I see a green crosshair when I use pixel polly from CycoreFX.
I'm running AE 5.5 trial (I have both CS4 and CS5 paid versions), I don't recall seeing this green crosshair visible on the timeline where I've used pixel-polly effect
You can see it in the image. It dissappears if I click the FX button on the layer, so I know it is being produced by that effect.
I want to know if this is normal? ... I haven't used pixel polly for a good long while but don't recall seeing this before.
Perhaps it is only the CycoreFX download version that displays it?
But it seems a bit perculiar to stick in something that doesn't seem to be consistent with the effect.
I tried zeroing each setting in turn to see if it would go away but does not seem to be effected by any of the settings, unless something I haven't noticed to test yet.
This image was grabbed (in the comp window) just a frame or two into a pixel polly type explossion. Note the green cross-hair type lines. And that they are not quite perpendicular.
As Rick says, you've downloaded CycoreFX HD, which must be purchased to eliminate the demo watermark. When you purchase After Effects the versions of Cycore FX that are included are automatically licensed and will not have a watermark.
Take note that After Effects CS6, available in the next few months, will include the full Cycore FX HD bundle. So now is not a good time to buy Cycore FX.