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Look & Feel: Icon Packages 

IconPackager is a program that allows you to change nearly all of your Windows icons at once by applying "packages" of icons.

What makes IconPackager special is that unlike Microsoft's themes which only change a few icons, IconPackager changes hundreds of icons. Everything from "My Computer", "Recycle Bin", Folders, all the way to specific file format icons such as .doc and .xls files and any other file type you wish to use.  IconPackager changes only the graphics of your icons and won't affect the applications.

Features of IconPackager 5 (Enhanced Version)

  • Icon Upscaling - changes smaller sized icons into 256x256 Vista icons. (Vista Only.)
  • Icon Recoloring - allows you to change the color of individual icons. (To be added in a future update.)
  • Shell Integration - allows you to use Windows Explorer to browse your computer, right-click on any icon file and change the icon.
Features of IconPackager 5 (30 day Trial Version)
  • Change nearly all of the Windows icons at once by applying Icon Packages.
  • Change the icon associated with file types, such as: .BMP, .MP3, .ZIP, and more.
  • Includes IconPackager Explorer - view libraries of icons, see icons stored inside of standard Windows files (i.e. .EXE, .DLL, .OCX, .ICL, .CPL, .ICO, …) and create your own libraries.
  • Supports Vista 256x256 size icons. (Vista Only.)
  • Easily configure Vista Live Folder icons. (Vista Only.)
System Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32bit), Server 2003 (32bit/64bit) and Vista (32bit/64bit).
  • 50 MB free drive space.
  • 256 MB RAM.
  • Languages Supported & Translations available for: Arabic, Danish, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish.
    Note: The interface has been localized for these languages, but the documentation and help (where available) will be in English.
Upgrading from Previous Versions
When upgrading from previous versions of IconPackager, there is no need to uninstall the older version before installing the IconPackager 6.  After installing the new IconPackager version, reboot when prompted.  When upgrading from previous versions, IconPackager will automatically move icon packages to the new folder and perform cleanup.

Updates
You can get updates from: www.Stardock.com/Support/ .  Type in the Email address you used when ordering IconPackager originally and an email will be sent to you with a link to the latest version (build).

File Types
The following is a list of common file types used by IconPackager:
  • .ANI - standard Windows Cursor file.
  • .BMP - Windows Bitmap image file.  Icons can be exported to this format.
  • .CUR - standard Windows Cursor file.
  • .ICL - library of icons, put together in a single file.  You can create your own .ICL files by using IconPackager Explorer.
  • .ICO - icon resources, individual icon file, but it may include multiple icons in different sizes (i.e. 16x16, 48x48, 256x256).  IconPackager Explorer can tell you what formats are included in each icon file.
  • .ICONPACKAGE - the new raw theme file used in IconPackager 5.
  • .IP - used when an icon package is bundled into a compressed Zip file.
  • .IPTHEME - the raw theme file used in previous versions & fully supported by IconPackager 5.
  • .PNG - graphic image format..
  • .THEME - is a Microsoft format, originally from the Microsoft Plus! Pack.  Supported by IconPackager 5.
Installing Additional Packages
There are hundreds of icon packages available on WinCustomize.com: http://www.wincustomize.com/Skins.aspx?LibID=2.

Compatibility
IconPackager 5 is compatible with older icon packages (.IPTHEME), unless otherwise noted.  This means you can install icon packages made for older versions of IconPackager.  This gives you access to a large library of free & paid icon packages.

Default File Paths
(C: drive is the most common, but if you installed IconPackager to a different drive then the path maybe different.)

Windows Vista:
IconPackager (program files) are located under: C:\Program Files\Stardock\Object Desktop\IconPackager
IconPackager (icon packages) are located under: C:\Users\Public\Documents\Stardock\IconPackager

Windows XP:
IconPackager (program files) are located under: C:\Program Files\Stardock\Object Desktop\IconPackager
IconPackager (icon packages) are located under:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Stardock\IconPackager

Windows 2000:
IconPackager (program files) are located under: C:\Program Files\Stardock\Object Desktop\IconPackager
IconPackager (icon packages) are located under:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Stardock\IconPackager

Creating Your Own Icon Packages
You can create your own icon packages using Stardock's IconDeveloper.  Try before you buy with a free trial version, or purchase the Enhanced version.  IconDeveloper supports: Windows Vista, 2003 and XP.

Documentation
The screenshots in this documentation are from Windows Vista.  Some features are only visible in Vista or XP, these will be noted.  For the most up to date IconPackager Guide, please check our Wiki at http://wiki.wincustomize.com.

Comments or suggestions for this documentation please send to
documentation@stardock.com.

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