|17 September 2007, 14:48||#1|
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ClassicWB Glow/OS3.5+ Icon Support
NewIcons are the extra format above standard that are available in all the ClassicWB's by default, except the LITE and GAAE versions which may only show a dot. They allow icons to be displayed in up to 256 colours depending on the screenmode and chipset; many game icons and downloadable packs exists in this format. If you want to add support for NewIcons in the LITE and GAAE, enable NewIcons from the popup menu or quick launch bar under "Settings".
If you're using the LITE and have FASTRAM, you’ll be able to enable FBlit (and FText) allowing the NewIcons to run in “RTG mode” in order to save CHIPRAM. Again, this function can be found under the "Settings" menus. These features are already available by default in the FULL, ADV, ADVSP, P96 and UAE versions.
Many people ask why certain icon packs only show a dot with the ClassicWB, even though most versions already support NewIcons.
The reason is these icons are Glow/OS3.5+ icons and require Kickstart 3.1 and OS3.5+. They are not compatible with Kickstart 3.0 and older Workbench versions.
The good news is you can get some packs created for NewIcons, many done by EAB member Frog:
You also have the option of creating your own Icons using images from the HOL, internet or your own snapshots from games/demos by using the tool "Image->Icon", found under the popup menu "Icons" option. Once loaded, simply drag your pictures over to the mounted Workbench appicon and they will be made into NewIcons, ready for use with your favourite titles!
Another type of icon is the PNG 32bit variety for powerful setups with graphics cards, which won't show up at all in Workbench without a patch such as “Powericons”:
This requires OS3.5+ to work and may not be compatible with the ClassicWB packs.
Another option is to install the latest beta Scalos, which lists PNG icon support:
The beta Scalos packages now seem to require Kickstart 3.1 and OS3.5+ for the installer, although if you install it by hand it may work on 3.0. These packages are beta and not tested to the same level as the last public stable release, 1.2d, which is included in the ClassicWB.
Finally, a third route is to try and install Aros for Amiga (AfA) operating system and the corresponding icon lib. This should allow dual PNG icons, although I'm not sure whether this will be compatible with Scalos:
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