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Creating Animated Images

The GIF format (specifically, GIF89a) supports a certain level of animation, akin to a flipbook animation you might have sketched into the corner of your grade school textbooks. By creating a series of images that are quickly displayed one after another on the screen, you can use these image formats to create the appearance of animation. If you’ve spent some time browsing the Web, no doubt you’ve seen this animation, generally in the form of Web advertisements.

Creating your own animations requires nothing more than some dedication and an animation application. Although many animation applications are pricey options from big-name graphics companies such as Macromedia and Adobe, others are available as shareware. In fact, most distributions of Paint Shop Pro include Animation Shop, which is a good option for Microsoft Windows users. For Macintosh, you might consider GifBuilder (http://homepage.mac.com/piguet/gif.html), which is freeware, or VSE Animation Maker (http://www.vse-online.com/), which is shareware.


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