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Transforming Mac Icons to Windows Format

Some people think that there is a lot more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Internet. But Mac graphics can be simply transformed into the *.ico format and used for Windows. The complete directions on this task are below.


Downloading and extracting from the archive

Mac graphics in the Web are often archived. Files can be of two types: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. A very rare version is *.sit.sitx, they have to be processed in the similar way as *.sit.hqx. To extract files from the archive you will need an archiver. Note that you need an application, which reads the MAC archives and runs under Windows. The most common of such applications is Stuffit. It can be downloaded here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or more recent is suggested. The file for downloading is rather large (8 Mb). Stuffit consists of the packer and unpacker. The extractor is available for free for unlimited time.

"Stuffit standard" is quite a demanding so make sure to do everything just how it is written below.

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


Converting into Windows icons

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

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

Sometimes Mac icons have only 128x128 size. In this case, you will need to do 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 subicons. You can do it with ArtIcons, IconLover or IconXP and the Tools - New Image Format menu item.

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


unpacking icons from *.sit.hqx. files

To complete this process, you will use one other application - 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 window - simply *.sit. Now simply drag the files using the mouse into any folder (like the desktop). Then, extract the *.sit file as written above. The only disadvantage of the program is that it is not really reliable.


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