Re: Animated GIFs in Afterstep?

Greg Anderson (
Fri, 30 Apr 1999 20:10:25 -0400

Julian Catchen wrote:
> On 30-Apr-99 Coplan wrote:
> > On Thu, 29 Apr 1999, Sasha Vasko wrote:
> >
> >> AfterStep does not support GIF and never will due to licensing
> >> problems -
> >> GIF is proprietry format.
> >>
> > Is there an opensource format that supports animation?  (relativly small?)
> Have you lookd into using .png's??  They have all the advantages of gifs,
> except there faster, adn have no licensing concerns.

Apparently not.  Here's a quote from the png website:

 "One GIF feature that PNG does not try to reproduce is 
 multiple-image support, especially animations; PNG was 
 and is intended to be a single-image format only. (A very 
 PNG-like extension format called MNG is currently under 
 development, but MNGs and PNGs will have different file 
 extensions and different purposes.)" 

Looks like GIF is the only animated format out there that 
is useful at the moment.

Greg Anderson