Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Windows Picture Viewer Does Not Show Animated GIFs

By design Windows Vista Photo Gallery and Windows 7 Picture Viewer wont display animated images. I have noticed that in Windows 7, the Windows Picture viewer only displays the first frame of an animated GIF. I can see the same picture animated in a web browser and in Windows XP. Please note that .apng (animated png) is another animated picture file type.

The Photo Gallery is designed for management of photos. The GIF format is not widely used for photos, but we included limited support for it due to the fact that some users have photos in this format. However, Microsoft did not implement the animation feature. You can use Internet Explorer to view your animated GIF files.

If you wish to view the animated gif file, you can view the animated .gif files by opening it with Internet Explorer (IE). Also, use third party software such as IRFANVIEW.

Please Note: The third-party product discussed here is manufactured by a company that is independent of Microsoft. We make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.

The fact that Microsoft claims to be its design is the worst move. In other way, this is a nonsense design When windows XP fax viewer can play animated gifs natively.

Considering that gifs are the only animated picture file type I am going to go out on a limb and say for it, it is the ONLY option! The point is that is has been there for many many years and all of a sudden Microsoft decide for us that we no longer need it, it is not something for them to decide. it is not an upgrade if you remove features that the people have been using for years, it is a downgrade when you remove features.

Like having to edit the registry now to change the default icon for a file type, what is with that? Will Microsoft give us back all the the features they removed!

Honestly, It shouldn't be that hard to integrate functional .gif into windows 7, which has been working perfect for the past decade or so, and it's not all that time consuming. Why Microsoft even left it out in the first place fazes me into thinking that this is a brain-fart moment for the development staff, or whatever the technical title is.


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