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Converting Mac Icons to Windows Icons

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

Downloading and extracting from the archive

Mac graphics in the Internet are often 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 icons from the archive you will need an archiver. Note that you need an archiver, which understands the macintosh archives and runs under Windows. The most popular such applications is Stuffit. It can be downloaded 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 unpacker. The unpacker 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 file into Stuffit. Or, use the File-Open menu item to choose the file.
  3. Then, find and choose just the icons themselves in the archive, if not the software will abort during packing. Select all required items by holding … or ….. After that, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will appear, press Browse and select where the files will be unpacked. Press OK. When you have made everything correctly, you will get the unpacked files in the specified directory.
  5. If the unpacking process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The unpacking is completed but there are other tasks to be done.

Converting to Windows icons

Now you will need one of the listed applications: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can quickly understand MAC icons and convert them into Windows® icons in no time.

You can work with .icns and .rsrc icons the same way you process images of other formats: open them using the menu, drag and drop them to the program window, add 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.

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

unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

Start 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 - just *.sit. Then simply drag the files using the coursor into any folder (for example, the desktop). Then, extract the *.sit file as described earlier. The only fault of the application is that it is not really reliable.

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