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Give the hand cursor a shadow in WebCore apps System
Surely, I can't be the only one who thinks that the Mickey Hand (i.e. the link cursor in Safari) should have a shadow. It's not even anti-aliased! It's so OS 9. Luckily, with the advent of WebCore, Apple has made it easy to give the Mickey Hand the shadow it deserves. The link cursor is actually just a TIFF file located at /System -> Library -> Frameworks -> WebKit.framework -> Versions -> A -> Frameworks -> WebCore.framework -> Versions -> A -> Resources -> linkCursor.tiff. And, of course, TIFF files support 8-bit alpha channels. So you can replace this cursor with a custom one.

I've already done so, and I've got a shadowed Mickey Hand available here for download. Just replace the existing one (back it up beforehand, of course) and relaunch all your WebCore applications.

Unfortunately, this does not have a system-wide effect. In iTunes, the music store link cursor is some 2-bit variation of the Mickey Hand. Also, when invoking Exposť, you get the same 2-bit cursor when you select windows. In Mail, you get that cursor when clicking links in non-HTML messages (web addresses that Mail allows you to click, but are really just plain-text). In HTML messages, though, Mail (at least in 10.3; 10.2 Mail is not WebCore-enabled) will use the new Mickey Hand. Other artists can likely conjure up a nice, anti-aliased Mickey Hand for use in WebCore, but the shadowing almost gives it that effect.
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Give the hand cursor a shadow in WebCore apps
Authored by: ahbe on Feb 27, '04 09:48:50PM

Whoohooo! This is the kind of hint I like. One that is easy to implement, won't break something else, and works the first time. I must admit however, now that the mickey hand in Safari looks so nice, the mickey hand in Expose and iTunes looks really bad. Surly some smart person out there can tell us all where to change these as well?



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Give the hand cursor a shadow in WebCore apps
Authored by: Durandal on Feb 28, '04 12:27:25AM

Sorry, I have no idea where they're stored. I'd love to be able to change them, but Carbon is a necessary evil, I'm afraid. The best chance lies with Apple doing it from their end.

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Give the hand cursor a shadow in WebCore apps
Authored by: PCheese on Feb 28, '04 05:45:46PM
Here's my version, with a shadow down and to the right like the shadowed normal mouse cursor: linkCursor.tiff. The tip of the finger is also positioned where the tip of the mouse would be when the cursor changes.

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Give the hand cursor a shadow in WebCore apps
Authored by: aranor on Feb 29, '04 02:14:11AM

Hooray! I was just noticing the pointer of the hand cursor was off when I read your post. Thanks!



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Give the hand cursor a shadow in WebCore apps
Authored by: Hodag on Feb 29, '04 12:40:11PM

Take a peek in here with Resorceror :)

System->Library->Frameworks->Carbon.framework->Versions->A->Frameworks->HTMLRendering.framework->Versions->A->Resources->English.lproj->Localized.rsrc

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find any tiffs and have fun
Authored by: sarg on Mar 02, '04 04:54:20AM

Well, this it not new, but the result is interesting:

sudo find /System -name "*.tiff"
or
sudo find /System -name "*Cursor.tiff"
or
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change what you want and have fun.

sarg

ps: much coffee needed!!!



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Give the hand cursor a shadow in WebCore apps
Authored by: BulbVivid on Mar 02, '04 09:07:30AM

Make sure to repair permissions after changing tiffs.



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Give the hand cursor a shadow in WebCore apps
Authored by: AdamBetts on Mar 06, '04 05:53:25PM

I have several link cursors available on my weblog. Grab them if you want:

http://www.artofadambetts.com/

Have fun :)

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Adam Betts
Web/Graphic Designer
www.thebettsbro.com



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