fixed : replace corrupted icon in ABBYY FineReader

Question :

I have the ORC Scan-to-Document converter software ABBYY FineReader. It works great, but there’s just one really annoying thing : the desktop icon is fine in smaller sizes, but whenever it needs to display in bigger sizes, it gets all scrambled up…

What is wrong ?

Answer :

The icon that is connected to your application seems to have corrupted images for the bigger (newer) icon sizes.

I haven’t been able to find big sized (512×512 and 1024×1024) icons for you, but these PNG-files will help you to quickly create new icons for ABBYY FineReader that will look good at most sizes :

ABBYY FineReader Express 8 (icon 175x175) for ABBYY FineReader Express 8

ABBYY Finereader 9 (icon 256x256) for ABBYY FineReader 9

ABBYY FineReader 11 (icon 256x256) for ABBYY FineReader 11

ABBYY FineReader OCR Pro 12 (icon 175x175) for ABBYY FineReader OCR Pro 12

Here’s how to convert these into icons :

– download the icon you need (just drag&drop from this website to your Desktop)

– double-click the PNG-file on your Desktop (it will open in Preview)

– press the CMD + A key-combo on your keyboard to select the image

– press the CMD + C key-combo to copy the image

– select the “ABBYY FineReader”-app in your “Applications”-folder

– press the CMD + I key-combo to open the “Get Info”-window

– select the icon (a blue corona will appear around the icon)

– press the CMD + V key-icon to paste the image into the app-icon

– press the CMD + ALT + ESC key-combo to open the “Force Quit”-window

– select “Finder” from the list and click the “Relaunch”-button

– then close the Force Quit and Get Info windows

…that’s it

enjoy !


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fixed : what’s the location of Apple’s official Mac icons in OSX ?

Question :

I want to change the icon of my hard drive into an icon-sized picture of my Mac.

How do I do that ?

Answer :

For (nearly) every model of Mac, iPhone, iPad & iPod, the ‘official’ icon is already included inside OSX. If you want to use it, e.g. as an icon for a hard drive or folder, or as a profile pic on a website (a.k.a. an Avatar), you just have to did a little inside OSX…

– in the Finder, select “Go” in the top Menu-bar, and select “Go to folder” from the pulldown-list

– in the screen that opens, paste the following line :


– now the folder that holds all Apple’s hardware icons and system icons will open

Note : be sure not to mess things up in this folder ! do not delete anything ! deleting or messing up could mean you will have to reinstall OSX !

– in this folder the hardware icon of (nearly) any Mac can be found, the names start with “”

– find the Mac-icon you’re looking for, some examples :

aluminium iMac 27″ =

black MacBook 13″ =

MacBook Air 11″ (2010 and newer) =

MacBook Pro 13″ (with DVD-burner) =

– then right-click (CTRL-click) on it and select “Copy” from the popup-menu

– then close the folder (to avoid messing things up, keep this folder open no longer than strictly needed)

– then return to your Desktop (in the Finder) and right-click (CTRL-click) anywhere there

– then choose “Paste” from the popup-menu, and on your Desktop a .ICNS-file with the selected Mac as it’s icon will appear

– then, on the Desktop, right-click (CTRL-click) the icon of your hard drive (normally a generic hard drive icon named “Macintosh HD”) and select “Get Info” from the popup-menu

– then in the “Get Info”-window that opens, select the icon so it will get a blue (selection) glow around it

– then drag&drop the .ICNS-file from your Desktop onto the icon in the “Get Info”-window

that’s it !

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Note #1 :

if you would also like to give your generically named Macintosh HD a different name, go to the chapter “Name & Extension:” in the “Get Info”-window ; if the small triangle icon in front of it is pointing to the right, click on it to let it point down and the chapter will expand to reveal an entry box where you can type the name you want to give to your hard drive

Note #2 :

if you do not see your hard drive on your Desktop, go to “Finder” in the top Menu-bar and select “Preferences…” from the pulldown-menu ; in the “Finder Preferences”-window that opens, click on the “General”-tab/icon and put a checkmark at “Hard disks”