Getting Started
When you open AniTuner, it displays the Welcome page and you have the choice between three options:
  1. Open an existing animation file
    Click this button to select an animated cursor (ANI), an animated GIF (GIF), a bitmap strip (BMP) or a video (AVI) file. If you select an animated cursor, AniTuner will open it and display the Properties page. Otherwise it will perform the conversion of the animation file.
  2. Create a new animated cursor
    This starts a blank animated cursor with default parameters: the Properties page is displayed and you can change settings like cursor size, number of colors and art information (author & title). A single blank frame is automatically added to the new cursor. Choose "Edit cursor frames" to import existing image files and create new frames for your animated cursor.
  3. Browse for animated cursors
    If you want to browse through all animated cursor files available on your computer, choose this option. A window similar to the Windows Open dialog box will be displayed, allowing you to navigate through your folders and select the .ani files you wish to see.

noteNote: you can find animated cursors on your computer in the "Samples" subfolder of AniTuner, and in the "C:\Windows\Cursors" folder (or similar directory).

How to navigate through the different options

img When an animated cursor is opened in AniTuner, three panels are displayed: Options & Help, Tools and Cursor Preview.

  • The Tools panel lets you navigate through the different pages of AniTuner. This screenshot contains hot areas (this is a map image): click on the desired area to open the associated help topic.


  • The Cursor Preview panel displays the animated cursor in live mode. You can of course resize this panel if the cursor does not fit the area.


img What is an animated cursor (important)

img Opening an animation file

img Browse for animated cursors