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Open Source Graphics and Visualization Tools

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The definitive site for free visual tools and devices also includes support tools. Compiled by Karl Gude of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism from various sources on the internet. All were given strong recommendations and some may appear under more than one category. This is a work-in-progress and each category of tool will eventually be organized by operating system and whether it requires downloading on your computer or phone or used directly on the web. Note: The comments are not mine; they are taken from the tool’s website.

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by Digital Corner

No downloading of software when using online services to create animated gif and the precess is pretty simple. The common things you do when you create animated gif online is simply selecting your pictures, upload them, pick a size and speed, and then click a button to get it done. That’s it.

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If you’ve been wondering which online services you should use to create animated gif, then here you are the list of the good ones that worth your time. All of them are free and you don’t have to register to use the provided features.

GIFninja

This one allows you to create an animated gif from up to 5 images. You can also preview the animation speed to make sure that you have the right speed. Hit the create button and wait for the result. There are also a collection of top and newest animated gifs within the site. Beside animated gif creator, the site also lists other online tools like video to gif converter, animated gif splitter, and an image resizer.

Picasion

If you want to create from more images, then this is it. Picasion lets you upload up to 10 images and convert them into an animated gif. After uploading, you’ll need to select a size and determine the speed of the animation. But unlike GIFninja, there is no preview for the speed you choose. Still, Picasion provides more upload options. Beside uploading from your computer, it allows you to import pictures from Flickr or Picasa.

GIFworks

Upload your gif image, apply some effects, resize, colorize, jazzercize it and then download it. Keep in mind, however, that your images must be in gif format and the size must not exceed 400Kb.

Gickr

Another free online services to make animated gif easily. Up to 10 images are allowed and you can upload your pictures from several sources: your hard drive, Flickr, YouTube, and Picasa. After your animated gif created, download it or get the embed codes.

MakeaGIF

Unlike the ones mentioned above, MakeaGIF provides more room to upload more images. You can upload up to 12 images. The availableoptions include loop animation, animation speed, and resize for AIM buddy icon. Clicking the advanced options give you access to options like frame length and custom size.

GIFup

This is another online animated gif maker that you’ll probably want to try. Upload images up to 1024KB either from your computer, from an URL, Flickr, or even from your webcam. Each of the uploaded images can be edited like cropped, rotated, or flipped. Several effects are also available such as emboss, sketch, sepia, etc. You can also add text to each image.

Avatar Photo

Avatar Photo is the place that you should visit if you want to create a cool animated avatar. There are a lot of effects available to be applied to your avatar. The effects include water reflection, dollar eyes, bubbles, rain, matrix, fire, etc. You can read more about this tool here.

Loogix

Loogix has a number of cool effects, which includes recursion, motley, movie, guggle, blackwhite, explosion, swirl, blur, radialblur, negative, and painting. You can view some of the examples when you visit the homepage. So, instead of uploading up to 10 images to the site to produce an animated gif, you can simply upload one image and pick one of the effects.