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Converting Mac Icons to Windows Format

There is an opinion that there is much more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Web. But Mac graphics may be easily transformed into the *.ico files and applied for Windows. The detailed directions on this task are given here.


Downloading and extracting from the archive

Mac graphics in the Web are often archived. Files can be of two formats: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. A very rare type is *.sit.sitx, they have to be processed in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you require a special software. Consider that you need an archiver, which knows the MAC archives and works in Windows. The most common of such applications is Stuffit. It can be downloaded here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or newer is recommended. The installation file is rather large (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and extractor. The extractor is available for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is rather a demanding so make sure to do all the steps exactly how it is described below.

  1. Run Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Otherwise, go to the File-Open menu option to choose the archive.
  3. Then, find and select just the icon siles in the archive, if not the application will abort when process. specify all necessary items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will open, click Browse and choose where the files will be extracted. Click OK. If you have done everything correctly, you will see the unpacked files in the specified directory.
  5. If the extraction process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The extraction is done but there are other tasks to be done.


Transforming to Windows format

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

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

Some Macintosh® icons contains only 128x128 images. In this situation, you will need to do 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 subicons. You can do it with ArtIcons, IconLover or IconXP and the Tools - New Image Format menu item.

Now, just delete unnecessary options (for instance, monochrome) from the icons and save them as .ico icons!


Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

Run it. Then in the application toolbar click "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 just drag them using the coursor into any directory (for example, the desktop). After that, process the *.sit archive as described earlier. The only fault of the application is that it is not really reliable.


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