GIF is a popular image format that is used on the internet widely for small animations, or any combination of a sequence of images, displayed one after the other, as a continuous moving picture. Due to this capability of the GIF format, and its widespread support across various standards and browsers, it is common to find GIFs on many web pages on the internet, especially social networking sites.
While it is not very difficult to make your own GIF, but special image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop is required to take individual images or frames, and combine them together to create a GIF image.
GIFQuickMaker is a small, freeware utility for Mac OS X, that allows you to use your own images in TIFF, BMP, PNG or JPEG format, and combine them into a GIF image. GIFQuickMaker is freely available from the Mac App Store.
Using GIFQuickMaker is really simple:
- Import all the images that you want to use in your GIF into GIFQuickMaker. You can do this by either manually clicking File >> Open, or by simply selecting the required images in Finder and then dragging and dropping them into GIFQuickMaker. Once your images are imported, you will see them in the top left pane in GIFQuickMaker.
- After the import is done, select the first image that you want to show up in the GIF, and click the ‘Add’ button. If you want, you can add multiple images simultaneously, by selecting multiple images, and clicking the button to the right of the single ‘Add’ button.
- In the same way, add all the frames in your GIF image. You can use the up/down arrow buttons to re-order them.
- Apart from this basic ordering, you can also set additional options such as the time duration for display of each frame, the number of times to repeat the GIF animations, or if it should loop infinitely.
- Once you’ve set all the relevant options, all you have to do is click the ‘Make GIF Animation’ button, and the GIF is generated. You can view the GIF in the right side pane after it is created.
- The last step is to save the GIF, for which you need to click the ‘Save’ button, and select the location where you want to save the GIF.