I’ve been using a Mac now for about 10 years, maybe a little less. One of my biggest frustrations with switching from a PC to a Mac is finding software to do the things I was able to do on my PC. Switching from one program to another and having to learn it over because they don’t support Macs or even learning the same program but the Mac version can be frustrating at times.
One of the things I kind of miss doing is creating GIF images. Not that I want to do it often, but there are times that I’d just love to be able to do this for some sidebar advertising of my own. I never really looked into finding software to do it because I don’t do it often or I find another way to do what I want.
Then I was introduced to PicGIF from PearlMountain. PicGIF for Mac is a super easy to use and intuitive GIF maker that allows you to create animated GIFs from your own photos and videos on Mac OS X. It also comes as a handy use for re-editing existing GIFs. It’s the best GIF editor to animate your photos/videos in a few seconds.
Select the images/video you want to use, add some text (if you want), some stickers, and line everything up the way you want and within minutes you can have a great looking animated GIF to use. You can even make the GIFs to be specific sizes and shapes! Here’s a quick little GIF I created within a matter of about 2 minutes (including copying the images from my posts).
The GIF image does not retain the original quality of your original photos, but this was just a quick creation.
What You Can Make
- Create animated GIF from daily life photos and short videos.
- Trim any video clip to create your favorite GIF animation.
- Insert and customize text/sticker at will.
- Save and share the GIF anywhere.
- Multiple import file-formats: hundreds of image formats, GIFs, all common video formats.
- Free to trim any part from a video clip.
- Manage overlays of text captions and stickers.
- Set start frame & end frame for overlays to define the range.
- Lots of fine-tune features: size, frame delay, sequence, effects, color settings, etc.
- Opt to optimize the output quality.
- Multiple export and share options.
- Support German, French, Japanese, Simplified & Traditional Chinese.
I’m sure there are other programs out there that can do animated GIFs just as easily or even easier. You may want to download the free version to try out prior to purchasing the full version to see if it will work to your liking.
You can download a free copy of PicGIF that has limited capabilities or purchase it for $19.99