Community Forums/Showcase/BlitzICON

r(Posted 2009) [#1]

I have write a blitzmax app for windows to implement :
- appicon
- informations version
- manifest

The program use GoRC to compile RC file.
Then .OBJ file is transformed to .O file compatible with BlitzMax.
The .O file generated can directly be imported to blitzmax source.

Nothing to install.
No system modification.
All is ready to use (zip = 145 ko)

Download :


r(Posted 2009) [#2]
Hello all,

New versions for my small apps :

- BlitzICON 1.1
- MenuGen 1.1 : menu generator for Blitzmax/PureBasic
- WinConst 1.1 : windows constant explorer

All Freeware.

coffeedotbean(Posted 2009) [#3]
WoW thanks very handy, not tried it yet but does it mean I can stay away from reshack to add an icon to my games?

Thanks for sharing.

Nate the Great(Posted 2009) [#4]
does it work crossplatform?

BlitzSupport(Posted 2009) [#5]
Cool, thanks. There's some other handy stuff on your site too!

markcw(Posted 2009) [#6]
does it work crossplatform?

It says it's Windows only.

See post 3 here for Mac (and Win) icon guides. There's no guides for Linux.

Oddball(Posted 2012) [#7]
Just tried this and it was super easy to use. I've not seen BlitzIcon before and I only happened on this thread by accident. Is anybody else using this?

Paul "Taiphoz"(Posted 2012) [#8]
I am..

Paul "Taiphoz"(Posted 2012) [#9]
I always wondered why this was never folded into the community ide. seems like such a perfect fit.

Richard Betson(Posted 2013) [#10]

I am using BlitzIcon and it works great.

I am having problems importing a proper icon. I thought a bitmap file would work as an icon, but it does not. What graphic format can I use for an icon file and what size should it be for compatibility?

- Rich -

xlsior(Posted 2013) [#11]
icons are .ico, and they are their own proprietary format.
Windows explorer will accept some other graphic formats as a substitution, but it's not the way to do things.

If you need an icon editor, I'd recommend looking at IcoFX, it's very nice icon creator program.
The latest version is payware, but it used to be freeware: If you google around a bit, you should be able to find a download to the freeware version (IcoFX 1.6.4 - later versions are time-limited trials for the paid version)

Richard Betson(Posted 2013) [#12]
Awesome.. Thanks.

For thoses reading you can get a virus free copy here of IconFX 1.6.4:

- Rich -

xlsior(Posted 2013) [#13]
what size should it be for compatibility?

Icons actually contain multiple sizes, bundled into a single .ico file.
The standard sizes that you -should- all include are:
16x16, 24x24, 3232, 48x48, 64x64 and 256x256.

(Don't ignore the latter one, or your icons will look like absolute crap on on the computer of someone with large icons on a high DPI display)

Windows will automagically pick the most appropriate icon size from the .ico to display in various situations, but if you don't provide a particular size yourself it will scale up or down one of the icons you did provide. for best results, provide all the sizes yourself and you won't end up with blurry rescaled versions.

MS actually has very comprehensive design guidelines for windows icons, including theuse of color, actual angles in 3D space, proper use of shadows, gradients, etc.
Even includes some step-by-step photoshop info. Following these guidelines will result in icons that "fit in" under windows, and won't look out of place.

Richard Betson(Posted 2013) [#14]
Icons actually contain multiple sizes, bundled into a single .ico file.
The standard sizes that you -should- all include are:
16x16, 24x24, 3232, 48x48, 64x64 and 256x256.

Thanks I figured that out quickly. ;)

Thanks for the link and help.
- Rich -

ThePict(Posted 2013) [#15]
IcoFX is so easy to use with great results, fantastic!!
I remember struggling really hard with an old Win 98 machine back in the day and gave up ever trying to make my own icons again, not now!!!
But yes, be sure to create your icon in the biggest format first then neaten up the smaller squished ones.

Thanks Richard, your app is great too.

Pingus(Posted 2013) [#16]
I was just searching for a Icon tool and I saw that topic. Perfect timing, works fine, thanks :-)