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Make Cursors using a Professional Authoring Tool

Make cursors for Windows applications and web sites

With CursorWorkshop™ make your own hi-quality static and animated cursors for Windows and Web sites.

The new generation of cursors uses variable transparency (alpha channel). This feature permits creating beautiful cursors with smooth borders and shadows. You need a professional tool to create such cursors. Axialis CursorWorkshop™ has been designed with one goal in mind: "Quality".

Enjoy the powerful editor which permits creating the various image formats of a cursor from an original drawing without quality loss. The cursors can be created to customize Windows or enhance applications. You can also add your own cursors in your web sites.

Make static cursors

Axialis CursorWorkshop allows creating all kind of static cursors for Windows® (extension CUR). All sizes and color depths are supported up to RGB with alpha channel for Windows XP® and Windows Vista™.

Many features are implemented to help you creating your static cursors in minutes: create all image formats from images in one click, create new formats from existing ones, use of ready-to-use image objects and more.

Make animated cursors

Use the advanced editor to create animated cursors (extension ANI). Many features permits to make smooth animated pointers. You can edit each frame in a powerful editor, specify the display delays and see a live preview of your animated cursor while creating it.

Create your animated cursors from existing animations: Filmstrips with alpha channel (BMP, PNG, PSD, Jpeg 2000...), Animated GIF, FLI/FLC and more.

Easily produce attractive cursors using Image Objects

The use of image objects to create cursors is an exclusive feature of CursorWorkshop. It permits creating professional-looking cursors in minutes using a few mouse drag & drops. The principle is quite simple:

A large quantity of basic image and animation objects are provided in a library. By associating them together (on top of each other) you create your own cursor:

The images objects, which have been made by professional designers, are provided in 128x128 or 256x256 high-quality PNG format. By adjusting colors, lightness and contrasts, the possibilities are almost infinite.

Read the following articles if you want to learn more:

What is an image object?

How to use image objects to create cursors?

Make cursors from animations

Axialis CursorWortkshop features a powerful feature that permits creating animated cursors from existing animaton files.

Autodesk® FLI/FLC is the standard animation format used by 3D modeler applications like 3DS Max® or Cinema 4D®. Create your 3D object, animate it and save it as FLI. Open it in CursorWorkshop and create your ANI file in seconds.

Many GIF animations are available on Internet. Axialis CursorWorkshop allows you to open any animated GIF from a web page and easily create an animated cursor from it.

Use a Powerful Editor

CursorWorkshop features an editor with advanced functions: Easily add images formats in one step, import/export images, resize, adjust with numerous filters, change hue, contrast, lightness, drop shadows and more...

Create composite cursors using drag & drop

An exclusive feature permits creating composite cursors using mouse drag & drop only. Just assemble your different objects using the mouse and create professional cursors in a snap:

Work in a fully Integrated Workspace

The application features a fully integrated workspace. This is the way today's professional applications are made. All the features are immediately available on screen. This interface permits working efficiently and be more productive than ever. The multi-documents interface increases your productivity by working with different types of document windows (cursor projects, libraries, images, file explorers...).

Learn using a Comprehensive Help

We have created a professional and comprehensive help in CursorWorkshop. Unlike other competitor tools, the help file describes more than the product features. It is amply illustrated and written in easy-to-read English. It includes following topics:

• General information on static and animated cursors (2 topics).

• Getting started lessons (12 topics).

• How-to step-by-step tutorials (27 topics).

• Full feature reference (150+ topics).

Compatible with graphic industry standards

You can import PSD images with layers from Photoshop® and easily create a multi-resolution cursors from a program or animation.

Use Photoshop and Illustrator plug-ins to transfer images directly in memory and make your cursors in a few clicks. No more temporary document files.

Use Batch Procedures

Batch procedures have been implemented in CursorWorkshop™ to automatically perform operations on a large number of files.

For example, you can create cursors from a set of PNG files (CUR/ANI files are created).

Modify cursors in programs

Program files (EXE, DLL, OCX) contain cursors. Of course, you'll be able to extract them to create independant CUR and ANI files. But that's not all: a powerful feature permits you to open program files and modify embedded cursors directly. With CursorWorkshop add your own touch to third-party applications!

Librarian & Explorer with previews

Use a powerful librarian to easily manage all your media and icon files. This is an integrated window (which can be hidden) where you can store, move, copy and extract all the files you're using in your work (images, cursors, libraries).

Also, A built-in file explorer permits to browse your disks and find files including images and all files containing cursors. This advanced explorer permits to display files in thumbnail mode. By a simple click you open any file in a viewer or editor window

Top-5 reasons to purchase CursorWorkshop

One professional tool for all your needs

CursorWorkshop™ is a professional tool designed to Create, Extract, Convert, Manage and Redistribute Windows® cursors. You create professional looking cursors. You're seen as a pro.

Easily create animated and static cursors

Many easy-to-use features permit to create static and animated cursors from existing images and animations.

Be productive instantly

No complicated settings, no more pixel-by-pixel cursor making. All has been designed to let you be productive and get professional results in minutes (using image objects for instance).

Access to private images objects

Some image object packs are available to registered customers only. By purchasing you get a lifetime access to these packs.

Compatible with graphic industry standards

You can create cursors from PNG, JPEG 2000, BMP, PSD images and animations with transparency, use Photoshop® and Illustrator® transfer plug-ins and more.


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