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Converting Mac Icons to Windows Icons

There is an opinion that there is a lot more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Web. But Mac icons can be easily transformed into the *.ico format and used for Windows. The detailed instructions on how to do this are given here.


Loading and extracting from the archive

Mac graphics in the Web are usually archived. Archives can be of different types: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. A very rare version is *.sit.sitx, they should be handled in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you will need an archiver. Consider that you need an application, which knows the macintosh archives and works in Windows. The most popular such applications is Stuffit. It can be downloaded here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or newer is suggested. The file for downloading is quite big (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and unpacker. The extractor can be used free of charge for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is rather a demanding so be sure to do everything just 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. Now, find and choose only the icon siles in the archive, if not the program will abort during packing. Select all necessary items by pressing … or ….. Then, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will appear, click Browse and select where the files will be unpacked. Press OK. If you have made all the steps right, you will see the unpacked files in the selected directory.
  5. If the extraction process completed successfully, close Stuffit. The extraction is done but there are things to be done.


Transforming into Windows format

Now you will need one of the listed applications: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily understand Macintosh® icons and turn them into Windows® icons in seconds.

You can work with .icns and .rsrc files the similar way you process images of other formats: open them using the menu, drag and drop them into the application window, place to icon libraries.

Sometimes Macintosh® icons have only 128x128 size. 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 item.

Then, just delete unneeded formats (for instance, monochrome) from the icons and save them as .ico files!


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

To complete this task, you will use one more program - TurboZIP (5.0 or newer).

Open it. Then in the application toolbar press "Open" and select *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left field you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right field - simply *.sit. Now simply drag them using the mouse into any folder (for example, the desktop). Then, unpack the *.sit archive as described above. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not very stable.


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