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Transforming Mac Icons to Windows Icons

There is an opinion that there is a lot more quality 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Web. But Mac graphics may be easily transformed into the *.ico files and used for Windows. The detailed directions on this task are below.


Downloading and extracting from the archive

Mac icons in the Internet are usually archived. Archives can be of different formats: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. Uncommon type is *.sit.sitx, they have to be processed in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To unpack icons from the archive you will need a special software. Consider that you need an archiver, which reads 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 more recent is recommended. The file for downloading is quite big (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and extractor. The unpacker is available for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a demanding so be sure to do all the steps exactly how it is described below.

  1. Launch Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit file into Stuffit. Otherwise, go to the File-Open menu item to choose the file.
  3. Now, find and choose only the icons themselves in the archive, if not the application will abort during process. Choose all necessary items by holding … or ….. Then, in the main menu choose Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" box that will open, press Browse and choose where the files will be extracted. Press OK. If you have done all the steps correctly, you will see the extracted files in the specified directory.
  5. If the unpacking process completed successfully, close Stuffit. The extraction is finished but there are things to be done.


Transforming into Windows icons

Now you require one of the following programs: IconLover, ArtIcons Pro or IconXP. They can quickly read MAC icons and turn them to Windows® icons in no time.

You can process .icns and .rsrc files the similar way you process images of other types: open them with the menu, drag and drop them to the application window, add to icon libraries.

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

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


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Run it. Then in the application toolbar press "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" box. In the left field you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right box - just *.sit. Then simply drag them using the coursor into any directory (for example, the desktop). Then, extract the *.sit archive as written earlier. The only fault of the program is that it is not really stable.


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