Ulead GIF Animator 4

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This software offers you the ease of drag-n-drop in creating

GIF animations for the Web, CDs, etc. Let’s look at how to use it.


Getting familiar

GIF Animator has four major components–the toolbars, the

central work area, the Layer pane on the left, and a Palette toolbar below it.

If you’re a beginner, you can use the Animation wizard, which will guide you

in choosing the image or video files you want to

work on.

Toolbars include the standard Windows toolbar, and the

Attributes toolbar. The latter contains information and settings for each layer

in your GIF animation. Each image layer in the animation is listed in the Layer

pane. You can also select the kind of view you want of these layers–List,

Thumbnail or Filmstrip. The color palette displays the colors used in that



When you click a layer, the image it contains is displayed in

the central work area, while its attributes and settings are displayed in the

Attributes toolbar. Any of these attributes can be redefined or reconfigured,

giving you a lot of flexibility in how the image in that layer is displayed. You

can also import images into GIF Animator. These are assigned default attributes,

unless you’ve already assigned those in some other graphics program.

The effects

The Layer menu contains loads of effects that you can add to

your images, like Transition, Color Animation, Cube effect and Scrolling. From

here, you can also merge different images and make a single animation. The Video

F/X menu contains lots of Video Effects plug-ins that let you create impressive

transitions from one frame to another. You can use these to turn simple,

uneventful images into something entirely wild and new. You can also preview

your work in IE or Netscape.

One of the more powerful features of GIF Animator is its

built-in ability to super-compress animation files. You can compress the size of

image files without losing on quality. All you have to do is choose the

Optimization wizard from the File menu and it’ll guide you through the


Overall, it’s a good animation tool to create snazzy

animations for the Web, or optimize existing ones by removing unnecessary frames

or adding desired effects between selected frames. The learning curve for the

package is also quite low.