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Transforming Mac Icons to Windows Format

Some people think that there is a lot more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Web. However Mac icons may be simply converted into the *.ico files and used for Windows. The detailed instructions on this task are given here.


Loading and extracting from the archive

Mac icons in the Internet are usually archived. Archives can be of different formats: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. Uncommon type is *.sit.sitx, they have to be processed in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you require a special software. Note that you need an archiver, which understands the macintosh archives and runs under Windows. The most common of such archiver is Stuffit. It can be found here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or more recent is recommended. The installation file is quite large (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and extractor. The extractor can be used for free for unlimited time.

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

  1. Launch Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Or, go to the File-Open menu option to choose the archive.
  3. Then, find and select just the icons themselves in the archive, if not the software will abort during packing. Choose all required items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will open, click Browse and select where the files will be extracted. Press OK. If you have made everything correctly, you will see the unpacked files in the selected directory.
  5. If the unpacking process completed successfully, close Stuffit. The unpacking is completed but there are things to be done.


Converting into Windows format

Now you require one of the listed applications: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily read MAC icons and turn them to Windows® icons in no time.

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

Sometimes Mac icons contains only 128x128 size. In this case, you will have to do 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 subicons. You are able do it using ArtIcons, IconLover or IconXP and the Tools - New Image Format menu item.

Then, just delete unneeded options (for instance, monochrome) from the pictures and save them as .ico icons!


Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

Run it. Then in the program toolbar press "Open" and select *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left window you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right window - just *.sit. Then simply drag them using the coursor into any directory (for example, the desktop). After that, extract the *.sit file as described earlier. The only fault of the application is that it is not very reliable.


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