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Converting Mac Icons to Windows Format

Some people think that there is a lot more quality 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Internet. But Mac icons may be simply converted into the *.ico format and used for Windows. The complete directions on how to do this are given here.


Downloading and extracting from the archive

Mac graphics in the Internet are often 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 similar way as *.sit.hqx. To unpack files from the archive you will need an archiver. Consider that you need an application, which knows the macintosh archives and runs in Windows. The most common of such archiver is Stuffit. It can be found here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or more recent is suggested. The installation file is rather large (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and unpacker. The extractor can be used free of charge for unlimited time.

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

  1. Start Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Or, go to the File-Open menu option to open the archive.
  3. Now, find and choose only the icons themselves in the archive, if not the application can abort when process. specify all necessary items by holding … or ….. After that, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will open, press Browse and choose where the icons will be unpacked. Click OK. If you have done all the steps correctly, you will see the unpacked files in the specified folder.
  5. If the extraction process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The extraction is finished but there are other tasks to do.


Converting to Windows format

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

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

Some Mac icons contains only 128x128 images. 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 option.

Now, just delete unnecessary formats (for instance, monochrome) from the images and save them as .ico files!


Extracting 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 press "Open" and select *.hqx in the "file types" box. In the left window you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right box - just *.sit. Now simply drag them using the mouse into any folder (like the desktop). After that, process the *.sit archive as described above. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not very reliable.


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