MIDI Icons for Windows® XP
What are the characteristics of MIDI icons used on Windows® XP and how to create them for the OS?
All the operating systems have a graphical user interface (GUI) that uses icons representing specific features, functions, or objects. The icons are used to make the execution of commands easy or for opening applications and data files. A task is executed when you single-click or double-click on an icon. Microsoft® has introduced the 32-bit versions of icons for Windows® XP. The Windows® XP operating system uses a high-quality image format for an icon, which is stored as a file with the extension ‘.ico’. MIDI icons are animated icons. They can also emit sounds on clicking. MIDI stands for ‘Musical Instrument Digital Interface’ - a compression format for encoding music.
Here is a brief description of the MIDI icons for Windows® XP, issues related with these icons, and the ways to create them:
- Salient features of Windows® XP MIDI icons
- Issues related to Windows® XP MIDI icons
- Creation of MIDI icons for Windows® XP
Salient features of Windows® XP MIDI icons
The Windows® XP MIDI icons have smooth edges with shadow and ambient illumination effects. The MIDI icons cannot be downloaded from Microsoft®’s official website, but you can download them from third-party websites. These MIDI or animated icons for Windows® XP come in a variety of categories and are priced surprisingly low. In Windows® XP, each pixel is of 16.7 million colors with alpha channel transparency. The operating system supports 256 levels of transparency. This means that a pixel can also be semi-transparent in addition to being opaque or transparent. In Windows® XP, semi-transparent areas like shadows and glass-like shapes can be drawn in an icon. The MIDI icons give a richer look to the desktop and you will enjoy working on your PC with these icons.
Issues related to Windows® XP MIDI icons
Sometimes, you might find that the specific icons for the applications are replaced by generic graphics. This could happen if the ‘iconcache.db’ file is corrupted and needs to be reset. To fix this issue, right-click on a blank space on the desktop, select ‘Properties’, and under the ‘Settings’ tab, change the color quality from ‘32-bit’ to ‘16-bit’. This will rebuild the ‘iconcache.db’ file and normal icons will be displayed again.
Not a single MIDI icon comes along with the Windows® XP operating system, but when you browse to ‘C:WindowsMedia’, you will find three hidden MIDI files: ‘flourish.mid’, ‘onestop.mid’, and ‘town.mid’. For creating normal Windows® XP icons, we, at iYogi, recommend you to make a sketch of the design. If you want to use multiple objects in an icon, keep in mind that the images will scale to a smaller size. According to the trademark and branding guidelines given on Microsoft®’s official website, the Windows® Flag should not be used for creating new icons. Vector tools, such as Macromedia® FreeHand and Adobe® Illustrator®, are ideal for illustrating icons. Create vector images and check their readability and resolution in Photoshop®. The images can be converted to 32-bit icons by compiling them into an ‘.ico’ file using the Gif Movie Gear tool.