The first is one that has stood the test of time. The .JPEG digital image compression format became the de facto standard to display photos on the internet. What .JPEG did not do well was display bit map images, hence the GIF file format became a popular counterpart due to features not available in other formats (including animation). GIFs all but disappeared thanks to the proliferation of the portable network graphics .PNG file format, but it’s making a comeback.
GIFs Make Movies
GIFs are not dead, but .PNGs seem to be in more use, but the GIF has a feature much beloved by amateur videographers, captured perfectly in Capture GIF for the Mac, a clever utility which lets you record your Mac’s screen and save it as a GIF animation video.
That makes Capture GIF a Mac screen capture tool which creates files small enough to be shared or placed online for easy viewing. Each screen capture can be previewed instantly. It also records the OS X Menubar, but can also record any section of a Mac’s screen.
Click the Menubar, select Record to begin recording a section of the Mac’s screen. Click again and select Stop Recording to stop the recording.
As easy as it is to capture screen videos in Capture GIF, it’s not devoid of useful features.
For example, you can choose settings which enable or disable the Mac’s mouse or screen pointer. The frame rate can be selected, too. And, because it’s a GIF89a file, you can set the delay time, and loop count for the finished image.
Animated GIF movie file sizes tend to be smaller which makes them perfect for website use or to share with others. Even the iOS App Store has a number of video apps which create animated GIFs. It may be old technology, relative to technology years in the internet age, but it’s found a new life.
And, FWIW, I pronounce it the way the creator of the GIF pronounces it– JIF.