Icon, Cursor, and Animated Cursor Format

Here is the icon and cursor format plug-in for Paint.NET

The plugin is awesome, it supports editing and saving images to be used as cursors also. And both formats, icons and cursors, can be saved with multiple image sizes in one file to support multiple icon and cursor sizes. While it is overkill for my application, this feature will save time in the future by allowing  icons and cursors to be designed once (as a larger image) before being automatically scaled to each of the smaller sizes. The same feature addresses large icon and cursor sizes for users that require higher accessibility (another extremely important aspect of software development that is far too often ignored) making this plugin an all-in-one hit. By peasleer

Download: IcoCur.zip (23.2 KB)


Unzip it and put IcoCur.dll in the “FileTypes” folder in the Paint.NET directory.

There are a few screenshots on this page: 
although not too much to show for a file format plug-in.

It will load and save .ico, .cur and .ani files (.ani as of July 29, 2006).

When loading from an icon or cursor file that contains multiple images, you are given a prompt and allowed to choose which image to load. It always bugged me when there would be 3 or so images in an icon file and other image editors would just auto-load the low resoultion 8×8 one or something like that, so I added the feature to choose.

Although I’ve never seen any, I suppose there could be icons with 16-bit image data; there is support for this, albeit untested. Please let me know what you think.


7 thoughts on “Icon, Cursor, and Animated Cursor Format

  1. It’s cute however when you need an icon that can be seen in different place like in VS in 16 X 16 or in DeskTop in 32 X 32, not having multiple image in the .ico is huge lack

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