How include animated cursor in EXEcutable file?

I have a problem. I've created an animated cursor that I want to incorporate in one of my Delphi programs (to use instead of the hourglass). I don't want the .ANI file to ship with the program, the cursor should be embedded.
   Do I have to create a .RES (resource file) with the cursor in it, and if that is the case, how do I put the .ANI file in the .RES? (Does Delphi come with a resource editor?)
   If not, do anybody know where to download a resource editor that can fulfill my request? Or can I easily solve the problem some other way?
   I use Delphi 2.01!

Thanks!

//Daniel Persson, Malmoe, Sweden
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DippenAuthor Commented:
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erajojCommented:
Får du inget bättre svar än att du kan använda "Microsofts Developer Studio" så kan du skicka .res-filen + resurserna så fixar jag det åt dig på 5 röda.

john.johansson@era.ericsson.se

/// John

ronit051397Commented:
1. By the Image Editor which comes with Delphi, create a new resource file on the same directory of the project. Name it as test.res.
2. Draw, say 8 cursors in this file. Each one of them represents a deferent position(angle) of the hourglass.
3. Name these cursors as 'Cursor_1' to... 'Cursor_8'.
4. Open a new Project. In the project file write:

program Project1;

uses
  Forms,
  Unit1 in 'Unit1.pas' {Form1};

{$R *.RES}
{$test.res}

begin
  Application.Initialize;
  Application.CreateForm(TForm1, Form1);
  Application.Run;
end.

5.Place a button and editbox on the form.
6. Write the following code:
unit Unit1;

interface

uses
  Windows, Messages, SysUtils, Classes, Graphics, Controls, Forms, Dialogs,
  StdCtrls;

type
  TForm1 = class(TForm)
    Button1: TButton;
    Edit1: TEdit;
    procedure FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
    procedure FormClose(Sender: TObject; var Action: TCloseAction);
    procedure Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
  private
    { Private declarations }
  public
    { Public declarations }
  end;

var
  Form1: TForm1;

implementation

{$R *.DFM}

procedure TForm1.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
begin
  screen.cursors[1]:=LoadCursor(hInstance, pChar('CURSOR_1'));
  .
  .
  .
  screen.cursors[8]:=LoadCursor(hInstance, pChar('CURSOR_8'));

end;

procedure TForm1.FormClose(Sender: TObject; var Action: TCloseAction);
begin
  DestroyCursor(Screen.Cursors[1]);
  .
  .
  .
  DestroyCursor(Screen.Cursors[8]);
end;

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
begin
Form1.Cursor:=strtoint(edit1.text);
end;

end.

7. When you enter a number between 1 to 8 in the editbox and then click the button then the form's default cursor will change according to the number you typed.
8. For your purpose i think you should use a timer.

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ronit051397Commented:
There is also an example Torry's Delphi Pages:
http://carbohyd.siobc.ras.ru/torry/
ronit051397Commented:
correction:
you should write:
{$R *.RES}
{$R test.res}
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