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Great FAVICON conversion

February 2, 2004 | Comments (0)
128x128 pixels fav icon

I searched long for a freeware ico tool to create Internet Explorer favicons. I now have found one which makes it quite easy to convert for free! It can be found on http://www.winterdrache.de/freeware/png2ico/. It’s a little command line utility which converts PNG images. They choose png because of the number of colors and the transparency. A simple command like:

C:\Program Files\png2ico>png2ico.exe c:\temp\favicon.ico c:\temp\my-favicon.png
will do the conversion.

After the file is put in the root of your webserver, the results show nicely in both browsers. In Mozilla it works perfectly and the icon always shows as soon as you include the following tag in your html:

<link href=”/favicon.ico” type=”image/ico” rel=”Shortcut Icon” />

The icon immediately shows up in the address bar and in the tabs (if those are enabled). In Internet Explorer you never know when the icons show up. If you are lucky they will show in the address bar. If unlucky they will only show up after the site has been added to the favourites.

IE fav icon example

Example in Mozilla 1.6

IE fav icon example

Example in Internet Explorer 6


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