Active GIF Creator 2.23 - User Guide and FAQ
Select menu item Image/Add or click the toolbar button . You can select
BMP, JPEG, GIF, ICO, WMF, EMF, PCX, PNG, TGA or PSD-files for insertion.
Sample directory [located in the \tutorial\samples subfolder of where
Active GIF Creator was installed] contains files named green.bmp, yellow.bmp
and red.bmp. Select the green.bmp file and Active GIF Creator will add
new frame with image from selected file. Repeat this operation for files
yellow.bmp, red.bmp and second time yellow.bmp. Now you have four frames
in the list.
Pasting images from clipboard
Active GIF Creator has possibility to import any images created in other
programs using the clipboard. To paste an image from clipboard select
menu item Image/Paste Image or click the button on the Standard Toolbar
(if you put this button there in the Customize Toolbars dialog).
When you add new images they appear at the end of image list. You can
move them in any place of the list.
To move image up in the list select menu item Image/Move Up or click the
toolbar button Up Arrow.
To move image down in the list select menu item Image/Move Down or click
the toolbar button Down Arrow.
You can also change position of an image in the list by dragging the list
item to new place, using mouse with pressed left button.
To remove image from the list select menu item Image/Delete or click the
toolbar button Cross.
Previewing the animation
To preview animation select menu item Animation/Animate or click the toolbar
button Camera. Image on this button will be changed to Stop. Animation
in Active GIF Creator continues until you stop it or begin editing actions.
To stop animation select menu item Animation/Animate or click the toolbar
Frequently Asked Questions - Active GIF Creator
- How to embed created GIF-file into PowerPoint?
You can put GIF in PowerPoint presentation like any
other graphical file using menu item Insert/Picture/From file in MS
PowerPoint program. PowerPoint has different versions. Help for PowerPoint
97 contains text - "only first frame from GIF is used". Old version
does not animate GIF. PowerPoint 2002 supports animated GIF.
- When I add multiple graphics I'm experiencing
When you add image(s) from graphic file by menu item
Image/Add, new images have attributes defined in dialog File/Preferences
on tab New.
GIF-file is a special case as it already contains frames with attributes.
So you can leave original image attributes if you mark checkbox Keep
original frame attributes of added GIF-files in dialog File/Preferences
on tab Add. Some words about animation loops. It would be strange
to use number of animation loops from added GIF-file as you can add
several GIFs to your newly designed GIF. So you need to set animation
loops on attribute toolbar tab Global.
If you open some GIF by File/Open then Active GIF Creator uses all
global settings and image attributes from this GIF-file.
- How to make an image as background of others
If you want to create some moving object over background
(for example, butterfly in flowers), it is better to create first
non-transparent frame with background and attribute How to remove
= Do not remove. Then you should create some number of transparent
frames with the object; you can define different offsets for frames
to reflect movement; attribute How to remove = To background color
or To previous state. GIF size (and web download time) depends on
sizes of separate images inside GIF. So it is better to make big background
and small transparent frames with offsets instead of frames all with
backgrounds and objects.
If you want to create some new image as combination of your two (or
more) images (merge them) you should check one (or more) images in
the list (left part of program window), then select the second image.
You will see the combined image on tab Compose: it will be saved in
new frame after operation Image/Operations/Merge.
- When I merge two BMPs together I am getting strange
results. I set my transparent colors and I am not getting the first
BMP data in the merge. Also when I select some image to set a transparent
it changes its own colors.
You can try to apply operation Image/Attributes/Delete
Local Palette for source frames before merging and then merge these
frames. If frames have the same global palette then the merged frame
will use this palette too. If two frames inside GIF have local palettes
with different sets of 256 colors then the palette of merged frame
will be converted to some new 256-colored palette.
- I have several images that are drawing on a white
background. When I do the pixel reduction all but the first image
display reverses the white and black part of the images. How is editing
Optimization dialog Remove redundant pixels eliminates
pixels in transparent image that already have been displayed in previous
frame. Result depends on images itself in very great degree. Sometimes
it may even increase size of GIF-file! So try both states of this
checkbox: checked and not checked.
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