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Animated gif utilities
what do people like?

 11:15 am on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'm very frustrated. After some early trials way back when, I settled on a fovorite utility for animated gifs and used it exclusively for a long time. It had a simple, intuitive interface for doing all the basics, and some nifty controls for optimizing the global palette, exporting single frames, etc.

I lost the program when I upgraded systems, so I forked over some dough for the latest version -- and what a mess it has become! Some of these changes may be restrictions imposed by that stupid gif patent thingie, but now the whole interface is just plain user-hostile. I usually know what I need to do, but now I always need to take about 6 more steps to do it. And instead of exporting a frame, I actually end up taking a screen shot!

So I'm wondering, what utilites do people favor for gif animation today? Freeware is always nice, but effectiveness matters the most to me.



 11:24 am on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Check you sticky as I don't like spamming this forum with program names incase it encourages people to do so.


 11:30 am on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks Chris. I appreciate your suggestion. As it turns out, this is the very program I was complaining about. You don't happen to have an earlier version on floppy or something, do you?


 12:19 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Well I have to say good old Fireworks for me, not free but I could'nt imagine web life without it.


 6:00 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

I use Adobe Image Ready. Comes with Photoshop and does the trick for me.

Fireworks is also good but I prefer Image ready for it's ties with Photoshop.



 6:20 pm on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Is GifBuilder the program you lost? That's what I use... simple and fast as heck.

A while ago, when we got a CDRW drive for the office, I made a CD backup of all my favorite shareware and freeware utilities I had installed... all those little must-haves I didn't want to worry about hunting down again if I had to rebuild my system. I've been very thankful for that disc more than once.

Thors Hammer

 4:19 am on Apr 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Fireworks gets my vote.

"Is GifBuilder the program you lost? That's what I use... simple and fast as heck."

- Hee Hee, I remember that program, and I liked that one now that I remember it. ;)



 4:53 am on Apr 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

What I lost was Ulead Gif Animator (either v.3 or v.4) I picked up v.5 and wept for what was lost.

I have both Fireworks 4 and Photoshop 6 (with ImageReady) but I find them both awkward when it comes to building or editing the animation. I like to run very tight palette and positioning controls on the individual frames, so I usually build each frame in Photoshop itself and then "glue" them together in another program. I don't like automation of important decisions.

Maybe Fireworks or ImageReady can give me what I want (global palette optimisation, redundant pixel reduction, easy timing changes on the individual frames, easy "replace method" options). But I haven't climbed the learning curve for either, and both of them have interfaces and Help files that seem inscrutable.


 4:53 am on Apr 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

No good for image generation, of course... but if you supply the series of images, it will let you tweak and control almost every part of the final animated gif.


 9:37 pm on May 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

I use Jasc's Animation Shop (I create images in PSP)

I haven't any experience outside this software, but it has been easy to use and has always done what I needed it to do.


 8:11 pm on May 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ya, Animation Shop is what iuse too. Easy, gif optimization is kick arse, and theres a bunch of effects you can use. I also like Animagic Gif Animator-- got me started on animated gifs............

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