GIF File Extension

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Graphical Interchange Format Format
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What is GIF file?

Graphic Interchange Format (GIF) is an extension used in raster graphics. File contains a lossless bitmap image. GIF gain high popularity in Internet – only JPEG is more popular. It was developed by the CompuServe company and deployed on the market in 1987.

How is GIF format used?

As mentioned above, GIF is often used in Internet because it provides wide support and it can be easily transferred between different platforms and applications. In Internet graphics it is specifically often used for purpose of showing short video clips, because this format may include not only singular images, but also sequences of images. Therefore many GIFs are used to depict uncomplicated animations. This format is used also on web sites to display small graphics as a navigation buttons or header images.

Restrictions of GIF format

GIF graphic is useful in presenting images characterised by not complicated structure, because it has certain restrictions. This format supports in images up to 8 bits per pixel, therefore a single GIF image may be comprised of 256 different colours in 24-bit RGB. In animated GIFS each frame also supports the 256 colour palette.

Additional information about GIF

  1. GIF images are compressed with the Lempel-Ziv-Welch (LZW) lossless method of data compression, which enable to reduce size of the file without interfering with the quality of the image.
  2. GIF format supports also transparent pixels, however, there is a restriction – they have to be completely transparent or non-transparent, therefore an intermediate value is impossible.

Conversion of a GIF file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the GIF extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of GIF file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from GIF extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to GIF file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the GIF file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the GIF file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the GIF file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the GIF file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the GIF file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the GIF file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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