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Converting Mac Icons to Windows Format

There is an opinion that there is a lot more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Internet. However Mac icons may be easily transformed into the *.ico files and used for Windows. The complete directions on this task are given here.


Downloading and unpacking from the archive

Mac graphics in the Internet are usually archived. Files can be of different formats: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. Uncommon version is *.sit.sitx, they should be processed in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To unpack files from the archive you will need a special software. Note that you require an application, which reads the MAC archives and works in 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 installation file is quite large (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and unpacker. The unpacker can be used free of charge for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a demanding so make 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 item to choose the file.
  3. Then, find and select only the icons themselves in the archive, otherwise the application can abort when packing. Select all necessary items by holding … or ….. Then, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will open, click Browse and select where the icons will be extracted. Click OK. When you have done all the steps correctly, you will see the unpacked files in the selected directory.
  5. If the unpacking process finished successfully, close Stuffit. The extraction is finished but there are things to do.


Transforming to Windows icons

Now you require one of the listed applications: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily understand MAC icons and convert them to Windows® icons in seconds.

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

Some Mac icons have only 128x128 size. In this situation, you will need to do 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 subicons. You are able do it using 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!


Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Run it. Then in the program toolbar click "Open" and select *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left box you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right box - just *.sit. Now simply drag the files using the mouse into any directory (for example, the desktop). After that, process the *.sit archive as written earlier. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not really stable.


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