Animation for the Web Without Fancy Tools
Here are my notes as I learned about using GIF89a's
GifBuilder is a scriptable utility that is used to create and/or edit
animated GIF files on a Macintosh. To download a copy of this freeware
utility, click here.
This utility will also handle TIFF and PICT files, as well as GIFs. You
can also export QuickTime movies as GIF89a.
What is a GIF89a?
Using an existing GIF89a on your Web page
There are many sites on the Web where you can find animated
GIF's for your use.
You can use a GIF89a just as you would a GIF on your Web
page. Using Claris Home Page just drag the GIF89a onto the page where you
want it. When viewed with Netscape 2.0 or higher, the animation will play.
If you want to change the number of times the animation plays
or loop the animation you can do this very easily using GifBuilder.
I put the GifBuilder program on my desktop.
Drag the GIF89a you want to edit onto the icon for GifBuilder.
The Frames Window will open and all of the frames from your
GIF89a will be listed.
Under Options, drag down to Loop. You can choose No looping,
Forever, or fill in the number of times you want the animation to play.
Making an existing GIF89a transparent
Drag your existing GIF89a onto the icon for GifBuilder.
Shift-click or Select All to highlight all the frames in
Under Options, drag to Transparent Background. You will be
given four choices:
Based on First Pixel
I used "Based on First Pixel" to make the background transparent.
Creating your own GIF89a
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Prepare your series of images, saving them with a numbered
sequence (image1.gif, image2.gif...). This will help you know the order
for your animation.
You can use any drawing program to create your pictures.
They can be saved as PICTs, TIFFs, or GIFs.
Drag each image onto the icon for GifBuilder and it will
load them into the Frame Window. You can arrange the order by just dragging.
Select All and then Save As...
an animated gif