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Transforming Mac Icons into Windows Format

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

Downloading and extracting from the archive

Mac icons in the Web are often archived. Archives can be of two types: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. A very rare version 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 need an application, which understands the macintosh 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 newer is recommended. The file for downloading is rather big (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and unpacker. The unpacker can be used free of charge for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a capricious so make sure to do all the steps just how it is described below.

  1. Start Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Or, go to the File-Open menu option to open the archive.
  3. Then, find and select just the icons themselves in the archive, otherwise the program can abort during process. Select all required items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will open, press Browse and choose where the files will be unpacked. Click OK. If you have made everything right, you will get the unpacked files in the selected folder.
  5. If the unpacking process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The extraction is finished but there are things to do.

Transforming to Windows format

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

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

Some Macintosh® icons have 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.

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

Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Open it. Then in the program toolbar press "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left box you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right box - just *.sit. Then just drag them using the coursor into any folder (for example, the desktop). Then, process the *.sit file as described above. The only disadvantage of the program is that it is not very reliable.

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