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Why do I have icon archive problems in OS X 10.3+?

The "Create archive" feature in Mac OS X 10.3 and later can lead to problems and we recommend against using it.

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How do I get started designing my own icons?

There are really three parts to designing icons: concept, creation and construction. Read on to learn more.

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How do I create icons for Palm and other handhelds?

Unfortunately creating icons for the Palm and other handheld devices is difficult and requires unique resources.

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Can I make custom disk icons for Mac OS 9 and OS X?

During the transition from Mac OS 9 to OS X, the way custom icons are stored on disks changed. Read on for more.

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Can I create custom icons for a Director Projector?

Yes, after creating a projector bundle you can change the Info.plist file so that CFBundleIconFile uses a .icns file.

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Resource files or folders, which is best for Mac icons?

Save as a resource file when incorporating into an application and as a folder for simple use on the Mac desktop.

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Why doesn't the Mac Finder update when icons change?

Certain versions of the Mac Finder have a bug that prevents it from updating properly and showing icon changes.

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Should I avoid using "cicn" resources for UI elements?

Yes, there are many good reasons to update cicn resources to icon suites including millions of colors and transparency.

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Any tips on 32-bit Mac icons (in Resources)?

There are several important tips and tricks for developers working with Mac based icon resources. Read on for more.

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Any tips with 32-bit Mac icons (in NIB files)?

Working with 32-bit icons in Cocoa and NIB-based Carbon applications, is surprisingly easy. Read on for more.

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Any tips on working with 32-bit Windows icons?

There are some important things to know when working with 32-bit Windows icons. Read on to learn more.

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How do I clear the Windows Explorer icon cache?

A quick way to clear the cache is to go to the Appearance tab of Desktop properties and change the default icon size.

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How do I change the icon on a Windows application?

There are several tools on Windows that allow you to change application icons. One of them is Microangelo Librarian.

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Can I use 32-bit icons in older apps (like Visual Basic)?

Microsoft only supports 32-bit icons with their newer products. Its best to focus on backward compatibility first.

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How do I create a Macintosh disk image?

A popular way to distribute your creations is via disk images. These steps will help you create your first Mac disk image.

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Can I add a custom icon to a Mac OS X disk image?

Yes, adding a custom icon to a Mac disk image is easy. Please read on to learn the steps to perform this process.

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Can I add a background picture to an OS X disk image?

Yes, but the trick is to make sure the picture you are adding is in a subfolder of the disk you are creating.

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Why are my icons behaving strangely in the Finder?

You may not have all icon resources in your icon file or your Finder may be caching old versions of the icon.

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How can I use parts of some icons to create new ones?

Follow the instructions in the full description to extract the pixels of the standard icon for manipulation in Photoshop.

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Can I use custom icons on Windows CD-ROMs?

You can create an Autorun.inf file to change the icon displayed when the CD-ROM is loaded in Windows.

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How do I author a cross-platform CD-ROM?

Use Iconbuilder to create icons for cross-platform projects.

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Why are my icons missing in ZIP archives?

Instead of double-clicking the archive, Windows users need to right-click and select "Extract All..." to view icons.

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How can I create toolbar icons for Windows?

Depending on your need, BMP and ICO toolbar icon files can be made using IconBuilder and Photoshop.

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