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Transforming Mac Icons into Windows Icons

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


Loading and extracting from the archive

Mac icons in the Internet are usually archived. Archives can be of two types: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. Uncommon type is *.sit.sitx, they should be handled in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract icons from the archive you require a special software. Consider that you need an application, which reads the MAC archives and works in Windows. The most popular 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 contains the packer and unpacker. 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. Launch Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Otherwise, use the File-Open menu option to choose the file.
  3. Now, find and select just the icons themselves in the archive, if not the application will abort during process. Choose all required items by pressing … or ….. Then, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will appear, click Browse and select where the files will be extracted. Press OK. When you have done all the steps right, you will get the extracted files in the selected folder.
  5. If the unpacking process completed successfully, close Stuffit. The unpacking is completed but there are things to be done.


Converting to Windows format

Now you require one of the listed programs: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily read MAC icons and convert them to Windows® graphics in seconds.

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

Sometimes Macintosh® icons have only 128x128 size. In this situation, 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 option.

Now, just delete unneeded options (for instance, monochrome) from the pictures and you can save them as .ico files!


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

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


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