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2. The User Interface > 19. Make Your Own Cursors and Icons

Make Your Own Cursors and Icons

Don’t settle for the icons and cursors that Microsoft built for you. Roll your own with downloadable software.

If you’re not happy with the cursors and icons that XP ships with, don’t despair. You can easily make your own with Microangelo, from http://www.microangelo.us. It’s shareware and free to try, but if you continue using it, you’re supposed to pay $54.95. You can create animated icons or regular icons—in both the standard 32-pixel and large 48-pixel sizes—and a variety of cursors as well. Use paint-type tools and build your icons and cursors on a grid, as shown in Figure 2-28. A preview is available, so you can see the effects of what you do as you work.

Creating an icon with Microangelo
Figure 2-28. Creating an icon with Microangelo

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