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ARTIFACTS 198W Cursors (32 cursors)

Released on April 18th 2017 by highmystica

Features:
Uses inverted colors (doesn't show in preview).
Large highly visible 4 bit (16 color) cursors.
Elegant Art Deco styling.
Static and animated versions.
Backwards compatible to Win 3.1 for *.cur files, and Win '95 for *.ani files.
Context menu is included for Win 10 users.

Notes:
The form that replaces the arrow is a planchette (think oui ja board). Technically, more of a cursor (running indicator) than an arrow (direction indicator) is. Besides, it gave me a reason to add information to the center and the shape itself lends itself very well to a pointer. The pen cursor uses this form with an icon because the os pen cursor is almost never used and this strengthens its connection with the OS cursors in general.

The form that replaces the hand is still a hand but turned and rotated in a more natural looking way while being larger than the Window's (32x32) versions. The alternate select uses this form as well (backed up with an icon) because a hand simply makes more sense and it adds more consistancy.

All the cursors use mini icons that reinforce the meaning or use. Help is a book. The ones for precision and text select double as sightlines. Precision indicates 45 degrees and text hints at the baseline for smaller fonts (i.e. search boxes) - the upper edge of the clip on the pen lines up with the descender (of a lot of common fonts) if your eyes are that impossibly good - if not consider it sub-conscious help. The center of the move and resize cursors are closed hands grabbing the hot spot.

As large as the text select is it obscures less than the windows ones (ignoring the crosshair) and since it slowly tapers outward until the last few pixels it also works fine for larger fonts - web headers. Unfortunately this shows up poorly in the preview; the inverse effect being transparent pretty much hides the main part of the cursor and the horizontal bar looks more invasive than it actually is becauses the preview shows a crosshair on the hot spot through my cursors. The way the wedges for the move and resize are shaded in such a way that they blend into light colors while a diamond pops out over a dark colors. So perfect for resizing a light window over a dark desktop.

The cursors never take your pointer away - busy & unavailable.

Most of the animations are really simple - a single point or glyph changing from inverse - grey - transparent - grey etc. to simply reinforce the meaning or the hot spot. The move & resize use typical expansion/contraction animations.

The only really long animations are the hourglasses. The cursors you actually might want to watch. The preview depects them as looking kinda like pop corn popping. Actually, those grey spots moving around all crazy are the two points where transparent is about to switch with inverse and vise versa. So yeah - the top empties into the bottom over and over, also there are highlights in the glass that are different depending on which "medium" is behind or in front of it. fwi: Busy uses 126 non repeated frames - preview isn't to be fully trusted.

Limiting myself to the 16 color palette to use inverse effects these cursors have a crispness that enhances readability.

Naming:
Old school DOS 8-3 naming because the *.cur files work in win 3.x (no long file names).
The cursors are numbered in hex 0-F in the same order as windows uses them.
Full capital letters mean they are static cursors.
Mixed case means they are animated cursors.

Caveat:
Vista and up glitch: If you use these (or any 16 color cursor) as your personal cursors then they will turn black, white, transparent or inverse but will lose all other colors when you click and hold something that can be dragged. Basically the resize, move or normal select depending. This glitch doesn't affect the cursors on the web - just within the OS.

Tip:
Works best (maximizes visibility) when used with themes/backgrounds that incorporate colors close to the inverted colors of the cursors themselves. Which makes the cursors "pop" even more. The purple ones like nature scenes not just with green, but brown and yellow too. The red ones love blueish greenish grey stone colors. The green ones like violet most (more blue than red). The blue ones like basically earth colors. Browns, golds, wheat, sand, SEPIA you get the idea.

Related:
199X - Red:
http://www.rw-designer.com/cursor-set/artifacts-199x

200Y - Green:
http://www.rw-designer.com/cursor-set/artifacts-200y

201Z - Blue:
http://www.rw-designer.com/cursor-set/artifacts-201z

Icons (just for fun):
http://www.rw-designer.com/icon-set/196u

DEM0 (inverse and internal transparency):
http://www.rw-designer.com/cursor-set/artifacts-dem0

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user icon highmystica registered user on April 7th 2017

more are coming

user icon highmystica registered user on April 25th 2017

The images for the 4 colored windows artifact sets are set ... any future up dates to them will only be so their save dates are consistent with the dates of the cursors that make up the web and alt expanded sub sets, or changes to the description pages.

user icon achamo registered user on April 25th 2017

Got it.

user icon highmystica registered user on April 25th 2017

Feline help - great for creating type-o's.

user icon Anonymous
Vista & Win 7 icons
Select background
What about ICL files?
I wish there were...