Ok, I've released the next version. In this version you can save 8-bit and 32-bit icons and cursors. The cursor saving functionality is the same as the previous version, other than the addition of an allowed 8-bit mode.
The icon saver now has the following options dialog:
Many icon files contain multiple resolution and color depth versions of the same image, so if you are authoring this type of icon, you can design the image at whatever resolution you like and then choose the resolutions/color depths to save in the file just by checking the check boxes. PDN's resampling and quantizing (color depth changing) capabilites are utilized so that this is done in an automated fashion.
If you wish to author an icon file with multiple DIFFERENT images in one file you can do this too. For example, some icons have one image for the 32x32 item, and then a different (but often similarly themed) image for the 16x16 since a resize of the 32x32 to 16x16 may be too lossy. To export different images in one file, design each image on a separate layer, with COMPLETELY transparent rows and columns to the left and below your layer's image.
For example, if you're making an icon that will have a 32x32 image and a different 16x16 image in the same file, work with a 32x32 canvas and design the 32x32 image on one layer. Then, on a separate layer (clear it completely to start) design a 16x16 image in the upper left corner. Alternatively, design each image separately and save them as 32x32, 16x16, etc. PDN files and import them as layers into a new document, and then save them. You must work with a canvas size of 256x256 or smaller to save each layer separately (saving the "Merged Image" does not have this restriction) and each layer should have dimensions that are multiples of 8.
I really need to be able to make icons in arbitrary sizes.
There are still resolution restrictions, but if the icon image you are working with is 256x256 or smaller, then you can save it with whatever dimensions it has.
Is there a way to confgure this plugin so it doesn't degrade during the conversion?
If you design an image with NxN dimensions (where N is just some number<=256) and then save it as NxN (i.e. no resizing) the plug-in should now take it as it is, rather than running it through PDN's super sampler, which caused the "blur". Let me know if this addresses your problem.
In the spirit of Paint.Net, will you be releasing the source code?
I won't be releasing the source code right now, possibly after one more update (it will probably need updating when PDN has major version changes; also I'm thinking of adding .ANI support).
Download link is the same as before:http://www.evanolds.com/IcoCur.zip
Please post bugs/comments.