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Converting Mac Icons to Windows Format

Some people think that there is a lot more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Internet. However Mac icons can be simply converted into the *.ico format and applied for Windows. The detailed directions on this task are below.


Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac icons in the Web are usually archived. Files can be of two types: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. A very rare type is *.sit.sitx, they should be processed in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract icons from the archive you will need a special software. Note that you need an application, which knows the MAC 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 recommended. The file for downloading is quite large (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and extractor. The unpacker can be used free of charge for unlimited time.

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

  1. Start 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 just the icon siles in the archive, if not the program will abort when process. specify 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 select where the icons will be unpacked. Press OK. When you have done all the steps correctly, you will get the extracted files in the selected folder.
  5. If the unpacking process finished successfully, close Stuffit. The unpacking is finished but there are other tasks to be done.


Converting into Windows icons

Now you will need one of the following applications: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily understand Macintosh® icons and transform them to Windows® graphics 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 application window, add to icon libraries.

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

Now, just delete unnecessary formats (for example, monochrome) from the icons and you can save them as .ico files!


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Open 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 box - just *.sit. Then simply drag them using the mouse into any folder (like the desktop). Then, unpack the *.sit archive as written earlier. The only fault of the application is that it is not very reliable.


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