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Converting 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 Web. However Mac icons can be easily transformed into the *.ico files and used for Windows. The detailed instructions on this task are given here.


Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac icons in the Internet are often archived. Archives can be of two formats: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. A very rare version is *.sit.sitx, they have to be handled in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you will need an archiver. Note that you require an application, which reads the macintosh archives and works in Windows. The most popular such applications is Stuffit. It can be found here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or newer is recommended. The file for downloading is rather big (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and extractor. The extractor 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. Run Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Or, go to the File-Open menu option to open the file.
  3. Now, find and choose just the icons themselves in the archive, if not the software can abort when packing. specify all necessary items by holding … or ….. Then, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will open, click Browse and choose where the icons will be unpacked. Press OK. If you have done everything correctly, you will get the extracted files in the specified directory.
  5. If the extraction process finished successfully, close Stuffit. The unpacking is finished but there are other tasks to do.


Transforming into Windows icons

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

You can process .icns and .rsrc icons the similar way you work with pictures of other types: open them with the menu, drag and drop them into the application window, add to icon libraries.

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

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


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Open it. Then in the application 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 - just *.sit. Now simply drag them using the mouse into any folder (for example, the desktop). Then, unpack the *.sit file as written above. The only disadvantage of the program is that it is not very reliable.


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