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Converting Mac Icons to Windows Icons

There is an opinion that there is a lot more quality 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Internet. However Mac icons may be easily converted into the *.ico format and used for Windows. The complete directions on this task are below.


Loading and extracting from the archive

Mac graphics in the Internet are usually archived. Files can be of different types: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. A very rare type is *.sit.sitx, they should be handled in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you will need an archiver. Note that you need an application, which knows the MAC archives and works under 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 consists of the packer and unpacker. The extractor is available free of charge for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is rather a capricious so be sure to do all the steps just 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 option to open the archive.
  3. Then, find and choose only the icon siles in the archive, otherwise the software will abort during packing. Choose all required items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will open, press Browse and select where the icons will be extracted. Press OK. When you have made all the steps right, you will get the extracted files in the specified directory.
  5. If the unpacking process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The extraction is finished but there are things to do.


Converting to Windows icons

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

You can work with .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 program window, place to icon libraries.

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

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


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Open it. Then in the program toolbar click "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left window you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right field - simply *.sit. Now just drag the files using the mouse into any folder (like the desktop). After that, unpack the *.sit file as described earlier. The only fault of the program is that it is not very reliable.


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