Well when you figure it out please share. My Gif is not Giffing. It's a YouTube link. But it doesn't Gif on You Tube either. It's still just a really really short video. Help! It works on the site where I made it. But that url is not recognized. Maybe I need to add more frames to my original movie? Any ideas?
Animated gifs should work in articles and the forums now. They have to be real animated gifs, though, not videos that look like gifs (such as .gifv files). It won't work if you try to use an animated gif as a profile pic or in Q&A.
There is no limit to the number of gifs in an article. However, I hope that your gifs are well-chosen and helpful to the reader, especially if you're trying to get an article moved to a Network Site. Otherwise, the gifs are likely to be snipped (removed) by the editor.
An individual animated gif can be no wider than 520 pixels, as Christy's blog post mentioned.
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Sounds like you are taking care of it in a reasonable way. Thanks. I always liked the half width pictures and capsules to make a attractive layout... but totally understand the need for full width for mobile users.
I'm ready for this. I've worked at removing all my floating capsules ever since July when this was first announced.
Also glad to see the update for the subtitles. I’ve been waiting for that ever since I was told to stop highlighting my subtitles with extra white spacing. I always felt the subtitles are hard to find when someone quickly scans an article. The new larger font will solve that problem and make reading our hubs much more user friendly.
Ads that animate and “flash” with rapidly changing background and colors are highly aggravating for consumers, and serve to create a severe distraction for them as they attempt to read the content on a given page.
Animations that do not “flash” did not fall beneath the initial Better Ads Standard."
I agree with you too. Even though I’m testing it here, I don't intend to use it in hubs for that very reason you mentioned, unless I find a very good reason for it. It definitely is a feature that should not be abused.
You need to piece together separate images and specify how long each one lasts. There are programs that help you do that. But an easier way is to use apps that make a short animated gif from your phone's camera.
Two apps that I am testing are Giphy Cam and GifLab. Both make the gif backwards if you make a selfy. Not good. I haven’t found a way to correct that yet.
GIMP is a powerful, free, raster and vector image editor. I haven't used it for a while and I thought the interface was a little weird and unfamiliar (I think it was originally developed for Linux). It's very comprehensive though and you can use it to create animated GIFs.
In many cases, rather than being forced to use huge photos I just deleted them as I do not want an image to be more important then my words. Often, a small image is a perfect complement. Something to consider.
But, pure plain text may be not so much appealing, in many cases, when you post lengthy articles. Some kind of divergence should be there. And, HP recommends (or even insists) the use of different capsules!!!
This may not apply when your content is too much interesting to the reader.
What I do in that case is just add a white background to the image, this ensures the image is large enough pixel-wise but still small that it But the image on its own (with the white background) will end up taking up a lot of space (more than the capsule on the side) which may make it stand out too. It's just an option you could think about.
Well, I came up with a GIF that was so eye-straining obnoxious that if I had posted it our lives would have ended as we know it. A good GIF is time and labor intensive. Unfortunately, I don't see any earnings potential in them whatsoever. I have decided that my hubs and websites shall remain GIF-free; I strongly suspect my visitors will appreciate that.
OMG animated GIFS on Hubs??? I hate those stupid repeating and flashing GIFS. They just drive me crazy. Facebook is already full of them and I don't click on any of them. If I would visit a hub with an animated GIF I'm out of there as fast as I can, even if the hub looks very interesting to me.
Yes, I've heard you can make gifs in GIMP, but there is a steep learning curve to using this photo editing program. I found a free Gif making site called imgflip. You just submit image(s) and Voila, it's a gif.
I agree there's a steep learning curve, but as with a lot of these packages, you can just do basic stuff first and then learn how to use more of the features as needed. The advantage of an editor/drawing program like this with vector capabilities is that if you draw graphics for hubs, they can easily be modified later, which isn't the case if a basic raster editing program such as Paint is used. Layers are an almost essential feature also for all but the simplest images. I did a search and there seems to be lots of tutorials on HubPages about how to use the program.
Hey Eugbug, Yes, I tried GIMP for awhile, I really tried, but I got bogged down. What can I say. I'm a GIMP failure. Fortunately I don't really need it. I'm just exploring options for a Hub, and appreciating all this input. That said, I do admire the proficient GIMPers of the world. Thanks.
I suggest Paint.net. It was created by a bunch of Microsoft interns and is still supported. It is like Microsoft Paint, but much better. You can do a lot, and it's easy to understand. Paint.net is completely free.
Gimp is great, if you understand layers, and all the fanciness of it (like Photoshop).
I just discovered that the GIF I posted in this thread links directly to the imgflip site...which was not my intention when posting it. Now I'm wondering if that link is 'allowed' in forum thread? Would I be notified if it's not allowed? Not wanting to rock the boat here.
I already clicked it many hours ago and visited that site also. But, I do not want to make it online. I wanted to download some app and make it myself through my mobile which Mr.Glenn Stok already solved and many other hubbers also.