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What Is The Best Program For Animated Gifs?

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#1 marcin


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Posted 31 July 2005 - 03:32 PM


I have a problem:
I want to create some animated gifs, but I don't know wich program is good. because some programs accept only 256 colors. I would like to create animated gifs 8bit color.

Is there any compresion for those kind of images? Sometimes 50kb image for the net is to large...

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Posted 31 July 2005 - 11:05 PM

I use Image Ready to make the actual gifs, but use Photoshop to make the layers (which in turn can be used to be frames).

If you want to create 8bit color gifs, then you just have to select 8bit as color option :D which should work in most animator programs.

I once tried Ulead Gif Animator, but I can't for the life of me recall if it had that option.

Fireworks is pretty good too, actually to create webgraphics, it's probably excellent :P and yes, it does crete gifs as well.

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Posted 02 August 2005 - 02:01 PM

well me too did like moon witch ... I had never animated before.! So got a copy of Adobe photoshop cs2 with image ready.!

and first to create an image with layers .! then in image ready u will have to set the order of animation u want .! And trust me its the easiest animator ..! i had ulead gif animator but its tough to configure.! But photoshop-image ready are the best i have ever seen!

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Posted 03 August 2005 - 02:26 PM

ive done a few anim gifs in Macromedia Fireworks. ity pretty easy to use and all. or i think you can also just do a flash movie and export is as a gif.

by the way for me fireworks is a lot more easy to use that photoshop. its just that photoshop can do a lot more stuff that fireworks but it requires that you do a bit of learning to nagivgate the programs and use all its funcitons and all.

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Posted 04 August 2005 - 09:44 AM

I normally use either Imageready or Flash, depending on what I am doing. Both work well. I would say that Flash is easier to use for creating more intricate frame by frame animations.

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Posted 12 August 2005 - 10:58 AM

I have always used ImageReady with photoshop7... it's pretty easy. :D

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Posted 13 August 2005 - 03:05 AM

i'd recommend flash for creating animated gif's. there are lots of resources over the web making it much easier to learn

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Posted 13 August 2005 - 05:32 AM

Yeah concrete is right Flash should be used for anything like that. I use flash and make the stick fight animations (its really hard because you have to animate it frame by frame with the stick fighting things but...) for transforming gifs and stuff like that it is really easy.

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 01:05 AM

If you have photoshop, you can use imageready, but it's a little tricky when you have no actual knownledge of it. but i'm sure you can find online tutorial and you know, you'll eventually get around it.


you can download a trial version of animation shop, a little program that comes with jasc paint shop pro.

you can find it here: jasc.com

it's really simple to use, and you actually can do quite a lot of things.

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Posted 07 September 2005 - 08:02 PM

id have to agree with most everyone when i say that imageready is the best program for animated gifs. if you have photoshop, you have imageready, and you can easily jump into imageready from photoshop without having to search for it in your apps. i've never used fireworks, but im sure its good, considering it's a macromedia program, and i have heard great things about it... but im a creature of habit so, i usually stick to photoshop and imageready.

imageready is also a great program to begin design for websites.....

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Posted 27 September 2005 - 04:20 AM

I am not that much into animation. but whenever i need a small piece of movement using images i try flash and imageready...
Flash is good for creating gif images that is of high quality

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Posted 27 September 2005 - 05:03 AM

I would recommend flash at first. It's very nicer looking with flash in my opinion. But if you don't know how to use the flash, then head on over to adobe image ready. That's very basic and all you need to do is put the pictures together whatever you want, and make it a gif instantly!! It's that simple! Now if it was simple to get a good price on Adobe...

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Posted 27 September 2005 - 08:39 AM

You will get the same two answers wherever you ask this question. It will always be Imageready or Flash. I prefer to use imageready myself just for the fact that it has photoshop at the click of a button. But I really like the look of flash, nice layout easy on the eye. So at the end of the day its purely both down to preference, both will do what you wanted doing.

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 11:06 AM

There is a program called animation shop pro but its not that mentioned although dont think its not good . It rocks !! ive used it over and over again and i dont every get tierd of making animation gifs . There are some bad points ! Its very basic in style but its really good if you wanna create text on the animation . It has a tool to shine the text frame by frame to make a highlight feature . It also has its own painting program which i think is even better than photoshop cs . You can make really cool imgs with it . There is also fireworks which is not that good and you have to prepare the frames and then compress them in to a gif . well there are sites for them too so here they are :


You can download fireworks here . Also if you are making sites with dreamweaver fireworks is the default editor so its good to have it !


thats the link for animation shop pro . The latest version is 3 and you can try or buy it there .

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 12:55 PM


Very nice program, indeed... tried it an it has many advantages!!

Another utility for making animated GIFs is ULEAD GifAnimator...

Very smart to handle and good results!!

You can download a Trial at Ulead-Homepage, just goooogle for it and you'll find :)


Sorry for my bad english, but I'm from Germany :)

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 03:10 PM

Best Program for AnimationWhat Is The Best Program For Animated Gifs?

SwishMax Pro!  I have photoshop CS4 and Swishmax is definitely better for gif animations (and flash stuff as well.)

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 08:16 PM

The AnswerWhat Is The Best Program For Animated Gifs?I have used Photo Shop & Image ready for many moons but I prefer Paint Shop pro & Animation shop.Why? Because I can use every plugin for Photo Shop in Paint Shop Pro and Paint Shop is just more versatile.I can do anything that anyone can do in Photo Shop in Paint Shop pro and I will do it better, faster and easier.Don't get Me wrong both are great programs, It's just I find Paint Shop a little more versatile.These are really the only two choices if You Plan on doing this much, the others will not do near as much graphically..-reply by Earl J. Photomiester

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