iOS 8 Safari joins Firefox in providing support for animated .PNG files

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by Rafagon, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. Rafagon

    Rafagon Genius

    Dec 7, 2011
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    Safari in iOS 8 has just joined the very elite and exclusive club of browsers that support animated PNG (APNG) files. Whereas animated GIF files can support a maximum of 256 colors in any given frame of the animation (i.e. each individual frame can have its own palette of up to 256 colors), animated PNG files can have up to 16,777,216 colors each (not each frame).

    Do you see this ball? It is an animated PNG file, and you can view the wonderful animation if you're using Firefox, Safari 8 (on OS X Yosemite) or Safari on iOS 8.


    Update: With the APNG extension for Google Chrome, you can see the ball bounce even if you're not using Firefox. However, I wouldn't get too excited about animated PNGs. They are hardly ever used.
    #1 Rafagon, Sep 30, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2014
  2. Europa

    Europa Moderator
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    Dec 12, 2008
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    Cool. Now if Apple could just fix their mobile browser so it doesn't freeze and crash and have non-working buttons in the landing pad area we'll be golden. But until then we'll be able to view lots of annoying animated .pngs and a few cool ones.

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