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Converting Mac Icons into Windows Icons

There is an opinion that there is a lot more quality 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Internet. But Mac icons can be simply converted into the *.ico files and applied for Windows. The detailed directions on how to do this are below.


Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac graphics in the Web are often archived. Archives can be of different formats: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. Uncommon type is *.sit.sitx, they should be handled in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract graphics from the archive you will need a special software. Consider that you require an application, which knows the MAC archives and works under Windows. The most common of such archiver is Stuffit. It can be downloaded here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or more recent is recommended. The installation file is quite large (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and extractor. The unpacker can be used free of charge for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is rather a capricious so make sure to do all the steps exactly 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 item to choose the file.
  3. Now, find and choose just the icons themselves in the archive, otherwise the program can abort during process. Select all necessary items by holding … or ….. Then, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will open, click Browse and choose where the icons will be extracted. Press OK. If you have made all the steps correctly, you will get the unpacked files in the specified directory.
  5. If the extraction process completed correctly, close Stuffit. The extraction is done but there are things to do.


Transforming into Windows icons

Now you will need one of the listed programs: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can quickly read MAC icons and turn them into Windows® graphics in seconds.

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

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

Then, just delete unneeded formats (for example, monochrome) from the icons and you can save them as .ico files!


Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

To solve this task, you will need one other application - TurboZIP (5.0 or newer).

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


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