Animated GIF / by Michael Foley


Animated GIF is coded using the Graphics Interchange Format (always shortened as GIF) is a bitmap image format widely used on the Internet for its flexible web support and

portability. The format, which supports up to 8 bits per pixel and a palette of up to 256 distinct colors for each frame, is well-suited for handling simpler images like graphics and logos

with solid color areas, while it doesn’t fare as well in reproduction of color photographs with continuous colors. GIF was one of the first two image formats commonly used on the web

and the first image format to support color display until the arrival of JPEG in 1992.