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Converting Mac Icons into Windows Icons

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


Downloading and extracting from the archive

Mac icons in the Internet are often archived. Files can be of two formats: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. A very rare type is *.sit.sitx, they should be processed in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract graphics from the archive you will need an archiver. Note that you require an application, which reads the MAC archives and works under 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 suggested. The installation file is quite large (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and unpacker. The extractor is available for free for unlimited time.

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

  1. Start Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Or, use the File-Open menu item to choose the file.
  3. Now, find and choose just the icon siles in the archive, if not the application can abort during packing. specify all required items by pressing … or ….. Then, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will open, click Browse and choose where the icons will be extracted. Press OK. When you have made everything correctly, you will see the unpacked files in the specified directory.
  5. If the extraction process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The extraction is done but there are other tasks to be done.


Transforming to Windows format

Now you will need one of the following applications: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily read Macintosh® icons and convert them to Windows® graphics in seconds.

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

Some Macintosh® icons contains only 128x128 size. In this case, you will have to do 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 sizes. You are able do it with ArtIcons, IconLover or IconXP and the Tools - New Image Format menu item.

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


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

To solve this task, you will require one more 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 window you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right box - just *.sit. Then simply drag the files using the coursor into any directory (like the desktop). After that, unpack the *.sit file as written earlier. The only fault of the program is that it is not really stable.


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