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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 Windows in the Internet. But Mac icons can be easily converted into the *.ico files and used for Windows. The complete directions on how to do this are below.


Loading and unpacking from the archive

Mac icons in the Internet are usually archived. Archives can be of different formats: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. Uncommon version is *.sit.sitx, they should be processed in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you will need an archiver. Note that you need an application, which reads the macintosh archives and works 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 is available for free for unlimited time.

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

  1. Launch Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Or, use the File-Open menu item to open the file.
  3. Now, find and select only the icon siles in the archive, otherwise the software will abort during process. Choose all required items by pressing or .. Then, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will appear, click Browse and choose where the files will be extracted. Click OK. When you have made everything right, you will get the unpacked files in the specified folder.
  5. If the unpacking process finished successfully, close Stuffit. The extraction is done but there are other tasks to be done.


Transforming into Windows icons

Now you will need one of the following programs: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily read MAC icons and convert them to Windows icons in no time.

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

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

Then, just delete unneeded options (for example, monochrome) from the images and you can save them as .ico icons!


Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

Open it. Then in the application toolbar click "Open" and select *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left field you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right box - simply *.sit. Now simply drag the files using the coursor into any directory (like the desktop). Then, unpack the *.sit file as written above. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not really stable.


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