Once in a while, it’s fun to play with animated GIFs. These are the little moving images you often see at websites. Some people like them so much that they collect large numbers of them.
Other people really enjoy making them. If you’ve never created an animated (active) GIF, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is if you have the right tool.
I’ve tried a number of GIF tools over the years, but UnFREEZ is typically the one I use for simple and quick projects.
Grab a copy
The first thing to do is to go to the Whitsoftdev website and download UnFREEZ. You will first be amazed at how small this utility is. It’s less than 20K in size. It’s offered as a ZIP file, so all you need to do is extract it to a folder on your hard drive, then double click to run it.
Here’s what it looks like.
How does it work?
Create or gather some GIF files, make sure that they are all the same dimensions, then drag them one at a time into the frame window on UnFREEZ.
As you can see in the screen-shot above, I dragged in 5 files and they are all 284 x 96 pixels in size. If you want your animation to keep playing over and over, be sure to place a check in the Loop animationcheck-box. The Frame delayis the amount of time each of your images is shown before the next one displays. The Frame delay is measured in hundredths of a second, so that 100cs is equal to 1 second.
Once you have your GIFs loaded, the loop set and the frame delay entered, you are ready to push the Make Animated GIFbutton to create your new file.
Don’t be too concerned about getting the frame delay set perfectly the first try. You can always change the delay and regenerate a new file.
Here’s a cute little animated sign I made just for this article. It only took me a few minutes to create.
Note: If you don’t like UnFREEZ, you can also create animated gifs online at GIFUP.
Techie Buzz Verdict:
UnFREEZ is a perfect little tool for people just starting to learn about animated GIFs. It’s great for small projects, however, you can also use it to make some pretty decent GIF movies.
Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)