PNG images have rightly superseded GIFs for many small images on the web, with many well-known advantages over the older format. However, one area where PNG lags behind is its lack of an equivalent for small animations, for which animated GIFs are still the preferred format. Although efforts are under way to create an animated PNG format, it will be some time before it is widely supported.
There are no special requirements for using the AnimatedPNG library. All you need is the library file itself, and a set of suitably named PNG image files.
The AnimatedPNG library has been tested with the following browsers:
- Firefox 2.0+
- Safari 2.0+
- Internet Explorer 6+
Installation and Usage
The AnimatedPNG library is supplied as a .tar.gz or .zip file, and contains the following files:
|README.txt||A readme file giving an overview of how to use the library.|
Note: Since this library uses individual image files for its frames, it is suitable only for short, simple animations. Longer animations will work, but it may produce odd results while all the images load.
The latest version is 1.02, available for download as follows:
See the Changelog for what’s new.
AnimatedPNG is released under the terms of the GNU Public License.