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Converting Mac Icons to Windows Icons

Some people think that there is much more quality 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for Windows in the Web. But Mac icons may be simply converted into the *.ico format and applied for Windows. The complete directions on this task are given here.

Downloading and extracting from the archive

Mac graphics in the Internet are often archived. Archives can be of two types: with the *.sit extension and with the double extension *.sit.hqx. A very rare version is *.sit.sitx, they should be handled in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you will need a special software. Consider that you need an archiver, which reads the MAC archives and runs under Windows. The most popular such archiver is Stuffit. It can be downloaded 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 rather a demanding so be sure to do all the steps just how it is described below.

  1. Run Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Or, use the File-Open menu option to open the archive.
  3. Now, find and select just the icon siles in the archive, if not the program will abort during process. Choose all necessary items by pressing … or ….. After that, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will open, click Browse and select where the files will be unpacked. Press OK. When you have done all the steps correctly, you will get the unpacked files in the selected directory.
  5. If the unpacking process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The unpacking is done but there are other tasks to be done.

Transforming to Windows icons

Now you require one of the following applications: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can quickly read Macintosh® icons and convert them into Windows® icons in seconds.

You can process .icns and .rsrc icons the similar way you process images of other formats: open them using the menu, drag and drop them to the application window, place to icon libraries.

Sometimes Mac icons contains only 128x128 images. In this case, 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.

Then, just delete unnecessary formats (for example, monochrome) from the images and you can save them as .ico icons!

unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. archives

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

Run 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 field - just *.sit. Then just drag the files using the coursor into any folder (like the desktop). After that, extract the *.sit file as described earlier. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not very reliable.

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