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Lately I've had several occurrences of  the PDN cursor disappearing. When I move the mouse outside the PDN window, the cursor is visble, and when it's within the PDN window, everything works normally other than the lack of a visible cursor. I tried a few things, such as changing the Tool (and hence type of cursor), but haven't found any way to make the cursor visible again.

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Some additional infos would be helpful, I think.


Updated mouse- or graphic card driver or some special functions/enhancements for your mouse? Any possibly problematic Windows Theme? What about hardware accelaration in PDN?

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Application version: paint.net 4.0.13 (Final 4.13.6191.1824)
OS Version: 10.0.14393.0 Workstation x64
.NET version: CLR 4.0.30319.42000 x64, FX 4.6
Processor: "Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4460  CPU @ 3.20GHz" @ ~3193MHz (4C/4T, DEP, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4_1, SSE4_2, XSAVE)
Physical memory: 8108 MB
Video card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600 (v:8086, d:412, r:6), Microsoft Basic Render Driver (v:1414, d:8C, r:0)
Hardware acceleration: True (default: True)
UI animations: True
UI DPI: 96.00 dpi (1.00x scale)
UI theme: Aero/Aero + DWM (Aero.msstyles)
Updates: True, 4/5/2017
Locale: pdnr.c: en-US, hklm: en-US, hkcu: en-US, cc: en-US, cuic: en-US

Nothing special about my mouse functions or parameters. Defaults except perhaps the motion speed. My mouse is a standard HID-compliant Dell USB mouse with the Microsoft driver.

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It happened again, so I tried disabling hardware acceleration. It had no effect, I don't know, though, if that change takes place immediately or not until PDN is restarted.


EDIT: I also tried re-enabling Hardware Acceleration, without any affect, but after I went to add this comment and returned to PDN, the cursor was back. I don't know if it was something I did, or if I just had to wait long enough.

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From the lack of response, I seem to be about the only one experiencing this problem, but I'm certainly experiencing it to an annoying degree. It's very bothersome. I have to restart PDN, which causes me to lose all the current plugin settings. It seems to always begin when I run a plugin. One time the cursor returned after a while, but that was the exception. I've waited for many minutes without the cursor reappearing.

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Thanks. Next time it occurs I'll try disabling Animations and see what happens. (I don't believe the last time it occurred I had any active selections, which is about the only thing I can think of that's animated.)


I thought Windows Areo was a Windows 7 thing, back when the window design was a bit elegant, not the current utilitarian squared-off-corner look.

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1 hour ago, MJW said:

I thought Windows Areo was a Windows 7 thing

Right, but not only. In your log you can see the entry:


UI theme: Aero/Aero + DWM (Aero.msstyles)


It seems, that your Windows uses a NON-Classic theme, so that an responding "Color scheme" in PDN is set.

On my Windows 7 with an Classic theme without Aero UI theme is "Classic".

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