So I been getting a lot of comments about why you can't open a .cur or an .ani extension. And when you try to open it, just a bunch of random
text comes up. Obviously those text are the cursor code put into text format. You also can't open them up because you don't have the right
programs to. It's like trying to play a mp3 file with your photoshop software. It's not going to happen.
So today I'm putting together a simple list of some cursor programs and editors. You can use these programs to open the cursor files. Some of
the software will be free and some will be paid. If they are paid software, they will probably come with a 30 day trail period. I"ll separate the
two though so it's easier for you to pick. This is a list of programs/software that I have personally tried, except for one.
- Axialis Cursor Workshop - This is the main program that I use when I
create cursors for this site. Pretty much all the features of the free programs are in this one and a lot more. This is the Photoshop of Cursor
Editors. The thing I love about this one the most is, the batch processing. You can create like a hundred cursors in a few seconds.
- Art Cursor - Pretty good for a paid program (maybe for 5 years ago) but
this is way way weak compared to Axialis Cursor Workshop. Also I think some of the free programs beats this one hands down. Still a decent
- Unsanity Mighty Mouse (MACS Only) - This is only known program that I
know of that is supported by Macs. From what I read, you can also convert all Windows cursors to work for Macs as well. Problem is it has not been
updated for a while.
- AniFX - This is probably the best
free cursor editor out there. I love the batch processing and also the editor is very nice and clean looking. Very smooth. Also when exporting
cursors that have alpha transparency, into gifs, it does a better job than Art Cursor, Ani Tuner, and Real World. This probably the best gif
exporter. Wish you could export into an animated png though. Most people probably don't care about that, but for my site, I need a good feature
- RealWorld Cursor Editor - Besides being a really good editor, the site
also has a massive library of cursors. Last time I checked 18000 or so cursors. There is a ton of features as well in the editor, but lacks a batch
processing feature. You can create animated and static cursors. Import and Export.
- AniTuner - This is the first cursor editor I ever used in my life. It can only
create animated cursors. While lacking compared to the other two above it still has some basic features. This program is mainly used to convert gifs
into animated cursors.
Well there you have. A simple run down of the webs best cursor programs/software/editor. Most of these do work for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and
Windows 7. If you want to create cursors, I would recommend Axialis Cursor Workshop for the paid version, and Real World Cursor Editor for the free
version. You won't lose with either.