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Converting Mac Icons into Windows Icons

There is an opinion that there is much more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Web. But Mac icons may be simply transformed into the *.ico files and used for Windows. The complete instructions on how to do this are given here.


Loading and extracting from the archive

Mac graphics in the Web are often archived. Archives can be of different types: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. Uncommon version is *.sit.sitx, they should be processed in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract icons from the archive you require an archiver. Consider that you require an archiver, which understands the macintosh archives and works in Windows. The most common of such applications 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 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 written below.

  1. Run Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Otherwise, use the File-Open menu item to choose the archive.
  3. Now, find and choose just the icons themselves in the archive, otherwise the software will abort during packing. Choose all required items by holding … or ….. Then, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will appear, click Browse and choose where the files will be extracted. Press OK. When you have made all the steps right, you will get the unpacked files in the selected folder.
  5. If the extraction process finished successfully, close Stuffit. The extraction is done but there are things to be done.


Transforming into 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 process pictures of other formats: open them with the menu, drag and drop them to the application window, place to icon libraries.

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

Now, just delete unneeded formats (for example, monochrome) from the pictures and save them as .ico files!


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

Start it. Then in the application toolbar click "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left field you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right box - just *.sit. Now simply drag them using the coursor into any directory (like the desktop). Then, process the *.sit file as described earlier. The only fault of the program is that it is not really reliable.


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