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The Software Toolbox

Animated GIF software vs. GIF software

GIF files can contain one of more GIF images. ANy photo, bitmap, paint, editor/program can edit a single-image GIF. But only programs that understand animation can properly edit a multi-image GIF. If you edit an animated (multi-image) GIF with a paint/photo/bitmap editor that has no animation capabilities you will likely only see the first frame of the animation and if you hit SAVE, the program will toss away all the extra images and convert it to a single-image GIF.

Software ToolBox (updated March 2002)

Here is a listing of software. It is not complete, nor does it profess to be the best of the best.


Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP
Advanced GIF Animator (Creabit) Animagic GIF Animator (Right to Left Software) Barbarosa GIF Animator (Liatro) Coffee Cup Animator, Applet Effects Factory (Coffee Cup) Easy GIF Animator (Blumentals)
GIFmation, PhotoGIF, SuperGIF, GIF Prep (BoxTop Software) Zoner GIF Animator (Zoner) GIF Construction Set (Alchemy Mindworks) Gif gIf giF, A Smaller GIF, COGS, Itsagif (Pegagoguery) GIF Movie Gear (Gamani)
HVS Animator Pro, HVS GIF Cruncher (Digital Frontiers) ImageMagick (John Cristy) Live Stage Professional (Totally Hip) MagicViewer (Crayon Software) MotionGIF (Wisdom Software)
MovieFlo' (Valis Group) Ulead GIF Animator (Ulead) WebImage (Group42) X-Stream Adobe Plug-in (Digigami)
MACINTOSH
GIFfun (Stone Design) GIFmation, PhotoGIF, SuperGIF, GIF Prep (BoxTop Software) WebShocker (Recosoft) Graphics Convertor (Lemke Software) ImageMagick (John Cristy)
MovieFlo' (Valis Group) X-Stream Adobe Plug-in (Digigami)
CROSS-PLATFORM SOFTWARE
WebFX (Bill Kendrick) - a web-based utility ImageMagick (John Cristy) - Win9x/ME/NT/2000/XP, Macintosh, VMS, Linux, HP-UX, SUnOS, Solaris, Irix, Aix; >SOURCE CODE: Perl, C, C++, Phython, Jaca, Macintosh Scripting GIFMerge (Rene Mueller) - Unix (precompiled for SunOS4, SGI, HP-UX, ELF-Linux) OS/2, Atari-ST, DOS/NT
UNIX
ImageMagick (John Cristy) GIFMerge (Rene Mueller) WhirlGIF 3 (Hans Dinsen-Hansen/Mark Podlipec)
AMIGA
Personal Paint 7 (part of Amiga Forever) ImageFX
OS/2
MainActor MD+F Animated GIF Writer (Modular Dreams)

Programmers resource

Here is a list of fellow programmers and code resources for programmers developing animated GIF related programs. The source and related platforms are show.
Animated GIF Coding CODE
Animation GIF ActiveX
Active X control
VB OCX
Visual Basic OCX
ImageMagick
(John Cristy)
SOURCE CODE: Perl, C, C++, Phython, Jaca, Macintosh Scripting
GIFMerge
(Rene Mueller)
Unix (precompiled for SunOS4, SGI, HP-UX, ELF-Linux) OS/2, Atari-ST, DOS/NT


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