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How do we upload animated gif icons?
« on: November 23, 2014, 07:48:35 pm »
Sorry if this question was asked before but I couldn't find an answer when I ran a search earlier. So I have a new animated icon, it's a gif and I tried uploading it like you do with a normal static icon and it showed up but is not moving. The non-moving version is currently my icon. So I was wondering if there was something special we had to do with animated icons or is it just an error with my file (the file is working fine on fa just not here)

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Re: How do we upload animated gif icons?
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2014, 09:01:52 pm »
How big is the size of the gif file? Maybe it's too big for the site, or it loses most of its frames when the site compresses and resizes it
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Re: How do we upload animated gif icons?
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2014, 10:52:15 pm »
Yeah there's a size limit, there's also a weird type of compression that has to happen. I can't really remember it, I'll have to ask Natasha
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Re: How do we upload animated gif icons?
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2014, 11:56:29 pm »
Thanks guys :fox-:): I can't remember how big the file is right now and cant check at the moment since I'm on my phone but should be able to resize it to fit the limit. If you could ask Natasha about the size limits and other requirements that would be awesome Panda but no rush since I do have other images I can use as my avatar until then. Thanks again for the help <3
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Re: How do we upload animated gif icons?
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2014, 08:41:37 am »
This is one of those weird areas where I really can't give a technical answer; people have been able to make it work, in the past, but I couldn't tell you why.  To start with, though, make sure it's no larger than 125x125px, and try hosting it on another image site and linking to it from there ("Specify avatar by URL" option).  Users in the past have been able to make them work that way, but if it still doesn't work, I honestly have no idea what will get it functioning.  I'm sorry about that, it's a quirky thing that's been tricky for a long time.
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Re: How do we upload animated gif icons?
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2014, 09:33:42 am »
Thanks Natasha :fox-:): I'll try linking it when I get back onto my laptop and see if that works, quirks happen so its no biggy if it doesnt work. Thanks so much for the help :fox-:):
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Re: How do we upload animated gif icons?
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2014, 03:31:01 pm »
I remember an old thread about this long ago.

Here is the here

Last post has a link to a site that lets you compress gif files (does reduce quality quite a bit depending on how much you compress)

I used it on a few of mine in the past. Depending on how the original image was made it may drastically reduce it's quality or only slightly.
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