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So, I made an animated GIF today. This isn't terribly amazing, though it's something I'd been wanting to do. I picked up a simple-looking GIF animator (Advanced GIF animator) - I should probably just work with Adobe After Effects, but I don't *have* that. Anyway, it requires you to be registered, or it sticks some text on your image saying "woe unto you, unto the sixth generation," or something to that effect.

Of COURSE my credit card had been cancelled. AGAIN. This always happens. The frustrating thing, of course--I'd payed my Mastercard on their website. I've done this two or three times this year, but the telidiot "helping" me hadn't any record of any payment ever. So I grumbled at him, he said something along the lines of "customer happiness isn't as important as your $15 pay-over-phone fee" or something, and then, when I whinged some more, his manager authorized him.

Sigh. I don't tend to record confirmation numbers, because if something says "YES! We thank you for your transaction!" I regard the expression of "successful operation" as a sign that the operation was successful.

Call me naive. You can even put the dots over the "i."

Anyway...I didn't get the animation software registered, so I'll probably just hold out and get Photoshop after-effects.

And here's my dancing mushroom. It needs to be optimized, it's a little bit K-heavy, but cute...


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Jun. 19th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC)
If you want to send me the frames, I can stitch it together in a program I have. I putter around with animated gifs from time to time as well ^^
Jun. 19th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
I know :) I'm generally impressed with your work, but this is something I'd like to learn to do, and so, best to learn by doing, no?
Jun. 19th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
Well, in that case, I've personally had the best experience with Adobe ImageReady myself. It can be tedious to learn at first, but that's more or less the Adobe way, I think. Once you get to know it, tho, it's actually fairly nice, and the interface is essentially the same as Photoshop's so it's only a matter of figuring out how the frame palette thing works, and you should be good to go. ^^
Jun. 19th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
Yay! *dances too*

Sorry to hear about your credit card fiasco. >.
Jun. 20th, 2005 06:20 am (UTC)
Eh...I'm pretty much used to it. Credit Cards=Trouble. I need to get a bank card, because I so frequently have problems with my checkbook--but I'm not sure I need it to be *easier* for me to spend!
Jun. 19th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
Personally, for Animated GIF's, kt_kat had suggested to me that I use a little add-on utility to Paint Shop Pro. I got a copy of PSP and tried it out myself...it is very easy to use, and fairly efficient. This icon, while rather simple, only took me -maybe- a total of 5 minutes to splice togather. It was the first thing I ever did in PSP...the learning curve is just about non-existant.

Being an avid Photoshop fan myself, I note that Paint Shop Pro is also cheaper, by far, on the pocketbook. Especially, uuum...if you can find a friend who has it and borrow it from them. *shrugs* That's my two packets of demiglaze for ya.
Jun. 19th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah--I may investigate paintshop pro for ths one purpose. I'm also a Photoshop fan, but have a small hang-up about registered software, particularly for things I'm real loyal to. So...maybe down the road. Lord knows, people have offered me the latest version of Photoshop a few times!
Jun. 20th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)
That pesky conscience is nothing a little chopstick lobotomy wouldn't fix.

You really should've spoken up Sunday, I actually had all my software mojo in that magic bag of mine. :)
Jun. 20th, 2005 08:11 am (UTC)
I really don't like to get unregistered software. It sounds like Paint Shop Pro is fairly reasonably priced, though, I may pick that up.
Jun. 20th, 2005 08:11 am (UTC)
Except Windows. Windows doesn't count.
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