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favicon color palette
Problems with colors showing up as grey.

 12:09 am on Apr 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

I've been trying to make a 16 and 256 color favicon.ico.

I've tried 16x16x16, 32x32x16, 32x32x256 .. same results every time.

When I place the .ico onto the desktop most of the colors show up as grey, but the icon looks perfect in all the icon editors I've tried.

What gives?

I also haven't found a single application that can package multiple images into a single .ico file. I have a 78 color bmp original, Paint Shop Pro, and about 5 or 6 different icon editors. After a couple days working on this problem, I'm no closer to producing an .ico file containing working 16x16x16, 32x32x16 icons .. =(

The various websites talk all around the problem I'm experiencing without actually providing any solutions. Any one out there understand this issue?

[edited by: mivox at 6:05 pm (utc) on April 3, 2003]
[edit reason] no urls please [/edit]



 6:21 pm on Apr 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have used Iconographer (I know it's available for Mac, but not sure about PC) and Icon Forge (PC only, if I remember correctly) with good results. Iconographer will package multiple icon sizes into one ico file, as well.

I've never had the 'gray out' problem you describe with either of those problems. My first thought when I saw the post title was that you might not be using the right color palette... but it sounds like you have a pretty good grasp on that subject.

Hopefully someone else will come along who has dealt with the same issue...


 1:07 am on Apr 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

Found it!

I had set a registry key (ClassicShell=1) as a way of disabling ActiveDesktop (a true resource hog/waste). Recently, I found another, better way of disabling ActiveDesktop, so I deleted the registry key ClassicShell and presto! I'm still not sure why my 16 color icons weren't working, even with ClassicShell on. Perhaps this limits icons to a particular 16 color palette.

The icons no longer show up as grey. Sheeesh .. we all love Micros*ft and Windoze, right?



 6:24 pm on Apr 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

Oh, I bet that's exactly what it does... limits the desktop display to an older, limited color palette.

Good thing you figured it out, because I certianly never would have guessed. :)

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