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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 XP or Vista in the Web. But Mac graphics may be easily transformed into the *.ico format and used for Windows. The detailed instructions on how to do this are below.


Loading and unpacking from the archive

Mac graphics in the Web are often archived. Archives can be of two types: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.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 a special software. Note that you require an archiver, which knows 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 newer is suggested. The installation file is quite big (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and extractor. The extractor can be used free of charge for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite 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 item to choose the file.
  3. Then, find and choose just the icons themselves in the archive, if not the program can abort during process. specify all necessary items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will open, click Browse and select where the icons will be unpacked. Click OK. If you have made everything right, you will get the extracted files in the selected folder.
  5. If the extraction process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The unpacking is done but there are things to do.


Transforming to Windows format

Now you will need one of the listed programs: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily understand Macintosh® icons and transform them into 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 program window, add 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 using ArtIcons, IconLover or IconXP and the Tools - New Image Format menu item.

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


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

To complete this task, you will require one other application - TurboZIP (5.0 or newer).

Open it. Then in the program 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 window - just *.sit. Then simply drag the files using the coursor into any folder (for example, the desktop). After that, unpack the *.sit archive as described earlier. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not really reliable.


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