GIF Animator, as its name suggests, creates animations out of plain (or static) image files that may exist in a number of contemporary formats including GIF, PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PSD, ICO, PCX, PIC, RLE, DIB, PCD&AVI, just to name a few. It makes available all that you would expect to find in a tool of its kind. You don't need to be a professional or an expert in cartoon/movie/animation creation in order to use it. You will find GIF Animator helpful even if you are an expert in the field; a novice, beginner or lay-user will not be disappointed either. In order to make the interface easy for novices and beginners, GIF Animator has built-in 'wizards' that assist in creating animations, banners, and so on. A novice or beginner only needs to provide some inputs and answer a few, simple questions and the wizard does the rest and creates the result. While the novice gets to enjoy immediate results, the software offers the expert user the choice of making detailed specifications and creating specialized output too (i.e. from the scratch, without using wizards).
GIF Animator is a valuable and handy tool for web developers as it can be used to easily create animated banners, buttons and images that are vital and fundamental components of web-pages. While static web pages are sufficient for purposes of displaying info on the web, they tend to become dull and uninteresting when visited frequently. Animated banners, pictures, movies and other dynamic content, on the other hand, sustain the appeal and keep visitors enjoying the experience of re-visiting web pages. The short learning curve enables almost anyone to create a cartoon, short movie, video tutorial and so on, on the fly. Teachers and trainers can produce videos to teach students. In the corporate world, it also may be used to create videos and presentations for conferences, seminars, annual meetings and the like quickly, provided the scope is small; in the absence of more comprehensive tools like Microsoft's Powerpoint or Windows Live Movie Maker.
Minimum system requirements of this software are: (i) Intel Pentium III processor or equivalent (ii) 512 MB RAM (iii) 30 MB Hard disk space & (iv) High Color adapter. As can be seen from the requirements, this software is frugal on system resources. A single-user license of GIF Animator for personal use (one PC, one user only) is priced at $29.95. For business use, a single-user license costs $49.95. Volume pricing options are also available for business users.
On a market flooded with free and priced image animators and presentation tools, GIF Animator might become a good solution. The only minus point is that it is priced.
- Frugal on system resources.