set cursor to busy

Scott Rossi scott at
Wed Oct 9 07:25:40 EDT 2013

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.


Scott Rossi
Creative Director
Tactile Media, UX/UI Design

On 10/9/13 3:27 AM, "William Humphrey" <shoreagent at> 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, ""
>><admin at> 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
>> lasting up to a few seconds, or a progress bar updated every nth
>> (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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