Icons are used in numerous applications both online and offline. Some of the most notable ones are browser favicons that display in the address bar and bookmarks, and program icons that visualize programs and files in the operating system. Icons are often everything that is needed to identify a program or a file type.
Windows offers the capabilities of changing program and file icons. Many users do that to make them fit into a custom theme, while others like to use custom icons for personalization or better identification.
It is however usually not possible to simply pick an image format like png, bmp or jpg and use that as the new icon for the application, file or service. These image formats need to be converted first, before they can be used as the new icon.
Imagicon is a free program to convert image formats into Windows icons. The freeware supports bmp, jpg, png and ico (with ico being the icon format), and supports conversion into all supported formats.
The default conversion mode is set to convert any image format that is dragged and dropped into the application window into Windows icon format. The process requires no further user interaction besides the dropping of images into the program window. Multiple images will be converted one after another.
The newly created icons are saved in the same folder that the original images are stored in. The options can be used to change the icon size from the default 32x32 to 16x16, 48x48, 128x128 or 64x64. It is furthermore possible to enable transparency.
Additional preferences are available in the Options. It is for instance possible to change the output directory for the newly created icon files, change the save mode from Windows Icon (ico) to png, bmp or jpg, alter the quality of the output files, or change the output images' size and orientation.
Imagicon is a handy software program to convert images into an ICO image.
Imagicon is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. The program is offered as a free download at the developer website.
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