burque505 wrote:I use Screen2Gif, it's free, and updated often.
Drugwash wrote:[…] I've checked and it's still in a weird format that my Total Commander plug-in (Imagine by Chun Sejin) can't render correctly so that application is of no use to me (more so when my system doesn't meet its requirements) […]
burque505 wrote:[…] sorry that one didn't work, try Licecap (got this tip from BoBo). It's not as easy to use, but I bet it's more lightweight.
Drugwash wrote:Thank you, I had already tried a few capture applications some time ago, Licecap included, but they all create the same type of GIFs. Dunno what the problem may be but rendering is horrible, black areas all over the place.
tidbit wrote:the rendering issue is probably due to transparency. some programs have an option to only draw the different pixels between frames. so less pixels = smaller file size. […] also, it's probably an issue with your image viewer for not handling the transparency correctly. Or maybe sometimes the program screws up, not sure.
Thank you both. It definitely is a problem with Imagine since FastStone Image Viewer does render the respective animated GIFs correctly. However, years ago I had never encountered an animated GIF that would play erroneously even in older versions of the Imagine plug-in/application. Everything was just working. To me it's much easier to view an image in Total Commander's Lister (where Imagine kicks in) than in full-fledged FS Image Viewer, but this weird issue is quite disturbing. Oh and tidbit: I have tried with both transparency enabled and disabled in Licecap - no change whatsoever.
I've also noticed that large animations made by the same recent tools would sometimes drain all the system resources (RAM, page file and CPU) if open in the QtWeb browser which I've been using for some time instead of the much more resource-hungry Pale Moon stuffed with all kinds of extensions. On a single-core 1.8GHZ CPU with only 1.5GB of PC133 SDRAM the choice of applications is essential.
So, what the hell happened to the GIF format in the mean time? Can someone shed some light on this? And is there an older (XP-compatible, maybe Win9x-compatible too) tool that could capture screen areas and build old-style GIF animations - whatever that style may be?
As for AHK, it now has arrays, objects, classes and all kinds of bells and whistles but still - after 14 years of development! - cannot natively render an animated GIF in a GUI. Imagine that!
Here's a sample of such animation (browser will probably render it correctly):
and here's how a frame looks like in Imagine (all but first look like that):