Here’s an OldeSchoole product that I started using a while back – just because it was cheap and there wasn’t much available: GIF Maker – Download GIF Animator For Free
- Thoroughly adequate range of tools & simple effects.
- Uses the simplest and most accessible graphical formats.
- Nice, concise file output.
- Works seamlessly on any browser
Here are several different applications of this simple, free animation tool, which first appeared on the market (from Microsoft, no less) in 1996.
One of my first gif animator exercises was to capture this simple “flutter-by” which I originally drew using magic marker pens on 5″ x 7″ cards for a film animation workshop at MIT back in the summer of 1976. I captured the images and created this little visual one-liner.
This simple fade-in lotusBlossum animated a client’s logo : CP Cohen Art & Design.
A Sense of Scale and Scope
This Label+Logo Keywords Showcase was intended as an eye-catcher for a feature of my portfolio website : Domain Experience. The showcase allows you to parse 100+ clients by your area of interest. (The animation is a ‘hook’ to get you to use the tool: It”s done more for effect than for comprehension)
Tell the Story
“That was then…” is an automated mini-slideshow which ‘presents the value propositions’ of one of my website design engagement makeovers : NIA Group. It’s basically a short, animated powerpoint.
Set the Marketing Hook
This 16-page guidebook was an integral part of a corporate commodities website redesign rollout at Bunge Global Markets. The animation gives a hint by quickly giving you just a visual taste of the basic questions and agendas. Interested?
Emphasize your Point
This ‘mini-slideshow’ serves as a visual attractor and also communicates your argument concisely.
These are a few simple applications of animation using … a simple application.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this freebie software app as a professional solution, but it worked for me (and the price was right).
As with all things design-y, “It ain’t the tools. It’s whatchya do with ‘em.”
“Is there a free app/website where one could animate a company logo?” — my answer on Quora
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