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Does anybody know of a free program for creating animated gif's (I don't like paying if I don't have to).

 

I have looked on the "Pinned:Freeware" page, but nobody has listed any yet.

 

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Thanks TuPLaD, I did not expect anyone to do a search for me, I was hoping someone would already have and be using one that they could recommend.

Once again thanks for your time.

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Most of the stuff I can recommend is commercial software...

Animated GIF construction hasn't hit open source yet (the GIF patent expired just recently (2003), which was the original hold-up) -- and now that it's expired, it doesn't matter, because GIF sucks and is an archaic format with no extensibility.

 

See also http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/gif.html for a tip of the iceberg of reasons that GIF is evil.

also http://burnallgifs.org/

http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2003/6/19/35919/4079

 

MNG is the preferred format, as it is open (as its brother PNG) and is based on the vastly superior PNG format.

 

As for programs, I still can't recommend anything, because again, most animation studio programs are commercial. I'd have to recommend Adobe Imageready and Paint Shop Pro's Animation Studio, on the commercial side.

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Hey Dj

 

Read the pages that you posted the links to, and decided to go with the MNG image filetype, only thing is after browsing around for a while I found some pages containing MNG images which would not actually appear.

I was browsing with IE at the time, would these images have appeared if I was using another browser.

I do, however need a format that works well in all browsers.

 

BTW I should probably have edited my last post on this subject rather than make a new post, but am still not too clued up on forum rules, this is the first forum I have ever joined and posted to, please bear with me until I get the hang of it.

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Unfortunately, IE is a piece of crap. IE [currently] doesn't fully support PNG, and will probably not support MNG in the future, because Microsoft is dumb. I guess if you really want to do compatible web animation, you're stuck with awful GIF, or commercial Macromedia Shockwave and Flash.

 

MNG-supporting browsers

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Thanks Peter I forgot about unfreez, and I already have that on my computer from ages ago.

 

Thanks Cursedbythegods, I guess it could be time for me to get gimp to see what else it can do for me.

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Most of the stuff I can recommend is commercial software...

Animated GIF construction hasn't hit open source yet (the GIF patent expired just recently (2003), which was the original hold-up) -- and now that it's expired, it doesn't matter, because GIF sucks and is an archaic format with no extensibility.

 

See also http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/gif.html for a tip of the iceberg of reasons that GIF is evil.

also http://burnallgifs.org/

http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2003/6/19/35919/4079

 

MNG is the preferred format, as it is open (as its brother PNG) and is based on the vastly superior PNG format.

 

As for programs, I still can't recommend anything, because again, most animation studio programs are commercial.  I'd have to recommend Adobe Imageready and Paint Shop Pro's Animation Studio, on the commercial side.

 

 

 

 

I agree 100% with DjLizard.

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You probably should avoid using the .gif format as much as possible.

And as for animated graphics its often considered very annoying.

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