An 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.