Export to an animated GIF file

You can export your content to the animated .gif format, which provides similar benefits to the .gif format.
  1. On the File menu, click Export > Animated GIF.
  2. In the Information section, change the following settings:



    Show Preview

    Select this option to display a preview pane on the right side of the dialog box. You can preview changes before you update the image.


    View information on the file properties after making changes to other properties on the dialog box.

    If you select Show Preview, you can view your changes when you click the Update button.

    Live Update

    Select this check box to update the information automatically.

    Note: If your computer has a slow processor, you might experience slower processing when using Live Update.

  3. In the Generic Options section, select any of the following check boxes.



    Override Background Color

    Select this check box to use a different background color than that set in the BlackBerry® Composer. Click the color swatch and click a color.

    Use Temporary Image Cache

    Select this check box for smaller content files to improve performance when previewing different export settings or re-exporting a BlackBerry Composer file that has not been changed.

    Note: With larger images, the cache can consume a lot of memory and, depending on how much RAM is available, might need to be turned off.

  4. Depending on the type of export, select the applicable options.




    When you select this check box, images first appear blurry and become sharper as they are downloaded. When Interlace is not selected, images appear gradually, top to bottom, as they download.

    With still GIF images, interlacing allows users with slow modem connections to click past an image they are not interested in viewing without having to download the whole thing. Do not use Interlacing for animated GIFs.


    Sets the number of times for the .gif animation to repeat.

    Override Doc. Speed

    Sets the speed for the .gif animation.

  5. In the Color Reduction section, set any of the following color reduction options.




    Specifies which set of 256 (or fewer) colors is used in the exported animation.

    • Adaptive automatically selects a set of colors that best approximate the original.
    • Web-safe uses a standard set of 216 colors. Web-safe colors are recommended for BlackBerry devices.


    Sets the number of colors used in the exported content. Depending on the types of objects used, setting this field to a value below 256 can seriously degrade image quality. However, reducing the number of colors can significantly reduce your file size.

    Color Reduction

    Specifies how the BlackBerry Composer reduces the number of colors for export. Experiment with both methods to determine which method produces the best image.


    Dithering might improve image quality. Selecting this option increases your file size.

  6. To name and save the current export settings for later use or to load a previously saved group of setting, select the Save current settings when closing check box.
  7. Click OK.

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