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Use StuffIt Expander™ to Read Macintosh® Icons
Most of the websites which propose Macintosh® icons to download, provide them in archives using SIT/HQX packed file format. This file format is widely used by Macintosh users.
To uncompress these archive files under Windows®, you need a specific tool: StuffIt Expander™ for Windows®. Click to visit StuffIt website and download the software. This how-to procedure has been designed for version 9.0 of StuffIt Expander.
You can either purchase the full version which is required to compress files and create SIT archives or download the "StuffIt Standard Free Trial". They both contain the StuffIt Expander portion which is free and permit to extract files from SIT archives.
Converting a Macintosh icon to Windows® format does NOT change Copyright or Intellectual Property of an icon. The image/icon is property of its author and still property of this author after a conversion.
As a result, do NOT redistribute converted icons without permission of the author. Also, some authors do not wish that you convert/use their icons under Windows®. In such a case, please respect the author whish and do not convert the icons, even for your personal use.
Installing and Configuring StuffIt Expander™ for Windows®
Download the StuffIt Expander program from this page: http://www.stuffit.com/win/expander/index.html.
Click the "Download NOW"
button. Launch the installation program you've downloaded. Follow the
procedure as usual.
Once installed, start the program: Start/Programs/StuffIt/StuffIt
Tools/Expander. The StuffIt Expander main window opens.
In the main menu, choose Edit/Application
Options. A dialog box opens, select the Associations
tab. Select at least "StuffIt Archives"
() and "BinHex Encoded
Files" (). If you don't want to associate
the other archive types to StuffIt (ZIP, ARC, ARJ, RAR...), unselect them.
recommend you to remove the association with MacBinary (BIN) files because
IconWorkshop™ supports this type directly.
When done, select the Cross Platform
Select the option "Encode the data
and resource forks of each file together into MacBinary format"
(). It means that the files will be extracted as MacBinary
which is a format fully supported by IconWorkshop™. For more information
on MacBinary format, see this
When done, click OK. The program
is now installed and properly configured.
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Uncompressing a SIT/HQX Archive File
Open Windows® Explorer and browse
to the folder in which you saved the archive file.
Double-click on the archive file.
The StuffIt program starts and automatically
uncompress the archive contents into a subfolder.
Now you can browse the newly created subfolder to see the Macintosh icons.
We recommend you to use IconWorkshop™ built-in explorer (Ctrl+E) to browse
it and see the Macintosh icons in preview thumbnail.
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Uncompressing Macintosh® icons packed in a ZIP file
More and more website now propose to download
Macintosh® icons in ZIP archives. You can simply extract them with any
ZIP unpacker (StuffIt support this format too). The unpacked files will
be read without problems by IconWorkshop™.
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Article written by Axialis Software Team on September 10, 2007.