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    i'll see you all soon enough Rinn's Avatar
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    GIF is Pubic Domain

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    1- That's an interesting typo
    2- I don't get what the big deal is.
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    Heheheh, pubic. Anyways, this is better. The next version of the GImp will be able to save as GIFs.

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    i say he did that typo on purpose...
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    I don't get it. So, because a patent expired, they may charge whomever uses gif's?

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    i hope not, else those sprite requests i made would be for nothing...
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    <img src="http://www.rpgclassics.com/staff/tenchimaru/td.gif"> No, they could charge you before, since some company had the patent to .gif. Now it's public domain, so it's free to use.
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    wait...i can now abuse .gifs all i want, then?
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    It used to be that software writers had to buy a licence to allow users to save as GIF format. Now it's a freebee.

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    Yahoo! R0x0rs! Now we won't have to change everything on our site to PNGs. 8p

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    and i can keep all the sprites i saved just for these boards!
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    Meh, I've done worse typos...
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    like what, exactly?
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    I don't know exactly, but I know I have. It's not like I'd remember every typo I've made.
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    oh...thought you'd remember the best ones...
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    Originally posted by Cidolfas
    Yahoo! R0x0rs! Now we won't have to change everything on our site to PNGs. 8p
    Ah, and you were JUST getting around to doing that as well. :P

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    Originally posted by Epicgamer
    I don't know exactly, but I know I have. It's not like I'd remember every typo I've made.

    I would be the smartest man alive if I could remember all my typos :)

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    Originally posted by Urkani
    Ah, and you were JUST getting around to doing that as well. :P
    Well... if Compuserve sued us we would... 8p

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    Who cares? GIF is ancient and PNG owns GIF any day. The only thing PNG can't handle are animations AFAIK. Everything else PNG got full support for, and most important of all BETTER support than GIFs. GIF only got binary transparency, has suckier compression rates and can only support 256 colors/GIF.

    Now PNG on the other hand... Alpha transperencies, 65535 colors, same if not smaller file sizes, and things like that are all reasons why I love it.

    Now if only crappy IE would start giving native support to PNG...
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    WooH!
    I hope this means the programs which have suffered under that patent gets cheaper: Of course, probably not.

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    Originally posted by Wertigon
    Who cares? GIF is ancient and PNG owns GIF any day. The only thing PNG can't handle are animations AFAIK. Everything else PNG got full support for, and most important of all BETTER support than GIFs. GIF only got binary transparency, has suckier compression rates and can only support 256 colors/GIF.

    Now PNG on the other hand... Alpha transperencies, 65535 colors, same if not smaller file sizes, and things like that are all reasons why I love it.

    Now if only crappy IE would start giving native support to PNG...
    i agree, but i use IE, so i gotta use .gif files...
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    Wert: Perhaps technically, but GIFs are way more popular, so PNGs aren't going to be in particularly high use anytime soon (if it catches on earlier than five years' time, I'll be VERY surprised, especially given this news). It may never catch on at all. Remember Betamax? It was also far higher quality than VHS. It just never caught on.

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    Originally posted by Epicgamer
    Meh, I've done worse typos...
    No matter which typos you've made it can't beat Weiila's living/loving typo :p

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    i don't think i was here then...how did that one go?
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    Originally posted by Cidolfas
    Wert: Perhaps technically, but GIFs are way more popular, so PNGs aren't going to be in particularly high use anytime soon (if it catches on earlier than five years' time, I'll be VERY surprised, especially given this news). It may never catch on at all. Remember Betamax? It was also far higher quality than VHS. It just never caught on.
    The question is, can my toaster use PNGs? :P


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    Originally posted by Merlin
    The question is, can my toaster use PNGs? :P
    No, but you can play PS3 games on it :P

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    There were never any rules against having and viewing PNGs. The patent just applied to the software used to compress and decompress them - the paint programs and viewers. Popular paint programs like PSP and Photoshop paid for licenses.

    PNGs are still better since they support more colors and have better compression. And PNG versus GIF is not like betamax vs VHS. PNGs and GIFs are purely software, using PNGs reduces bandwidth and storage necessary. Beta and VHS tapes are actual physical entities. Converting from one to the other is more difficult and time consuming, they are analog so the conversion will incur generational loss, and supporting both VHS and Beta would be difficult, requiring two machines probably. Supporting both PNG and GIF is easy (just include separate decoding routines) so one program should easily be able to view either format. Converting pictures from GIF to PNG is not diffucult, just use a batch conversion tool and on web pages go through and replace GIF with PNG (ok, that might be a bit time consuming).

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    Originally posted by Merlin
    The question is, can my toaster use PNGs? :P
    of course it can. i just need to figure out how...
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    My toaster can! *goes into rambling mode about how she modded her toaster*
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    cala, you just have to tell me again how you were able to get that motherboard into your toaster...
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