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Transforming Mac Icons to Windows Icons

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

Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac graphics in the Internet are often archived. Files can be of two formats: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. Uncommon type is *.sit.sitx, they have to be handled in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To unpack files from the archive you will need a special software. Note that you require an archiver, which knows the macintosh archives and works in Windows. The most common of such applications is Stuffit. It can be found here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or more recent is suggested. The installation file is quite large (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and unpacker. The unpacker is available for free for unlimited time.

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

  1. Run Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Otherwise, go to the File-Open menu item to open the archive.
  3. Now, find and select only the icon siles in the archive, if not the application will abort when process. specify all necessary items by holding … or ….. After that, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will appear, click Browse and select where the files will be extracted. Click OK. If you have done all the steps correctly, you will see the unpacked files in the selected folder.
  5. If the unpacking process finished successfully, close Stuffit. The extraction is done but there are things to be done.

Transforming to Windows icons

Now you require one of the following applications: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can quickly understand Macintosh® icons and transform them to Windows® graphics in seconds.

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

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

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

Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Start it. Then in the program toolbar press "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left field you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right window - simply *.sit. Then just drag them using the mouse into any folder (for example, the desktop). Then, unpack the *.sit file as written earlier. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not really reliable.

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