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What is a Gif #1294909
Mon Jan 14 2019 11:49 PM
Mon Jan 14 2019 11:49 PM
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WE b OLD  Offline OP
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marion, in. usa
in plain language.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2015 GMC terrain.
Pix on Photobucket
Re: What is a Gif [Re: WE b OLD] #1294913
Tue Jan 15 2019 12:32 AM
Tue Jan 15 2019 12:32 AM
Tiny  Offline
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Posts: 8,464
South Central Kansas
It's an image format. There are a number of differing formats. Some are dot matrix, or often called Raster (lots of small dots, or pixels, of differing colors that make up an image when viewed from a distance) and some are vector based (actual lines). .jpg is dot matrix as is .tif where Windows Metafile is vector based. Gif is a Raster format. <CLICK> If you're in doubt zoom in real close. If it's a Raster image you'll start seeing individual pixels.

Last edited by Tiny; Tue Jan 15 2019 12:40 AM.

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Re: What is a Gif [Re: WE b OLD] #1294916
Tue Jan 15 2019 12:41 AM
Tue Jan 15 2019 12:41 AM
tclederman  Offline
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Posts: 27,512
Jarvisburg, NC
Graphic Interchange File

“1987
The inventor of the Gif file has revealed that the world has been mispronouncing his creation. Steve Wilhite, who invented the Gif file in 1987, told the New York Times that the word is pronounced “jif” not “giff”. “The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations. They are wrong.May 22, 2013”

https://mashable.com/2012/10/19/animated-gif-history/#wQLLBDKefiql


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: What is a Gif [Re: WE b OLD] #1294919
Tue Jan 15 2019 01:01 AM
Tue Jan 15 2019 01:01 AM
Tiny  Offline
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South Central Kansas
I should add that any image, even a vector image will appear as a Rastor image on your computer screen since computer images are based on pixels by nature. Good info there Tim. It seems I've been pronouncing it right all along by accident. grin

Last edited by Tiny; Tue Jan 15 2019 01:03 AM.

Save a life, adopt a senior shelter pet.
The three main causes of blindness: Cataracts, Politics, Religion.
Name your dog Naked so you can walk Naked in the park.
Re: What is a Gif [Re: WE b OLD] #1294921
Tue Jan 15 2019 01:21 AM
Tue Jan 15 2019 01:21 AM
tclederman  Offline
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Posts: 27,512
Jarvisburg, NC
I used to pronunce it correctly, but I went astray, Tiny

Looking up this answer reminded me of the correct pronunciation.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: What is a Gif [Re: WE b OLD] #1294923
Tue Jan 15 2019 01:33 AM
Tue Jan 15 2019 01:33 AM
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WE b OLD  Offline OP
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Posts: 6,253
marion, in. usa
Thanks, I googled it earlier and I did not understand a word of the explanation. At least it made a little more sense. Then I went back and read more of the development and realized that I really don't care, I will just wallow in my computer ignorance. Ignorance is bliss. nanner

Last edited by WE b OLD; Tue Jan 15 2019 01:39 AM.

Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2015 GMC terrain.
Pix on Photobucket
Re: What is a Gif [Re: WE b OLD] #1294998
Tue Jan 15 2019 10:59 PM
Tue Jan 15 2019 10:59 PM
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EchoBravoSierra  Offline
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Posts: 160
Spring, TX
Gifs are best known for the animated varieties, like the dancing banana on your reply. It's like a mini-video without sound, and it's a short loop animation made up of fewer "frames" than a typical video would be made of. As far as the technical explanation of how the animated gifs are made, I couldn't tell ya.

Re: What is a Gif [Re: WE b OLD] #1295013
Wed Jan 16 2019 01:06 AM
Wed Jan 16 2019 01:06 AM
tclederman  Offline
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Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 27,512
Jarvisburg, NC
You described pretty well how an animated GIF works, EBS
(first, an animated GIF is a collection of GIFs)

"An animated GIF is an image encoded in graphics interchange format (GIF), which contains a number of images or frames in a single file and is described by its own graphic control extension. The frames are presented in a specific order in order to convey animation. An animated GIF can loop endlessly or stop after a few sequences."


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: What is a Gif [Re: WE b OLD] #1295057
Wed Jan 16 2019 01:04 PM
Wed Jan 16 2019 01:04 PM
John Milliman  Offline
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Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 4,036
St. Mary's Co., MD
And who cares, anyway? Us graphics snobs work in .jpg or vector-based ... nanner


John

'49 Chevrolet 3804
'70 Boston Whaler Sakonnet w/ '84 Evinrude 90
'85 Ford F-350 "The Farm Dawg"

Re: What is a Gif [Re: WE b OLD] #1295080
Wed Jan 16 2019 05:14 PM
Wed Jan 16 2019 05:14 PM
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Jon G  Offline
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Posts: 839
Dallas, TX
There are free gif file maker programs out there. If you can draw reasonably well, animated gif files are fun, interesting to make and very eye-catching. They aren't large files, either. You will need a scanner. Once you get the sequence of movement drawn, it is easy to make characters walk across your computer screen, jump up and down, drink a glass of water, wink, peek around corners, swing on a vine, jack up a car, chop down a tree or whatever. I used them on eBay to catch attention (back when eBay allowed you to write your own HTML for listings).


Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end

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