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Mouse pointer accuracy has left the building!

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    Mouse pointer accuracy has left the building!


    Is it me? I now find - amongst the myriad other moans and caveats of the 'super 8' - that the mouse pointer is about half a letter out of accuracy. This is so annoying when editing a letter or modifying a cad, or even simple ppt drawing!
    Does anyone know of a program which can allow the honing of EXACTLY where the point of the pointer is pointing to!? On my screen, a typical font thickness is 0.75 - 1.00 mm; this sort of accuracy is fairly acceptable. Not 4 mm.

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    Sunnyvale, CA USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    Here is a cursor I made that I like a lot. It has a very precise 'hot spot' and it animates through some colors so it is easy to find on any background. I use MicroAngelo for this type of stuff. It's great for icons, cursors, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arachnaut View Post
    Here is a cursor I made that I like a lot. It has a very precise 'hot spot' and it animates through some colors so it is easy to find on any background. I use MicroAngelo for this type of stuff. It's great for icons, cursors, etc.

    Click image for larger version
    Nice. But I don't need to change the pointer, just have the point of the pointer point to the pixel I point the pointer at. The standard one doesn't do this, but if the one above does, then I'm all ears. I'd point them out but my pointer would probably point to Yorkshire. (I don't live there...)
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    Sunnyvale, CA USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    That's precisely why I made mine. The little 4 pixel white square in the upper right is the so-called 'hot spot'. In the animation this flickers on and off while the rest of the pointer changes color to improve finding it on a busy background.
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    Well, in that case I may well have a go, and post my conclusions afterwards. Is this process clearly documented so that you don't have to exhaustively carry us lame chickens through the process? Better still, you could start another post with an idiots guide to making your pointer do its job properly...? What do you think?
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    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    Well, I just use Microangelo to make these things, it has a good manual.
    You just draw things like in Photoshop; set layers and intervals for each animation layer and choose a 'hot spot'.
    Rather straightforward.
    Most cursors are not animated, that's easier.
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    Well, I tried it and made a few to play with. I couldn't get my pointer to point in the other direction as I know you can in previous versions of windows, but maybe I haven't found that bit in the maze just yet...!
    It's a nice gimmick, but the point is that the 'active' point needs to be adjustable so that the final pixel or your 'hotspot' - I made one out of one pixel as that was plenty to be highlighted and be seen, and as accurate as one can be. - is bang-on the button; pixel-perfect. If I went to poke you on the nose and poked you in the eye instead, that would not be acceptable...so it is with a pointer-point which is up to eight pixels off the spot. How does one rectify this?
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    Sunnyvale, CA USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    I don't understand the problem you are seeing.

    Do you mean to say that if you have a 'hot spot' defined, that the actual click point is about 8 pixels off?
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    Yes, at least. There is no 'inch' (or whatever it is called in micro-language) so as to set the point accurately. It is only really annoying when placing the 'I' cursor over text or using a pencil-type tool (accurate), where the 'I' is halfway over the next letter and the pencil-pointer just needs to be hovered until the right place is found. Have you ever encountered this?
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    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    No, the hot-spot always worked perfectly for me.
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