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Converting Mac Icons into Windows Format

Some people think that there is much more quality 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Web. However Mac graphics can be simply converted into the *.ico files and used for Windows. The complete directions on this task are given here.

Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac icons in the Internet are usually archived. Files can be of different formats: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. A very rare version is *.sit.sitx, they should be handled in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To unpack graphics from the archive you will need a special software. Note that you need an archiver, which knows the MAC archives and runs under Windows. The most common of 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 consists of the packer and extractor. The extractor can be used for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a capricious so make sure to do everything just how it is described below.

  1. Start Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Otherwise, use the File-Open menu item to choose the file.
  3. Then, find and choose just the icons themselves in the archive, otherwise the application will abort during process. specify all necessary items by pressing … or ….. Then, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will open, click Browse and select where the icons will be unpacked. Click OK. If you have done everything right, you will get the extracted files in the specified directory.
  5. If the unpacking process finished successfully, close Stuffit. The extraction is completed but there are other tasks to be done.

Converting into Windows icons

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

You can work with .icns and .rsrc files the same way you work with pictures of other formats: open them using the menu, drag and drop them into the application window, add to icon libraries.

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

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

unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

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

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