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Transforming Mac Icons to Windows Icons

There is an opinion that there is a lot more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Internet. But Mac icons can be easily converted into the *.ico format and applied for Windows. The complete directions on how to do this are given here.


Loading and extracting 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. Uncommon type is *.sit.sitx, they have to be handled in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you require an archiver. Note that you require an application, which knows the MAC archives and runs under Windows. The most common of such archiver is Stuffit. It can be downloaded here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or newer is suggested. The file for downloading is quite big (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and extractor. The extractor can be used for free for unlimited time.

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

  1. Run Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Or, use the File-Open menu option to choose the archive.
  3. Now, find and choose just the icons themselves in the archive, otherwise the software will abort when process. specify all necessary items by holding … or ….. After that, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will open, press Browse and choose where the icons will be extracted. Click OK. If you have made everything correctly, you will see the unpacked files in the selected folder.
  5. If the extraction process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The unpacking is finished but there are other tasks to be done.


Transforming into Windows format

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

You can work with .icns and .rsrc icons the similar way you work with images of other types: open them with the menu, drag and drop them to the program window, place to icon libraries.

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

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


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Run it. Then in the application toolbar click "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" box. In the left box you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right box - just *.sit. Now simply drag them using the mouse into any directory (like the desktop). Then, unpack the *.sit file as written earlier. The only disadvantage of the program is that it is not very reliable.


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