Embedding Animations in Email

Today we are taking a look at how to embed an animated GIF into your e-mail program.    You may skip to the 1:00 minute mark if you’re only interested in the visual (rather than the introduction).   Here is what it breaks down to:

Internet Browser based E-mail applications (Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook online, Gmail) are all able to have animations embedded into them and play normally (they’ll show up lined up with your text just the way the email started out).  Non-browser based E-mail applications such as Outlook that comes with Microsoft Office, will not allow animations which are embedded into them to play, or be saved as animated items.  You can open the animation in a web browser, which would open a separate window from the program and play only the animation, however this does not allow it to play nicely with all the text.

Art Holden has been involved in presentation and animation graphic content since 1990. He had the pleasure of creating one of the very first animation websites on the internet, Animation Factory. For 13 years he managed and created media for Animation Factory. He is now a part-owner and an employee working full time at PresenterMedia. His hobbies outside of work revolve around being involved in the bicycling community in Sioux Falls, SD. He never misses an opportunity to get on his bike and enjoy a ride.


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