Solved What causes Animated GIFs in email to not always work?

January 19, 2013 at 06:00:03
Specs: Windows 7
Does anyone know of a tutorial for learning about animated gifs? I don't want to create them, I only want to know why I can copy and paste some into my Gmail but not others. Why do some revert to a tiny icon or red x and others are fine? Why do some work with Gmail and others don't? These kinds of problems are driving me nuts! Thanks!

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#1
January 19, 2013 at 08:35:15
Is it that the ones that work are links to files on the web, while the one's that don't are stored locally? Or vice-versa?

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#2
January 19, 2013 at 09:31:48
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If you want to be sure you can copy working gif's then save them somewhere first "as files".

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#3
January 19, 2013 at 16:34:43
Thanks for the reply. I'm trying to use gifs that I have downloaded and saved in "pictures". Most work when I click on them there. My problem occurs when I try to copy them and insert them into Gmail.

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#4
January 19, 2013 at 16:44:52
Huh... I accidently stumbled on a possible solution. When I click on "compose" to write an email, among the icons across the top of the page is one called "insert image". When I click on it, I can browse through my "pictures", select an animated icon, and it will insert it into the email! I wonder if this will work with all animated gifs in Gmail?
Thanks!

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#5
January 19, 2013 at 18:12:46
Have you checked the file size of these Giff. Most Email providers have a limit on the size of attachments and animated Giffs can get quite large.

Stuart


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#6
January 20, 2013 at 06:08:58
How can I find the size? Thanks.

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#7
January 20, 2013 at 07:30:54
Re #6

Save a file somewhere (desktop or pictures will do). Right click the file and go to Properties to check the size.

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#8
January 20, 2013 at 08:19:32
Just as Derek says, the same way you would check the size of any file.

Stuart


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#9
January 20, 2013 at 09:33:22
Thanks for the info - I didn't know that! I have been able to use a 68kb gif with Gmail so far. Do you know what the size limit is?

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#10
January 20, 2013 at 10:07:39
I'm in the UK so things might be quite different in the USA. My server has an an email size limit of 10MB which still works out that you can safely send 7MB attachments.

Gif's are often small (68KB is miniscule). I rather doubt you will ever be sending one large enough to cause any issues.

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