Polar Cursor Theme
Cursors
Description:

Polar Cursor Theme is a smooth and simple cursor set created primarily in Inkscape.

****Installation****
There are three cursor sets included in this package. The default with the orange busy cursors is called PolarCursorTheme and the blue and green variants have -Blue and -Green added to the end of their theme name. To make sure that all themes are installed (or only the one you want) extract to /.icons/ in your home folder.

****Note****
KDE users please note that installing the cursors through the control center can cause some cursors to use the default X cursors. To fix this simply extract the theme directly to /.icons/ in your home folder.

Finally a special thanks to all the authors of various cursor themes here on gnome-look.org for ideas.

Enjoy!

Changelog:

10 years ago

Version 1.4
-Added Zoom cursors
-Fixes to cursor mappings
-Highlight added to clean up outlines
-Added Blue and Green busy cursors as an option
-Changed move cursor
-Small changes to other cursors

vodajs

6 years ago

not all cursors where working for me in kde 4, so i had to make some more symlinks:
ln -s xterm ibeam
ln -s question_arrow whats_this
ln -s watch wait
ln -s fleur size_all
ln -s bottom_right_corner size_fdiag
ln -s bottom_left_corner size_bdiag
ln -s right_side size_hor
ln -s top_side size_ver
ln -s hand pointer
ln -s hand pointing_hand
ln -s dnd-none forbidden
ln -s HandGrab openhand
ln -s HandSqueezed closedhand

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dotancohen

8 years ago

Thanks, this really is one of the nicest cursor styles that I've found. Can you make a non-animated version? For one thing, Compiz has a compatibility problem with xfree and animated cursors do not work with my setup. For another, I know two people with vertigo, and the animated cursor is very disturbing for them to look at. Thanks!

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tuxcayc

10 years ago

hi!

i love this cursor theme, is the second thing that i do after installing my gnome distro (the first is share my internet connection)

great job! dont sell your cursor theme to microsoft... i you do that more people will use vista!

great job.

tuxcayc-->

viva chile!

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camellochapin

10 years ago

Hi, I am a complete new user to linux. I downloaded your cursors but I don't know how to install them.

Thank you very much for your help!

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catweasel

10 years ago

Great design.
Very tasteful.
Well done!

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paulatz

11 years ago

It takes a while to get used to these cursor, but they look nice and they are the more "Plastik" around.

Good work!

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benplaut

11 years ago

1000 downloads, i'm making you a small version... stay tuned on gnome-look :D

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Oleksandr

11 years ago

When I hover my mouse over an icon on a desktop, I see a lame old icon instead of your theme's hand.

Any ideas?

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anderslund

11 years ago

I found that a lot of icons in the cursors directory was missing, instead there was empty files. If you look at for example the jimmac theme, you can see which files should be linked to all the empty files.

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KTheorem

11 years ago

This is a bug with the way KDE extracts the tarball. If you extract it yourself and move the folder to the cursors folder (~/.icons I believe) it should fix the problem.

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5tef

9 years ago

tnx a lot
tnx for the info, i didn't knew that
now i realize that after all we are always n00bs in something

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GaMMa

11 years ago

Great cursor theme! Yea In the mouse control applet in Gnome-2.12 you can change the cursor. You can also put the cursors in ~/.cursors and the program will be able to read it.

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bersace03

11 years ago

Hello,

First : bravo for the theme, its a high quality theme and a very pretty design.

Second : there is obviously a lake of cursors : especially for Gimp tools. Are you gonna make this tools cursors ?

Thanks !

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Typo

11 years ago

Great theme, but only the arrow and sometimes the hand seem to work for me. The resize, move and busy cursors come from my default cursor theme. Anyone find a solution to this? I'm running KDE 3.4.2

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ECHM

11 years ago

Finally got a chance to test this out and I've found out what needs to be done to fix the problem. It appears that when installing the cursors through the Control Center that the symlinks are not copied correctly. To solve this problem all you have to do is extract the PolarCursorTheme folder to /home/your username/.icons/ and that should solve your missing cursors problem.

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i3dmaster

11 years ago

Good work!

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crimanekdoten

11 years ago

thank you for your comment, but firstly, there is no /usr/share/cursors folder in my filesystem, so I created the folders as root, put the theme folder into /usr/share/cursors/xorg-x11 and a new index.theme - file (with just the line Inherit=PolarCursorTheme
in it) into /usr/share/cursors/xorg-x11/default
and restarted the gnome-session, but it didn't change the cursor-theme....

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ECHM

11 years ago

Ok to change your cursor theme for your gnome session, first extract the PolarCursorsTheme folder to
/home/your username/.icons/
Then open up the gnome configuration editor (gconf-editor) and go to desktop>gnome>peripherals>mouse and change the cursor_theme key value to PolarCursorTheme. Finally you'll need to log out and restart X before the changes will take affect.

Now there is a program that will do this for you called gcursor available at http://www.gnomefiles.org/app.php?soft_id=125 with it you can install a cursor theme just like you would a GTK or Metacity theme.

Hope this helps.

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miffe

11 years ago

Unpack it in ~/.icons/
The go to the System (called Desktop in non Ubuntu) menu -> Preferences - > Mouse. There is a tab there called cursors.

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6thpink

11 years ago

You can change the global X cursor by modifying the file /usr/share/cursors/xorg-x11/default/index.theme, just change the line Inherit=core to Inherit=PolarCursorTheme or whatever other theme name. You can see the theme names by doing "ls /usr/share/cursors/xorg-x11". I dont remember if gnome had a tool on its control center to change the cursor. I think that there was a separate program to do that in gnome, but cant remember its name. The method above will work widely in X, under gnome, kde, or whatever wm you are using. ;)

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crimanekdoten

11 years ago

Hi!

How do you install a mouse theme in gnome at all? ;-)


Thanks a lot!

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zaltar

11 years ago

I really like this theme, yet I can't understand why the "loading cursor" doesn't appear like all the others.

I mean, instead of rendering a cursor respecting the theme I see a horrible black arrow with a tiny watch aside.

I guess this cursor belongs to the minimal default theme of the system (KDE3.3 on Slackware10.1).

Would you mind tell me how override that with YOUR "loading cursor"?

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zaltar

11 years ago

Oh, I just notice someone else experienced the same trouble... any idea to solve this problem?

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ECHM

11 years ago

I installed KDE on my computer hoping to encounter any of problems mentioned, instead however, I came up with more unique ones. KDE 3.4.2 (on FC4) displays the wait cursor properly (when it's used), the resize cursors are fine, however the wrong ones are used for vertical and horizontal resizing (but I think I can fix that one, linked the wrong cursors most likely). It also appears that when you drag anything in Konqueror it defaults to the system cursors including for link and copy.

From reading the comments in other themes here it seems there might have been a problem with earlier versions of KDE not preserving the symlinks when installing a theme (which would explain at least the resizers not showing up). If you have an older version of KDE then I would suggest installing it normally then extract the theme and copy the cursors folder over top of the one in /home/your user name/.icons/PolarCursorTheme/

If anyone can give me the info on what the symlinks are for cursors in programs like Nautilus and Konqueror (perhaps they've changed recently?), so that the proper cursors show up, I would be greatly appreciative. Or for that matter anyway of finding them out too.

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wuf

11 years ago

It's fantastic!!! Thanks!!!

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