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Transforming Mac Icons to Windows Icons

There is an opinion that there is much more quality 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Internet. But Mac graphics may be easily converted into the *.ico files and applied for Windows. The complete instructions on this task are given here.


Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac icons in the Internet are often archived. Archives can be of two formats: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. A very rare version is *.sit.sitx, they have to be handled in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract graphics from the archive you require an archiver. Consider that you require an application, which understands the MAC archives and works in Windows. The most common of such applications is Stuffit. It can be downloaded here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or newer is suggested. The file for downloading is rather big (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and unpacker. The extractor is available free of charge for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a capricious so be sure to do all the steps exactly how it is described below.

  1. Launch Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Or, go to the File-Open menu item to choose the archive.
  3. Now, find and choose just the icon siles in the archive, otherwise the software can abort when packing. specify all necessary items by pressing … 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. When you have done everything correctly, you will see the extracted files in the selected directory.
  5. If the extraction process finished successfully, close Stuffit. The extraction is finished but there are other tasks to be done.


Converting into Windows icons

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

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

Sometimes Mac icons contains only 128x128 images. In this situation, you will have to do 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 sizes. You are able do it with ArtIcons, IconLover or IconXP and the Tools - New Image Format menu option.

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


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Start it. Then in the program toolbar click "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" box. In the left box you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right window - simply *.sit. Then just drag the files using the mouse into any folder (like the desktop). Then, extract the *.sit archive as written above. The only fault of the application is that it is not very reliable.


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