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    Custom Cursors


    Thread related to custom cursors.

    Edit: Newer cursor versions and types will be added in newer posts.
    Install procedure: (for those interested) see this post: link

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I'd love to see some more metro styled cursors, like instead of a flattened Areo loading animation, it could be the little metro loading circle animation and such. And in complementary colors to the Start Screen of course.
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    Everything is possible in graphic editing, yes, the flattened aero loading is the one on the cursor: Attachment 9076
    But where do you see the little metro loading circle animation? Sorry I rarely use apps.
    To use that one you'll need to know where the files are, like for example the cursors are in c:\Window\Cursors, or at least export the desired animation somehow.
    Attachment 9216
    That.
    Thanks. Ah that one! Indeed, it's all over the place. But you're right it looks good as animation.

    We'll just need to find where it's located or create it from scratch.

    Edit:
    This site has what we need: Preloaders.net - windows 8 loading animation
    You can choose colors, generate gif or animated png and your good to go (for cursor editing). I'll see what I can do.
    I've managed to get that animation in the cursor format. Here are the two animated cursors. Pointer "working" and "Busy cursor".
    They are 48px standard size but the default on windows is 32px on standard dpi.
    The red version (as requested by Coke Robot) is here as preview:

    Name:  preview-working-red.png
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    Name:  preview-busy-red.png
Views: 4283
Size:  3.2 KB

    Two animated cursor format files are in zip attachment.

    Technical:
    This has 3x more frames as the default aero cursors (54 frames instead of 18) because it's a more complex animation.
    They work well, after assigning them to a customized cursor scheme.
    Note that the animation is small compared to the one on Metro screen but it's made in comparison with the original cursor animation scale.

    Some 32px sized or higher res versions may be available if requested. Other colors are available.

    EDIT:
    32px is mainstream and more colors are made.
    Cursor were updated to look better. See post 21:
    Custom Cursors

    That's it.
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    Update:
    Size 32pixels versions available. Use these if you have a standard UI with 96dpi settings or if you use the standard-sized cursors.

    preview:
    Name:  preview_busy-red-32px.png
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    Name:  preview_working-red-32px.png
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    Note the smaller pointer than in first post.

    These were tested and work OK. Also, other colors are possible.

    Thanks to Coke Robot for the idea for this cursors.
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    Glad you like those.

    The standard aero pointer was used but the animation was integrated from scratch. That worked surprisingly well.

    Since this thread is here, I'll probably consider some other designs in the future, who knows...
    Anyone is free to post other cursor stuff here.

    Cheers
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    Got it working. Thanks a lot Hopachi :thumbup:
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    I'd LOVE to see different colored cursors! Especially if they're colored by using the Start Screen accent colors as well as some custom colored ones like black.

    I used to put custom cursors for ever install I did on Windows 7, but I felt it was a bit out of place. I'd like to have a metro cursor that could be used as a custom system default as I will be using those to create a custom install.wim for Windows 8.
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    Thanks guys!

    As a followup on the red version, here are some other basic colors:

    Black:
    Name:  win8_busy-54f-32px-black.png
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Size:  1.8 KB
    Name:  win8_working-54f-32px-black.png
Views: 3800
Size:  1.8 KB

    Light Blue:
    Name:  win8_busy-54f-32px-blue.png
Views: 3798
Size:  2.1 KB
    Name:  win8_working-54f-32px-blue.png
Views: 3794
Size:  1.8 KB

    Green:
    Name:  win8_busy-54f-32px-green.png
Views: 3801
Size:  2.0 KB
    Name:  win8_working-54f-32px-green.png
Views: 3784
Size:  1.7 KB

    Magenta:
    Name:  win8_busy-54f-32px-magenta.png
Views: 3788
Size:  1.6 KB
    Name:  win8_working-54f-32px-magenta.png
Views: 3780
Size:  1.7 KB

    Orange:
    Name:  win8_busy-54f-32px-orange.png
Views: 3783
Size:  2.2 KB
    Name:  win8_working-54f-32px-orange.png
Views: 3779
Size:  1.8 KB

    Purple:
    Name:  win8_busy-54f-32px-purple.png
Views: 3777
Size:  2.2 KB
    Name:  win8_working-54f-32px-purple.png
Views: 3776
Size:  1.9 KB

    White (for hi-contrast or dark backgrounds):
    Name:  win8_busy-54f-32px-white.png
Views: 3782
Size:  4.0 KB
    Name:  win8_working-54f-32px-white.png
Views: 3779
Size:  4.1 KB

    Yellow (for hi-contrast or dark backgrounds):
    Name:  win8_busy-54f-32px-yellow.png
Views: 3778
Size:  1.7 KB
    Name:  win8_working-54f-32px-yellow.png
Views: 3772
Size:  1.6 KB

    The animated cursors are in zip attachments. Choose the color(s) you need.
    This concludes some extra colors for the default (white) cursor theme. Replace the ani files in a cursor scheme to use them.

    Next time we'll consider black/dark or colored pointers as well.

    EDIT:
    First, I've updated this version to look better:
    Custom Cursors
    (post 21)

    Cheers
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    I was wondering if the little balls in the animation can be made a bit bigger, so the animation is a little more prevalent.

    Thanks!
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    I was thinking about this issue but for now, as you can see on Preloaders.net - Circular (Spinners) AJAX loading GIF and APNG spinners, bars and 3D animations generator , the original version has fixed thickness. It was this version that was resized to match our needs:

    Name:  301.gif
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    This looks very thin if resized so I'm afraid we need a way to make the balls bigger (don't know if possible on this site) but manually resizing all the animation is overkill and can lead to errors.

    Perhaps we need another preloader.
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