Ambromator: Ambrosavage's Excellent GIF Animator
download here - sorry, Windows
cartoons on this site are created in our own .gif animator, because we couldn't
find one that had the features that we needed, and we thought that you might
like it too, if you're into that sort of thing.
Specifically, it is the individual
frame timing that proved problematic. Most .gif animators only let you set a
single frame speed parameter, even though the .gif file format allows for each
frame to be individually timed. Everyone knows that the secret to comedy is
timing, so for us, this was a must.
For a while, we used Adobe
ImageReady, because it had this feature, but it stopped running under Windows
Vista. We didn't upgrade our Photoshop to get this feature, because, well,
Photoshop is expensive and we already paid for it once.
that our Animator does is that it stores full frames instead of just the
changes that occur between frames that is common in most .gif animations. This
was helpful back when everyone was on dial-up and connections were slow, but
makes less difference today. Besides, our animations don't generally have very
many frames. The reason that we want to store every frame is so that you can
view them that way, using our "view Frame by Frame" feature. Have you tried
that? It's pretty cool.
Brings up a File Load dialog box. The
file may be either a properly layered (one frame per layer) .psd or an animated
.gif. When the file loads, the number of frames will be displayed in the first
box, and the first frame will be displayed. Initially, all frame durations are
set to zero (0), unless there are already frame durations in the .gif that you
load. If there are, these are used.
The Ambromator Interface is set up for 425x425 images, because
that's the size that we use, but it will adjust if you load files that are
larger or smaller.
Press the Next (>),
Previous(<), First (<<) and Last (>>) buttons to navigate
between the frames of the animation.
You can type a
number into the duration box for each frame. These are in seconds, and you may
enter fractions of seconds as well as full seconds, i.e. 0.5, 0.75, etc.. As
you move between the frames, your numbers will be saved automatically.
APPLY TO ALL
Applies the value in the duration box to all
frames. This is useful if you are doing an animation with constant motion, like
someone juggling. This way you don't have to go to every frame and type in a
Shows your animation, using the most recently set
Stops the animated preview and returns
control to the editing interface.
Brings up a File
Save dialog box. All files saved are gif animations with the extension .gif.
Brings up this list of instructions, or something very much like
Save file name is now automatically generated
from Open file name. Previously, the file name had to be entered
Preview function added. Now requires the
support file "animate.gif", as a stand-in for you animation.
Automatic resizing of the window if files other than 425x425 are
loaded. This was the first feature added to make the program useful to other
people, rather than specifically for the production of the Cartoon of the
File Load and File Save dialog boxes
implemented, so that files can be loaded from anywhere on the computer or
network. Previously, all files had to be copied into the same folder where the
ambromator was installed.
Added the "Apply to All"
button so that the current timing could be applied to all frames. This feature
was implemented after we did a nearly 100 frame animation with constant timing
and had to type ".75" one hundred times! Also cleaned up the interface a little
with some visual feedback on the buttons, so that you could tell if you had
pressed them or not, and some messages telling you that your file was loading
The basic feature set was implemented.
Load .psd and .gif, step between frames, adust timing, save .gif. That's all we
needed, and not too much has changed since.
|The ambromator is free, but you get what you pay for. There is no
official technical support, and there are no upgrade plans. That said, feel
free to drop us a line if you've got
suggestions that would make the ambromator better. OK back to the disclaimer:
use at your own risk. We cannot be liable for any direct or consequential
damages or losses incurred as a result of either using or not using our
animator. May cause dizzyness, drowsiness, excitability, sleeplessness, lack of
appetite, increased appetite, or whatever. Probably not, but who knows? See
your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms, see your dentist if your
teeth are falling out, and see your bartender if you need a stiff drink or even
just a beer. Call 911 if your house is on fire, and call a vet if your dog
needs fixing. We have lots of other advice, but we're running out of room. See,
the bottom of your screen is right down there. Ouch. almost ran into