Powerful image editors provide you with a reliable method of creating graphics files that consist of multiple images or frames, but they may not be the best solution for novices or those who are looking to get the job done as quickly as possible.
is a more intuitive, lightweight alternative that enables you to create icons, cursors and animated cursors using a straightforward set of tools. It also comes equipped with a basic image editor, as well as comprehensive documentation.
This application is mainly designed to help users generate icons, cursor files and animated cursor files. The editing functions that are available are rather limited, so it is best to design the source content using another application and them simply load the images into Bitmap Next.
Each new file is imported into an empty bitmap frame that can be moved to any position, resized, rotated or duplicated. Two or more frames can be merged into one, and it is also possible to split an image into multiple parts.
The program enables you to generate pre-multiplied alpha values using the Alpha Compositing function, and it is also possible to create and edit image masks.
When designing an animated cursor file you can customize the timing of the frames, and there are multiple timing methods for you to choose from.
The application’s minimalistic design makes it very novice-friendly, as it is very easy to find all the available tools whenever you need to perform a certain operation.
It is also pleasing to see that the program comes equipped with a detailed user manual that provides you with helpful explanations.
Overall, Bitmap Next is a great tool for users who wish to create icons, image strips and cursor files using existing graphic content. It offers a decent array of features, and it is very easy to use.