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Adding custom icons for MacOS in Xojo


IconsRecently a client asked how to modernize the old icon setting code to work in 64-bit targets. We used to do this via Folderitem.AddCustomIconMBS function and IconFamilyMBS class. But those are primary using old Carbon code with GWorld and IconServices library. Now Apple deprecated that in favor of NSWorkspace's setIcon method.

So today we want to show you how to add a custom icon to a file with three sample snippets. First with an existing picture, second with creating a picture with alpha channel and third one with a masked image. Depending on what you do, all ways work, but if you have an image already or just compose one for the new file, one way may be better suitable.

First, with an existing picture in the project or a variable:

// write a file dim f as FolderItem = SpecialFolder.Desktop.Child("test.txt") dim t as TextOutputStream = TextOutputStream.Create(f) t.WriteLine "Hello" t.Close // use existing picture dim g as new NSImageMBS(SomePicture) dim b as Boolean = NSWorkspaceMBS.setIcon(g, f, 0) if not b then MsgBox "Failed to add icon" end if
Second, with alpha picture:
// write a file dim f as FolderItem = SpecialFolder.Desktop.Child("test.txt") dim t as TextOutputStream = TextOutputStream.Create(f) t.WriteLine "Hello" t.Close // create picture for icon with alpha dim p as new Picture(512, 512) dim pg as Graphics = p.Graphics pg.ForeColor = rgb(255,0,0) pg.FillOval 0,0,p.Width,p.Height // add icon dim g as new NSImageMBS(p) dim b as Boolean = NSWorkspaceMBS.setIcon(g, f, 0) if not b then MsgBox "Failed to add icon" end if
Third, with masked picture:

// write a file dim f as FolderItem = SpecialFolder.Desktop.Child("test.txt") dim t as TextOutputStream = TextOutputStream.Create(f) t.WriteLine "Hello" t.Close // create picture for icon dim p as new Picture(512, 512, 32) p.Graphics.ForeColor = rgb(0,0,0) p.Graphics.FillRect 0,0,p.Width,p.Height p.Graphics.ForeColor = rgb(255,0,0) p.Graphics.FillOval 0,0,p.Width,p.Height // add mask dim m as Picture = p.mask m.Graphics.ForeColor = &cFFFFFF // first all white m.Graphics.FillRect 0, 0, p.Width, p.Height m.Graphics.ForeColor = &c000000 // visible parts black m.Graphics.FillOval 0, 0, p.Width, p.Height // add icon dim g as new NSImageMBS(p) dim b as Boolean = NSWorkspaceMBS.setIcon(g, f, 0) if not b then MsgBox "Failed to add icon" end if
We hope those snippets help you and if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

PS: The Xojo project icon made with our QuickLook extension.
04 02 18 - 13:58
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