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CG4: Animated GIFs Only Animate in Web Browsers

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SYMPTOMS
If you insert an animated GIF (CompuServe Graphics Interchange Format)image into a client application's document such as Microsoft Word,Microsoft PowerPoint or Microsoft Publisher 98, only the first frameof the animated GIF is displayed. However, once the document is convertedto HyperText Markup Language (HTML) format and displayed in a Webbrowser capable of playing the animation, the frames that comprisethe animated GIF play and appear animated.

You can view the animation sequence of an animated GIF by clicking thePlay button when you are viewing the animated GIF in Clip Gallery 4.0.Although Clip Gallery 4.0 allows you to play the animated GIF, ClipGallery does not provide any play capability for the client application.
CAUSE
The animated GIF is intended for use within a Web browser capable ofdisplaying each frame that comprises the animation sequence. MicrosoftClip Gallery 4.0 provides the capability for displaying the animationto allow you to preview how the animation sequence will appear whenthe GIF is displayed in a Web browser capable of playing the framesequence.

Client applications that provide web authoring capabilities do notcontain functionality that allows the frames of an animated GIF tobe played. Hence, they display the first frame of the animated GIFonly. Client applications, such as Microsoft Word, MicrosoftPowerPoint, and Microsoft Publisher as well as other programs, aredesigned to display a static image, which is the first frame of ananimated GIF.
MORE INFORMATION
Clip Gallery 4.0 is a media cataloging program that works with anyapplication that allows the use of an Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)server. However, Clip Gallery is intended to provide a means ofcataloging clip art, motion, and audio content for use within clientapplications rather than as a mechanism for playing animated GIFs or movieformats, such as Audio Video Interleave (AVI).

The CompuServe Graphics Interchange Format version 89a allows a singleGIF file to contain multiple pictures. If a GIF file contains severalpictures, and there are only slight changes between each picture, that fileis often called an "animated GIF."

Many Internet browsers (such as Microsoft Internet Explorer and NetscapeNavigator) are specially designed so that when they display a GIF filethat contains multiple pictures, they display the individual pictures insequence.

Unlike the Microsoft Video for Windows (.avi) and Apple QuickTime Movieformats, the GIF format is primarily designed to display static pictures,not for animation. The most common reason to create an animated GIF is toprovide multimedia effects to HTML documents on the World Wide Web. Forthis reason, the only types of programs that display the animation effectsfall into one of these categories:

  • Web browsers
  • Animated GIF editing programs (such as Microsoft GIF Animator, which ships with Microsoft FrontPage 98)
  • Media cataloging programs (such as Microsoft Clip Gallery 4.0, which ships with Microsoft Publisher 98.)
Very few programs not in one of these categories display animated GIF filesas animated.

Although Help within the various Microsoft programs discusses theanimated GIF to some degree, the behavior of the animated GIF withina client program may not be specific. For example, there may existcertain computer configurations that allow you to preview the animationsequence of a GIF within a client application. However, the intendedbehavior of an animated GIF within a client program is to displaythe first frame of the image rather then playing the sequenced frame set.

Please refer to the client program's online documentation to determinehow to export or save the file as HTML to ensure the animation sequence ofan animated GIF will display within a Web browser capable of displaying theanimation.

For additional information, please see the following article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
191396 PUB98: Animated GIFs Animate in Programs Supporting Animation

154814 PUB97: Animated GIFs Don't Animate After Exporting as HTML
Please refer to your Web browser documentation to determine if your browseris capable of playing the animated GIF.
graphics, motion animation GIF GIF89a play frames browser animate OLE server
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Article ID: 191440 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 09:08:06 - Revision: 1.0

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