Why is Safari so DAMN TERRIBLE at processing GIFs?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by GreenFrog, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. GreenFrog macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2008
    I have a mid-2007 Macbook Pro 15". Running on Leopard version 10.5.8

    Whenever I browse forums or any website and there's a GIF, safari starts lagging and can't process the GIF for CRAP.

    The gif plays very choppily, then safari freezes for a couple secs and the spinning colorful wheel starts spinning.

    In firefox, however, the gifs play very well and smoothly. Naturally, I'd switch to firefox, but I'm way too accustomed to safari and don't want to.

    Why is Safari so terrible with GIFs? The safari version I'm running is 4.0.4.

    How do I make safari play GIFs smoothly without lagging up like a retarded computer?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
  3. csdibiase macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2010
    Cleveland, OH
    because there still isn't a widely adopted replacement for animated GIF's yet...
  4. locust76 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2009
    Just because they're not spread all over webpages like the Geocities pages of the late 90's doesn't mean a piece of software can implement the format in a substandard way.
  5. GreenFrog thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Looked through that link you posted.. so it seems like there's no solution?

    You can either block them through 3rd party software or just endure through them?
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Basically. I'm not saying it's right...just saying how it is :-\

    edit: or for sites with gifs use FF.
  7. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Safari 4 on 10.6 has much improved gif support. 10.5 with pretty terrible.
  8. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Weird. I never had a problem (first-gen MacBook Air).

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