Associating an icon to a solution? 
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 Associating an icon to a solution?

Here's one that would be really, really neat!

At work, we have a consultant coming in to work on our department's
database (though written in MS Access).  One of the first enhancements
he made, albeit a cosmetic one, was to add an icon to it.  This means
that once the database is launched, you see a specific icon in the
task bar.  I happened to go into the database's folder where all its
system files were and I say the actual ICO file.

It occurred to me that this would really be a neat thing to put into
my solutions esp. since I'm planning to make them available as
freeware standalones.  Each one could have a different icon.  Neat!

Pls advise (really hoping FMP can do this, too).

Thanks!



Tue, 22 Mar 2005 11:48:49 GMT
 Associating an icon to a solution?

On Fri, 04 Oct 2002 03:48:49 GMT, Mitchell199

Quote:

>Here's one that would be really, really neat!

>At work, we have a consultant coming in to work on our department's
>database (though written in MS Access).  One of the first enhancements
>he made, albeit a cosmetic one, was to add an icon to it.  This means
>that once the database is launched, you see a specific icon in the
>task bar.  I happened to go into the database's folder where all its
>system files were and I say the actual ICO file.

>It occurred to me that this would really be a neat thing to put into
>my solutions esp. since I'm planning to make them available as
>freeware standalones.  Each one could have a different icon.  Neat!

>Pls advise (really hoping FMP can do this, too).

>Thanks!

Anyone?


Wed, 23 Mar 2005 09:42:04 GMT
 Associating an icon to a solution?

Quote:

> On Fri, 04 Oct 2002 03:48:49 GMT, Mitchell199

> >Here's one that would be really, really neat!

> >At work, we have a consultant coming in to work on our department's
> >database (though written in MS Access).  One of the first enhancements
> >he made, albeit a cosmetic one, was to add an icon to it.  This means
> >that once the database is launched, you see a specific icon in the
> >task bar.  I happened to go into the database's folder where all its
> >system files were and I say the actual ICO file.

> >It occurred to me that this would really be a neat thing to put into
> >my solutions esp. since I'm planning to make them available as
> >freeware standalones.  Each one could have a different icon.  Neat!

> >Pls advise (really hoping FMP can do this, too).

> >Thanks!

> Anyone?

I don't think you can add an icon to a FileMaker document itself
(although on the Mac you can easily paste in a custom icon) and have
that show up in the Taskbar - that icon is the one for the programs, so
will be the FileMaker Pro icon, which you could change, but it would
change for ALL FileMaker documents you open.

You can quite easily change the icon of the program file that is used
to run stand-alone/runtime solutions bound with the Binder in FileMaker
Pro Developer - I've done this a few times on both Mac and Windows. To
make it simple all you need is any Icon Editor program and edit the
".exe" file of your solution.

Helpful Harry                  
"Just trying to help whenever I can."      :o)



Wed, 23 Mar 2005 13:49:36 GMT
 Associating an icon to a solution?
On Sat, 05 Oct 2002 17:49:36 +1200, Helpful Harry

Quote:



>> On Fri, 04 Oct 2002 03:48:49 GMT, Mitchell199

>> >Here's one that would be really, really neat!

>> >At work, we have a consultant coming in to work on our department's
>> >database (though written in MS Access).  One of the first enhancements
>> >he made, albeit a cosmetic one, was to add an icon to it.  This means
>> >that once the database is launched, you see a specific icon in the
>> >task bar.  I happened to go into the database's folder where all its
>> >system files were and I say the actual ICO file.

>> >It occurred to me that this would really be a neat thing to put into
>> >my solutions esp. since I'm planning to make them available as
>> >freeware standalones.  Each one could have a different icon.  Neat!

>> >Pls advise (really hoping FMP can do this, too).

>> >Thanks!

>> Anyone?

>I don't think you can add an icon to a FileMaker document itself
>(although on the Mac you can easily paste in a custom icon) and have
>that show up in the Taskbar - that icon is the one for the programs, so
>will be the FileMaker Pro icon, which you could change, but it would
>change for ALL FileMaker documents you open.

>You can quite easily change the icon of the program file that is used
>to run stand-alone/runtime solutions bound with the Binder in FileMaker
>Pro Developer - I've done this a few times on both Mac and Windows. To
>make it simple all you need is any Icon Editor program and edit the
>".exe" file of your solution.

This is intriguing.  I have dabbled quite a bit with icon
creation/manipulation and I've never heard of this one, not with an
Icon Editor program at any rate.  I can extract icons, I make make
them from scratch and I can animate them, but how to fix them within
an EXE, now _that_ would be a good skill to learn, esp. using just an
icon editing program.  I have Microangelo.  What component of the
Microangelo program would be used for this, do you know?

Thanks!  This is exactly the info I need to find.  I'm definitely not
looking to change FMP standard system icons, only the ones for
standalone db's.  This wasn't a concrete idea till you pointed it out.

Cheers!



Wed, 23 Mar 2005 21:15:31 GMT
 Associating an icon to a solution?

Quote:

> On Sat, 05 Oct 2002 17:49:36 +1200, Helpful Harry

> >I don't think you can add an icon to a FileMaker document itself
> >(although on the Mac you can easily paste in a custom icon) and have
> >that show up in the Taskbar - that icon is the one for the programs, so
> >will be the FileMaker Pro icon, which you could change, but it would
> >change for ALL FileMaker documents you open.

> >You can quite easily change the icon of the program file that is used
> >to run stand-alone/runtime solutions bound with the Binder in FileMaker
> >Pro Developer - I've done this a few times on both Mac and Windows. To
> >make it simple all you need is any Icon Editor program and edit the
> >".exe" file of your solution.

> This is intriguing.  I have dabbled quite a bit with icon
> creation/manipulation and I've never heard of this one, not with an
> Icon Editor program at any rate.  I can extract icons, I make make
> them from scratch and I can animate them, but how to fix them within
> an EXE, now _that_ would be a good skill to learn, esp. using just an
> icon editing program.  I have Microangelo.  What component of the
> Microangelo program would be used for this, do you know?

> Thanks!  This is exactly the info I need to find.  I'm definitely not
> looking to change FMP standard system icons, only the ones for
> standalone db's.  This wasn't a concrete idea till you pointed it out.

I did look at Microangelo, but couldn't figure it out quickly enough
for my tight time schedule at that stage. It may well be able to do
this too, but I found an easier program to use.

For Windows, I used the shareware program "AX-Icons 4.5" from Axialis
Software (http://www.axialis.com/), but I see there's a newer version
now called "Axialis Icon Workshop 5.0". It lets you edit many types of
icons, including those inside ".exe" files.

All you do is use this program to open the stand-alone ".exe" file for
your bound Filemaker solution and edit the appropriate icon however you
want. There's a few different icons inside the ".exe" file, but it's
not hard to find the right one, just compare them with the one in the
desktop folder/directory window.

You're best to remember to change all four icons (more now with XP,
etc.), otherwise those on other computers with different settings may
not see your custom one. AX-Icons 4.5 lets you "play" with the icons
for ...
         - 16x16 in 16 colours
         - 32x32 in 16 colours
         - 32x32 in 256 colours
         - 48x48 in 256 colours

Other than just changing this normal desktop icon, I haven't played
with AX-Icons enough to know if it'll do fancy things like animated
icons, but the new version probably does more anyway.

Helpful Harry                  
"Just trying to help whenever I can."      :o)



Thu, 24 Mar 2005 09:12:09 GMT
 Associating an icon to a solution?
On Sun, 06 Oct 2002 14:12:09 +1300, Helpful Harry

Quote:



>> On Sat, 05 Oct 2002 17:49:36 +1200, Helpful Harry

>> >I don't think you can add an icon to a FileMaker document itself
>> >(although on the Mac you can easily paste in a custom icon) and have
>> >that show up in the Taskbar - that icon is the one for the programs, so
>> >will be the FileMaker Pro icon, which you could change, but it would
>> >change for ALL FileMaker documents you open.

>> >You can quite easily change the icon of the program file that is used
>> >to run stand-alone/runtime solutions bound with the Binder in FileMaker
>> >Pro Developer - I've done this a few times on both Mac and Windows. To
>> >make it simple all you need is any Icon Editor program and edit the
>> >".exe" file of your solution.

>> This is intriguing.  I have dabbled quite a bit with icon
>> creation/manipulation and I've never heard of this one, not with an
>> Icon Editor program at any rate.  I can extract icons, I make make
>> them from scratch and I can animate them, but how to fix them within
>> an EXE, now _that_ would be a good skill to learn, esp. using just an
>> icon editing program.  I have Microangelo.  What component of the
>> Microangelo program would be used for this, do you know?

>> Thanks!  This is exactly the info I need to find.  I'm definitely not
>> looking to change FMP standard system icons, only the ones for
>> standalone db's.  This wasn't a concrete idea till you pointed it out.

>I did look at Microangelo, but couldn't figure it out quickly enough
>for my tight time schedule at that stage. It may well be able to do
>this too, but I found an easier program to use.

>For Windows, I used the shareware program "AX-Icons 4.5" from Axialis
>Software (http://www.axialis.com/), but I see there's a newer version
>now called "Axialis Icon Workshop 5.0". It lets you edit many types of
>icons, including those inside ".exe" files.

I have a funny feeling that this is a feature not all icon editors
will do.  After all these years, this is the first I've heard of an
app that is a simple icon editor that can do this.  The reason I say
this is because I imagine you are editing the icon _within_ the exe
without extracting it first and then re-inserting it.  That is what is
intriguing.  afaik, nothing but a program that specifically says it
can do this, can actually do this.  If this is not the case, then this
is a little-known feature in icon editors as threads abound re the
other method re extracting resources and finding apps that will allow
us to modify EXE resources; always 2 apps up till now to do 2
different things.

Quote:
>All you do is use this program to open the stand-alone ".exe" file for
>your bound Filemaker solution and edit the appropriate icon however you
>want. There's a few different icons inside the ".exe" file, but it's
>not hard to find the right one, just compare them with the one in the
>desktop folder/directory window.

>You're best to remember to change all four icons (more now with XP,
>etc.), otherwise those on other computers with different settings may
>not see your custom one. AX-Icons 4.5 lets you "play" with the icons
>for ...
>         - 16x16 in 16 colours
>         - 32x32 in 16 colours
>         - 32x32 in 256 colours
>         - 48x48 in 256 colours

Sounds reasonable re editing all 4 (_if_ there are 4, sometimes on 16
and 32 available, etc.).

Quote:
>Other than just changing this normal desktop icon, I haven't played
>with AX-Icons enough to know if it'll do fancy things like animated
>icons, but the new version probably does more anyway.

Well, for now, just interested in changing the icon that appears on
the taskbar once the solution is launched.  _That_ would be awesome!

Will report back either way.  Thanks!!



Thu, 24 Mar 2005 17:35:26 GMT
 Associating an icon to a solution?

Quote:

> On Sun, 06 Oct 2002 14:12:09 +1300, Helpful Harry

> >I did look at Microangelo, but couldn't figure it out quickly enough
> >for my tight time schedule at that stage. It may well be able to do
> >this too, but I found an easier program to use.

> >For Windows, I used the shareware program "AX-Icons 4.5" from Axialis
> >Software (http://www.axialis.com/), but I see there's a newer version
> >now called "Axialis Icon Workshop 5.0". It lets you edit many types of
> >icons, including those inside ".exe" files.

> I have a funny feeling that this is a feature not all icon editors
> will do.  After all these years, this is the first I've heard of an
> app that is a simple icon editor that can do this.  The reason I say
> this is because I imagine you are editing the icon _within_ the exe
> without extracting it first and then re-inserting it.  That is what is
> intriguing.  afaik, nothing but a program that specifically says it
> can do this, can actually do this.  If this is not the case, then this
> is a little-known feature in icon editors as threads abound re the
> other method re extracting resources and finding apps that will allow
> us to modify EXE resources; always 2 apps up till now to do 2
> different things.

As I've said before, I'm no Windows expert and have no idea of what
this aplication is doing, but this appears to work fine on both my Mac
running VirtualPC with Windows 95 and the client's PC with Windows 98,
and even now on their newer Windows NT(?) computer - so I'm happy.  :o)

Quote:
> >Other than just changing this normal desktop icon, I haven't played
> >with AX-Icons enough to know if it'll do fancy things like animated
> >icons, but the new version probably does more anyway.

> Well, for now, just interested in changing the icon that appears on
> the taskbar once the solution is launched.  _That_ would be awesome!

> Will report back either way.  Thanks!!

As far as I know, the Taskbar icon is just the Desktop icon for the
".exe" file (perhaps shrunk). I only changed the four icons listed
before and that changed the Desktop icon, the Taskbar icon and the
Shortcut icon (for shortcuts made afterwards) - I don't think I had to
reboot Windows for the change to be visible, but it was a while ago I
did this.  :o)

Helpful Harry                  
"Just trying to help whenever I can."      :o)



Fri, 25 Mar 2005 04:00:55 GMT
 Associating an icon to a solution?
On Mon, 07 Oct 2002 09:00:55 +1300, Helpful Harry

Quote:



>> On Sun, 06 Oct 2002 14:12:09 +1300, Helpful Harry

>> >I did look at Microangelo, but couldn't figure it out quickly enough
>> >for my tight time schedule at that stage. It may well be able to do
>> >this too, but I found an easier program to use.

>> >For Windows, I used the shareware program "AX-Icons 4.5" from Axialis
>> >Software (http://www.axialis.com/), but I see there's a newer version
>> >now called "Axialis Icon Workshop 5.0". It lets you edit many types of
>> >icons, including those inside ".exe" files.

>> I have a funny feeling that this is a feature not all icon editors
>> will do.  After all these years, this is the first I've heard of an
>> app that is a simple icon editor that can do this.  The reason I say
>> this is because I imagine you are editing the icon _within_ the exe
>> without extracting it first and then re-inserting it.  That is what is
>> intriguing.  afaik, nothing but a program that specifically says it
>> can do this, can actually do this.  If this is not the case, then this
>> is a little-known feature in icon editors as threads abound re the
>> other method re extracting resources and finding apps that will allow
>> us to modify EXE resources; always 2 apps up till now to do 2
>> different things.

>As I've said before, I'm no Windows expert and have no idea of what
>this aplication is doing, but this appears to work fine on both my Mac
>running VirtualPC with Windows 95 and the client's PC with Windows 98,
>and even now on their newer Windows NT(?) computer - so I'm happy.  :o)

>> >Other than just changing this normal desktop icon, I haven't played
>> >with AX-Icons enough to know if it'll do fancy things like animated
>> >icons, but the new version probably does more anyway.

>> Well, for now, just interested in changing the icon that appears on
>> the taskbar once the solution is launched.  _That_ would be awesome!

>> Will report back either way.  Thanks!!

>As far as I know, the Taskbar icon is just the Desktop icon for the
>".exe" file (perhaps shrunk). I only changed the four icons listed
>before and that changed the Desktop icon, the Taskbar icon and the
>Shortcut icon (for shortcuts made afterwards) - I don't think I had to
>reboot Windows for the change to be visible, but it was a while ago I
>did this.  :o)

Hi!

I just dl the trial version of Axialis IconWorkshop v5.0 from their
site (http://www.axialis.com/iconworkshop/index.html).  Do you
remember what function you were doing when you did this?

Actually, I should clarify beforehand, you didn't just change _your_
icons via Windows or whatever, you changed the taskbar icon so that
anyone dl and using your standalone app would have the same new icone
in it?

See, I still can't see how an icon editor does this.  Everything up to
now points to our having to extract the icon resource from the EXE,
modifying _at this point_ using an icon editor, and re-inserting the
icon resource _into_ the EXE.

So you can imagine how exciting it is to know that there may be a way
to do this _without_ the cumbersome procedure I just outlined; this is
what I have understood from your message.

So, have taken a preliminary look around but can't see anything right
off the bat that might do this.  The help file doesn't yield anything
so far, but that's probably because I'm not searching for the right
thing.

Any memory of what feature/function you were looking at when you did
this?



Fri, 25 Mar 2005 16:32:44 GMT
 Associating an icon to a solution?

Quote:

> Hi!

> I just dl the trial version of Axialis IconWorkshop v5.0 from their
> site (http://www.axialis.com/iconworkshop/index.html).  Do you
> remember what function you were doing when you did this?

> Actually, I should clarify beforehand, you didn't just change _your_
> icons via Windows or whatever, you changed the taskbar icon so that
> anyone dl and using your standalone app would have the same new icone
> in it?

> See, I still can't see how an icon editor does this.  Everything up to
> now points to our having to extract the icon resource from the EXE,
> modifying _at this point_ using an icon editor, and re-inserting the
> icon resource _into_ the EXE.

> So you can imagine how exciting it is to know that there may be a way
> to do this _without_ the cumbersome procedure I just outlined; this is
> what I have understood from your message.

> So, have taken a preliminary look around but can't see anything right
> off the bat that might do this.  The help file doesn't yield anything
> so far, but that's probably because I'm not searching for the right
> thing.

> Any memory of what feature/function you were looking at when you did
> this?

As far as I know, the Taskbar icon is just one of the four Desktop file
icons I modified in the ".exe" file. Once I changed those it changed
the Desktop icon, any newly created shortcut icons, and the Taskbar
icon on both my Mac/Virtual PC and a client's Windows PC. This was
under Windows 95/98 and appears to still work under Windows NT, but
things may have been altered in a newer version of Windows.

I can't recall the exact steps (which I can work out again and post
later), but I'm pretty sure all I did was open up the ".exe" file for
the Bound Solution, which displayed a list of all the various icons in
it. I then chose what looked like the Desktop icon and altered it,
re-saving when it asked as I quit - I didn't have any time to play with
lots of functions (which is why I ditched Microangelo), but this
AX-Icons took seconds and everything worked A-OK.   :o)

As for extracting, editing and then re-inserting an icon resource,
thers' no reason I can think of why a program can't do all three by
itself in a user-invisible way, except perhaps the programmer of a
particluar icon editor not knowing HOW to do it.

Helpful Harry                  
"Just trying to help whenever I can."      :o)



Sat, 26 Mar 2005 05:15:25 GMT
 Associating an icon to a solution?

Quote:



> > Hi!

> > I just dl the trial version of Axialis IconWorkshop v5.0 from their
> > site (http://www.axialis.com/iconworkshop/index.html).  Do you
> > remember what function you were doing when you did this?

> > Actually, I should clarify beforehand, you didn't just change _your_
> > icons via Windows or whatever, you changed the taskbar icon so that
> > anyone dl and using your standalone app would have the same new icone
> > in it?

> > See, I still can't see how an icon editor does this.  Everything up to
> > now points to our having to extract the icon resource from the EXE,
> > modifying _at this point_ using an icon editor, and re-inserting the
> > icon resource _into_ the EXE.

> > So you can imagine how exciting it is to know that there may be a way
> > to do this _without_ the cumbersome procedure I just outlined; this is
> > what I have understood from your message.

> > So, have taken a preliminary look around but can't see anything right
> > off the bat that might do this.  The help file doesn't yield anything
> > so far, but that's probably because I'm not searching for the right
> > thing.

> > Any memory of what feature/function you were looking at when you did
> > this?

> As far as I know, the Taskbar icon is just one of the four Desktop file
> icons I modified in the ".exe" file. Once I changed those it changed
> the Desktop icon, any newly created shortcut icons, and the Taskbar
> icon on both my Mac/Virtual PC and a client's Windows PC. This was
> under Windows 95/98 and appears to still work under Windows NT, but
> things may have been altered in a newer version of Windows.

> I can't recall the exact steps (which I can work out again and post
> later), but I'm pretty sure all I did was open up the ".exe" file for
> the Bound Solution, which displayed a list of all the various icons in
> it. I then chose what looked like the Desktop icon and altered it,
> re-saving when it asked as I quit - I didn't have any time to play with
> lots of functions (which is why I ditched Microangelo), but this
> AX-Icons took seconds and everything worked A-OK.   :o)

> As for extracting, editing and then re-inserting an icon resource,
> thers' no reason I can think of why a program can't do all three by
> itself in a user-invisible way, except perhaps the programmer of a
> particluar icon editor not knowing HOW to do it.

OK, this is how it works for FileMaker Developer 4.x under Windows
95/98, but it should be the same for any version. This is also using
AX-Icons 4.5, but again, it should be the same/similar for the new
version (I would hope!).

1.  Use FileMaker Developer to create stand-alone files for your
    solution (eg. "MySolution.exe" and "MySolution.usr").

2.  Run AX-Icons.

3.  Choose 'Open' in the 'File' menu and use the normal open file dialog
    to find the ".exe" file for your solution (eg. "MySolution.exe").

4.  You may get a note saying ...

     "You have opened a program file (*.VBX, *.DLL, *.EXE, *.DRV, *.OCX)
      as an icon library. These program files contain executable code
      and impose restrictions:
         - you CAN:
             - Vizualize, modify, export, copy in clipboard and
               add to the librarian any icon of this program file.
             - Save your changes in the same file or export to
               ICL or DLL.
         - you CANNOT:
             - Add or delete icons
             - Add or delete image formats in icons."

5.  Then you get the ".exe" file window showing six different icon
    families:
          - "Icon 1" is the Desktop icon for the ".exe" file.
          - "Icon 2" is the Dekstop icon for the data files.
          - I'm not sure what the other four are, I haven't bothered
            to try and see what they are.

6.  Double-click on the Desktop icon family ("Icon 1") and you get a new
    window containing one of the four formats stored:
          - 16x16, 16 colours
          - 32x32, 16 colours
          - 32x32, 256 colours
          - 48x48, 256 colours
    You can switch between them using the pop-up menu in that window.

7.  Edit any/all of the icons using the normal bitmap drawing tools.
    When you close the window you are asked if you want to save the
    changes - click 'Yes'.

8   When you close the window for the ".exe" file you are asked if you
    want to save the changes again - click 'Yes'.

9.  Exit AX-Icons.

10. The "MySolution.exe" now has a new Desktop icon (if the
    folder/directory window is already open, then you will have to
    close it and re-open it to see the new icon).

11. Whenever you open the "MySolution.exe" file (or one of it's data
    files) this new icon is displayed in the Taskbar as well.

:o)

Helpful Harry                  
"Just trying to help whenever I can."      :o)



Sat, 26 Mar 2005 13:37:03 GMT
 Associating an icon to a solution?
On Tue, 08 Oct 2002 18:37:03 +1300, Helpful Harry

Quote:






[snip]

Fantastic instructions on editing icon resource within standalone FMP
solution ...

Quote:
>OK, this is how it works for FileMaker Developer 4.x under Windows
>95/98, but it should be the same for any version. This is also using
>AX-Icons 4.5, but again, it should be the same/similar for the new
>version (I would hope!).

>1.  Use FileMaker Developer to create stand-alone files for your
>    solution (eg. "MySolution.exe" and "MySolution.usr").

>2.  Run AX-Icons.

>3.  Choose 'Open' in the 'File' menu and use the normal open file dialog
>    to find the ".exe" file for your solution (eg. "MySolution.exe").

>4.  You may get a note saying ...

>     "You have opened a program file (*.VBX, *.DLL, *.EXE, *.DRV, *.OCX)
>      as an icon library. These program files contain executable code
>      and impose restrictions:
>         - you CAN:
>             - Vizualize, modify, export, copy in clipboard and
>               add to the librarian any icon of this program file.
>             - Save your changes in the same file or export to
>               ICL or DLL.
>         - you CANNOT:
>             - Add or delete icons
>             - Add or delete image formats in icons."

>5.  Then you get the ".exe" file window showing six different icon
>    families:
>          - "Icon 1" is the Desktop icon for the ".exe" file.
>          - "Icon 2" is the Dekstop icon for the data files.
>          - I'm not sure what the other four are, I haven't bothered
>            to try and see what they are.

>6.  Double-click on the Desktop icon family ("Icon 1") and you get a new
>    window containing one of the four formats stored:
>          - 16x16, 16 colours
>          - 32x32, 16 colours
>          - 32x32, 256 colours
>          - 48x48, 256 colours
>    You can switch between them using the pop-up menu in that window.

>7.  Edit any/all of the icons using the normal bitmap drawing tools.
>    When you close the window you are asked if you want to save the
>    changes - click 'Yes'.

>8   When you close the window for the ".exe" file you are asked if you
>    want to save the changes again - click 'Yes'.

>9.  Exit AX-Icons.

>10. The "MySolution.exe" now has a new Desktop icon (if the
>    folder/directory window is already open, then you will have to
>    close it and re-open it to see the new icon).

>11. Whenever you open the "MySolution.exe" file (or one of it's data
>    files) this new icon is displayed in the Taskbar as well.

This sounds fantastic and thanks for all this work!  Much appreciated.

(I've been offline since having trouble with new
reformat/reinstallation so took spare time to re-do.  What a pain ...)

Will be reinstalling FMP again today and the icon program because this
is a nifty thing to be able to do.

btw, I talked with the Access developer who is working on our database
at the office and he says that it's a simple thing to do in Access.
In the startup scripting page, there is a box to choose a new icon for
the solution (arggghhhh!!!).  FMP, pls add!!!!!

Cheers and will report back my success!

Happy Thanksgiving to fellow Canucks!!!



Wed, 30 Mar 2005 20:45:17 GMT
 Associating an icon to a solution?
On Sat, 12 Oct 2002 12:45:17 GMT, Mitchell199

Quote:

>On Tue, 08 Oct 2002 18:37:03 +1300, Helpful Harry





>[snip]
>Cheers and will report back my success!

... or not!  <lol>
(can't know if I'll be successful until I try, but it sounded
arrogant, the above).

Di.



Wed, 30 Mar 2005 20:46:39 GMT
 Associating an icon to a solution?
On Tue, 08 Oct 2002 18:37:03 +1300, Helpful Harry

Quote:





>> > Hi!

[snip]

Quote:
>OK, this is how it works for FileMaker Developer 4.x under Windows
>95/98, but it should be the same for any version. This is also using
>AX-Icons 4.5, but again, it should be the same/similar for the new
>version (I would hope!).

>1.  Use FileMaker Developer to create stand-alone files for your
>    solution (eg. "MySolution.exe" and "MySolution.usr").

>2.  Run AX-Icons.

>3.  Choose 'Open' in the 'File' menu and use the normal open file dialog
>    to find the ".exe" file for your solution (eg. "MySolution.exe").

>4.  You may get a note saying ...

>     "You have opened a program file (*.VBX, *.DLL, *.EXE, *.DRV, *.OCX)
>      as an icon library. These program files contain executable code
>      and impose restrictions:
>         - you CAN:
>             - Vizualize, modify, export, copy in clipboard and
>               add to the librarian any icon of this program file.
>             - Save your changes in the same file or export to
>               ICL or DLL.
>         - you CANNOT:
>             - Add or delete icons
>             - Add or delete image formats in icons."

>5.  Then you get the ".exe" file window showing six different icon
>    families:
>          - "Icon 1" is the Desktop icon for the ".exe" file.
>          - "Icon 2" is the Dekstop icon for the data files.
>          - I'm not sure what the other four are, I haven't bothered
>            to try and see what they are.

>6.  Double-click on the Desktop icon family ("Icon 1") and you get a new
>    window containing one of the four formats stored:
>          - 16x16, 16 colours
>          - 32x32, 16 colours
>          - 32x32, 256 colours
>          - 48x48, 256 colours
>    You can switch between them using the pop-up menu in that window.

>7.  Edit any/all of the icons using the normal bitmap drawing tools.
>    When you close the window you are asked if you want to save the
>    changes - click 'Yes'.

>8   When you close the window for the ".exe" file you are asked if you
>    want to save the changes again - click 'Yes'.

>9.  Exit AX-Icons.

>10. The "MySolution.exe" now has a new Desktop icon (if the
>    folder/directory window is already open, then you will have to
>    close it and re-open it to see the new icon).

>11. Whenever you open the "MySolution.exe" file (or one of it's data
>    files) this new icon is displayed in the Taskbar as well.

Harry, this has been a wonderful exercise!  I, for some reason,
couldn't get the version of Axialis to work properly so since the last
time I posted re this, found an earlier version to try.  I played
around with it and it's great!  I changed the icons in the exe and
loved the results quite a bit.

However, I found the interface of this earlier version not as easy to
work with as my Microangelo either (well, we get used to something).
For some reason, the interface was grainy (my graphics display??)  I
then decided to see if I could figure out how to do this with my old
version of Microangelo.  Surely, I thought, it also had this
capability even if I didn't know of it before.  I finally figured out
that it's the "Explorer" component of Microangelo and not the "Studio"
which is all I've ever used.  Wow, this did an even better job since I
know it so well and could change the palette.  Axialis, in some of the
icon sizes was giving me muddy pictures, as per normal.  So, in MA,
just did the old trick of opening the default palette whenever there
was a limited pattern chosen.

So, it's a great trick/process to know how to do.  Granted it's only
the exe we can change, as far as I can see and the file itself (i.e.,
MySolution.usr) can't be, but doesn't matter.  This will make our
solutions much more interesting for our users.

Thanks once again for such detailed and perfect instructions.  Every
single step was completely outlined!

Cheers!



Thu, 21 Apr 2005 06:19:47 GMT
 Associating an icon to a solution?

Quote:

> Harry, this has been a wonderful exercise!  I, for some reason,
> couldn't get the version of Axialis to work properly so since the last
> time I posted re this, found an earlier version to try.  I played
> around with it and it's great!  I changed the icons in the exe and
> loved the results quite a bit.

> However, I found the interface of this earlier version not as easy to
> work with as my Microangelo either (well, we get used to something).
> For some reason, the interface was grainy (my graphics display??)  I
> then decided to see if I could figure out how to do this with my old
> version of Microangelo.  Surely, I thought, it also had this
> capability even if I didn't know of it before.  I finally figured out
> that it's the "Explorer" component of Microangelo and not the "Studio"
> which is all I've ever used.  Wow, this did an even better job since I
> know it so well and could change the palette.  Axialis, in some of the
> icon sizes was giving me muddy pictures, as per normal.  So, in MA,
> just did the old trick of opening the default palette whenever there
> was a limited pattern chosen.

> So, it's a great trick/process to know how to do.  Granted it's only
> the exe we can change, as far as I can see and the file itself (i.e.,
> MySolution.usr) can't be, but doesn't matter.  This will make our
> solutions much more interesting for our users.

> Thanks once again for such detailed and perfect instructions.  Every
> single step was completely outlined!

> Cheers!

No problem.  :o)

I only used the Axialis application once or twice, so didn't really
have time to notice any problems with it, and I was using Windows 95,
so older versions may suffer some problems under new Windows (which is
of course why they update the program). 99.9% of my work is done on the
Mac, but there was that one database that was created for someone using
a PC where I wanted to alter the default runtime .exe icon.

You should easily be able to change the default icon for the solutions
".usr" files as well (using the same process). I'm almost certain that
one of the six icon families I saw in the ".exe" via Axialis was the
one for the data files, but I never tried playing with it to see for
sure.

Helpful Harry                  
"Just trying to help whenever I can."      :o)



Thu, 21 Apr 2005 12:38:19 GMT
 
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