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converting .gif to an icon file?

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  1. deuce

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    Does any one know how (or if possible) to convert .gif files into icon files? Sometimes I will want to change an icon and want to essentially make my own. For instance... I have a link on my desktop that goes to the last post on the "ramblin discussion" thread (some of you might know why) and it has the gay "internet icon" instead of the tech guy icon. I want to change it but put something "Tech Guyish" there instead. ...actually that is the only reason I want to know why but might serve usefull in the future. I tried changing it to a .dll file but that doesn't work.
     
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    deuce,
    Try IrfanView, a free graphics viewer, editor that supports most all graphics formats, including .ico files.

    Haven't tried it myself, but i'm downloading it now as it has been highly touted by several members here, esp. RandyG.

    It also suports animations for the avatar inclined :)

    You can get from ZDnet or here:

    http://www.irfanview.com/english.htm



    (ps, check your PMs!)
     
  4. deuce

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    Well if gif doesn't work I can always save it as jpeg. I will try that. Also, I am downloading IrfanView as I have been wanting to for a while for those same reasons... and just never did.

    "check your pms" ok I will but that is strange because I haven't gotten the pop up when I came just to TSG the other minute saying I had any new pms. Another glich, Mike?
     
  5. deuce

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    Ah... I see now. (nevermind Mike... :)) You sent it last night and last night I was replying to pms and fell asleep and didn't see yours because it was the newest. Thanks... interesting site. :)
     
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    Just got infranview also, don't know if I will use it, but don't wanna be left out :rolleyes: ....Rhett
     
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    Irfranview will convert gif to ico for use on your desktop quite easily.

    Not sure exactlly why but if I save a gif that I have downloaded as .bmp rather than .ico the background remains transparent when I use it on my desktop

    Another note...As of yet I have not figured out how to make the backgrounds on my custom icons transparent on XP yet :(

    buck
     
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    rhettman,

    Don't mean to be pissy :) (read picky)
    but I\'ve spent half my life reading about RandyG's IrfanView
    and always thought of it it as Infranview as well ....seemed more natural to think of it that way.

    Didn't sink in till the download :confused:

    Easier on the brain and the tongue, eh?
    ;)

    So in this case, you're not left out, but included! :D
     
  9. rhettman5

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    I've read about it for months,

    Ive Downloaded it,

    I've played with it,

    I would have never noticed if you hadn't told me.

    I wonder how many other boo boo's I make daily ??
    :confused:

    Now you got me thinking :rolleyes: ...Rhett
     
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    Was it Yoda that said something like
    "there is no boo boo's,
    only doo doo's."

    Something like that?
    :D

    Sorry, got overly blown about spelling...
    IN my mind it was always Infranview...
    go figure,
    was sorta let down by the true name... :)
     
  11. deuce

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    yeah the real name doesn't sound as good.
     
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  13. deuce

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    Hey thanks hewee... I may also use that for an avater, maybe try to do somthing alone the line of davey's avatar.
     
  14. deuce

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    Hummm... that might make a nice replacement for the "My Computer" computer.
     
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    Ok thanks everybody! Got it done... real quick and easy. This is my desktop for now. All three TSG icons were done with IconCoolEditer, and the wallpaper is courtesy of Hewee. :)
     

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