[Etoys] Can we turn an animation into a gif file?

Kazuhiro ABE abee at squeakland.jp
Tue Jun 16 04:01:27 EDT 2009

Hello all,
I made a quick hack.

1. Drag & drop an attachment file named AnimeGIFRecorder.morph into
your Etoys window and open as a morph.
2. The bounding box of AnimeGIFRecorder morph means recording frame,
so you can resize it.
3. Open viewer of AnimeGIFRecorder morph and you can change value of
recordingTime and filename variable.
4. Start recording by clicking [!] button of startRecording script. (don't tick)
5. After the record script stopped, you can open an animated gif file
that you named.

Have fun.
Kazuhiro Abe

2009/6/16 Scott Wallace <scott.wallace at squeakland.org>:
> On Jun 15, 2009, at 7:53 AM, Bruno Sperb wrote:
>> Hi guys,
>> Im Bruno, writing from Brazil.
>> As we are working on animations with a group of kids, a teacher
>> asked me
>> if it is possible to save an animated sketch as a gif file?
> Hi, Bruno,
> Each individual frame of the animation can separately be saved as a
> gif, of course, using the "export..." menu found in each sketch's halo
> menu (btw, to see the "export" menu , the eToyFriendly preference must
> be turned off.)
> But I imagine that what you're really asking is whether a single
> "animated gif" file can be created from the sketches in a Holder that
> constitute an animation built in Etoys, and I'm sorry to have to
> report that the answer is... no, (afaik) there is no such facility.
> The system can *play* animated-gifs brought in from the outside world,
> but cannot create its own.
> Perhaps someone reading this will be inspired to implement an animated-
> gif writer.
> Meanwhile, saving the individual Sketches in a series of .gif files,
> then using some third-party software to combine those gifs into a
> single animated gif, would seem to be the best alternative available.
> Cheers,
>   -- Scott
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