Animation files are .gif (not a gift) standing for
Graphic Interchange Format. The .gif file extension dictates how the
computer understands it. Images are usually .jpg, .bmp or .gif.
Basically, jpg's & bmp's can use thousands of colours, gif's are
restricted to 256 colours, also gifs enable multiple frames to be joined
together in order to make an animation. Also, it is the only format that
allows the background to be made transparent, so that the underlying
page colour or image shows through, behind the animation.
Mail messages are sent in one of two formats, either
'plain text' or 'HTML' (Hyper Text MarkUp Language). Gifs can either be
embedded or attached. To attach, you can be in either format & the
gif appears beneath a solid line at the bottom of the message. To be
embedded in the text, you have to format the message in HTML. HTML
enables you to add pictures, backgrounds & sounds to your mails.
OK, so first you have to save the image onto your
hard drive. To save an attached gif, right click on it & save
picture as. A box appears and you browse to where you wish to save it.
At the bottom of the box, it shows the file type it will save as, ie.
gif or bmp.. Attached gifs sent in either format should save as gifs. It
is important that animations are saved as .gifs, if they save as a bmp,
then you are only saving one frame & hence no animation.
Inserting the sigs into your emails uses different
methods, depending upon your mail programme - click on 'your' programme,
for more detailed instructions :-