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>>> Techies... Need some suggestions on a program

 
Colonel Claymore
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>>> Techies... Need some suggestions on a program
I am looking for a program to create animated gifs etc. I have never tried doing my own before so simplicity would be great. I don't trust the sites that advertise the crap because they are, well, they are usually full of crap. Best source has always been and will continue to be the users, something Bill Gates forgot about apparentlythwak

Any program suggestions/reviews would be appreciated and of course free ware is always welcome as well as special effects etc if possible..

Thanks in advance

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Re: >>> Techies... Need some suggestions on a program
Learn Java.
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Re: >>> Techies... Need some suggestions on a program
Learn Java.
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Haven;t they automated the javascript into an easier to use program yet that is specifically for this type of application, or do I have to work with something like ADOBE for that???
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Re: >>> Techies... Need some suggestions on a program
Personally, I use Macromedia Fireworks to create animated GIFs. It has wonderful tools for doing professional quality GIF animations. Macromedia was bought by Adobe recently, so if you buy the newest version of Fireworks then it would be 'Adobe Fireworks'. But you don't need the newest version. I'm sure you can pick up an older version fairly cheap on eBay.

Fireworks might be overkill if all you are interested in is animated GIFs. Fireworks is a very powerful program. Think of it as a scaled down version of Adobe PhotoShop but easier to use. Fireworks is mainly used to mock up web site designs, create web site animations and buttons, and to perform basic photo editing tasks. I find myself using Fireworks far more than PhotoShop to do basic photo editing (like resizing photos) because the Fireworks program opens so much faster than PhotoShop because PhotoShop is a huge program now.
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Re: >>> Techies... Need some suggestions on a program
Personally, I use Macromedia Fireworks to create animated GIFs. It has wonderful tools for doing professional quality GIF animations. Macromedia was bought by Adobe recently, so if you buy the newest version of Fireworks then it would be 'Adobe Fireworks'. But you don't need the newest version. I'm sure you can pick up an older version fairly cheap on eBay.

Fireworks might be overkill if all you are interested in is animated GIFs. Fireworks is a very powerful program. Think of it as a scaled down version of Adobe PhotoShop but easier to use. Fireworks is mainly used to mock up web site designs, create web site animations and buttons, and to perform basic photo editing tasks. I find myself using Fireworks far more than PhotoShop to do basic photo editing (like resizing photos) because the Fireworks program opens so much faster than PhotoShop because PhotoShop is a huge program now.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 508853

Thanks for the heads up. I really appreciate it. Haven;t played with Macromedia too much, but I think I actually have a copy lying around. 3 kids, too busy LOL

cheers
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I know you said free but you could try Ulead Gif Animator.
I did have a copy at one time, pretty good program.

[link to www.download.com]
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Re: >>> Techies... Need some suggestions on a program
Personally, I use Macromedia Fireworks to create animated GIFs. It has wonderful tools for doing professional quality GIF animations. Macromedia was bought by Adobe recently, so if you buy the newest version of Fireworks then it would be 'Adobe Fireworks'. But you don't need the newest version. I'm sure you can pick up an older version fairly cheap on eBay.

Fireworks might be overkill if all you are interested in is animated GIFs. Fireworks is a very powerful program. Think of it as a scaled down version of Adobe PhotoShop but easier to use. Fireworks is mainly used to mock up web site designs, create web site animations and buttons, and to perform basic photo editing tasks. I find myself using Fireworks far more than PhotoShop to do basic photo editing (like resizing photos) because the Fireworks program opens so much faster than PhotoShop because PhotoShop is a huge program now.

Thanks for the heads up. I really appreciate it. Haven;t played with Macromedia too much, but I think I actually have a copy lying around. 3 kids, too busy LOL

cheers
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Re: >>> Techies... Need some suggestions on a program
I know you said free but you could try Ulead Gif Animator.
I did have a copy at one time, pretty good program.

[link to www.download.com]
 Quoting: Curtis Loew

Doesn't have to necessarily be free, but if there is a good program out there that is free, that of course is preferable. If I can find a good program, I would happily buy it. I just need the feedback to gauge my decision should I go that route...

I just want something reasonably simplistic is all to do various things with websites etc. I am really busy and don;t really have the time to sit and learn some new vast program. I am still sorting out many of the adobe photoshop features...

I will check out the link you gave and thanks for the heads up. It is appreciated...
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Re: >>> Techies... Need some suggestions on a program
Get The Gimp and it's companion animator package. All freeware. www.gimp.org


And if you really want to have some fun go get Blender . Also freeware. www.blender.org
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Re: >>> Techies... Need some suggestions on a program
Get The Gimp and it's companion animator package. All freeware. www.gimp.org


And if you really want to have some fun go get Blender . Also freeware. www.blender.org
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Cool. I will check them out...
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Re: >>> Techies... Need some suggestions on a program
just search in web page for free animated gif programs, check out some of the reviews, then download what you may like to check them out.
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Re: >>> Techies... Need some suggestions on a program
[link to www.gimp.org]

get gimp it is free.

it is a toned down ps.

have fun.
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[link to www.gimp.org]

get gimp it is free.

it is a toned down ps.

have fun.
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Thanks. I appreciate it and thanks to everyone that replied. Makes the lives of us knuckle dragging cavemen a bit easier...chuckle





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