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  1. #11


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Issues regarding the resizing of pointer spinner balls.


    The first important issue is that the distance is a bit small between the balls:
    Click image for larger version
    (noticed at top spin)

    But we'll have to see what can be done. Probably a compromise between size and distance.
    I don't have a solution on how to resize the balls + you'll have to keep in mind not to intersect anything.


    This is a manual edit:
    Click image for larger version
    and looks like this in cursor size:
    Click image for larger version compared to first version Click image for larger version
    It's the best you can get for this kind of complex animation and small size. But it's hard to make.

    (Don't mind the pointer, we're talking about the spinner...)
    Anti-aliasing or cubic interpolation takes care of the smoothness from far away, but from closeby (zoom in) the balls are already intersecting.

    It looks better.
    BUT
    This is just a (frame) sample. The full animation I've made is 54frames and you'll need to edit 54frames JUST for a cursor (and there are 2 *.ani files per scheme)!!!

    That's the story.

    Now you know what to expect if you try to make this yourself.
    To keep it simple: Use the already posted versions.
    The best solution is to find a better preloader with bigger circles.

    I'll leave this as is for now. I'm not gonna do the animation manually. Sorry.
    We'll use what we have. At least we know that an improved version is not impossible so there's still hope.

    EDIT:
    This issue has been fixed:
    Custom Cursors

    In the meantime I'll post some W7 aero cursor variations (good colors) which were made some time ago.

    Cheers
    Hopachi
    Last edited by Hopachi; 11 Nov 2012 at 07:23.

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  2. #12


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Here is the Win7 aero cursor variation:
    I couldn't find anywhere these combinations and that's why I decided to make them myself.

    Aero-Black-Blue
    Click image for larger version

    Aero-Black-Gold
    Click image for larger version

    Aero-Deep-Blue
    Click image for larger version

    Aero-Red
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    Aero-(Shiny)-Gold
    Click image for larger version

    These were the best combinations of colors and contrast I've made.
    Some other purple and orange versions don't look that good and are not included.

    A Balance of Colors is needed.
    As you noticed, the cursors are based on a dark (black pointer) scheme and the (good) visibility depends on the current theme and desktop background.

    That's all
    Hopachi
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  3. #13


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS


    Love the cursors, Hopachi!
    Why aren't you a designer? You're good at it.
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  4. #14


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrantFitz View Post
    Love the cursors, Hopachi!
    Why aren't you a designer? You're good at it.
    Thanks.

    Why not a designer? Good question. Well it started as a hobby but I can be one if needed.
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  5. #15


    India
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Well it started as a hobby but I can be one if needed.
    You certainly can be, Hopachi my good friend!! You are one of the most knowledged members I have met here in the forums. The cursors are great!!! I'm using the blue balls cursor for my Windows 8
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  6. #16


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Thank you Arpan!

    Glad you found a suitable colored cursor.

    Hopachi
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  7. #17


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    In addition to the Win7 Aero cursors:
    Previously unreleased:

    Aero-Red-Dark:
    Click image for larger version

    Aero-Purple:
    Click image for larger version

    This way, all the colors I've released so far for this theme are now posted.
    Enjoy.

    Hopachi
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  8. #18


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I was thinking about this the other day, would theoretically Visual Studio 2012 have the metro loading animations as that is what is used to build the metro apps?
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  9. #19


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I was thinking about this the other day, would theoretically Visual Studio 2012 have the metro loading animations as that is what is used to build the metro apps?
    I never used it before to confirm.
    In my opinion is the system that should handle the animations (in resources like imageres.dll and such) but it's possible that you're right.
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  10. #20


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I was thinking about this the other day, would theoretically Visual Studio 2012 have the metro loading animations as that is what is used to build the metro apps?
    I never used it before to confirm.
    In my opinion is the system that should handle the animations (in resources like imageres.dll and such) but it's possible that you're right.
    I've searched on Visual Studio 2012 and found nothing.

    The good news is that I've managed to automate the process of increasing the circles in the initial GIF using the GIMP.
    Stay tuned.
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