Marty Andrews

artful code

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Do animated gif's suck?

A client I'm working for recently asked for some basic animation on a web page as an indication of activity. One of the developers on the team created an animated gif of a barber-pole for him. I groaned inwardly when I found out, but then went home to try it myself...I'm the first to admit that I'm not very good when it comes to creating graphics, and this was no exception. The resulting image is the anagram animation at the top of the page. To build it, I created each of the frames in powerpoint and saved the slide pack as a series of gif images. Then I imported each of them into a gif animation tool frame by frame and set the timing on each. I had to tweak the image size down quite a bit, and finally I crunched it to get the file size as small as I could.I like the result, but I'm not sure that I like putting it on my web-site. Does it suck? I'm reminded of an IBM ad that ran in Australia where developers argue about using a spinning logo or a flaming logo. The business representative suggests that they could instead actually build some functionality like automation of supply-chain ordering. Confusion kicks in quickly.What do you think? It's only on the blog section of my site so far. If popular demand agrees that its sucky, I'll move it off to a far corner where people interested in those things can find it.

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