Animated GIFs

One thing that a GIF can do that a JPEG cannot is become animated. An animated GIF is the simplest form of animation; it is recognized by all browsers and rarely causes problems. Animated GIFs are usually encountered as banner advertisements and can be annoying. But a subtle piece of animation can add interest to an otherwise lifeless site. How does it work? The browser simply replaces one GIF after another into the same space on the page and the eye perceives it as a fluid movement, like a flip-book animation. There are various programs available to construct animated GIFs, such as GIF Construction Set Professional from Alchemy Mindworks, and Easy GIF Animator from Blumentals Software, but the most common method until recently ...

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