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Transforming Mac Icons into Windows Format

There is an opinion that there is much more quality 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Web. However Mac icons can be simply converted into the *.ico format and used for Windows. The detailed instructions on this task are given here.


Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac icons in the Web are often archived. Archives can be of two types: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. Uncommon version is *.sit.sitx, they have to be handled in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you require a special software. Consider that you need an application, which knows the macintosh 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 more recent is suggested. The file for downloading is rather big (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and extractor. The unpacker can be used for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is rather a capricious 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. Otherwise, go to the File-Open menu option to open the file.
  3. Then, find and select only the icon siles in the archive, if not the program can abort during packing. Choose all necessary items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will open, click Browse and choose where the icons will be extracted. Click OK. If you have made everything right, you will get the extracted files in the selected folder.
  5. If the extraction process completed correctly, close Stuffit. The unpacking is completed but there are things to be done.


Transforming to Windows icons

Now you will need one of the listed programs: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can quickly understand MAC icons and transform them to Windows® icons in no time.

You can work with .icns and .rsrc files the same way you process images 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 case, you will have to do 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 subicons. You can do it using ArtIcons, IconLover or IconXP and the Tools - New Image Format menu option.

Then, just delete unnecessary options (for example, monochrome) from the pictures and you can save them as .ico icons!


Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

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


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