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Converting Mac Icons into Windows Icons

There is an opinion that there is much more professional 32-bit icons for MAC OS than for XP or Vista in the Internet. However Mac icons can be easily transformed into the *.ico files and used for Windows. The complete instructions on this task are given here.


Loading and unpacking from the archive

Mac icons in the Internet are often archived. Archives can be of two types: with the *.sit extension and with two extensions *.sit.hqx. A very rare version is *.sit.sitx, they should be processed in the same way as *.sit.hqx. To unpack icons from the archive you will need an archiver. Note that you need an archiver, which knows the macintosh archives and runs in Windows. The most common of such archiver is Stuffit. It can be found here: www.stuffit.com. Standard Edition 8.0 or more recent is suggested. The installation file is rather large (8 Mb). Stuffit contains the packer and unpacker. The extractor can be used for free for unlimited time.

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

  1. Run Stuffit Expander.
  2. Drag and drop your *.sit archive into Stuffit. Otherwise, go to the File-Open menu option to open the file.
  3. Now, find and choose just the icon siles in the archive, if not the software can abort when process. Choose all required items by pressing … or ….. Then, in the main menu select Expand-Extract.
  4. In the "Extract Dialog" window that will open, click Browse and select where the files will be unpacked. Click OK. If you have done all the steps correctly, you will see the unpacked files in the selected folder.
  5. If the unpacking process finished correctly, close Stuffit. The extraction is done but there are things to be done.


Converting to Windows format

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

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

Some Macintosh® 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 item.

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


Extracting icons from *.sit.hqx. files

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

Run it. Then in the application toolbar press "Open" and choose *.hqx in the "file types" menu. In the left field you will see the *.sit.hqx file and in the right field - simply *.sit. Now simply drag them using the mouse into any folder (like the desktop). Then, process the *.sit file as described earlier. The only fault of the program is that it is not very stable.


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