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What are the differences between Windows® and Macintosh®

Image formats included in Macintosh® icons

Various Macintosh® file types

Transfer an icon between Windows® OS and Macintosh®

What are the differences between Windows® and Macintosh®
Microsoft Windows® and Apple Macintosh®
icons are very similar. They both have several image formats embedded
in the same icon. But the file format is totally different. You cannot
use Macintosh® icons as is under Windows®. The file format is not compatible.
same under Macintosh® OS which cannot read Windows® icon files.
supports the following Macintosh® icon files: ICNS, RSC and BIN. You can
easily open them into the Icon Editor and save them as Windows® ICO format.
During this operation, we recommend you to remove special Macintosh® formats
which are useless under Windows®. You can also read a Windows® icon and
save it as Macintosh® format.
Recommended image formats embedded in icons
are slightly different in Windows® and Macintosh®. See the comparison
tables below:
Some image formats are unavailable in
won't event permit you to create them. If you try to save or convert a
Windows® icon to Macintosh®, some format will be removed. Note that all
image formats can be created in Windows® icons, even custom formats not
listed above.
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Image formats included in Macintosh® icons
Only a limited list of image formats are available in
Macintosh® icons (no other or intermediate formats can be defined):
for Macintosh®icons to ensure display compatibility on old Macintosh®systems
with B/W screens.
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Various Macintosh® file types
Macintosh® icons can be saved using two different file
between Windows® and Macintosh®.
- This is the standard Macintosh® icon file format. Only one icon (with
several formats) can be saved in this format. This format is the most
commonly used.
or RSRC - This is the Macintosh®resource file format. It is used
mainly by developers. This format can contain several icons. Axialis IconWorkshopä support reading of RSC files
with several icons but can write only RSC files with one icon.
- MacBinary format. This format permits to easily transfer files between
Macintosh® and Windows®. For more information on this format, visit this
We strongly recommend to use this file format to transfer your icons
to Macintosh® because it is compatible with Macintosh® file system which
and the resource fork. The data fork contains the data included in the
file (a text file for example). The resource fork contains the image or
icon which permits to display it on screen. See below for more information
on transfer from Windows® to Macintosh®.
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Transfer an icon between Windows® OS and Macintosh®
To transfer and icon between Windows® and Macintosh®,
the easiest method is to use the MacBinary format. This format permits
to generate an icon compatible with the Macintosh® OS forks.
file handy for transfer, mail attachment or Web publishing. When IconWorkshopä saves an icon in MacBinary
format, it writes the icon in the resource fork. The data fork is left
empty. As a result, as soon as you receive or see the file in Macintosh®,
the icon appears automatically. Then, you can handle it using the standard
Finder/MacOS user interface.
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months a new generation of flat LCD displays will have much higher resolutions.
The screens won't be larger but the number of pixels per inch (DPI) will
increase. This will result in smaller items on screen including icons.
To compensate this effect, Apple® has planned to create a new resolution-independent
user interface and the ability to display icons with higher definition
in Tiger.
This format is highly compressed
of a 48x48 icon! It will change deeply the way you'll create icons in
the future. But be sure we'll add many features to help you in future
versions. To get an idea of things to come, see an icon snapshot comparing
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For the same reasons of compatibility with hi-res screens
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