set cursor to busy

william humphrey bill at bluewatermaritime.com
Wed Oct 9 09:45:54 EDT 2013


Thanks Scott. that helps. On a Window's platform does set cursor to busy
look like a spinning watch or is it still a MacOS 8 beach ball?


On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 7:25 AM, Scott Rossi <scott at tactilemedia.com> wrote:

> I probably added to the confusion here, so I'll try to explain again.
>
> The *colored* beachball cursor (drawn by OS X) is the one that means an
> app is not responding.  This is different than the black and white busy
> cursor that you can use in LiveCode, which can be used to indicate an
> application is, well, busy doing something.  The colored cursor is the one
> you want to avoid.
>
> The difference between the LiveCode watch and busy cursors is the busy
> cursor has multiple frames which advance each time you set the cursor.
> See "cursor" in the dictionary.
>
> Hope this clears things up.
>
> Regards,
>
> Scott Rossi
> Creative Director
> Tactile Media, UX/UI Design
>
>
>
>
> On 10/9/13 3:27 AM, "William Humphrey" <shoreagent at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> >Can you explain what is different between setting cursor to busy instead
> >of setting cursor to watch? Why does setting cursor to bust "eat cycles"?
> >
> >This is now a second reason not to use setting cursor to busy. The first
> >being that it tells the user something is seriously wrong (I didn't know
> >this one).  I assume that seeing the watch just means wait a moment
> >something is going on that is supposed to take time. (I see the watch
> >cursor all the time when I run windows stuff).
> >
> >Brevity and errors in this email probably the result of being sent by a
> >mobile device.
> >
> >> On Oct 9, 2013, at 2:50 AM, "FlexibleLearning.com"
> >><admin at FlexibleLearning.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> Setting the cursor to busy eats cycles and adds a time-overhead.
> >>
> >> Personal preference is to simply 'set the cursor to watch' for any
> >>actity
> >> lasting up to a few seconds, or a progress bar updated every nth
> >>iteration
> >> (such as n mod 100 =0) for longer routines. For indeterminate activity
> >> length, I use an animated gif such as a barber's pole.
> >>
> >> Short answer is I haven't used 'busy' in a long time.
> >>
> >> 2p/2c
> >>
> >> Hugh Senior
> >> FLCo
> >>
> >>
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