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Converting Mac Icons to Windows Icons

There is an opinion that there is a lot more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Internet. But Mac graphics may be easily transformed into the *.ico files and used for Windows. The detailed instructions on this task are given here.


Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac icons in the Web are often archived. Files can be of two formats: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. Uncommon version is *.sit.sitx, they have to be processed in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To unpack files from the archive you require a special software. Consider that you need an archiver, which knows the MAC archives and runs in 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 file for downloading is quite large (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and extractor. The extractor can be used for free for unlimited time.

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

  1. Start Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Otherwise, go to the File-Open menu option to open the file.
  3. Now, find and choose only the icons themselves in the archive, otherwise the application will abort when process. Select all required items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will open, click Browse and choose where the files will be unpacked. Click OK. If you have done all the steps right, you will get the extracted files in the specified folder.
  5. If the unpacking process completed correctly, close Stuffit. The extraction is completed but there are things to do.


Transforming to Windows format

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

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

Sometimes Mac icons have only 128x128 images. In this situation, you will need to do 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 subicons. You are able do it with 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!


Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

Start it. Then in the application toolbar press "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left field you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right field - simply *.sit. Then simply drag them using the mouse into any folder (for example, the desktop). After that, process the *.sit archive as described above. The only disadvantage of the program is that it is not really reliable.


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