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Active GIF Creator 2.23 - User Guide and FAQ

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Add frames

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).

Reordering frames

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 button Stop.

Frequently Asked Questions - Active GIF Creator

  1. 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.

  2. When I add multiple graphics I'm experiencing problems.
    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.

  3. How to make an image as background of others images?
    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 such images?
    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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