Solved Microsoft Outlook doesnt play animated GIF embedded in email

February 23, 2012 at 04:07:56
Specs: Macintosh
Hi guys i am adding an animated gif to an email, using safari. When i send it to a Microsoft outlook email it doesn't show. When i send it to my self it works fine. Does anybody know why?

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February 23, 2012 at 23:47:30
Not an animated one. Check the emails you receive and I don't think you'll ever see one with an animation within it, simply because of the limitations of emails and the email clients that read them. You can obviously put in static graphics, but as DerbyDad says the recipient would need to have their system set to automatically download all images for that to work, something a sensible email user would never do.

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#1
February 23, 2012 at 12:32:47
It's because Safari is a browser, capable of displaying gifs, and Outlook is an email client, which doesn't display them. If you want to view a gif, depending on the version of Outlook you are using, you have to select 'view in browser' from the 'actions/other actions menu.

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February 23, 2012 at 18:52:31
One of the problems with adding animation or sounds or special formatting or anything like that to an email is that the sender has no control over the receiving end.

You don't know what mail client the receiver is using, whether they are using a web based email app, an Android powered device, a Mac, an iPhone, etc. You don't know if their email security system strips off attachments or anything like that.

Getting consistent results with so many variables can be pretty tough.

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#3
February 23, 2012 at 22:56:08
Thanks for the tips...is there a solution for this sort of problems? I mean, i need to post this animated gif as an email banner with a link. The link and the animation works fine on my Mac. Plus i want to know if it is possible to attach the gif using dreamweaver or Microsoft Frontpage?

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February 23, 2012 at 23:47:30
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Not an animated one. Check the emails you receive and I don't think you'll ever see one with an animation within it, simply because of the limitations of emails and the email clients that read them. You can obviously put in static graphics, but as DerbyDad says the recipient would need to have their system set to automatically download all images for that to work, something a sensible email user would never do.

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#5
February 24, 2012 at 00:23:25
So i can't attach an animated gif to an email, i can attach it as a static image but not as an animated one. The only way for someone to see the animation is by embeding the image or the code on a website, correct?

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#6
February 24, 2012 at 00:37:04
Well, you can certainly attach it to an email, but you can't control how the recipient's email system/client will deal with it.

The odds are extremely low (zero?) that it will actually be animated when the recipient opens the email.

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#7
February 24, 2012 at 00:49:37
Ok, thanks. "Were's the problem solved" button?

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#8
March 1, 2012 at 23:35:53
Thanks for that - where was the 'problem solved' button? - I've never had one of my own issues solved since the system started.

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