Animated Gifs

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Music, Pictures and Video' started by techienoob, Feb 4, 2007.

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    techienoob Guest

    The picture viewing application on XP Pro and Home allowed viewing of
    animated .gif files, displaying the active animation. However, now that I've
    got Vista running on a different computer, those same files are displaying
    only as still images. I'm forced to switch back and forth between towers
    when I use these files (projects for work and the like), but soon I won't be
    able to switch towers so easily. Is there any way to get the vista
    application to display the animations?
    techienoob, Feb 4, 2007
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    Dale Guest

    I use IE for viewing animated gifs.

    Dale, Feb 4, 2007
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    Jane C Guest

    Windows Photo Gallery does not support animated gifs, unfortunately. IE7,
    or another graphics program can be set as default viewer for gifs.
    Jane C, Feb 4, 2007
  4. Open it with Internet Explorer and it should open and view the animated GIF.

    Dustin Harper
    Dustin Harper, Feb 4, 2007
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    techienoob Guest

    Do you have any advice on which program I should use? The work I do with
    them makes viewing them in a slideshow, as was possible with XP, practically
    a necessity.

    Thanks =D
    techienoob, Feb 5, 2007
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    Samuel Guest

    This was exactly going to be my queton, gifs not displaying in Windows Photo
    Gallery - I remember ome video with some MS employee goign on about the
    gallery playing videos and how we would all go "wow" from the videos we ll
    forgot doesn't play gifs, I bet Jobs is pissing himself!
    Samuel, Feb 5, 2007
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    Michelle Guest

    I was looking on here to ask the same question. Is there any other way to
    view the gif images. For personal reasons, I will not use IE for any
    reasons. It is kinda dumb for them to have allow a picture program to show
    an animated picture.
    Michelle, Feb 15, 2007
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    Dale Guest

    While I could list a whole bunch of things wrong with Vista that is making
    Jobs see dollar signs, I doubt seriously that Photo Gallery not playing
    animated gifs is one of those.

    Dale, Feb 16, 2007
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    Dale Guest

    Ok... Use FireFox to view gifs.

    Dale, Feb 16, 2007
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    Samuel Guest

    What a silly thing to say, I know that - Vista defaults to that! What I am
    saying is that it should open the gif and animate it in photo viewer - I
    don't care if its not photo quality!
    Samuel, Feb 16, 2007
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    Dale Guest

    Photo Gallery = Photos.

    Gifs, created by CompuServe for the Internet = Internet.

    How difficult is that to understand?

    Dale, Feb 16, 2007
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    Samuel Guest

    This is exactly why people move to Mac, sausage-brain.
    Samuel, Feb 17, 2007
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    Dale Guest

    Well, you haven't done so, so I guess I don't get your point or your insult.
    I assume we'll be seeing your Vista PC on e-bay shortly?

    You can get your Mac at

    See ya.

    Dale, Feb 17, 2007
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    PimpUigi Guest

    Wow...what a bum.

    The solution here is probably to find a way to install the old Windows
    Picture and Fax Viewer.

    I too look at the animated gif's in a slideshow, and no, I haven't found a
    program that does it like it did in XP.

    Everyone in the world knows to open gif's with Firefox, or IE, it's also
    retarded and no one wants to do that every time.

    Maybe MS will add support for gif's in the future to this new thing. It
    would be easy for them to post a workaround in the mean time though.
    PimpUigi, Feb 19, 2007
  15. Totally agree with this...was tryign to find the Picture and fax viewer as an
    add on and it wasn't there??

    is there maybe a way to get it as an add on for VISTA???
    Tehjianna Starweaver, Jun 7, 2007
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    Jarol Guest

    Sorry to necromance a thread, but I've been trying to search of a possible
    way to allow the picture viewer to display animated gifs but I guess I won't
    have any until an update or a better program that doesn't look aweful comes

    I seriously don't like the way you've taken this problem Dale, nor to MS for
    being so fixated on the idea of using two programs for viewing a single
    image. Its a convience to have a single program that automatically can go
    from looking at all the images in a folder, to organizing and displaying a
    slideshow of images. But it really sucks that this thing does not display
    animated gifs like it did in XP, which was a huge grace to have.

    What's more of a problem for me is not knowing that an image is an animation
    or not. But I guess I can live with it until something better rolls along
    (which is not firefox or IE, as they are not build for browsing images off
    your computer).
    Jarol, Aug 8, 2007
  17. Browsers are designed to view web pages which are mostly HTML and
    related technologies. That they can view some embedded images or
    stream some videos should be looked on as a bonus. You're much better
    off using a dedicated viewer if you want to see images and vids. Two
    of the best are GOM Player and XnView. Both free, both play almost
    anything. If they don't a third called VLC Media Player usually can.
    Adam Albright, Aug 8, 2007
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    Dummie Guest

    I'm having trouble figuring out how to use this site, let alone how to
    receive animations in Vista.
    In layman's language....please...can anyone tell me what setting needs to be
    changed, or program added, to be able to receive messages that contain
    animated gifs that MOVE, like they did in Windows XP???

    It seems that everyone I know who has switched to Vista is complaining about
    the loss of animations!
    Dummie, Oct 6, 2007

  19. It is just another in a long list of blunders that Microsoft changed
    supposedly in the name of "security".

    Neither Windows Explorer or Photo Galley will animate GIFS. If you
    want to have that feature in a thumbnail viewer something like Xnview
    still will.

    If you want to see them in IE7 IF contained in some folder on your
    computer you can point to that folder from IE7 and they will animate
    along with the highly annoying "security" nag warnings.

    You should still be able to see animated GIFS animate when browsing
    the web (I just checked and I can) IF you set your browser security
    level lower or click on the warning bar that now it part of many pages
    generated by IE7 or just use another browser that isn't such a nag.
    Adam Albright, Oct 6, 2007
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    Dummie Guest

    Thanks Adam. I fear this old lady hasn't a clue what IE7, etc. refers to.
    All I know is that when I send a gif animation to someonw who has converted
    to Vista, does not arrive animated. Is there no setting in the Vista security
    set-up that will enable all emails to ARRIVE with the animations that were
    originally sent??
    (aptly named)

    P.S. It's taken me all this time to figure out how to reply!
    Dummie, Oct 6, 2007
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