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Paul Bennett wrote:
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>> From: Yahya Abdal-Aziz <[log in to unmask]>
>>
>> Hi Paul, and others,
>>
>> On Tue, 6 Jun 2006 Paul Bennett wrote: 
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>>> That'll make a passable (but non-optimal) Windows .ICO file.
>>
>> To make an optimal one, you need to define 
>> the criterion or objective function to optimise.
>> And what was your criterion of optimality,
>> anyway?
>
> The best Windows .ico files (relative to the needs of most content
> creators) contain multiple versions for display, usually several
> sizes and color depths. Letting Windows do the conversion for
> display produces results of variable quality, by which I mean the
> algorithm can't know which features of your particular icon are
> most important to you, as a content-creator.

And on that note, once you've the individual .ico files, a great utility
for combining .ico files of varying dimensions and resolutions into a
single file is Icollator by Andrew Vardeman. It's written in Java, so as
long as you've the JVM installed, it'll run anywhere. Just Google for
it.

For a favicon, however, all you need is an .ico file with at least one
16x16 image.

I use Photoshop myself, and to export .ico files from that, you need an
extra plugin. The one I use can be downloaded from
http://telegraphics.com.au/

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Keith Gaughan | http://talideon.com/
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
    -- Leonardo Da Vinci (attributed)
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