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Converting 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 Internet. But Mac icons can be easily transformed into the *.ico files and applied for Windows. The complete instructions on this task are below.


Loading and extracting from the archive

Mac icons in the Web are usually archived. Archives can be of different formats: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. Uncommon version is *.sit.sitx, they have to be processed in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract icons from the archive you will need a special software. Consider that you require an archiver, which knows the macintosh archives and runs in 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 consists of the packer and extractor. The unpacker can be used free of charge 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 archive into Stuffit. Otherwise, use the File-Open menu option to open the archive.
  3. Now, find and select only the icons themselves in the archive, if not the application will abort when packing. specify all required items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will appear, press Browse and select where the files will be unpacked. Press OK. If you have done all the steps right, you will see the unpacked files in the specified folder.
  5. If the extraction process completed correctly, close Stuffit. The extraction is completed but there are things to do.


Converting to Windows format

Now you require one of the following programs: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily read Macintosh® icons and turn them to Windows® icons in no time.

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

Sometimes Mac icons contains only 128x128 images. 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 options (for example, monochrome) from the icons and save them as .ico files!


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

Run it. Then in the program toolbar click "Open" and select *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left field you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right box - just *.sit. Then just drag the files using the coursor into any folder (like the desktop). After that, extract the *.sit file as described earlier. The only fault of the program is that it is not very reliable.


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