- Allows you to load an image, likely bmp, png, or jpg (gif
and tif also work) and then convert it to an icon size you
wish - and then to save it.
1. Step 1:
Use the “File” drop down menu on the far left top and select
to load a picture file, such as bmp, png, jpg, gif, tif,
jpeg. Image shown in large area. Best if the image is
mostly square, since icons are square.
2. Step 2: Select
icon size. “32, 32” is likely the most common. Icons will
often resize their image if a program uses a different size.
I use “128, 128” for large screen icons even though they
shrink, and use “32, 32” for programs
3. Step 3: Press
the “Convert to Icon” button with a left mouse click. In the
upper right it will show an image of the icon created its
size and quality. The main image will show the impact of
size change (more blurry).
4. Step 4: Use
“File” drop down menu to save the made icon to disk
5. Option: “Show
Original” shows the original pic quality. Note that if you
do two different icon sizes, the saved original quality is
again used for the conversion.
Click here to view some common applications (usage) and also for
some hints on images/drawing packages
OPTIONS / DEFINITIONS
- Convert to Icon - Does
the real work. After an image is loaded, clicking this
button converts the image to an icon. It will then show
the resultant size (icon size you set before) and quality in the
small image area. It will show the effects of size
reduction and quality loss on the main larger image as well,
unless you then press the "Show Original" button
- Show Original - After
converting the original image to an icon, the larger image will
also show how blurry the image really is at the smaller size.
Pressing this button with a left mouse click returns the
original saved image. Note that the saved original image
is also returned briefly if you decide to "Convert to Icon"
again, to ensure best picture quality.
- Clear Picture -
Optional - for the two picture images shown. Will not
erase the stored original image if used again.
Option Box (arrow on
far right allows drop down items inside that can be selected)
- Icon Sizes - Should be
set before pressing the button "Convert to Icon" since it tells
the system what size and therefore what quality the image should
be. Size " 32,32" for an icon is likely its normal size
for use with a program. It is the value I use for
programs. I use " 128,128" for large screen icons even
though the image size will be reduced by my screen. Note
that icon images will often try and change for size allowed by a
program. But of course, quality may not return if its size
is increased. " 16,16" seems to be in usage for some file
managers, as our own filemanager2 that show icons next to file
names. "24, 24" is used by some programs for other usages.
Our filemanager2 uses " 24,24" for the optional program icons at
top for fast startup. Some other sizes are also provided
as options in the drop down box.
Upper Drop Down Area Options
There are options under "File" for loading
the original image. Picture types allowed are: jpg, jpeg, bmp. gif,
tif, png, ico, wmf, cur, emf and dib. We suggest using "png"
type with transparency already inherent in the file if transparency
is desired. Under "File" of course is also the option to
save the icon results. Help includes a help file.
"Images" do the same as 2 buttons shown.
- Picture Formats
That Can be Loaded: jpg, jpeg, bmp. gif, tif, png, ico,
wmf, cur, emf and dib. Note that there is an option for
"Loading from Clipboard" also, that might allow you to save to
clipboard an even different file type done in another program.
I did not test this. But it would seem that the clipboard
does not ask me what file type to save, therefore it likely
saves "all bits" like a bmp bitmap but also does save
- Icon Sizes (choose
before conversion) - 16x16, 24x24, 32x32, 36,36, 48x48, 64x64,
- Transparency - Can be
used for icons if inherent in the image loaded. We tested
png format with good results. We tested one gif sample
with transparency already in the gif file before saved. It
also worked well.
VARIATIONS IN OPERATING SYSTEM
- Windows 7-
Written in Windows 7 and tested extensively. Seems fine
- XP - No problems noted
in some quick tests on XP
- Windows 8.1 - It
actually ran fine - once Windows let it run. It twice said
it had blocked a program from starting that could be trouble??
Twice I looked for something on their warning ("more info?") that allowed me to
"run anyway," and did run it anyway. It did give me an icon
and after running the program a few times it stopped with the
warnings. It then listed the program under "apps" as a new
item. Well, hopefully this will not bother other users.
CAUTIONS and PROGRAM RIGHTS
Downloading or usage of this program means that the user agrees that
all public distribution rights remain solely with the owner of
rpsoft2000 software, and that any public distribution without
permission is an infringement on the rights of the owner. Feel
free, however, if you like this program, to give others the link to
Clearly with the use of this program, any
saved images can be used to make icons. User agrees to take
responsibility for copyrighted images on the internet and other
places. We do advise not to use copyrighted images for public
usage without permission.
USER AREA LIMITATION
- This particular software language will load into the "user" area
of your computer and not into the program area. We ourselves
found this only to be an issue at startup, but of course, beauty is
in the eye of the beholder. There are startup instructions
below in Loading Note2.
AGREEMENT BEFORE DOWNLOADING
Programmer Agrees: That there is no
internet checking, adware, spyware, viruses or other malware associated with this download
given here that were placed in there by the programmer. Only
the standard Microsoft packaging of program and needed resources was
User Agrees Before Downloading:
That they have read, understand and agree with the above program
rights and also cautions about
copyrights and copyrighted images.
IMPORTANT DOWNLOAD NOTE: Mozilla Firefox
downloaded this easily. Chrome issued a warning and I had to
go to the bottom left screen, then find a far right arrow on their
warning to open up options, and choose "keep" in order for it not
to discard the file.
I now find it best to just get rid of the old program - if you have
loaded an earlier version of this before. That will generally
create a new icon (of the earth with a banner) and listing for you under programs. To
eliminate the old, just go to your control panel and look for
uninstall, and then the program "rpsoft 2000 icon converter" or
"icon converter" by rpsoft 2000 publisher, or icon
converter or similar.
Then load the new version and you should get an icon. :)
Because of this, this will be the only loading instructions given
for this file. You should get an icon if you eliminate any old
versions of this program.