Visual Studio resource editor does not support current 32bpp .ico format - by BetterToday

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ID 638492 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Suggestion Repros 0
Opened 1/26/2011 7:49:38 AM
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I learned that the .ico format now supports 32 bits per pixel, supporting semi-transparent images.

I have created an .ico file using Visual Studio. Apparently, Visual Studio does not provide any tools to create semi-transparent images.

Here's the Microsoft forum thread where this is discussed:

Axel Dahmen
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Posted by Deon [MSFT] on 4/29/2014 at 12:20 PM
Thank you for reporting this issue. This issue has been fixed in Visual Studio 2013. You can install a trial version of Visual Studio 2013 with the fix from:
Posted by RongLu on 1/30/2013 at 1:47 PM
Hello Axel,

Thank you for sending us feedback! Just to make sure we understand the request - by "create semi-transparent images" do you mean you'd like to have the ability to modify the transparency of .ico files (changing alpha value)? We're aware of this limitation and will be adding this support in a future release of Visual Studio. If this is not what you meant, please let us know...

Thanks and best regards,
Rong Lu
Program Manager, Visual Studio team
Posted by Microsoft on 1/26/2011 at 7:58 AM
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