I recently received a question from one of my customers, asking how to set the icon for an application (in this case a VCL application). This is something that I’d understood to be trivial, but when I tried it for myself I learned that in fact, it’s more tricky than I’d expected.

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  • Neither scaling nor reducing the color depth are desirable. An application icon group should contain a 256px 32bpp icon. Using PNG is the way forward. All that pfaffing around with GIMP is completely missing the big picture. Namely that the Delphi IDE has been deficient in this area for over 10 years. Quite why Emba cannot add native support for PNG icons is beyond me.
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