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Converting Mac Icons into Windows Format

Some people think that there is a lot more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Internet. However Mac icons can be simply converted into the *.ico format and applied for Windows. The detailed directions on how to do this are given here.


Loading and extracting from the archive

Mac graphics in the Internet are usually archived. Files can be of different types: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. Uncommon version is *.sit.sitx, they have to be processed in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you require an archiver. Consider that you require an archiver, which knows the MAC archives and works in 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 big (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and extractor. The unpacker can be used for free for unlimited time.

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

  1. Launch Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Otherwise, go to the File-Open menu item to choose the archive.
  3. Now, find and select just the icon siles in the archive, otherwise the program can abort when packing. Choose all required items by pressing … or ….. Then, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will open, click Browse and select where the icons will be unpacked. Press OK. If you have done all the steps right, you will see the unpacked files in the specified directory.
  5. If the extraction process finished successfully, close Stuffit. The unpacking is done but there are things to be done.


Transforming into Windows format

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

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

Some Macintosh® icons contains 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 item.

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


Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Open it. Then in the program 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 - just *.sit. Now just drag the files using the mouse into any folder (for example, the desktop). Then, process the *.sit archive as written above. The only disadvantage of the program is that it is not really stable.


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