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Cyotek Gif Animator 0.0.2.0 beta

Create, edit and play animated GIFs

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 19 June 2014
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Cyotek Gif Animator 0.0.2.0 beta
Create, edit and play animated GIFs

Cyotek Gif Animator is a capable tool for creating and working with animated GIFs.

At its simplest, you might open an existing animation, resize it, change any background colour, add or remove a comment, and decide whether (and how often) it should loop.

A simple timeline also allows you to work on individual frames. You're able to delete existing frames, insert, duplicate or rearrange others, and decide how long any particular frame can be displayed.

The big problem with animated GIFs is they're limited to 256 colours, but Cyotek Gif Animator can minimise any issues by optimising your palette. There's also support for importing an existing palette in various formats (Photoshop's .aco, GIMP's .gpl and more).

All these commands can be used to create a new GIF animation based on your own images. And while it's not ideal, a reasonably clear interface ensures you'll be producing quality work right away.

This would be enough, all on its own, but Cyotek Gif Animator has a surprising bonus feature in its command line client. This can import images, set durations, palettes and comments, and export the finished results: perfect if you'd like to automatically produce animations from your own scripts.

Version 0.0.2.0 brings:
    •Added a new option to the Preview Animation dialog which allows you to specify how frames with a disposal method of Undefined are drawn. This is an interim measure until something more robust can be determined.
    •Updated FreeImage to 3.16.0.0
    •Added experimental plugin framework for adding image effects
    •Setup now allows you to customize which components are installed
    •Added product RSS notifications add-in
    •Added a helper tool for backing up and restoring settings, or for resetting settings to default values
    •Added a stand-alone update check tool

Verdict:

The interface didn't always work as we expected, and GIF animation playback was sometimes slow. For an early beta, though, Cyotek Gif Animator performs extremely well. It has a stack of useful editing tools, while an excellent command line client can create your animations entirely automatically.

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