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Converting Mac Icons to Windows Format

Some people think that there is much more quality 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Internet. But Mac icons may be simply transformed into the *.ico format and used for Windows. The complete instructions on this task are below.


Loading and extracting from the archive

Mac graphics in the Internet are usually archived. Archives 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 files from the archive you require a special software. Consider that you require an archiver, which knows the MAC archives and runs in 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 file for downloading is quite large (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and unpacker. The unpacker can be used for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a capricious so make sure to do everything just how it is written below.

  1. Run Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Otherwise, go to the File-Open menu item to open the file.
  3. Then, find and choose only the icon siles in the archive, if not the program can abort during process. Choose all required items by pressing … or ….. Then, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will appear, press Browse and select where the icons will be extracted. Click OK. When you have done all the steps right, you will see the extracted files in the specified folder.
  5. If the extraction process completed successfully, close Stuffit. The unpacking is completed but there are other tasks to do.


Transforming into 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 to Windows® graphics in seconds.

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

Sometimes Mac icons have only 128x128 size. 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 unneeded options (for example, monochrome) from the pictures and save them as .ico icons!


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

Start 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 box - simply *.sit. Now simply drag them using the mouse into any folder (like the desktop). After that, process the *.sit file as described above. The only fault of the application is that it is not very reliable.


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