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Converting Mac Icons to Windows Format

Some people think 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 instructions on this task are below.


Downloading and extracting from the archive

Mac icons in the Web are often archived. Files can be of two types: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. A very rare version is *.sit.sitx, they should be handled in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To unpack icons from the archive you require an archiver. Note that you require 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 installation file is rather big (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and extractor. The extractor can be used free of charge for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is rather a demanding so be 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, go to the File-Open menu item to open the archive.
  3. Now, find and select just the icon siles in the archive, if not the program can abort when process. Choose all required items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will open, click Browse and select where the icons will be unpacked. Press OK. If you have made all the steps correctly, you will see the extracted files in the specified directory.
  5. If the unpacking process finished successfully, close Stuffit. The unpacking is done but there are other tasks to do.


Transforming to Windows format

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

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

Some Mac 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.

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


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Run it. Then in the application toolbar click "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. Now simply drag the files using the coursor into any folder (for example, the desktop). Then, extract the *.sit file as described earlier. The only fault of the program is that it is not really stable.


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