GIF – Graphics Interchange Format!
Graphics Interchange Format
What is GIF short for?
The Graphics Interchange Format, or GIF, was first developed by computer scientists working at CompuServe back in 1987. And while it has swelled or dipped, the debate over how to pronounce the acronym for those minute looping animations became a thing once the GIF really took off.
What is the purpose of a GIF?
GIFs are dynamic, which allows them to show off details and motion that static photos simply can’t. The animation allows for a great opportunity to highlight a key function or feature of your product.
Why was .GIF created?
Developer Steve Wilhite and his team at tech giant CompuServe had a problem to solve: how to make a computer display an image while also saving memory. His new creation could be used for exchange images between computers, and he called it Graphics Interchange Format. The GIF was born.
When should I use a GIF?
Use GIF when your graphic uses a relatively low number of colors, there are hard-edged shapes, large areas of solid color, or needs to make use of binary transparency. These exact same rules apply for 8-Bit PNG’s. You can think of them almost exactly like GIF files.
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