The file extension ANI is associated with Windows Animated Cursor and NeroMix by Nero AG. Windows Animated Cursor is used with the Windows operating system. NeroMix is a digital media suite that provides a way to edit, author, and burn CD/DVD discs in addition to offering audio and photo editing applications.
If the file extension ANI is related to Windows Animated Cursor, the file is a system file type that contains multiple images and image frames to provide an animation sequence for Windows cursors. The files often provide the well-known hour glass animation you typically see or the spinning circle in later versions of Windows. ANI files also store animated cursors from third party applications and serve to provide a customized desktop theme for your Windows device.
ANI files that are associated with NeroMix are a data file type that allows you to create video, image, and audio backups in addition to providing editing and authoring capability. The ANI files are used to create copies of multimedia and automatically burn the data to an optical media disk.
How to Open ANI Files
If the ANI files contains Windows animated cursors and you use Windows, you can open them using CursorWorkshop, which is a software application that allows you to open, create, or edit cursors for Windows. CursorWorkshop is available as a 30-day free trial download on the Axialis Software website. You can also use ACDSee Photo Manager 14, which is a photo editing application that is available as a free trial on the ACD Systems website.
Other programs that will open ANI files in Windows include Cursor Editor, which is open source and available as a free download on the RealWorld website, and AniTuner, which allows you to edit and convert animated cursors and is available as a free download on the GDGSoft website.
If you are looking for a multiplatform application to open and edit Windows animated cursors, you can use Inkscape. Inkscape is an open source application which has capabilities similar to Adobe Illustrator and is available as a free download on the Inkscape.org website. Inkscape is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and the Linux operating system.
If the ANI file extension is related to NeroMix, you must use the NeroMix application to open the file. NeroMix is available as a 15-day free trial on the Nero website and is compatible with the Windows operating system versions XP and higher.
If you are a developer, you can open and view the contents of an ANI file using any text editing program such as Notepad or WordPad for Windows, Apple TextEdit for Mac, or gEdit and Nano Editor for Linux.