RW Cursor Editor is a freeware tool for static and animated cursor authors and it can also server as a simple image editor. Modify and create static (.cur) and animated cursors (.ani) of any size and color depth. Animations with custom frame sequence are supported. RealWorld Cursor Editor can modify animations using drag and drop or copy and paste frames using clipboard. The application is able to run selected filters on multiple frames of an animated cursor. Users can define custom filters.
Creating cursor from image
This is a standard function of every cursor maker. RealWorld Cursor Editor offers two ways to convert images to static or animated cursors. Prepared image can be converted using a wizard accessible from the main application screen. If an image needs to be modified before conversion, it can be opened in a built-in raster image editor. A "Remove empty borders" operation is extremely useful when preparing images for conversion.
Modifying cursor image and hot spot
Image in a static or animated cursor can be modified using drawing tools (Pencil, Line, Curve, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Flood Fill, Text, and Projected Shadow) or by filters. Every image can be opened in a separate raster editor window. The raster editor can run filters (Sharpen, Soften, Motion Blur, Drop Shadow, Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, Transparency, Rotate, and custom filters) on the entire image or on selected area.
Cursor hot spot can be changed by clicking on a pixel in raster editor. In case of animated cursor, hot spot can be changed on mupltile frames at once by entering new coordinates.
Frames in animated cursors can be moved or copied using mouse or clipboard in an intuitive manner. Appending one animation to another is a matter of few seconds. The animated cursor editor allows running filters on all selected frames at once.
Setting frame duration is as easy as clicking on a frame, typing a number, and pressing Enter. Alternatively, duration of multiple frames can be changed at once using the Frame Duration panel.
Creating cursors from 3D models
The latest version features an optional set of shareware tools for 3D modelling, rendering and conversion to static or animated cursors. Parameterized 3D model can be used to create an animated cursor where each frame is rendered using different parameter values.
RealWorld Cursor Editor implements and actively uses the custom frame sequence feature of the Microsoft .ani format. This feature enables to optimize animations with repeating frames and enables to efficiently create very long animations with variations. Imagine a butterfly flying between different flowers - by reusing the frames, you can create a very long non-repeating animation.
Aside from the extensive .ani feature support, the editor can also read and fix files with incorrect headers produced by some animated cursor makers.
Drag and drop frenzy
Result of a drag and drop operation depends on what is dragged and where it is droped it in the application window:
Drop supported files (images or cursors) on application caption - files are opened.
Drop image file(s) on a raster image editor window - image is pasted as new selection.
Drop cursor file on list of cursor images - dropped cursor is blended with current one.
Drop supported files on an animated cusor frame list - new frames are appended to the animated cursor (images are resized if neccessary).
Drag and drop frames in the animated cusor frame list - frames are moved or copied if CTRL key is down.
RealWorld Cursor Editor - 64bit software
Latest version: 2007.1