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Old Jan 30, 2007, 07:16 PM   #1
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Need to edit animated GIF

I inherited an animated GIF that I need to edit but I can't find software to do it. I've tried a few shareware apps like GIFfun but they don't seem to edit existing animated GIFs, they just create new ones. Or am I missing something?

I don't have Photoshop. I have Seashore, a freeware image editor.

Any recommendations for a freeware or trial app that I can use to edit one of the frames in an animated gif? Thanks.
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Old Jan 30, 2007, 07:19 PM   #2
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Check out versiontracker.com for all kinds of mac freeware/shareware!

gifbuilder looks like a good bet!
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Old Jan 30, 2007, 08:43 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help...I tried a few on versiontracker. Just tried gifbuilder and it won't open any of my gif files. All GIF files are disabled in the open dialog.

I see online that someone else had this issue.

this is getting frustrating.
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Old Jan 30, 2007, 09:43 PM   #4
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trial verson of photoshop?
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Old Jan 31, 2007, 07:47 AM   #5
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Download a trial of the CS2 suite, or try to get Photshop CS2 which should come with Adobe ImageReady - this will allow you to edit existing animated GIFs. That's the one you want if you like using adobe products.

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Old Jan 31, 2007, 09:43 AM   #6
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is the animation so fast you can't capture the frame you like and edit it?
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Old Mar 26, 2008, 10:17 AM   #7
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great advice, but...

I was reading the thread and I got all excited because it seemed to answer all my questions and then I tried to open ImageReady through Photoshop but apparently ImageReady was discontinued and since I have CS3 I'm out of luck. Any suggestions???
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Old Mar 26, 2008, 11:36 AM   #8
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Photoshop CS3 has an Animation Palette. No need for ImageReady.

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adobe fireworks

You can also use adobe fireworks.
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Old Mar 26, 2008, 12:22 PM   #10
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Photoshop CS3 has an Animation Palette. No need for ImageReady.

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CS2 had an Animation Pallette, as well. I don't think you can open all the frames of an animated gif in PS.
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Old Mar 26, 2008, 09:37 PM   #11
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Can confirm that gifs are editable in Fireworks & ImageReady CS2.
I don't know of other packages that do so..
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Old Mar 26, 2008, 10:25 PM   #12
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I was reading the thread and I got all excited because it seemed to answer all my questions and then I tried to open ImageReady through Photoshop but apparently ImageReady was discontinued and since I have CS3 I'm out of luck. Any suggestions???
to edit an animated gif in CS3 you have to import the file as a video. But first you have to change the file extension from .gif to .mov so you can select it since the stupid import thing only lets you select video files.
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When I imported the file as .mov it ididn't show multiple frames. It condensed the gif into a picture. What I wound up doing was downloading the trial version of Adobe Fireworks and it did exactly what I wanted. Thanks everybody for all the help
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Old Mar 18, 2009, 05:52 AM   #14
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does not work with my Photoshop CS3 aswell. Whatever parameters I use upon importing, I only get one Layer and one Frame.
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Old Mar 19, 2009, 05:46 AM   #15
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You can import all frames using ImageReady CS2 (comes with PhotoShop CS2).

I think with CS3 & 4 it's Fireworks you need.
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This is an old thread now, but it comes up high in the results for Google searches for Mac animated GIF editing software so I thought I'd update it in case other people find the information below useful.

A very good solution is Pixen, which is specifically designed for this kind of work and is completely free / open source (under the extremely permissive MIT licence):
http://opensword.org/Pixen/
Since it knows about things like fixed length palettes and binary transparency, where a single colour within a palette is marked as transparent, it becomes very easy to take e.g. a solid background colour animated GIF and change the background colour to transparent, thus updating all frames. In conjunction with this site, that makes it very easy to have animated progress indicators which degrade well on browsers lacking animated PNG or MNG support:
http://www.loadinfo.net/
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Old May 8, 2010, 04:23 PM   #17
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Pixen seems to be abandon ware (last revision 2006),

and furthermore it seems useless to me. after importing an animated gif I can't even convince it to play an animation in its preview window
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 10:34 AM   #18
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Re: Need to edit animated GIF

I know this is an old post, but it still comes up in Google.

So I opened an animated GIF in Adobe Photoshop CS5, and it opens with each animation frame as a layer. So you can edit the frames in the main window, and edit the animation in the "animation" window, and resave as an animated GIF. No need for Fireworks or ImageReady.
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Old Mar 11, 2011, 02:51 PM   #19
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That's actually really useful to know, cheers

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Old Mar 29, 2011, 06:39 AM   #20
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Again, I got to this thread via google but thought I'd pass on how to open animated gifs in CS3 and above.

Go to file > import > video frames to layers.

In the text box at the top right of the import pop-up, type in the name of the file you want to open along with the extension.

So, if you want to open a file called "animation1.gif", you type "animation1.gif" into that top right text box.

Your computer will find that file - click on it and open it. All the frames of the gif should be showing.

The only drawback is that transparent gifs are opening on a white background - that's what I was googling when I found this thread. If I find the answer to how to stop that, I'll come back and pass the info on.

Hope that helps.
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Old Apr 14, 2013, 06:33 PM   #21
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That's actually really useful to know, cheers

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What IS this? EVERYTHING here is useless except Fireworks which cost about $1000 and I'm not going to purchase just to fix a few banners that animate continuously instead of only once as I have required.
The PIXEN links are totally crazy! When I used GIFbuilder before it fixed the animation looping but changed the colors of the banners.
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you could download the photoshop trial, that will give you 30 days of editing time.
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LOL, nothing like getting angry about a two year old post on a six year old thread.
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Any recommendations for a freeware or trial app that I can use to edit one of the frames in an animated gif? Thanks.
Any luck, yet?

Is Photoshop the best option or are there cheaper "long term" alternatives? I know you are looking for freeware or trial options. But I'm looking for a regular app. I wouldn't mind paying...but no more than $50, ideally.
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Old Jul 30, 2013, 03:02 AM   #25
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Some possibilities

I came across this post in my research. Here are some possibilities that have turned up in my looking around so far:

a) GIF Brewery: http://gifbrewery.com

b) GIF Scrubber (chrome browser add in)
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