Cursed by the wrong cursor
July 25, 2009 8:46 AM   Subscribe

Where, oh where, can I download a right-pointing cursor? I'm left handed (and have set up my mouse accordingly) but it twists me to use the standard-issue northwest-pointing cursor. I have searched Versiontracker to no avail. I'm using Leopard Version 10.5.7, if you care. Yes, yes, I know that there are bigger problems in the world.
posted by BostonTerrier to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Unsanity's Mighty Mouse. Note that this version is still in beta (2.0b) and has not yet been finalized, but reports are that it works with Leopard.
posted by at 8:55 AM on July 25, 2009

At the risk of saying something obvious, cursors are just tiny graphic files, and you could probably use an image-manipulation program (sorry, but I dunno which one--not a Mac guy) to do a horizontal flip.
posted by box at 9:13 AM on July 25, 2009

ImageMagick will batch-flip image files, but this still poses a problem. I imagine OS X interprets the top left of the cursor image as its tip, regardless of its actual graphical shape, so that set of cursors that were merely flip would thus become imprecise.
posted by limon at 9:16 AM on July 25, 2009

Hmm. But the crosshair cursor's tip is in the middle, right? Is this something that happens within the operating system, or is it something that's contained in the .ani/.cur file (uh, it'd be .ani/.cur if it was Windows--like I said, I'm not a Mac guy, and at this point I've pretty much hit the wall of both my cursor and Mac knowledge)?
posted by box at 9:23 AM on July 25, 2009

Mighty Mouse (Which links to above) can apparently reconfigure the hot spot of the cursors.
posted by limon at 9:24 AM on July 25, 2009

Awesome. Give a woman a cursor, and, uh, I forget how the rest of that goes.
posted by box at 9:30 AM on July 25, 2009

...she can point you to the world!

or something like that.
posted by ocherdraco at 10:12 AM on July 25, 2009

The cursor's active spot is indicated by a "magic pixel" (at least, that's how the Mac handled it pre-OS X, back when I goofed around with ResEdit).

Also, fwiw, MS Word actually uses a NE-pointing cursor to indicate that you are pointing at a whole line, rather than the usual NW cursor. If you use Word, you'll lose that distinction.
posted by adamrice at 10:16 AM on July 25, 2009

The cursor's active spot is indicated by a "magic pixel"

In Windows (and X, and many other formats), the coordinates for the active spot is given by a special "hotspot" property in the file's header.
posted by effbot at 2:41 PM on July 25, 2009

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