ExtensionImg

Open .gif file Extension

File Type : Image file type

Compatible with: (Mac OSX 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

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ExtensionSmallImg What is .gif file?

GIF, or Graphic Interchange Format, is a file extension for an often animated raster graphics file. GIFs are a common format for web graphics, especially small images, images containing text such as navigation buttons and images with only a few different colors, such as line drawings, black and white images. GIF is a lossless format, which means, the clarity of the image is kept intact with GIF compression. GIF images can also be put together for animated images using a GIF editor which are normally used to display the basic animations on websites. GIF images are preferred over JPG for images and small text but JPEG (.JPG) images are better for displaying photos because they are not limited in the number of colors they can display unlike GIF images which are limited to 256 colors. GIF files can also include transparent pixels, where the color can be set to transparent, which allow them to blend with the color on the background Web page.

Recommended Software Programs to open .gif file

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Apple Mac OS X:
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12
  • Apple Preview
  • Other Picture Viewer or Web browser
  • Apple Safari
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
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Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices):
  • GifPlayer
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Google Android:
  • GIF Player
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Microsoft Windows:
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12
  • Microsoft Windows Photos Viewer
  • Other Picture Viewer or Web browser
  • Microsoft Windows Photos
  • Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7
  • Corel PaintShop Pro X7
  • ACD Systems Canvas 15
  • ACD Systems ACDSee 17
  • Laughingbird The Logo Creator
  • Nuance PaperPort 14
  • Nuance OmniPage Ultimate
  • Roxio Creator NXT Pro 3
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Windows Mobile:
  • GIF Viewer
  • Gif Viewer Pro
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Linux:
  • GIMP
  • Other Picture Viewer or Web browser