Dealing with a GIF file
My friend likes to send me the occasional joke e-mail with an animated
picture, but the image doesn't move in my Mac's Mail program. I
have to drag it over to Safari to see that. Any ideas on how to
get the picture to animate in Mail ?
Answer : This image is what's called an animated GIF. This
format was once a popular way to liven up a webpage, and users of the
IncrediMail e-mail program still often use it to illustrate
Some programs, such as Mac OS X's Mail and Quick Look,
will only show the first frame of the animation instead of playing the
whole thing. If that bugs you, you could try switching to another mail
program, such as Mozilla Thunderbird (
www.mozilla.com ). But unless you
get these flashy messages all the time, it will probably be easier to
drag the occasional animation over to your web browser.