Today I wanted to create the favicon.ico file for my blog. I had a PNG version of the graphic I wanted to use, and I figured I’d quickly use Paint Shop Pro to open it and save it to a .ico file. No dice, PSP does not save files in the .ico format.

So, my next step was to ask a co-worker who has Adobe Photoshop to do it for me. I figured that this would be a done deal and he’d email me back the .ico file I desired. However, he also walked up to me and told me Photoshop can’t do it.

What is so special about the .ico file format that these major programs can’t create them? continue reading…