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Converting Mac Icons into Windows Format

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. But Mac graphics may be easily transformed into the *.ico files and applied for Windows. The complete directions on how to do this are below.


Downloading and extracting from the archive

Mac icons in the Internet are often archived. Files can be of two formats: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. A very rare version is *.sit.sitx, they have to be handled in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To unpack graphics from the archive you require a special software. Note that you need an application, which reads the macintosh archives and works in Windows. The most popular such archiver is Stuffit. It can be found here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or more recent is recommended. The file for downloading is quite big (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and extractor. The extractor is available for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is rather a demanding so be sure to do all the steps exactly how it is described below.

  1. Launch Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Otherwise, go to the File-Open menu item to choose the file.
  3. Then, find and select only the icons themselves in the archive, if not the application can abort when packing. specify all required items by holding … or ….. After that, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will open, press Browse and choose where the files will be extracted. Press OK. If you have made all the steps correctly, you will see the unpacked files in the selected directory.
  5. If the unpacking process completed successfully, close Stuffit. The unpacking is finished but there are things to do.


Transforming into Windows format

Now you require one of the following applications: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily understand Macintosh® 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.

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

Now, just delete unneeded options (for instance, monochrome) from the images and save them as .ico files!


Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

Start 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. Then simply drag them using the coursor into any directory (like the desktop). After that, extract the *.sit file as described above. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not really stable.


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