Animated GIFs

13/7/11

Readan, Parishioners,

an article by Anil DashAnimated GIFs Triumphant (thx boingboing)

GIF’s origins are modest. The Graphics Interchange Format was introduced by Compuserve in 1987 with a specification published by the late Larry Wood. By just two years later, GIF had grown popular enough that the specification was updated, with a fairly rudimentary ability to display multiple images bolted onto the specification. (The spec warned, “The Graphics Interchange Format is not intended as a platform for animation, even though it can be done in a limited way.”)As the browser wars heated up, Netscape decided to embrace the primitive-but-fun animation capability of the image format, and made it part of their browser.

 While most museums of GIFs pay homage to their shlocky, tacky ubiquity in the pre-social era of the web, the format today has evolved into a transcendent, expressive medium.

I followed a few links (DO IT!)

and thought I should post a few examples

My Favourite:

I can also be MANY people inside of my mind

Shlocky, Tacky, Classic:

well-recognized for her outré sense of style

I told him we already got one…

hot Hot HOT!

I've always wanted to try this!

I just had to put this in – I discovered it around 1998

& used it in my first ever (unpublished) website.

 

Walk This Way, Parishioners!

Transcendent, Expressive:

(Especial Blessings to From Me To You)

Lovely indeed

oh so Coco

Lest We Forget:

The original sample source file was produced and prepared by the development team of the ground-breaking 3D character animation software product Character Studio (used with 3D Studio Max, both products from Kinetix/Autodesk)

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