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Transforming Mac Icons into 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 Web. But Mac icons can be simply converted into the *.ico files and applied for Windows. The complete directions on this task are below.

Loading and unpacking from the archive

Mac graphics in the Web 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 processed in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract graphics from the archive you will need an archiver. Consider that you need an application, which understands the macintosh archives and works in Windows. The most popular such applications is Stuffit. It can be found here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or newer is suggested. The installation file is quite large (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and extractor. The unpacker is available for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a capricious so be 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 item to choose the file.
  3. Now, find and choose only the icon siles in the archive, otherwise the software will abort when packing. specify all necessary items by holding … or ….. Then, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will open, press Browse and select where the icons will be extracted. Press OK. If you have done everything correctly, you will get the extracted files in the selected directory.
  5. If the extraction process completed correctly, close Stuffit. The extraction is finished but there are other tasks to do.

Transforming into Windows icons

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

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

Sometimes Mac icons have only 128x128 images. In this case, 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 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).

Start it. Then in the program toolbar click "Open" and select *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left box you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right field - just *.sit. Now simply drag the files using the mouse into any directory (for example, the desktop). After that, process the *.sit file as written above. The only fault of the application is that it is not really reliable.

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