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How to use these signatures

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 :-

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