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Beneton Movie GIF

About.com Rating 3.5 Star Rating
User Rating 5 Star Rating (1 Review)

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Beneton Movie GIF

The Bottom Line

In all honestly, Ulead GIF Animator 5 is a better program - but Beneton Movie GIF is still clean, useful, and pretty effective at what it does.

Pros

  • Supports multiple image formats.
  • Easy to insert new frames from external files.
  • Separate frame editor for drawing and painting.
  • Drag-and-drop frame moving.

Cons

  • Tries to sneak in an optional browers toolbar install.

Description

  • 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 #1: Do not try to sneak in a third-party software installation during the install process of the software that I chose to download. If I wanted the Crawler Toolbar on my Firefox, I'd have downloaded it myself.

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.

User Reviews

 5 out of 5
Just what I was looking for :))))), Member RvWR

My photoshop CS4 has been a constant headache and crashing when I save to web, so having all other functions I needed something to help me save my frames and save them as an animated file. I love the fact that it supports about 50 files types so i know I can throw anything I want there and use some of their simple and cool function. I am totally happy bcs it covers exactly what I needed, a small application that enables you to put yr files in frames and offers simple but lovely actions that you can or choose not to use and save them as gif.

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