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Converting Mac Icons into Windows Icons

There is an opinion that there is a lot more quality 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Web. However Mac graphics can be easily converted into the *.ico files and applied for Windows. The detailed instructions on how to do this are below.


Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac graphics in the Internet are usually archived. Archives can be of different types: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. A very rare type is *.sit.sitx, they should be processed in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you require a special software. Consider that you need an archiver, which understands the macintosh archives and works under 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 consists of the packer and unpacker. The unpacker can be used for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is rather a demanding 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, go to the File-Open menu option to open the file.
  3. Then, find and select just the icons themselves in the archive, if not the application will abort during packing. specify all necessary items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will open, click Browse and select where the icons will be extracted. Click OK. When you have made everything correctly, you will see the unpacked files in the specified directory.
  5. If the unpacking process finished successfully, close Stuffit. The unpacking is completed but there are things to do.


Converting to Windows icons

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

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

Sometimes Mac icons have only 128x128 images. In this situation, you will need to do 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 sizes. You can 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 images and save them as .ico files!


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Open it. Then in the application toolbar click "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left field you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right field - just *.sit. Now simply drag them using the coursor into any directory (for example, the desktop). After that, extract the *.sit archive as described earlier. The only fault of the program is that it is not really reliable.


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