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Animated GIFs and browser differences

   
5:47 am on May 23, 2001 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



I've recently been noticing differences between Explorer and Netscape in the way they handle animated gifs, especially those with many frames and close timing.

Even after the file is fully downloaded, Explorer seems to have more trouble rendering a smooth flow of frames than Netscape. Opera also breaks down in this area.

It gets worse with AOL's browser, where their proprietary compression scheme ruins subtle coloring as well as the timing of the frames.

One more reason to master Flash, I guess.

12:42 am on May 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member mivox is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Hmm... I haven't specifically noticed a difference, but I'll have to do some kind of side-by-side comparison, now that you mention it.

I've gotten more and more away from fancy animated GIFs and other visual gimmickry the more I concentrate on search engine positioning. My primary goal graphically right now is how small can I get it while still having an appealing looking final product?

2:38 am on May 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I follow Mivox's mindset,

Quality of presentation and circulation generate sales volume.

Highly visual presentations are best used as a branding device.

KIS

5:47 am on May 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member mivox is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Don't get me wrong... My first love is visuals, but when the boss starts making "We need to make sales" noises, it's time for lil' ol' me to change my focus! ;)
 

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