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Transforming Mac Icons to Windows Format

Some people think that there is a lot more quality 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Web. However Mac graphics can be simply converted into the *.ico format and applied for Windows. The complete directions on this task are below.


Loading and extracting from the archive

Mac graphics in the Web are often archived. Archives can be of different types: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. A very rare type is *.sit.sitx, they have to be processed in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you require an archiver. Note that you need an application, which knows the MAC archives and works in Windows. The most popular such archiver is Stuffit. It can be downloaded here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or more recent is suggested. The installation file is rather large (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and unpacker. The unpacker is available for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a demanding so be sure to do everything exactly how it is described below.

  1. Launch Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Or, go to the File-Open menu item to open the archive.
  3. Then, find and select just the icons themselves in the archive, otherwise the application can abort during process. specify all required items by holding … or ….. Then, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will open, click Browse and select where the icons will be unpacked. Click OK. If you have done all the steps correctly, you will get the extracted files in the specified directory.
  5. If the unpacking process finished successfully, close Stuffit. The unpacking is done but there are other tasks to do.


Converting to Windows format

Now you require one of the following applications: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can quickly read MAC icons and transform them into Windows® icons in no time.

You can work with .icns and .rsrc icons the similar way you work with pictures of other types: open them with the menu, drag and drop them to the program window, add to icon libraries.

Sometimes Mac icons contains only 128x128 images. In this situation, you will need to do 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 sizes. You can do it using ArtIcons, IconLover or IconXP and the Tools - New Image Format menu option.

Then, just delete unneeded formats (for example, monochrome) from the pictures and you can save them as .ico icons!


Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

To solve this process, you will require one other application - TurboZIP (5.0 or newer).

Run it. Then in the program toolbar press "Open" and select *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left window you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right box - just *.sit. Now just drag them using the mouse into any folder (for example, the desktop). After that, unpack the *.sit file as described earlier. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not very reliable.


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