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Chapter 4. Changing Icons

Chapter 4. Changing Icons

Bill of Materials

Mac OS X Software

  • Terminal (/Applications/Utilities)

  • Xcode Tools (/Developer)

  • icns Browser (/Developer/Applications/Utilities; installed as part of the Xcode Tools)

  • Image Composer (/Developer/Applications/Utilities; installed as part of the Xcode Tools)

  • Preview (/Applications)

  • iMovie (/Applications)

  • System Preferences (/Applications)

  • Calculator (/Applications)

  • TextEdit (/Applications)

Third-Party Software

Messing with icons is more than just a hobby; it's a time-honored tradition on the Macintosh. From the earliest days of Mac OS, end users have altered, swapped, enhanced, and otherwise played with icons to give their applications, folders, and data files exactly the look they wanted.

Mac OS X continues the tradition of changeable icons, now with more photorealistic images. Large, full-color icons have replaced the tiny black-and-white Rorschach-like icons of OSes gone by, but the game remains the same: applications still define the look of their icons and the look of the documents they create and can open.

This chapter will show you the ins and outs of Mac OS X application and document icons. You'll discover how the Finder selects which icon to display, how to associate applications with particular icons, and how to create your own custom icons.

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