Animated gif files


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Panic

My new computer came with Win 7 Home Premium. I found that when I opened
a gif file that previously had animation, the animation was no longer there.
I found
if I right click the gif file, choose Open With, and choose Internet
Explorer, the gif again
has the animation there. So, in IE I can choose Select All, Copy, and then
can paste it into an email WITH the animation intact. (using Open With,
none of the other options regained the animation except for Internet
Explorer.)
 
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Nil

My new computer came with Win 7 Home Premium. I found that when I
opened a gif file that previously had animation, the animation was
no longer there. I found
if I right click the gif file, choose Open With, and choose
Internet Explorer, the gif again
has the animation there. So, in IE I can choose Select All, Copy,
and then can paste it into an email WITH the animation intact.
(using Open With, none of the other options regained the animation
except for Internet Explorer.)
Is there a question in there?

It's up to the viewing program whether to display the animation or not.
Internet Explorer obviously does. You never bothered to mention in your
first paragraph what you viewed it with, but it obviously doesn't. If
you're emailing an animated gif to someone, it's up to them to use a
program that displays it properly. You have no control over what they
use.

I like Irfanview for viewing and simple editing of images.
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Nil said:
Is there a question in there?

It's up to the viewing program whether to display the animation or
not. Internet Explorer obviously does. You never bothered to mention
in your first paragraph what you viewed it with, but it obviously
doesn't. If you're emailing an animated gif to someone, it's up to
them to use a program that displays it properly. You have no control
over what they use.

I like Irfanview for viewing and simple editing of images.
I have Windows 7 Ultimate x64, and animated gifs run in IE 8,
Firefox 2, Thunderbird 2, and irfanview.
 
P

Panic

Thanks Nil. I guess I had always automatically been able to view animated
gifs on my old Windows XP computer. I never chose which program to view
them with in Outlook Express. On my new Sony All-in-one desktop with Win 7
and WLM installed, the animated gifs didn't move. I used Open With and
tried about 5 different viewers including Paint..Paint Shop Pro...MS Office
picture manager...etc.. The only one that gave me action was first opening
them in IE and then copy/pasting it in WLM. I thought I'd discovered
something great and was sharing it. Wrong.

I downloaded and installed irfanview and chose it as the program to open
gif files. Now, if I send myself an animated gif when I receive it, it
opens with animation. Thanks Nil & Dave.
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Panic said:
Thanks Nil. I guess I had always automatically been able to view
animated gifs on my old Windows XP computer. I never chose which
program to view them with in Outlook Express. On my new Sony
All-in-one desktop with Win 7 and WLM installed, the animated gifs
didn't move. I used Open With and tried about 5 different viewers
including Paint..Paint Shop Pro...MS Office picture manager...etc..
The only one that gave me action was first opening them in IE and
then copy/pasting it in WLM. I thought I'd discovered something
great and was sharing it. Wrong.

I downloaded and installed irfanview and chose it as the program to
open gif files. Now, if I send myself an animated gif when I
receive it, it opens with animation. Thanks Nil & Dave.
Paint Shop Pro doesn't do animated gifs, at least the older versions
don't, but Animation Shop, which is included with PSP, does.
 
A

Ann Watson

Dave said:
Paint Shop Pro doesn't do animated gifs, at least the older versions
don't, but Animation Shop, which is included with PSP, does.
Paint Shop Pro hasn't included Animation Shop for several
versions now (possibly PSP 9 was the last to do so), sometime
after Corel took over. It was briefly a separate product but
they no longer produce it.
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Ann said:
Paint Shop Pro hasn't included Animation Shop for several versions now
(possibly PSP 9 was the last to do so), sometime after Corel took over.
It was briefly a separate product but they no longer produce it.
Thanks for the info. That's probably why I'm still using PSP 5. :)
 
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Nil

On my new Sony All-in-one desktop with Win 7 and WLM installed,
the animated gifs didn't move.
Windows Live Mail displays animated gifs just fine for me.
 
G

Grenou

Nil said:
Windows Live Mail displays animated gifs just fine for me.

You are lucky and likely the only person on the planet who can see the
animation in WLM before you send it elsewhere :)

When open an animated Gif in Windows Explorer, or add an animated gif to a
message, I can't see the animation itself, just a static image, unless I
check it in IrfanView or Paints Shop Pro's Animation Shop, or Internet
Explorer.
Microsoft, in their wisdom, stopped showing animations as a security measure
apparently. Very annoying, but then WLM is full of annoying 'improvements'.

Grenou
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Grenou said:
You are lucky and likely the only person on the planet who can see
the animation in WLM before you send it elsewhere :)

When open an animated Gif in Windows Explorer, or add an animated gif
to a message, I can't see the animation itself, just a static image,
unless I check it in IrfanView or Paints Shop Pro's Animation Shop,
or Internet Explorer. Microsoft, in their wisdom, stopped showing
animations as a security measure apparently. Very annoying, but then
WLM is full of annoying 'improvements'.
Nil didn't specify when WLM showed the animation, before sending, after
sending, or on receipt. I use Thunderbird, and it shows the animation
after sending (in the "sent" folder) and upon receipt, but not before
sending. It's just listed as an attachment. Is WLM different?
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Ann said:
You can't be using Win7 then?!
Oh, yes. 64 bit, even. Pinned to the taskbar and everything. I don't
remember if I used the "Troubleshoot compatibility" option, or not.
 
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Nil

You are lucky and likely the only person on the planet who can see
the animation in WLM before you send it elsewhere :)
Where did you get that from? I said no such thing. Please don't put
words in my mouth.

I sent myself an email containing an animated gif. When I viewed the
message, the animation displayed just as it should.
When open an animated Gif in Windows Explorer, or add an animated
gif to a message, I can't see the animation itself, just a static
image, unless I check it in IrfanView or Paints Shop Pro's
Animation Shop, or Internet Explorer.
Microsoft, in their wisdom, stopped showing animations as a
security measure apparently. Very annoying, but then WLM is full
of annoying 'improvements'.
Why would anybody care if the animation displays before sending? You
already know what it is. The important part is how it looks to the
receiver, and WLM does that just fine. Just create a regular email with
an attachment, not a "photo email."
 
G

Grenou

Dave "Crash" Dummy said:
Nil didn't specify when WLM showed the animation, before sending, after
sending, or on receipt. I use Thunderbird, and it shows the animation
after sending (in the "sent" folder) and upon receipt, but not before
sending. It's just listed as an attachment. Is WLM different?

It's one of my biggest dislikes about WLM (amongst others).
Not being able to see an animation before you send it, unless jumping
through hoops to use other methods, is plain stupid.
I insert the animated Gif 'inline'. Nothing moves before I send it, but does
when I look in the Sent folder.
XP & Outlook Express didn't make such a fuss and showed what you wanted to
see.
Windows 7 is nice, but WLM isn't.
(I have tried Thunderbird, but we didn't get on)

Grenou
 
O

Ophelia

Grenou said:
You are lucky and likely the only person on the planet who can see the
animation in WLM before you send it elsewhere :)

When open an animated Gif in Windows Explorer, or add an animated gif to a
message, I can't see the animation itself, just a static image, unless I
check it in IrfanView or Paints Shop Pro's Animation Shop, or Internet
Explorer.
Microsoft, in their wisdom, stopped showing animations as a security
measure apparently. Very annoying, but then WLM is full of annoying
'improvements'.
Nodnodnod!
 
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Nil

It's one of my biggest dislikes about WLM (amongst others).
Not being able to see an animation before you send it, unless
jumping through hoops to use other methods, is plain stupid.
I insert the animated Gif 'inline'. Nothing moves before I send
it, but does when I look in the Sent folder.
Why is that important to you? You already know its an animated gif
before you attach it to the message. What difference does it make
whether or not you can see the attachment move? Seems to me it's
nothing to get so worked up about.
 
G

Grenou

Miaow ... hiss

Nil said:
Where did you get that from? I said no such thing. Please don't put
words in my mouth.

I sent myself an email containing an animated gif. When I viewed the
message, the animation displayed just as it should.


Why would anybody care if the animation displays before sending? You
already know what it is. The important part is how it looks to the
receiver, and WLM does that just fine. Just create a regular email with
an attachment, not a "photo email."
 
G

Grenou

See my previous post :)

Nil said:
Why is that important to you? You already know its an animated gif
before you attach it to the message. What difference does it make
whether or not you can see the attachment move? Seems to me it's
nothing to get so worked up about.
 
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Nil

See my previous post :)
I've read all your posts in this thread. None of them say why you or
anyone would need or want to be able to see an animated gif in action
from within Windows Live Mail before you send it.

Seems completely unnecessary to me.
 

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