If you own Ulead PhotoImpact 3.0, the GIF Animator installs as a permanent addition free of charge. If not, you have to pay $29.95 for the use of it after 30 days as it is time-limited.
This is a good tool to use if you are interested in GIF animation. The interface is friendly and graphical and you can create palette animations, transitions and banner text all with graphical previews so you know what the result is like. It also uses the "smart" GIF compression technology used in Ulead GIF/JPEG smartsaver so all your GIFs will be optimized automatically. Palette Manipulation is one of the pluses in this program. You can palettise to Netscape or Internet Explorer or a custom palette or a global palette. The only lacking feature which its competitor Alchemy GIF Construction Set has is the ability to convert AVI to animated GIFs. All in all a well-rounded and extremely easy to use program.
You can purchase it online using your credit card by pointing your browser to http://www.ulead.com. There are a couple of mirror sites but I have chosen to exclude them as Ulead Systems regularly update the program and few make it to the mirrors as they use the same filename for updates. My advice would be to log on to their ftp site using a FTP client and take a look at the file date to check whether your version is up-to-date.
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