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  1. Hopachi's Avatar
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       #771

    Nice work! @i486
    I like the copper variation.


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    If you use only a few colors then you can optimize the file-size by saving the cursor in 8-bit instead of 32-bit color.
    That way you get that classic-old touch entirely, not just by the looks but also in the making.

    Unless you get an issue with transparency and edges, otherwise it should work fine with this classic-alternate models.
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  2. Cesare's Avatar
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       #772

    I have created a new forum on the ElevenForums for all you folks to create and upload all your cursor sets for Windows 11. Now that this thread is resolved, it is now the time to move on and join the ElevenForums thread to make custom cursors for Windows 11. Join my new thread here:

    Custom Cursors | Windows 11 Forum

    Good luck everyone.
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  3. i486's Avatar
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       #773

    Cesare said:
    @i486

    This new copper themed cursor set with the cyan sand looks great. Is this your truly last variant?
    Possibly.

    Hopachi said:
    Nice work! @i486
    I like the copper variation.


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    If you use only a few colors then you can optimize the file-size by saving the cursor in 8-bit instead of 32-bit color.
    That way you get that classic-old touch entirely, not just by the looks but also in the making.

    Unless you get an issue with transparency and edges, otherwise it should work fine with this classic-alternate models.
    I tried 8-bit once but it resulted in unsightly dithering in most cases. It limits the choice of colours too much. Either way, performance is mostly irrelevant with cursors. I use .png files for wallpapers to circumvent Windows's aggressive compression, many of them are close to 10 Mb. What are these cursors compared to those?
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  4. Hopachi's Avatar
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    i486 said:
    I tried 8-bit once but it resulted in unsightly dithering in most cases. It limits the choice of colours too much. Either way, performance is mostly irrelevant with cursors. I use .png files for wallpapers to circumvent Windows's aggressive compression, many of them are close to 10 Mb. What are these cursors compared to those?
    True.
    I used 8-bit a few times with RW Cursor Editor, the outcome was OK but some colors do get altered.
    Though no dithering since it was a classic pointer, I believe one of the 'binary' releases in your copper/orange variation was nicely converted when I tried it.

    Yeah, that wallpaper thing is weird. I also use png.

    Cursors get loaded fully to memory, if I may guess, graphical memory.
    Size is of no importance nowadays, but for virtual machines, if you use cursors there, smaller cursor sizes may make a difference in some cases. Though I'm able to test all our cursors in a VM as well.

    There is however a limit of the animated cursor format or in the way Windows uses it.
    For instance if one .ani file exceeds 2 mb and something, there is no preview and the file is not usable.
    I've ran into this when adding 128x128 layer of animation. But this is not an issue atm. Smaller cursors work fine.
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  5. Cesare's Avatar
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       #775

    @Hopachi

    I use VirtualBox to test out cursors in virtual machines. Custom cursors works on any version of Windows such as Windows 95 all the way up to Windows 11. I also tried to make 8-bit cursors and they look jagged. However, you can make a jagged cursor set just for fun. You do not have to make it, but this is just a suggestion describing that it is possible to create jagged cursor sets.

    Please go to the new thread on the ElevenForums and upload any cursor set that you want to make for Windows 11. Please bare in mind that Windows 11 is not finished yet, so it is still in the works. Microsoft will release Windows 11 early next year, but the later Windows 11 is released, the better this new operating system shall be.

    When Windows 11 is officially released, we shall see if this new version of Windows includes new cursor roles. In the meantime, be as creative as you can. Enjoy my new Custom Cursors forum on the ElevenForums.com site.
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  6. jbcarreon123's Avatar
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       #776

    Cesare said:
    @Hopachi

    I use VirtualBox to test out cursors in virtual machines. Custom cursors works on any version of Windows such as Windows 95 all the way up to Windows 11. I also tried to make 8-bit cursors and they look jagged. However, you can make a jagged cursor set just for fun. You do not have to make it, but this is just a suggestion describing that it is possible to create jagged cursor sets.

    Please go to the new thread on the ElevenForums and upload any cursor set that you want to make for Windows 11. Please bare in mind that Windows 11 is not finished yet, so it is still in the works. Microsoft will release Windows 11 early next year, but the later Windows 11 is released, the better this new operating system shall be.

    When Windows 11 is officially released, we shall see if this new version of Windows includes new cursor roles. In the meantime, be as creative as you can. Enjoy my new Custom Cursors forum on the ElevenForums.com site.
    I use an host PC with Windows 11 Insider Preview 22000.100 installed to run some cursors. 64 bit Windows 11 are slow in an VM in 1GB ram.
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  7. Cesare's Avatar
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       #777

    I have used the leaked build of Windows 11 which was the very first build to be released and it is very fast on a 4GB virtual machine in VirtualBox. Right now, my Windows 11 installation no longer boots up to a blue screen of death and unrepairable damage to the operating system.
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  8. Hopachi's Avatar
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       #778

    Cesare said:
    I also tried to make 8-bit cursors and they look jagged.
    You have to keep the design between the straight and diagonal lines.
    Like the classic ones in Windows and ones that i486 released recently, they all have 45 degrees angles or straight lines.
    These have to be as sharp as possible on screen so you need to avoid anti-aliasing or smoothing due to resizes.
    A pixelated look is revealed when you zoom...
    Base example from Wikipedia:
    Custom Cursors-image.png
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  9. Cesare's Avatar
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       #779

    @Hopachi

    I know. I try to keep the lines strait as you showed me in the images above and keep the design simple as well.

    If you plan to make more cursor sets in the future, please post them in the ElevenForum thread that I wrote recently.
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  10. i486's Avatar
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       #780

    Copper LLX had a small update...
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