I use suse 10.3 (but only until next weekend when I install 11.1) and would like to create a gif file; Something I have never done, not even when I used to use Windows.
I want to run the gif as a background on my Blackberry which accepts gifs as such.
I also wanted to know how to create a gif background for Suse, that would cover the whole screen and not just the little bit in the center of the screen.
Use gimp. It supports this.
I had a look at Gimp and the help file. I couldn’t find anything about gifs or even the gif format.
With a sample pix loaded in gimp, just do a “save as” and select the .gif format.
Just a word of advice, don’t.
- Gifs only support (up to) 256 colors, making them look rather bad for big images
*] A stretched or repeating animated gif set as background (apart from being annoying) will cause quite a bit of CPU load.
I would have to agree with Axeia - .gifs are great for small animated objects, and might work okay for the background on your phone, but if you want something large then you may need to look at another format. Flash of course is a web de facto standard, but also not Linux friendly to develop. Then you have things like Blender to make very nice looking animations, which are not going to be compatible with your phone (unless you can us mpeg backgrounds, etc.)
If you want to play around with gifs though, have another look at Gimp. You can make smaller ones, which might work fine on the phone. Here is a tutorial on making gif animations with Gimp: GIMP - Simple Animations
Aah. Thanks very much. I didn’t realize that gifs were limited in size. I did however see a windows back-ground, the earth rotating according to the time. It could be accelerated and slowed down as required. Any ideas where I could get something like that.
I will be off for a couple of days. Did my x-mas shopping, now I have to wrap, and me with 10 thumbs.
I will be installing Suse 11.2 with KDE4.1 this weekend.
Thanks for the help so far.
> Aah. Thanks very much. I didn’t realize that gifs were limited in size.
> I did however see a windows back-ground, the earth rotating according to
> the time. It could be accelerated and slowed down as required. Any ideas
> where I could get something like that.
That’s most definitely not a simple image file (GIF or otherwise) but an
actual program running in the background and animating the image. I’ve
seen something like that on Windows but cannot remember the name nor
whether there was a Linux version.
That’s what I thought Tilman.
Thanks any way.