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Converting Mac Icons to Windows Format

There is an opinion that there is a lot more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Internet. But Mac icons may be simply transformed into the *.ico format and applied for Windows. The complete directions on how to do this are given here.


Loading and extracting from the archive

Mac graphics in the Internet are often archived. Files can be of different formats: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. Uncommon type is *.sit.sitx, they have to be handled in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To unpack files from the archive you require an archiver. Note that you need an archiver, which reads the MAC archives and runs under Windows. The most popular such archiver is Stuffit. It can be found here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or newer is suggested. The installation file is rather big (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and unpacker. The unpacker is available for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a capricious so be sure to do everything 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. Now, find and select just the icon siles in the archive, if not the software can abort during packing. Select all necessary items by pressing … or ….. Then, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will open, click Browse and choose where the files will be extracted. Press OK. If you have done all the steps correctly, you will see the extracted files in the specified folder.
  5. If the extraction process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The extraction is completed but there are things to do.


Transforming into Windows format

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

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

Some Mac icons contains only 128x128 size. In this case, you will need to do 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 sizes. You can do it with ArtIcons, IconLover or IconXP and the Tools - New Image Format menu option.

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


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

To complete this task, you will use one other program - 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 mouse into any folder (like the desktop). After that, process the *.sit file as written above. The only disadvantage of the program is that it is not very stable.


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