How do you pronounce GIF? Is it like the popular peanut butter brand Jif, or more like the 'gif' in gifted? The debate regarding the format’s true pronunciation has been in the limelight for a while now, but we all now have the answer as the creator of the format, Steve Wilhite, denounced the 'gif' as in 'gifted' pronunciation pretty strongly last week. Whichever way you like saying it is entirely a different story, but the use of animated GIFs goes back to as far as the early days of the world wide web. The format is pretty popular on internet forums for sharing funny pictures related to celebrities, tech companies, cats & dogs, and a lot more. We've covered plenty of applications for Windows that let you view (or in some cases tweak or create) GIF files, such as GIFCam
, GIF Resizer
, just to name a few. 7GIF
is another tiny Windows app that allows you to view GIF files and control their playback speed.
Previously, we have covered some really awesome screencast programs for Windows such as Screenbird
, Rylstim Screen Recorder
, Acala Screen Recorder
, each offering its own unique features and functionality. However, most of these screencast tools allow saving output files in video formats like WMV, MP4, MPEG etc. If you’re on the hunt for a Windows app that can save screencasts as GIF files, try GifCam
. The application makes it easy for anyone to capture on-screen activity directly to GIF format instead of having to record the video in another format first and then converting it into GIF via third-party converters. What’s more, it’s a portable application, which allows using it on the move and saves you from any installation hassle.
It’s been a while since we last caught hold of a noteworthy photography app in the Play Store, but it seems the wait was well worth it, as we’ve just come across a remarkable tool in the form of snaplife
. Available for free, snaplife is a multipurpose Android app that automatically analyzes your video recordings to present you with multiple thumbnails of some of the most significant moments in the entire clip, which can be saved as photo collages, GIF animations or MP4 video files. In addition, the app offers plenty of vintage-style filters so that you can make your life’s most memorable moments even more vivid and appealing. The images or video created with snaplife can then be shared with your friends and family members from within the app in just a few taps. Unlike a timelapse-oriented photography app or a routine video recording tool, snaplife puts you in complete control over selection of the moments from your video recordings that you wish to retain. Details to follow.
GIF or Graphics Interchange Format image is the most popular file format for simple animated images. It supports a separate palette of 256 colors for each frame, and you can use GIF animation tools like the portable AnimateGIF to create flawless GIF animations
with custom frame delay and option to run the animation once or in a loop, or even combine multiple GIF images into a single file. However, if you want to create GIFs from videos, you will need a different tool that can extract the frames of a video for you, and KickMyGraphics
does just that. It is a basic tool that allows you to create animations from video frames, while giving you some simple editing options such as resizing the frame size, choosing the speed of the GIF animation, and cutting out unwanted frames. Other than supporting a lot of video formats, it also lets you work with images files as well as existing GIFs. More on KickMyGraphics after the jump.
A GIF or Graphics Interchange Format image is one of the graphics image formats that can be used to create small animations and video clips. It supports a separate palette of 256 colors for each frame, and you can use a GIF animation tool like AnimateGIF (reviewed here
) to create GIF animations. It is a very popular image format on the internet, as it enables users to create animations without using any complicated image or video editing application. Today, we have a tool for Windows named Falco GIF Animator
that not only lets you create GIF images, but also provides you with a load of image editing options and tools (Color selection Tool, Fill Tool, Text Tool), Image Improvement
utilities (red eye remover, soft glow, motion blur), and Image Effects (grey scale, sharpen, emboss, mosaic etc.).
Want to play GIF animations in different speeds, or extract some frames from them? GIF Scrubber
is like a movie player for animated GIFs. Using this Chrome extension, you can play GIF animations with various speeds, and automatically scrub GIFs when they are opened. The extension's Options
can be set to prevent the automatic starting and looping of animations. It also lets you use the Explode
option to directly extract all frames from the GIF file, so you can easily save the frames that you want. Note that once the frames have been extracted, they cannot be downloaded all at once, but manually, one by one.
A GIF or Graphics Interchange Format image is one of the few graphics image formats that can be used to create simple animations. It supports a separate palette of 256 colors for each frame, and you can use a GIF animation tool, like AnimateGIF, a portable application that can create flawless GIF images with custom frame delay
and option to run the animation once or in a loop,
to combine multiple GIF images into a single file for creating a low-end animation. The previously featured
GiftedMotion is another easy-to-use animator for GIF images, which lets you create animations from a series of digital images. These tools work flawlessly, but what if you want to create GIF animation out of video clips? Both of these applications lack the option to create GIFs out of video. Today, we came across a tool for creating GIF animations, called Free Video to GIF Converter
that enables you to easily create GIFs from video clips. It has a low learning curve and supports a wide range of popular video formats including AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV, FLV, MP4, 3GP etc. Keep reading after the jump to find out more about the software.
for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, a simple, fun app that combines the pattern of Instagram with a unique and interesting concept. The app lets users create cinemagraphs - images that are part animated and part still photo, apply gorgeous filters to them and share them with each other. The process of creating animations (or 'cinemagrams') involves capturing a video and marking an area within it that you want to have animated. This produces amazing results wherein the marked area keeps repeating a part of the captured video, while the rest of the image remains still.
With the previously reviewed photo-editing app, Gifinator,
we saw an extremely simple and fun method of generating quality GIF animations from captured images
via your Android’s camera. Although, at the time of release, said app was amongst the very first apps of its kind in the Android Market, it lacked support for extracting GIF images from videos. This is where GIFDroid
steps in. Fresh to the Market, GIFDroid lets you easily and instantly extract high quality GIF animations at your desired image preferences from existing or freshly recorded videos. All you need to follow is a couple of simplest of the steps, and bam! Your fantastic stop-motion animations are ready. Apart from storing these GIF images on your device, the app also lets you share them with your friends on the go.
A GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) image consists of an animation created by combining a number of still images. It is one of the earliest digital image formats that was introduced back the 80's. It is a very popular image format on the internet, especially on various web forums, as it enables users to create animations without using any complicated image or video editing application. Head over to websites like neogaf and you'd find countless GIF images, shared by various users. If you have ever wondered how to make your own GIF animations, then you'd be surprised to learn that the whole process is quite easy and requires a simple software and some little use of brain. Among a number of GIF creaters available on the internet, one really caught our attention is AnimateGIF
. It is a portable application that can create flawless GIF images within a few clicks, complete with custom frame delay and selecting whether the animation will run once or in a loop. You can add & remove as many images as you like and change the quality of your final GIF image. Keep reading for more on AnimateGIF.
We require installing a number of applications for opening different kinds of files. Installing too many applications can slows down system performance and can become quite a hassle to install and manage each of them. Open Freely
is a standalone application which can open any kind of document, media or compressed file. Once you have installed Open Freely, you will no longer require installing any media player, image or PDF viewer, compressed archive manager, etc. Open Freely can open up to 100 file formats of variable file types, including popular images, video/audio, documents, and compression formats. Other than acting as a file viewer, it also provides a number of other features such as image cropping, document editing, file extraction and the ability to save file types in multiple file formats.
A few days back, we covered Gifinator for Android, which allowed users to create their own personalized GIF images
right from their Android phone. A similar app is now available for iOS, and creating animations is just a part of it! GifBoom
boasts itself to be a photo sharing service which focuses solely on GIF animations. There are not effects and filters offered by the app, but the sharing network is still pretty similar to Instagram. There is even a Featured section of the app, where you can just watch all the popular animations shared across GifBoom recently. The app's biggest positive is its sharing, with integration for a lot of social networks (including Facebook and Twitter) available in the app. So if you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or an iPad, get animated (literally) and read on to find more about this free
One of the first (if not the
first) of its kind on the Android Market, Gifinator
is a well-crafted, easy-to-use GIF animation creator for Android. The app allows you to take multiple snaps from your device’s camera, then chains them together in a GIF sequence with a user-defined resolution and frame rate. With enough creativity (and a few taps) you can create awesome stop-motion animations with your Android smartphone’s camera. You may then save these GIF files to your device or share them with your friends. The free version of the app lets you string up to 10 snaps only while the full version sports no such limitation. Also, the free variant only allows you to save GIFs in the lowest of the three available resolutions (160x120, 320x480 and 640x480).
We require installing many standalone applications for viewing videos, photos, listening to music and opening documents of various formats. But what if one application can open all kinds of files? Free Opener
is an application that does just that. It supports a large number of file extension, including video, audio, document and image formats.Once you install this app, you will no longer need a PDF viewer, multimedia player or an app for opening compressed files.
is a portable graphics viewer which displays image files within a folder tree, slideshow and with transition effects. It has some unique features which common file viewers greatly lack, such as, the ability to display images with selected opacity levels, an interface free slideshow, auto-scroll, windows wrapping and image squeezing. ArtSage can display multiple images in unique styles including a collage of images from a selected folder.
Other than having it's own set of unique options, ArtSage contains many commonly used features which an image viewer is suppose to have, such as, rotation, cropping, zoom, full screen, etc. It supports a large array of commonly used graphic and picture formats like BMP, EMF, GIF, ICO, JPG,PNG and TIF, etc, which makes it a comprehensive image viewer with additional features.
We have covered tons of tips on GIF format, making animated GIF
, converting video to GIF
, extracting frames from GIF
animation, and resizing GIF
are just few examples. One of the most important reason why users prefer GIF format is because it can be uploaded to image hosting sites as well.
We have covered many posts which are centered around GIF image format, such as create animated GIF from images, convert video to animated GIF, and extract images from GIF among many others. Read More
iconfu is a free online tool that lets you create professional looking icons instantly. You can select to draw from various available tools Normal Pen, Alpha Pen, Color Sampler, and much more. It is totally customizable, you can change the size of the icons, add transparent effect, create shadows, choose from thousands of colors, etc. Read More
Tools like IrfanView, Gimp, etc are great for editing and resizing the images, but they lack one important feature: ability to resize animated gif images. Some image editors do support the resizing of static gif image files, but they cannot resize animated gif images.
GIF Resizer is a free portable tool for Windows OS that lets you resize animated GIF images instantly without any loss in quality. Just run the tool and select the GIF animated image file that you want to resize. It will automatically detect the size and frames, now enter the new destination where you would like to save the file. Enter the new Width and Height and click Resize, make sure you have checked the ‘Good Quality’ checkbox. Read More
How many times do we come across some awesome gif animation and wish that we could extract some frames? GIF Frame Extractor(direct download link here) is a free tool for Windows that lets you extract frames from any animated GIF and save them to JPG or PNG image formats instantly. You can use the extracted frame image as your profile picture or just share them with your friends and co-workers.
Run the tool, click Open and select the GIF animation whose frames you want to extract. You will see the number of frames on the left sidebar. Read More