worse, it installs itself in the Program menu, in the user section (not All users section), without even asking. I hate that!

3) It is more or less a trial version - free with limited features, but reminder of purchasing the full version when exiting.

Note that AWicon Lite suffers some of these problems: big install file, limited version, goes to user section (but asks if I want to put it in a sub-folder, that's better).

OK, I am testing right now. It supports many languages.
Nice interface, a bit loud... (heavily skinned, can parametrize skin)
OK, it seems to have lot of capabilities, like doing operations available to million of color mode (transparency, blur...) on icons with limited number of colors, downgrading the result.
I think I will keep both applications, as they may be complimentary.
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Does SnIco Edit put anything in the registry? Seems like a nice portable app for my flash drive.

For those who need an Icon extractor, this program is great.

http://www.nirsoft.n...s/iconsext.html

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Does SnIco Edit put anything in the registry? Seems like a nice portable app for my flash drive.

There is an ini file in the same directory as the program. I just ran SnIco Edit with Regmon running, it seems just to read the registry (actually, probably by using some Windows API functions), not to write config. data or something else.
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Does SnIco Edit put anything in the registry? Seems like a nice portable app for my flash drive.

There is an ini file in the same directory as the program. I just ran SnIco Edit with Regmon running, it seems just to read the registry (actually, probably by using some Windows API functions), not to write config. data or something else.


Dear PhiLho, :)

SnIco has associated itself with extension .ICO when I ran it first time! This is an annoyance since .ICO files are displayed with SnIco's Icon. (before it was the actual Icon itself.

But let me say again that SnIco is excellent and very useful to me.

Regards, :)
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I am kinda old school and use Microangelo. It does seem to have a few bugs and I'm your you guys use better applications, but I have used it for so long. I guess I become numb to the bugs, and avoiding them.

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Microangelo is great, from the reviews I saw, but unlike most of the other utilities mentioned here, it is shareware... (AFAIK).
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No freeware, but ready for Vista: Axialis IconWorkshop
http://www.axialis.com/iconworkshop/

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