Editors' reviewAn easy-to-understand utility for animating GIF images, this program offers an extensive feature set yet still won't intimidate novices. After you launch the program, it prompts you to choose among options for creating an animation from scratch, following a wizard, or reading a step-by-step tutorial. Even if you've never animated a GIF, the latter explains how to do so in detail. The interface certainly isn't beautiful, but the program packs a formidable arsenal of editing tools. For instance, you can set frames, transparency, and the background color. Though its feature set leads us to believe it's aimed at professionals, Bannershop GIF Animator also is a good bet for first timers.
Create and edit any Web graphics. Design banners and buttons, edit and optimize animated GIFs, import photos, drawings and screenshots. Draw rectangles, circles, lines, gradients and texts, animate items with effects like fade, zoom, flash, blow, blur. Add special 3d effects like drop shadows, glows or emboss. Build slide shows from existing images.
The application can create single or multiframe animations. You can use a master frame as the background for entire animation, and reproduce repetitive graphics easily. Bannershop has extendable architecture so you can download and add new animation extensions. You can also import vector images from CorelDRAW or Adobe Illustrator (WMF).