Monday, June 3, 2013

7GIF: Animated GIF Player for Windows with Playback Controls

For reasons unknown, Microsoft decided to drop support for animated GIF files in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, and it’s unlikely that this feature will ever make a return to the operating system. Previously in Windows XP, you could watch animated GIF images in the default image viewer program. This is simply not possible starting Windows Vista. Now animated GIF images are displayed as static images with only the first frame of the animation visible in Windows Photo Viewer.

7GIF is a GIF image viewing program for Windows that can playback animated GIF images. Additionally, the program offers the user some options that allows them to control the playback of the animation.

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Playback controls include Play and Stop buttons, increase or decrease playback speed, and view next or previous frames. You can also extract the current frame or all frames of the animated GIF file and save them as a collection of JPG images.

There are other controls such as image zoom, load next or previous image in the folder, pin window to top etc.

Drawbacks:

  • Supports only GIF images. Had this program supported all image files, it could have easily replaced the default Windows Photo Viewer.
  • Will extract images only to JPG. The program should have extracted images to the lossless PNG or even GIF.

1 comment:

  1. "Will extract images only to JPG. The program should have extracted images to the lossless PNG or even GIF"

    This is incorrect, you can export frames in JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG, Tiff and WMF format. Just change the file type in the frame saving dialog box and you're good to go!

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