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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 XP or Vista in the Web. But Mac graphics may be easily transformed into the *.ico files and used for Windows. The complete directions on this task are given here.


Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac graphics in the Internet are often archived. Files can be of different types: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. Uncommon type is *.sit.sitx, they should be processed in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To unpack files from the archive you require a special software. Note that you require an application, which knows the MAC archives and works under Windows. The most popular such applications is Stuffit. It can be downloaded here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or more recent is recommended. The installation file is quite big (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and unpacker. The extractor can be used free of charge for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a capricious 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. Otherwise, go to the File-Open menu option to choose the archive.
  3. Then, find and choose only the icon siles in the archive, otherwise the program can abort during packing. Choose all required items by pressing … or ….. Then, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will open, press Browse and choose where the files will be extracted. Click OK. When you have made all the steps correctly, you will get the extracted files in the specified directory.
  5. If the unpacking process completed correctly, close Stuffit. The unpacking is completed but there are things to do.


Transforming into Windows icons

Now you will need one of the listed applications: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily understand MAC icons and turn them into Windows® graphics in no time.

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

Sometimes Mac icons have only 128x128 images. 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.

Now, just delete unneeded formats (for instance, monochrome) from the pictures and save them as .ico icons!


Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

Start it. Then in the program 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 field - just *.sit. Then simply drag them using the mouse into any directory (for example, the desktop). Then, extract the *.sit file as described above. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not very stable.


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