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Converting Mac Icons into Windows Icons

There is an opinion that there is much more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Web. But Mac icons may be easily transformed into the *.ico format and applied for Windows. The complete instructions on this task are below.


Loading and unpacking from the archive

Mac icons in the Web are often archived. Files can be of different types: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. Uncommon version is *.sit.sitx, they should be processed in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract icons from the archive you will need a special software. Note that you require an application, which reads the MAC archives and runs under Windows. The most common of such archiver is Stuffit. It can be found here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or more recent is suggested. The file for downloading is rather big (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and extractor. The extractor is available for free for unlimited time.

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

  1. Launch Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Or, go to the File-Open menu item to open the archive.
  3. Now, find and select just the icon siles in the archive, if not the software will abort during packing. Choose all necessary items by pressing … or ….. Then, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will appear, click Browse and choose where the icons will be unpacked. Press OK. If you have made all the steps right, you will see the extracted files in the specified directory.
  5. If the unpacking process completed successfully, close Stuffit. The unpacking is completed but there are things to be done.


Converting into Windows icons

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

You can process .icns and .rsrc files the same way you work with images of other formats: open them with the menu, drag and drop them into the program window, place to icon libraries.

Sometimes Mac 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.

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


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Start it. Then in the application toolbar press "Open" and select *.hqx in the "file types" box. In the left field you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right field - simply *.sit. Now simply drag the files using the mouse into any directory (for example, the desktop). Then, extract the *.sit file as described earlier. The only fault of the program is that it is not very reliable.


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