How to transfer an icon to a Macintosh® computer

With Axialis IconWorkshop™ you're able to create Macintosh® icons. To use them under Macintosh® OS, you need to transfer the files using a LAN (local area network)

What file format should I use to transfer an icon?

Under Macintosh® files are stored in 2 parts called "Forks". A fork can be empty but at least one must contain data. The two forks cannot be empty.

When you simply transfer a file between Windows® and Macintosh®, the resource fork is lost. To transfer the 2 forks you need to use the MacBinary format.

To transfer an icon to Macintosh® you can either convert it to ICNS, RSC or MacBinary:

Transfer an icon between Windows® OS and Macintosh® OS using MacBinary

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. Once transferred, the icon will be automatically displayed in the Macintosh® Finder and on the Desktop.

The MacBinary format permits to merge the 2 forks in one 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.

In the following procedures, we'll use the MacBinary format to transfer an icon from Windows® to Macintosh®.

Transfer an icon to Macintosh® OS using a LAN (Local Area Network)

Before proceeding, be sure the Macintosh® and the Windows® computer are properly connected to the same LAN. The procedure below was done on Macintosh® OS 10.4 (Tiger).

On the Macintosh® computer

1. Click and select System Preferences. A window opens. In Internet & Network group, select Sharing. The following window opens:

2. Select the Service tab (), in the list select Windows® Sharing service ().

3. If necessary, select the user accounts you want to activate ().

On the Windows® computer

4. Double-click in the icon My Network Places (). A window opens. In Local Network group (), open the folder which is related to your Macintosh® computer. Browse the folders and locate a target directory ().

5. In IconWorkshopä, save your Macintosh® icon as MacBinary in the folder that you have located above.

On the Macintosh® computer

6. Launch the Finder and browse the folder where you have saved the BIN file.

7. Use mouse Drag & Drop to copy or move the file on the Desktop (). Double click on the BIN file (), StuffIt Expander® is launched and the icon file is automatically created as resource fork on the Desktop (). Now you can use freely as a standard Macintosh® icon.