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[App][2010.11.10] Png2Exe - Creates an exe file with an embedded image as icon.

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By dubidu, Senior Member on 5th November 2010, 04:51 PM
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Let's say you have a nice exe file, but the icon included in the file is rubbish (which is quite common because developers sucks at graphic work )

This app can be used to create a launcher exe for that application with a image as the icon. It converts the image file (png,jpg,gif or bmp) into an ICON and inserts it into the EXE, so it can be used to set different icons as the ones provided in the original exe.

Really simple to use, takes 4 input values:

. Path of the original exe.
. Arguments to pass to the program.
. Path where the launcher will be created.
. Path for the image file used for the icon.

It allows to specify the arguments for the process, so it can be used to executing individual items on the control panel, or do more 'clever things' such as dialing up a phone number.

Thanks to Kucher for the idea and suggestions.

(first version, so it may contain some bugs )

Couple of screenshots to give you an idea:


v3 has a couple of changes:

. Allows to choose any image file (jpg, bmp, gif and png) for the embedded icon
. Display a preview on the image in the select list

v4 more changes:

. Big thumbnails
. Fix Cyrillic bug found by Vadim

Still to do... multilingual 8)
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5th November 2010, 05:13 PM |#2  
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Great idea.
Will be testing this out tonight.
Thanks for it.
5th November 2010, 05:22 PM |#3  
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Nice and useful Thanks
8th November 2010, 08:10 AM |#4  
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Nice work! Thank you very much.
8th November 2010, 01:43 PM |#5  
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it was your idea

I just realize it works with any image file (bmp, jpg, etc) so I'll remove the *.png filter and include all the other extensions

8th November 2010, 01:58 PM |#6  
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Originally Posted by dubidu

Really simple to use, takes 4 input values:

. Path of the original exe.
. Arguments to pass to the program.
. Path where the launcher will be created.
. Path for the PNG file used for the icon.

wonderfull app idea, just what ive been lookin for, just a few questions tho hopefully someone can help...

how do i find the argument to pass the program?

and im not able to pinpoint an image to use for the icon, i can see my folders but not the contents, what do i do?

and what size png images do i make for my htc hd2?

9th November 2010, 01:32 PM |#8  
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If I may suggest a small change, sometimes the argument is another exe file (as in astro gps launcher). Can you add the browse button also on the Arguments field?

Right now I am using first browsing the argument exe file (on exe path), then I cut it and paste on second field, then I browse again now for the real exe file.

Maybe add it also on Launcher Path field, so we don't need to type it.
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9th November 2010, 06:20 PM |#9  
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Hallo, dubidu!

A. Bug report:
1. If the path to the exe-file contains Cyrillic, it is impossible to run the file, because path (inside launcher) has error, e.g. \\$;5H-48A:\\Program Files\\Yandex Fotki\\YandexFotki.exe (must be: \\Флеш-диск\\Program Files\\Yandex Fotki\\YandexFotki.exe)
2. I can to change the launcher name in line, but the file name remains unchanged.

B. There is Russian translation

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9th November 2010, 08:04 PM |#10  
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excellent, not it will be multi language

I will add your test in the next build, I have to add the option for other images and include a thumbnail picture of the images, its easier to find the icon.

Txs to all the people who test it, and for that nice Txs for the Russian translation
10th November 2010, 06:33 AM |#11  
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great thing... I'll test it asap, sounds very more usefull than what I'm doing now to create .exe with icons (with visual studio) and it can be so easy made, on the fligh, over the phone.


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