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Transforming Mac Icons to Windows Icons

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


Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac graphics in the Web are usually archived. Archives can be of different formats: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. Uncommon version is *.sit.sitx, they should be processed in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract icons from the archive you will need a special software. Note that you need an application, which reads the MAC archives and works 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 suggested. The installation file is rather large (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 be sure to do all the steps just how it is written below.

  1. Launch Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Or, go to the File-Open menu item to choose the archive.
  3. Now, find and choose just the icon siles in the archive, if not the program will abort during packing. Select all necessary items by pressing … or ….. Then, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will appear, press Browse and choose where the icons will be extracted. Click OK. When you have done all the steps correctly, you will see the unpacked files in the specified folder.
  5. If the extraction process finished successfully, close Stuffit. The extraction is completed but there are other tasks to be done.


Transforming into Windows icons

Now you require one of the listed applications: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can quickly understand MAC icons and transform them into Windows® graphics in seconds.

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

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

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


Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Run it. Then in the application 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 - simply *.sit. Then simply drag them using the coursor into any directory (for example, the desktop). Then, extract the *.sit file as written above. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not really stable.


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