Gimp question

Corey Edwards tensai at zmonkey.org
Mon Jan 9 08:29:21 MST 2006


On Mon, 2006-01-09 at 08:25 -0700, Jeff Schroeder wrote:
> Shane wrote:
> 
> > PNG images don't go through the rigmarole of an indexed palette.
> > With PNG you can use the full RGB palette as well as a full alpha
> > (transparency) channel.  Use PNG in preference to GIF if you can.
> 
> Absolutely.  You can index a PNG image, just like GIF, and the image 
> file will almost always be smaller than the corresponding GIF.  Since 
> you also get transparency (1-channel or full alpha), a PNG can do 
> everything a GIF can do except animation.  In other words, there's 
> almost no reason to use GIF.

Unless you want your transparent image to render properly in an
unfortunately common browser, Internet Explorer. It's a shame and a
great example that Microsoft has managed to popularize some of the worst
Internet software out there, but the fact remains.

Corey

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