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Transforming Mac Icons to Windows Icons

There is an opinion that there is much more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Internet. But Mac icons can be easily converted into the *.ico files and applied for Windows. The complete instructions on this task are below.


Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac graphics in the Internet are often archived. Files can be of two formats: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. A very rare version is *.sit.sitx, they should be processed in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract icons from the archive you require an archiver. Consider that you require an archiver, which understands the MAC 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 newer is suggested. The installation file is rather large (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and unpacker. The unpacker can be used free of charge for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a demanding so be sure to do everything exactly how it is written below.

  1. Start Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Otherwise, use the File-Open menu option to choose the file.
  3. Then, find and select just the icons themselves in the archive, if not the program can abort when process. Choose all necessary items by pressing … or ….. Then, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will appear, click Browse and choose where the icons will be extracted. Click OK. When you have made everything correctly, you will see the extracted files in the selected directory.
  5. If the unpacking process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The extraction is finished but there are things to be done.


Transforming into Windows icons

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

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

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

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


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

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


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