Wednesday, September 08, 2010

IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.2: Upgrading your Icons from 16x16 to 32x32

I've upgraded my client to Notes 8.5.2, sure it took a couple of goes and I ended up having to completely uninstall and reinstall - but I got there.

I've since done an upgrade on a different PC (but that one didn't have designer) and I didn't have the same problems - so, maybe it was just a glitch on my PC.

So... What's new in IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.2? Well, if you really want to learn the answer to that question, ask IBM. There's something about XPages too I think but the really important bit is ... the icons..

no, really...

We've been waiting ages for this. Let's hope it won't be another 18 years before we get 64x64 icons.

So... the first thing I did in the 8.5.2 designer was upgrade my Smurf. Yep, the database that I've had as my best friend for the last 15 years of my working life has an excessively blue smurf as its icon. A "choked smurf".

I decided to restore him to normal colour - and it's easy.

All I did was;

  1. Find a new 32x32 icon
    (You do know that you can do a google image search for 32x32 pictures right?)

  2. Save the Icon locally; C:\temp\smurf.png

  3. Open my database in designer

  4. Expand Resources

  5. Double-Click on Icon

  6. Click on the button marked Browse

  7. Choose my new Icon - and presto... it's done.

and here are the pictures...

My Smurf can breathe at last.


Paul said...

That's good. Do you know where to download any good new database icons?

Gavin Bollard said...

Click here for a Google Search for "Notes". When you've got those results, change the search word to whatever you want and it will find good icons.