The Bottom Line
- Supports multiple image formats.
- Easy to insert new frames from external files.
- Separate frame editor for drawing and painting.
- Drag-and-drop frame moving.
- Tries to sneak in an optional browers toolbar install.
- Simple GIF animation with enough features to make it worthwhile, but nothing special.
- Clean, easy-to-use interface allows you to start compositing immediately.
- Probably most notable for its editing features and special effects.
Guide Review - Beneton Movie GIF
Strike #2: Full-screen flickering blackout on launch. It looks like it was doing something to my screen resolution, then changed its mind and decided to load as-is. Either way, it's a little cause for alarm right after it tried to install something else on my computer.
Thankfully there is no strike #3, or this software review would have stopped right here. Once the initial irritation passes, Beneton Movie GIF is actually a pretty cute little program. It's not particularly sophisticated, but then it doesn't need to be. It's a basic GIF animator that goes beyond mere basics to allow the addition of pre-made effects to single frames or to the entire animation.
The layout is clean, the notation clearly labeled and easy to understand, the timeline simple. You can switch between the movie editor and the frame editor to go from arranging frames and effects to actually drawing on each frame with a basic range of drawing and painting tools. New frames can be inserted from external files quite easily, letting you composite just about any images you want into an animated GIF.
Like I said, it's cute. It's not high art. It's not advanced. But it works, and it's free. If you're looking for a major animation program, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a standard GIF animation program that offers just a little more than your average assemble-the-images program, get Beneton Movie GIF.