Years and years ago when I was learning about coding and designing my first website, I remember seeing a lot of gif files. These gif files were images or animated images that brought a website to life. They were small files and were popular on websites because they were a lot more manageable than other image formats. Especially during a time when a dial up modem was the only way to connect to the internet.
Over the years they started to phase out as internet speeds became faster and videos, flash, jpg, and others started to take over. The quality of gifs paled in comparison to the newer formats. For a while, I thought gifs were a thing of the past. Until recently.
Ever since I joined up on Facebook about 10 years ago, I would see links to animated gifs from time to time. It would be very short animated movies. The animation would just loop and loop until you closed the page. Just recently, Facebook announced that they will allow animated gifs on the timeline. You can not post an animated gif directly to Facebook, but you can share a link to an animated gif posted elsewhere on to your timeline.
At the same time of this announcement, there has been an increased awareness in the photo booth community about animated gifs. Photo booth software developers began incorporating animated gifs into the software. After the announcement, I slowly started seeing an increase of animated gifs on my Facebook timeline.
I don't see animated gifs making a huge comeback but with the photo booth market, it does have some advantages. Gifs are still small in size in comparison to jpgs or movie files. The other advantage is that they are viewable on any web browser and does not require any plug in at all. This makes it easy to share with almost anyone. It is an extremely old format so it is possible to view animated gifs on a computer that's over 20 years old.
Ironically, creating an animated gif is not as simple as editing a video file on your smart phone. There's a few apps out there but there isn't much software out there to create them.
I see this gaining popularity in the photo booth market and have decided to add this fun feature to our services. If you book our kiosk along with our photo booth, we will provide animated gifs to you free of charge. You will be able to send and receive the animated gifs via text or email using our kiosk. We will also upload the animated gifs to our gallery so that you can get the link and post it in your timeline.
This is one of the many reasons why to book us. We are currently one of the only companies in Hawaii offering this feature. Contact us today!