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GifSplitter 2

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GifSplitter 2

The Bottom Line

When considered in the light of its only intended purpose, GifSplitter 2 is perfect - minimalism at its best. It circumvents pretty graphical user interfaces and unnecessary features to allow image extraction from animated GIFs in less than a minute. While it may not be a rich, full-featured application, it does what it does and it does it well.

Pros

  • Loads on unzip; no install required.
  • Does its job quickly and cleanly.
  • Good for quick image extraction.

Cons

  • Less a "splitter" than a "decompiler."
  • Doesn't allow image quality previews.
  • Doesn't allow different image formats.

Description

  • Avoids frills to get right to the point.
  • Allows output selection, including automatic folder creation.
  • Allows user-selected default background colors for gifs.

Guide Review - GifSplitter 2

GifSplitter 2 from XoYo Software does exactly what it says it does and no more: it splits animated GIFs into separate frames and saves those frames to bitmap files. The user interface dispenses with the bells and whistles to make it easy to get in, get out, and get done. It takes up practically no memory, runs right out of the zip file, has no special requirements, and overall simplifies a sometimes-annoying task of using a more complicated animation program to extract a frame here and there for static image use.

With that said, though, I think it falls short of perfection because of its (still refreshing) simplicity. A few more basic features would make this little pocket-sized application really stand out, such as the ability to preview before splitting, the ability to choose image formats other than BMP, and the ability to actually split an animated GIF into two separate GIFs.

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