Save a Macintosh® icon
Once an icon project has been created, you need to save it in a file on disk. Various file formats are available for saving Macintosh® icons:
ICNS - This is the standard Macintosh® icon file format. Only one icon (with several formats) can be saved in this format. This format is the most commonly used.
RSC or RSRC - This is the Macintosh®resource file format. It is used mainly by developers. This format can contain several icons. IconWorkshop™ support reading of RSC files with several icons but can write only RSC files with one icon.
- MacBinary format. This format permits to easily transfer files between
Macintosh® and Windows®. For more information on this format, visit this
We strongly recommend to use this file format to transfer your icons to Macintosh® because it is compatible with Macintosh®file system which separate each file in two parts called "forks": The data fork and the resource fork. The data fork contains the data included in the file (a text file for example). The resource fork contains the image or icon which permits to display it on screen. See below for more information on transfer from Windows® to Macintosh®.
Saving the project in a file
1. Choose File/Save
2. Select or create the file’s folder from the Save In Drop Down box
3. Enter the filename for the new icon in the File Name Text box.
4. Choose the file format you wish to use (see above). Axialis IconWorkshop™ will add the file extension (ICO) automatically
5. Click on the Save button
If the filename is already in use, Axialis IconWorkshop™ will present a prompt. Click on the Yes button to overwrite the existing file.
Saving the project by adding it in the Librarian
1. Choose File/Add to the Librarian (F3)
2. Enter the name of the icon file to create, do not specify the extension. Click OK.
3. The file is automatically added to the librarian. An ICNS, RSC or BIN file is created if the selected Librarian item is a folder. If an icon library is selected, the icon is added to this library.