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Transforming Mac Icons into Windows Icons

Some people think that there is a lot more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Web. But Mac icons can be easily converted into the *.ico format and used for Windows. The detailed instructions on how to do this are below.


Loading and extracting from the archive

Mac icons in the Web are often archived. Files can be of different formats: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. Uncommon type is *.sit.sitx, they should be handled in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract graphics from the archive you will need an archiver. Note that you need an archiver, which knows the MAC archives and works under Windows. The most popular 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 rather big (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and unpacker. The extractor is available free of charge for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a capricious so make sure to do all the steps exactly how it is written below.

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


Converting into Windows icons

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

You can work with .icns and .rsrc icons the same way you process pictures of other formats: open them using the menu, drag and drop them to the program window, place to icon libraries.

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

Then, just delete unneeded options (for example, monochrome) from the pictures and you can save them as .ico icons!


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Start it. Then in the program toolbar press "Open" and select *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left window you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right window - just *.sit. Now just drag them using the mouse into any folder (like the desktop). Then, unpack the *.sit archive as described above. The only fault of the application is that it is not very stable.


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