This article will be divided into three section,the first section will introduce GIF format to you;the second section will help you to choose the software to convert;while the third section will tell you how to convert format.
1.What is GIF?
GIF is short for Graphics Interchange Format.It is a bitmap image format which come into widespread usage via Internet due to its wide support and portability.
- GIFs are suitable for sharp-edged line art,such as logos,etc.with a limited number of colors. This takes advantage of the format's lossless compression, which favors flat areas of uniform color with well defined edges.
- GIFs can be used to store low-color sprite data for games.
- GIFs can be used for small animations and low-resolution film clips.
- Digital photographers use image file formats capable of reproducing a greater range of colors, such as TIFF, RAW or JPEG.
The image in Figure1 is a GIF image file with animation.
2.What software should be used to convert?
HTML Converter Command Line is a powerful HTML conversion product. It allows you to create previews or thumbnails of web pages in a number of different formats, such as TIF, TIFF, JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, PCX, TGA, JP2 (JPEG2000), PNM, etc. It also allows you to convert web pages to PDF, PS (postscript), WMF, EMF vector formats.
You can download HTML Converter Command Line at http://www.verypdf.com/htmltools/htmltools.zip and read the main introduction at http://www.verypdf.com/htmltools/index.html .If you want to know more functions about HTML Converter Command Line,please visit http://www.verypdf.com/htmltools/htmltools-manual.htm.
3.How to convert url to gif?
There are three steps in this conversion.
You can click “start”—“run” to popup the dialog box and input “cmd” in “open” edit box,then click “OK” button.You can also use the hot key “Windows”+ “R” to realize the same function.
Step2.Input command line
The structure of command line is
htmltools.exe "http://www.verypdf.com" C:\out.gif
htmltools.exe is the called program,which is also the executable file in HTML Converter Command Line.
http://www.verypdf.com" is the URL of webpage.You can see it as the source file.
C:\out.gif is target file.
We can take the whole command in the conversion of url to gif as the example.
"C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Local Settings\Temp\htmltools\htmltools.exe" "http://www.verypdf.com" C:\verypdf.gif
"C:\Documents and Settings\admin\Local Settings\Temp\htmltools\htmltools.exe" is the path of htmltool.exe.The path seems too long to input,so you can drag the file into cmd.exe dialog box directly,which is an easy way.
"http://www.verypdf.com" is the URL of webpage.You can input or copy and paste it in cmd.exe dialog.
C:\verypdf.gif is the directory and name of target file.
Step3.Find the target file
You can find the target file in specified path.If you don’t define the path for target file in command line,the file will be saved in current directory by default.