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Converting Mac Icons into Windows Format

Some people think that there is much more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Internet. But Mac icons can be simply transformed into the *.ico files and applied for Windows. The detailed instructions on this task are given here.


Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac graphics in the Web are often archived. Files can be of two 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 similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract icons from the archive you will need a special software. Note that you need an archiver, which knows the macintosh archives and runs in Windows. The most common of such applications is Stuffit. It can be downloaded here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or more recent is suggested. The installation file is rather big (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and extractor. The unpacker can be used for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is rather a capricious so make sure to do everything exactly how it is written below.

  1. Run Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Otherwise, go to the File-Open menu option to open the archive.
  3. Now, find and select only the icon siles in the archive, otherwise the software will abort during packing. Choose all required items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will appear, press Browse and choose where the icons will be unpacked. Press OK. If you have done everything correctly, you will see the unpacked files in the specified folder.
  5. If the extraction process completed successfully, close Stuffit. The unpacking is done but there are things to do.


Converting into Windows icons

Now you will need one of the following applications: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily read MAC icons and transform them into Windows® graphics in seconds.

You can process .icns and .rsrc icons the same way you process images of other types: open them with the menu, drag and drop them into the application window, place to icon libraries.

Sometimes Mac icons contains only 128x128 size. In this situation, you will have to do 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 subicons. You are able do it with 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. archives

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

Run it. Then in the program toolbar click "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" box. In the left field you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right window - simply *.sit. Now simply drag the files using the mouse into any folder (like the desktop). Then, extract the *.sit archive as written earlier. The only fault of the application is that it is not really stable.


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