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Using Animated GIF

Using Animated GIF

Question:
Can I use an animated GIF in my application?

Answer:
There is no simple way to use animated GIFs inside of PowerBuilder. However, there is a way that you can use the graphics and animation from the GIF in your application.

Basically an animated GIF is a series of overlayed images. In Powerbuilder we can achieve this using the picture control and the draw command, so all you need to do is to get each frame out of the animated GIF.

To do this, I recommend using GIF Workshop from Microsoft, which is a free download from its site. You could also use a commercial package. Then extract each frame of the animation into seperate parts. Save each part as a bitmap file, and, if possible, reduce the image to 16 colors.

Then write a small user object to load each bitmap into the picture control and draw it on your window.

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