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Transforming Mac Icons into Windows Format

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


Loading and unpacking from the archive

Mac icons in the Web are often archived. Files can be of two types: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. Uncommon version is *.sit.sitx, they have to be processed in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract icons from the archive you will need an archiver. Note that you require an application, which knows the macintosh archives and runs in Windows. The most common of such applications is Stuffit. It can be found here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or newer is suggested. The file for downloading is quite large (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and unpacker. The extractor can be used for free for unlimited time.

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

  1. Launch Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Or, go to the File-Open menu option to choose the archive.
  3. Then, find and choose only the icon siles in the archive, if not the software will abort when packing. specify all required items by holding … or ….. After that, 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. Press OK. If you have made all the steps right, you will get the extracted files in the specified folder.
  5. If the extraction process completed correctly, close Stuffit. The unpacking is finished but there are other tasks to be done.


Converting to Windows format

Now you require one of the following programs: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily understand Macintosh® icons and turn 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 with the menu, drag and drop them into the application window, place to icon libraries.

Sometimes Macintosh® icons have only 128x128 images. In this situation, you will have to do 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 subicons. You can do it using ArtIcons, IconLover or IconXP and the Tools - New Image Format menu option.

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


Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

Run 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 - just *.sit. Now just drag the files using the coursor into any directory (like the desktop). Then, process the *.sit archive as written earlier. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not really reliable.


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