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One of the first things I like doing on a new development machine is setting file associations for Clarion APP and DCT files.

By doing this I can have specific icon and type description for the file extension making it much easier to see these files in amongst all the other junk. Once these are setup and with windows explorer in detail view sorted by type the clarion app and dct files would be nice and visible at the top of the list.

Just like this:
fileassociations_clarion
But hang on, how the heck do you do that in Vista?

Just a quick note about windows SDK’s.

I have been doing some mucking around recently with graphics and things in Clarion (more samples coming soon!) and have been having a hard time wading through the MSDN documentation. I kept wishing I had the windows header files so I could just search for structures and things directly (its so sad we cannot just include them directly into clarion).

Well duh, just dawned on me that it is possible to download the Windows SDK which have all these header files included… oh man, no idea why I didn’t do this before.

The SDK for Vista is around a Gig download but no worries, fun shall ensue!

Just came across a new icon editor the today called IcoFX and initial impressions are pretty good!

Well, for a start it works on vista which the last program I was using didn’t (SnIco). I kinda liked SnIco, it was simple and did the job but unfortunately it had a few quirks and lost my interest. It also seems to have been not updated for some time.

So far it looks like IcoFX is going to fill this void very nicely. Lots of features it seem but they don’t get in your way.

And most importantly, its free!

icofx2

Note: We are not affiliated with this program, just thought it was cool.

Update (24-12-2007) – It seems that the IcoFX site is down at the moment for whatever reason. If you have a look on your favourite search engine you should be able to find a link to a download elsewhere. Try google for example.