Friday, June 15, 2012

Happy Birthday to the GIF!

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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Despite their rampant overuse during the early days of the visual web, the internet is a far better place these days because of the simple genius of the GIF, invented 25 years ago today:


The modern-day GIF was introduced to the world 25 years ago today by Steve Wilhite as a more versatile alternative to the JPEG, according to Alexander “Sandy” Trevor, the former chief technical officer of CompuServe.

“If you want lossless, compressed graphics, there is nothing better than GIF,” Trevor told the Daily Dot. “Yes, JPEG is better for photos, but you can tolerate loss in photos. And PNG has some benefits, but for most applications it is not worth the additional implementation hassle.”

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