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Transforming Mac Icons to Windows Icons

Some people think that there is a lot more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Internet. However Mac graphics may be easily converted into the *.ico files and applied for Windows. The complete directions on this task are below.

Downloading and extracting from the archive

Mac graphics in the Web are often archived. Files can be of two types: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. A very rare version is *.sit.sitx, they should be handled in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To unpack icons from the archive you will need a special software. Consider that you require an archiver, which knows the macintosh archives and works under Windows. The most popular such applications is Stuffit. It can be downloaded here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or more recent is recommended. The file for downloading is quite big (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and extractor. The extractor is available for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite 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 choose the archive.
  3. Now, find and select only the icons themselves in the archive, if not the software will abort during packing. Select all required items by pressing … or ….. Then, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will open, press Browse and select where the icons will be unpacked. Press OK. When you have made everything correctly, you will see the extracted files in the specified directory.
  5. If the unpacking process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The unpacking is finished but there are other tasks to do.

Transforming into Windows icons

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

You can process .icns and .rsrc icons the same way you process pictures of other formats: open them using the menu, drag and drop them to 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 with ArtIcons, IconLover or IconXP and the Tools - New Image Format menu option.

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

unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

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

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