Monday, February 6, 2017
An animation has far greater impact than an ordinary picture and offers many more possibilities to creators/artists, enabling them to convey greater meaning to users. An animated format can also hold a lot more content which is almost impossible for a normal static image.
There are a lot of image file formats but only three are popular and widely used on the web. These are JPG,PNG and GIF formats. Among these three formats, GIF is the only file type that supports animation. A GIF file can contain a single image, but to animate an image it will need at least two or more images/frames combined, which can then be displayed for a few milliseconds successively. A GIF animator program makes this process easy. It usually takes only three easy steps, choosing a couple of images, putting them in desired sequence and setting frame rate, looping and other settings. The result is combined into an animation file.
One such program is GIF Animator. A single-user personal license is $29.95 and the business license is $49.95, but there is also a free version which should be satisfactory for most users wanting to make simple animations for their laptop and are looking for a program that require no special training or knowledge. While you can use GIF Animator in conjunction with Paint, PaintShop Pro or Adobe Photoshop, it is a stand alone application. The program is Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 compatible.