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changing the thumbnail icon of an app?

January 29, 2010 | 9:07 am


So i made my patch into a standalone application, but was wondering if there’s a way to change the thumbnail icon from thr max 5 one?

January 29, 2010 | 9:15 am

Yep. Build your application from the patch again, and in the build window click Include File. Then in the Script change the word include to appicon, and then build the app as usual.

November 24, 2010 | 12:07 am

This isn’t working for me for some reason—no matter what, I just keep getting the little "pen and paper" icon when I create the app. I’ve tried different file formats for the icon (jpg, gif, png) and then adding it as you describe above to the script at the beginning, and also doing it at the end. Any idea what I could be doing wrong? Thanks.

Max 5.1.6, Mac OS 10.6.4

November 24, 2010 | 12:19 am

You should be using an .icns file.

You can just as easily get info on the compiled application, highlight the icon image in the upper left, and paste an image from the clipboard.


November 24, 2010 | 12:20 am

I’m using Max 5.1.6, Mac OS 10.6.4 as well and it’s working fine here.

Have you seen the documentation for this?

November 24, 2010 | 12:32 am

In my experience the Application icon doesn’t always show up right away in the location you save it. Moving it to another folder or window will sometimes fix this.

Otherwise just use the get info window as Ben notes. Dragging and dropping the image also works FYI.

November 24, 2010 | 12:45 am

Thanks everyone. Indeed the file format was the issue–I used this free Img2icns app, and got it working fine putting it into the script as an .icns file, as well as dragging and dropping in the Get Info windows.
I was trying jpg after reading the last post in this:
but jpg doesn’t work for me at least–all I get then is the little "jpeg" icon.

November 24, 2010 | 1:23 am

makes sense!

Apple Icon Composer works like a charm as well, really light weight and drag’n drop based:

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