What software do I need to do it?
Storing my many icons loose in folders wastes too much disk space. Each icon takes up a MINIMUM of 4k (even if the icon file is 1k, 2k, 3k or less than 1k -- due to NTFS cluster size restrictions). If an icon file is 1k, then 3k of space is wasted for that icon since the smallest file that can be saved is 4k. Multiply 4k by 1200+ icons, and that's a lot of wasted (slack) space. That's why I want to store the icons as DLLs rather than loose in folders.
All the icons are in .ico format. They range in size from less than 1k up to 200k. The larger ones are usually custom icons I made myself or got from Foood and other sources). The DLLs I plan to make are for my own personal use, not for commercial software distribution or sales.
Tell me what I need to do to create DLLs for my icons. I am not a programmer and have little to money spend. Operating system is Windows XP Pro SP2.
1. Storing icons in archives
- If I save the icons in archives (.rar, .zip, .7z), then I cannot preview them inside the archive. I'd have to unzip to a folder each time I need an icon, and that is too much trouble. DLLs do not have that limitation.
2. Storing icons in ICL libraries
- ICL files are obsolete and are not compatible with Windows and most software. DLLs do not have those limitations.
Edited by seamaiden, 20 October 2005 - 06:24 PM.