Short, witty, this short history of the GIF drops some of the highlights – via HUH.
Directed by Sean Pecknold in association with SmartWater and Vimeo, A Short History of the GIF is exactly what it says on the tin, taking us all the way back to 1987 when Compuserve released an image format called 87A, which allowed up to 256 colours and let people create basic animated loops, such as the famous dancing baby. 25 years on (with the file name changing to GIF somewhere along the line), the format is more popular than ever before, with Tumblr’s the world over decorated with strange, funny, and amazing animations.
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This video is funny, but does not reflect reality at all.
I still remember the big confusion in 90s, when GIF was probably the first introduction with software patents for many people… A lot of new versions of freeware software was released just to remove GIF save support, etc.
It survived to this days only because Microsoft Internet Exploder was such shitty browser with bad PNG support, but with huge market share.
GIF should follow MSIE to the scrapyard of stupid SW technologies and remains there forever 🙂