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Importing Mac OS (Apple) icons

How can I extract Mac OS icons from .sit files and convert Mac icons into Windows XP icon format?

Here's how to do it using Stuffit Expander, you will also need IconLover or ArtIcons.

1. Setup Stuffit Expander

You will need to setup Stuffit Expander to properly extract Macintosh files with resource forks from stuffit archives. If Expander is not setup properly, icons files may have a length of zero bytes after being expanded.

- Launch Aladdin Expander
- Choose Options from the Edit menu
- Click on the Cross Platform tab
- Chose the following settings:
Convert Text files to Windows Format: Never
Save Macintosh Files in MacBinary Format: Always
Add File Extension: Never
Click OK
This setup process only needs to be done once. You can skip this step the next time you convert Mac OS X icons to the format that Windows XP uses.

2. Extract Icon using Stuffit Expander Drag and drop the downloaded file i.e xxx.sit.hqx onto the Stuffit Expander application icon. Extract the icon into the same place where you downloaded the file. Stuffit Expander will create two items: a SIT file called xxx.sit and a folder called xxx.

3. Rename Icon

Open the xxx folder. Inside is a subdirectory called The Icons. Open that folder and you will see 3 files. The file named 'xxx' is the actual icon file. Rename it to 'xxx.icns'. If the file already has the .icns extension you can simply leave it alone.
4. Open the Icon in IconLover
If files with the .icns or .rsrc extension are properly recognized by Windows XP, you can simply double-click to open them in IconLover. If not, launch the IconLover program and select Open from the File menu. Locate and open the xxx.icns file.

5. Save the Icon as a Windows .ICO File
Once xxx.icns is open, save the file into the .ico format. To do this, select Save As from the File menu and set the Type to .ico. IconLover will save the icon with the alpha channels preserved.

That is all there is to it! Once Mac OS X icons are converted to the .ico format, they can be used in Windows like any native icon.

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