You’ve probably seen it everyday all over the Internet. This is because, GIFs files is one most widely used image formats on the Web due to being widely supported by many applications and as its data is compressed, it’s ideal for transferring due its reduced file size.
What is the file extension GIF? GIF actually stand for “Graphics Interchange Format”. GIF images use a compression formula that originally developed by CompuServe. GIFs are based on indexed colors, which is a palette of at most 256 colors. This helps greatly reduce their file size. These compressed image files can be quickly transmitted over a network or the Internet, which is why you often see them on Web pages.
GIFs are common format for Web graphics, epecially small images and images that contain text, such as navigation buttons and small icons, but they lack the color range to be used for high quality photos. However, JPEG images are better for showing photos because they are not limited in the number of colors they can display. You can also create background transparencies and animations using file extension GIF images.
You can open file extension GIF files using various popular graphic application and image viewer such as Adobe Photoshop, ACDSee Photo Manager, The GIMP, Microsoft Paint, Corel Paint Shop Pro and Roxio Toast.