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Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member27 Dec 2009 10:59 a.m. PST

There's an animated .gif file that I want to capture. It usually wouldn't be a problem, but it's "pieced together" in three files (left upper half, right upper half, and bottom), and will save it as such. Here's what it looks like from the website:


Any ideas? Thanks, anyone that can help. By the way, any current or former San Diegan TMPers here? Does the .gif look familiar?

Henrix Inactive Member27 Dec 2009 11:35 a.m. PST

Weell, it is three different pictures, technically speaking. Doubtless to save a few kB – only one of them is animated.

You'll just have to download them all and lay them out as on the page, or paste them together in a suitable graphic editing program.

Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member27 Dec 2009 12:00 p.m. PST

Can you recommend an appropriate graphic editing program, Henrix? I've got Windows Paint, IrfanView, and Gimp2, but something is telling me I'll have to download a trial version of something else.

Thanks, Henrix.

Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian27 Dec 2009 12:10 p.m. PST

I can pull it and put it together in ImageReady. Do you need it a different size?

I live 90 minutes north of San Diego, but I can ask some friends if they recognize it.


altfritz27 Dec 2009 12:58 p.m. PST

It's actually 4 images – upper left, the animated bit, upper right and the lower half. You can right click and "open image" on each bit.

You could try "View Source" to see how they coded the page.

altfritz27 Dec 2009 1:00 p.m. PST

<table cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0><tr><td><img src="images/majorlefttop.gif" width="84" height="102"></td><td><img src="images/majoranim.gif" width="94" height="102"></td><td><img src="images/majorrighttop.gif" width="132" height="102"></td></tr>

<tr><td colspan=3><img src="images/majorbottom2.gif" alt="Majorette courtesy of Integrated Sign Associates" width="310" height="131"></td></tr></table>

Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member27 Dec 2009 2:10 p.m. PST

altfritz, thank you very much for your help. I really should learn about all this, that is, if I want to learn more about computers. I admire those that can do this at the drop of a hat!

Wyatt, maybe about a third or a half size larger, please. As to what it is, I've learned about it while doing research on drive-in theatres. Nice to know they saved a bit of San Diego history! Thank you again for your help, Wyatt. thumbs up

Henrix Inactive Member27 Dec 2009 3:31 p.m. PST

GIMP should do the trick, really – but ImageReady is certainly easier.

Did Wyatt get it for you? I could do it for you, but not until tomorrow (Swedish time, uhm, in 12 hours or so).

Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian27 Dec 2009 5:38 p.m. PST

I'm working on it. The animated sequence is 8 frames at .5 seconds each.

PM me with your e-mail again, Sag, it's ready.


Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member28 Dec 2009 9:03 a.m. PST

Thank you, Wyatt. PM coming now.

Henrix, thank you.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2009 1:28 p.m. PST

Graphics Convertor is another nice shareware choice.

Since GIF does animations by storing only the differences (or so I thought), I bet chopping up the image doesn't save very many bytes. In theory it should save zero bytes. The overhead of four GIF compressions instead of one may make the total size of four images larger than one animated GIF. Once you've pasted it together I'd love to hear about the file sizes each way.


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