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    Converting .png to .icns through Terminal

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    Converting .png to .icns through Terminal
    Hi all,
    I'm a newbie to MacOS and I've been trying to use unix commands at the terminal to convert a custom made icon from .png to .icns.
    I've tried:
    sips -s format icns [png file] --out [(converted file).icns]
    apparently sips doesnt recognize icns! so next I tried:

    Converting a .png to .tiff and then .tiff to .icns
    sips -s format tiff [png file] --out [(converted file).tiff]
    tiff2icns -noLarge [tiff file] [icns file]
    Result was an utter disaster. the convert was successful but the quality was pathetic.
    I havent thoroughly researched the net. But the whole ordeal is getting frustrating. Can some one help?

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    Converting .png to .icns through Terminal
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    I have never tried this but look into Automator to make this switch. I have read it does batch conversion so try that. Wish I could guide you but never been there.

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    Converting .png to .icns through Terminal

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    Thanks! I tried Automator... it sure works.. but the quality is compromised... Any suggestions?

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    Converting .png to .icns through Terminal
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    Do you have to do this via the command line? You might wish to try out the excellent freeware Iconverter:

    http://www.students.niu.edu/~z110241/index.html

    I use it regularly and it is quite good. Very plain and simple interface, but very effective at what it does.
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