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Re: Animation software high school level

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Susan Palfrey (spalfre1)
Fri, 12 Dec 1997 17:05:04 -0500

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For beginning animators one can also use ClarisWorks paint and GifBuilder
together. Be sure to save the ClarisWorks paint files a PICT files. If
the animated gifs are going on the web, when starting in ClarisWorks (or
Photoshop for that matter) make sure your document size is no larger than
200 pixels in any direction. I have a fast internet connection so that may
be even too generous a size. My middle school students picked up the idea
and had finished products in one 75 minute period.

>If you have Photoshop and a MAC, score a free copy of GifBuilder at:
>Gifbuilder allows you to put a series of PICT files into a sequential order
>and 'play' them back as if they were in a little movie. It is designed for
>creating web page animations, and I like it because it is quick. It is small
>enough that I can have it and PS running at the same time. I'll work a PS
>image for awhile, save a copy of it as a pict, then drag the desktop icon of
>that pict to the GifBuilder construction window and run the sequence. Very
>fast, and it allows your students immediate feedback on their progress. Even
>if you don't do web design it is a good little program.

Sue Palfrey
Multimedia and Art Teacher
Falmouth Middle School
Falmouth, Maine

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