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Transforming Mac Icons to Windows Icons

Some people think that there is much more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Web. However Mac icons may be easily converted into the *.ico files and used for Windows. The detailed directions on how to do this are given here.

Downloading and extracting from the archive

Mac icons in the Web are usually archived. Archives can be of different formats: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. Uncommon version is *.sit.sitx, they should be processed in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract icons from the archive you require a special software. Consider that you require an archiver, which understands the macintosh archives and works under Windows. The most popular such applications is Stuffit. It can be found here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or newer is recommended. The installation file is quite large (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and unpacker. The unpacker can be used for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a capricious so be sure to do all the steps exactly how it is described below.

  1. Launch Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Or, use the File-Open menu option to choose the archive.
  3. Then, find and choose just the icons themselves in the archive, otherwise the application can abort during process. Select all required items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will appear, press Browse and choose where the files will be unpacked. Click OK. When you have done all the steps right, you will see the extracted files in the selected folder.
  5. If the unpacking process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The unpacking is finished but there are things to be done.

Converting to Windows icons

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

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

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

Now, just delete unneeded options (for example, monochrome) from the pictures and you can save them as .ico files!

unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

To solve this task, you will use one other program - 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 window - simply *.sit. Now simply drag the files using the coursor into any directory (like the desktop). Then, extract the *.sit file as described earlier. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not very reliable.

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