Editors' Note: Microsoft bundled the GIF Animator with the ImageComposer application quite some time ago, as reflected on the product information page link, but you may still download the stand-alone version using the VersionTracker download link. (12/13/05 KEH)
Microsoft GIF Animator lets you easily create and customize animated GIF files for your Web site.GIF animations are based on the GIF89a file format, which stores timing information to create the illusion of animation like a cartoon "flipbook". With GIF Animator you can make your animations loop, spin, fade in and out; set the size and transparency of your images; and control a wide range of other options. GIF Animator also features automatic or custom palette creation.