Graphics Interchange Format

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2021-10-03 16:06:49
GIF is a bitmap image format that allows a lossless compression by reducing the image to 256 distinct colors. It has been replaced by PNG after fear over patent issues. It is still widely used for animation as it's the only format that supports animation and that is widely supported by browsers.
Common image file formats
GIF
Developed byCompuServe
Year1987 (still)
1989 (animated)
ProsSimple animations/short video clips
Widely supported format
Transparency support
Lossless compression
Smaller file sizes
ConsLimited to 256 colors (8-bit per pixel). Only binary transparency.
Features
Vector graphicsNo
Raster imageYes
LosslessYes
Animation supportYes
Transparency support- Only all-or-nothing, no semi-transparency
Layers supportNo
HDRNo
Maximum bit depth8-bit (but only 256 different colors)
CMYK support (for print)No
Maximum number of channels1 (palette data)
Commonly used forAnimation
Simple web graphics
Browser support (without plugin)
Google ChromeYes
Microsoft EdgeYes
SafariYes
FirefoxYes
OperaYes
Internet ExplorerYes
Additional
File extensions.gif
Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_Interchange_Format
  • 2011-04-11 23:49:06
    2021-10-03 16:06:49
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