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