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Post by Cocotteseb » 29 Aug 2005, 13:03

** Warning ** This is an old tutorial and it will be updated with next version of IconXT


This tutorial is valid for 0.2 and lower IconXT's version

The file you must edit is icones.exe.( In release 0.3 it will be icones.dll)

So to make your own skin you need two (free) software :
- Resource Hacker <a href='http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker/' target='_blank'>here</a> and IconDevelopper (from Stardock the free version is more than sufficient) <a href='http://www.stardock.com/products/iconde ... loads.asp/' target='_blank'>here</a>

Use IconDeveloper to make, extract or even create your icons.
Use Resource hacker to build icones.exe

For WM2003:
Step 1 Create your icon from a picture or extract from a dll,exe or open .ico
Step 2 Choose the following to make your skin fully compatible with IconXT. The .ico files should contain, 64*64 32*32,16*16 windows xp icons only.
Then save .ico file.
Repeat the operation to have all icons of the suite.

For PPC2002 Just the step 2 changes : Choose the following to make your skin fully compatible with IconXT. The .ico files should contain 32*32 and 16*16 icons in 256 colors format.

For the moment those icons are supported : (it will change in future versions too)
Name of folder : Icon group number
  • Sd card : 108 (will be removed because this seems not to work)</li>
  • Cf card : 108 (will be removed because this seems not to work)</li>
  • Built in storage : 108 (will be removed because this seems not to work)</li>
  • Ipaq file store : 108 (will be removed because this seems not to work)</li>
  • My documents : 115</li>
  • Program Files : 111</li>
  • Temp : 129</li>
  • Windows : 126</li>
  • My music :133</li>
  • My pictures : 141</li>
  • My videos : 131</li>
  • Personal : 106</li>
  • Root : 128</li>
  • New folder : 140</li>
Open resource hacker: what you should modify is "Icon group" and you should replace with your own icons.

Then save the theme: nameoftheme.exe and put it in the folder IconXT English.To use the skin you've made rename it in icones.exe (in my roadmap the fully skin support will be in 0.4 version.)

The attached file can explain maybe better.

If you do not understand do not hesitate to ask.
Last edited by Cocotteseb on 11 Mar 2008, 20:47, edited 1 time in total.
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Post by sathya » 18 Sep 2007, 12:24

i have some questions n thank u for ur nice software..

i want to develop skins..i have many .ico files, .png files etc.. i want that to be converted to .dll which my pocket pc supports..
I want to chnge the icons of the below mentiond image ie. in programs menu..i want to have my own icon..how to go abt??
can u plz help me..
which software should i use to convert images.icons to .dll file??
Thank u

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Post by sathya » 18 Sep 2007, 18:29

i think there is no one to answer my quiries.....

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Post by Cocotteseb » 23 Sep 2007, 20:03

Now the simpliest way is to use Resource Hacker of an existing skin in order to replace icons of a skin.
I hope have the time to look further into this part of IconXT :)
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Post by Cocotteseb » 11 Mar 2008, 20:44

This tutorial will be deeply updated for the next version of IconXT which should come soon :)
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