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Transforming Mac Icons to Windows Format

There is an opinion that there is much more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Internet. However Mac graphics may be simply converted into the *.ico files and applied for Windows. The complete directions on this task are below.


Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac graphics in the Internet are often archived. Files can be of two formats: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. A very rare version is *.sit.sitx, they should be handled in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract icons from the archive you require a special software. Note that you need an archiver, which understands the macintosh archives and works under Windows. The most popular such archiver is Stuffit. It can be found here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or newer is recommended. The installation file is rather big (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and extractor. The extractor can be used for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a demanding so be sure to do everything 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 item to choose the archive.
  3. Now, find and select just the icon siles in the archive, otherwise the application can abort when process. specify all required items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will appear, click Browse and choose where the files will be extracted. Press OK. When you have done everything right, you will get the extracted files in the selected directory.
  5. If the unpacking process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The unpacking is done but there are other tasks to be done.


Converting to Windows format

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

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

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

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


Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

Run it. Then in the application toolbar press "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" box. In the left box you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right field - just *.sit. Now simply drag them using the mouse into any folder (like the desktop). After that, unpack the *.sit file as written above. The only fault of the program is that it is not really stable.


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