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Transforming Mac Icons to Windows Icons

Some people think that there is much more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Web. However Mac icons may be easily transformed into the *.ico files and used for Windows. The complete directions on this task are below.


Loading and extracting from the archive

Mac graphics in the Internet are often archived. Files can be of two formats: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. Uncommon version is *.sit.sitx, they have to be processed in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you will need a special software. Note that you need an application, which knows the macintosh archives and runs under Windows. The most common of such archiver is Stuffit. It can be found here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or more recent is recommended. The file for downloading is quite large (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and extractor. The extractor can be used free of charge for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a demanding so be sure to do all the steps exactly how it is described below.

  1. Launch Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Or, use the File-Open menu option to open the archive.
  3. Then, find and choose just the icon siles in the archive, if not the application will abort when process. Select all necessary items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will open, click Browse and choose where the icons will be extracted. Press OK. If 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 unpacking is finished but there are things to be done.


Converting into Windows format

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

You can work with .icns and .rsrc files the similar way you work with images of other types: open them using the menu, drag and drop them into the application 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 option.

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


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Open it. Then in the program toolbar click "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 just drag them using the coursor into any directory (like the desktop). Then, process the *.sit archive as written earlier. The only fault of the application is that it is not very reliable.


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