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Converting Mac Icons to Windows Icons

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 files and used for Windows. The detailed directions on this task are below.


Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac graphics in the Web are often archived. Files can be of two types: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. Uncommon type is *.sit.sitx, they should be processed in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract graphics from the archive you require an archiver. Consider that you require an archiver, which reads the MAC archives and runs under Windows. The most common of such archiver is Stuffit. It can be downloaded here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or newer is recommended. The file for downloading is rather large (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and unpacker. The extractor is available free of charge for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is rather a demanding so make sure to do all the steps exactly how it is described below.

  1. Launch Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Otherwise, go to the File-Open menu item to choose the file.
  3. Then, find and select just the icon siles in the archive, if not the application will abort during process. specify all necessary items by pressing … or ….. Then, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will appear, click Browse and choose where the icons will be extracted. Press OK. If you have done everything right, you will get the extracted files in the selected folder.
  5. If the extraction process completed successfully, close Stuffit. The unpacking is finished but there are things to be done.


Converting to Windows format

Now you require one of the listed applications: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily read Macintosh® icons and transform them into Windows® icons in seconds.

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

Some Mac icons contains only 128x128 images. In this situation, 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 item.

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


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

Start it. Then in the program toolbar click "Open" and select *.hqx in the "file types" box. In the left field you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right box - just *.sit. Then just drag the files using the coursor into any directory (for example, the desktop). Then, extract the *.sit file as written above. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not very reliable.


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