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Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) is a type of bitmap file format that relies on pixels to form simple images using the RGB color model. Unlike the uncompressed BMP file format, GIF uses lossless compression and supports animation without audio. The most common use of GIF is in animated form as advertisements, emotion-based replies on social media, and memes, which often go viral on the Internet.
Almost all web browsers support GIF, which gives it a distinct advantage over other image formats, such as PNG. Furthermore, GIF opens on Apple’s mobile devices, including iPhone and iPad, which makes it more popular than Adobe Flash.
GIFs open easily on almost all image-viewer applications, web browsers, and operating systems. To open a GIF for the purposes of editing it, use an application such as Adobe Photoshop. On Windows, open GIFs with Microsoft Photos, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Roxio Creator NXT Pro, and others. On macOS, use Adobe image viewers and editors, including Adobe Illustrator.
Developed by: CompuServe, Inc.
Initial Release: 15 June 1987
Useful links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GIF
ICO files contain pixel-based images that can have up to 256 x 256 pixels, 24-bit color, and 8-bit transparency. ICO files offer a convenient place to store and scale the images needed to display the icons so that Windows users can associate an image with an application.
Use Windows IconMaker to open, edit, and create an ICO file. CorelDRAW is an excellent program for opening, editing, and creating ICO files. To convert ICO files, consider using our online ICO Converter. Often, ICO files are converted to and from other file types to use certain images as icons or to save the icon image into an editable or portable format.
A popular program for manipulating ICO files is GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). ICO is supported by Mac, Linux, and Windows operating systems. Other programs that can open ICO files include Microsoft Paint, Apple Preview, or IrfanView.
Developed by: Microsoft
Initial Release: 20 November 1985
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