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Converting Mac Icons to Windows Format

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 graphics may be simply transformed into the *.ico files and used for Windows. The complete instructions on how to do this are below.

Downloading and extracting from the archive

Mac icons in the Internet are often archived. Archives can be of two formats: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. Uncommon version is *.sit.sitx, they have to be processed in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you require a special software. Consider that you require an application, which knows the MAC archives and runs in 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 big (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and extractor. The extractor can be used for free for unlimited time.

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

  1. Start Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Or, use the File-Open menu option to open the file.
  3. Then, find and select just the icon siles in the archive, if not the program will abort during packing. Select all required 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 files will be unpacked. Click OK. If you have made all the steps correctly, you will get the extracted files in the selected folder.
  5. If the extraction process finished successfully, close Stuffit. The extraction is completed but there are other tasks to be done.

Transforming into Windows format

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

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

Some Mac icons have only 128x128 images. In this case, 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.

Then, just delete unneeded formats (for instance, monochrome) from the pictures and save them as .ico icons!

unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

To complete this process, you will use one more program - TurboZIP (5.0 or newer).

Run it. Then in the application toolbar click "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left window you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right window - simply *.sit. Then simply drag the files using the mouse into any directory (like the desktop). After that, extract the *.sit file as described earlier. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not really stable.

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