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4. Graphics Software
Yes, here is a package of free products that, when used together, make a very good graphics suite.
Ifranview - view, resize and file conversion
Unfreez - Create an animated gif
Gifworks - resize, crop, compress and add transparency to an animated gif
**Note - Please review the licensing information on the above sites first, several of these programs listed are only free for personal use, and you must purchase a license to place the software on a business computer.**
PhotoShop is the "industry standard" for professional bitmap editing tools, but it's also the more expensive of the two packages. For more information, see Adobe.
Paint Shop Pro is quite capable of doing just about everything that PhotoShop can do, but costs a lot less money. For more information, see Jasc Software.
A much less expensive alternative to Paint Shop Pro or PhotoShop is Ulead Gif Animator. While not as powerful as PSP or PS in terms of tools and capabilities, it has the advantage of being compatible with all of their plug-ins and filters and comes with many of its own, allowing the user affordable albeit dynamic animation potential. For more information, see Ulead.
Submitted by: Rockster
Macromedia Fireworks is another alternative to the above software. It is a powerful stand-alone graphics editor, which is capable of manipulating animations, instead of using a separate program to do it. It supports all the plug-ins and filters that are available for Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro, and is priced reasonably well. Student and various other discounts are available as well, making it even more affordable. For more information, see Macromedia Website.
Submitted by: lemekim
Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
Unfortunately, detailing that knowledge is well beyond the scope of this FAQ. There is hope, however. Just check out Links & Things for a few different places to go for online graphics software tutorials.
There are a few ways to change the frame rate in Animation Shop.
If you are only changing it in one frame, right click on the frame you want to change.
You should get a pop-up window, then go to Frame Properties and click on that.
If you want to change the frame rate of all frames to make them the same rate, left click on the first frame, them go to Edit/Select All.
All frames should be highlighted, now right click and go to Frame Properties and when you change the frame rates should be the same for all frames.
You can also do everything I mentioned in, Animation/Frame Properties, but the above I found to be the easiest.
To specify a delay time:
1. Select one or more frames.
2. In the Animation palette, click on the Delay value below the selected frame to view the Delay pop-up menu.
3. Specify the delay:
a. Choose a value from the pop-up menu. (The last value used appears at the bottom of the menu.)
b. Choose Other, enter a value in the Set Frame Delay dialog box, and click OK.
If you selected multiple frames, specifying a delay value for one frame applies the value to all frames.
Note: Delay time may not be accurate during an animation preview in ImageReady. For an accurate preview of delay time, preview animations in a browser.
Your browser will not show a frame speed less then 10 seconds, so to make the animation "appear" faster, the only possible way is to reduce/cull the frames. See also General Tutorials
The three main places to get them are:
Alien Skin's Eye Candy Series
There are may other sites, but these are the big three.
thread Below are the links from that thread plus a few others
Screen capture utilities (freeware)
Screen capture utilities (shareware)
Links For Bryce submitted by caffeinator