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Transforming Mac Icons to Windows Format

Some people think that there is a lot more quality 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Internet. However Mac graphics can be easily transformed into the *.ico files and applied for Windows. The detailed instructions on this task are below.


Downloading and extracting from the archive

Mac icons in the Web are usually archived. Files can be of different types: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. A very rare type is *.sit.sitx, they should be processed in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you require a special software. Consider that you require an archiver, which understands the MAC archives and works in 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 quite large (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and extractor. The unpacker can be used 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. Launch Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Or, use the File-Open menu option to choose the file.
  3. Then, find and choose just the icon siles in the archive, otherwise the application will abort when process. specify all required items by pressing … or ….. Then, 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 extracted. Click OK. When you have done all the steps correctly, you will see the extracted files in the specified folder.
  5. If the unpacking process finished successfully, close Stuffit. The unpacking is completed but there are other tasks to be done.


Converting to Windows icons

Now you require one of the following programs: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can easily understand MAC icons and turn them into Windows® graphics in seconds.

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

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

Then, just delete unneeded options (for instance, monochrome) from the images and you can save them as .ico files!


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Open it. Then in the application toolbar click "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" box. In the left box you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right field - just *.sit. Now just drag them using the mouse into any directory (for example, the desktop). Then, process the *.sit archive as written above. The only disadvantage of the application is that it is not very stable.


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