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Animated GIFs in Mac PowerPoint 2008

Posted on: Aug, 2010 By: Art Holden
Animated .GIFs are a quick and easy way to add a bit of life to a PowerPoint slide.  Plus they are so easy to use. Simply insert them as a picture and they will animate when you view the slide show.

Animated Figure with wrench

This is all great unless you've been running PowerPoint 2008 for Mac.  The original version of PowerPoint 2008 didn't have good support for the venerable animated GIF format.  But Microsoft has come to the rescue with an update to PowerPoint 2008.   The update is called the Office 2008 Service Pack 2 and it was released in July of 2009.

This free update fixes various issues and adds complete support for animated .GIFs.  If you've been updating your software all along, you likely are already running this patch.  But if you are experiencing difficulties with our animated gif animations in Mac PowerPoint 2008, it's likely that you need to update your software.

Animated figure walking with tool box.

Here is a link to the for Mac.  You'll want to browse for downloads at the bottom of the page to find the appropriate download.

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By: Art Holden
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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