So I work at a digital branding / content creation firm and for the past few months we've experimented a lot with gifs since a lot of our content is generated for tumblr and other social media platforms. anyway, clients have started to get quite an appetite for high-quality original animated gif content. a lot of it we generate from video clips we shoot specifically with gif-output in mind. However, a good bit is more on the stop-motion side of things, and there's a lot of compositing I'd like to do. Photoshop is great for most purposes, but it gets really tricky and cumbersome to perform some more advanced effects, especially compositing separate animations into a single document.. I was curious if there is any software out there that is more of a cross between Photoshop and Premiere or After Effects.. Or do I just have to hope that Adobe sees value in expanding Photoshop's animation capabilities next time? At least from an advertising media standpoint, I don't see this medium going away anytime soon.. We work with a lot of artists who get very creative with gifs. Maybe there will be an update to the file format at some point to allow more colors and semi-transparency (say, 50% instead of just 0 or 100).. Hm. Thoughts?