GIF – Graphics Interchange Format

What is a GIF File?

A GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) file is a widely used image format known for its support of animations and transparency. Developed by CompuServe, GIF files use a lossless compression technique that maintains image quality while reducing file size.

Frequently referred to as 'GIFs', Graphics Interchange Format files are a staple for sharing concise animations and graphics online. This format is also favored for crafting memes and expressing emotions through looping visuals.

Here's a small, but not exhaustive list of programs that can open GIF documents:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery Viewer
  • Apple Preview
  • Corel Paint Shop Pro
  • GIMP