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Converting Mac Icons to Windows Icons

There is an opinion that there is much more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Internet. However Mac icons may be simply transformed into the *.ico format and used for Windows. The detailed instructions on how to do this are below.


Loading and unpacking from the archive

Mac graphics in the Internet are usually archived. Archives can be of different 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 same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract graphics from the archive you require an archiver. Note that you require an archiver, which reads the MAC archives and works in Windows. The most common of such applications is Stuffit. It can be downloaded here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or more recent is recommended. 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 rather a capricious so be sure to do everything just how it is written below.

  1. Run Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Otherwise, go to the File-Open menu option to open the archive.
  3. Then, find and choose just the icons themselves in the archive, if not the program can abort during packing. Select all necessary items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will appear, press Browse and choose where the icons will be unpacked. Press OK. When you have made everything right, you will get the extracted files in the specified folder.
  5. If the extraction process completed correctly, close Stuffit. The unpacking is completed but there are other tasks to be done.


Converting into Windows icons

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

You can process .icns and .rsrc icons the similar way you process pictures of other formats: open them using the menu, drag and drop them to the application window, place to icon libraries.

Sometimes Mac icons have only 128x128 size. In this situation, you will have 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 unnecessary formats (for instance, monochrome) from the pictures and you can save them as .ico icons!


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

Start it. Then in the application toolbar click "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" box. In the left field you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right window - simply *.sit. Now just drag the files using the coursor into any folder (like the desktop). Then, process the *.sit archive as described above. The only fault of the program is that it is not very reliable.


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