In August I noted the oddity that you could upload animated GIFs to Google Drive but you could not insert them in any documents. A comment on that post had me re-checking, and woah, you can directly upload an animated GIF anyplace you can upload an image, here is a gDoc with two GIFs I just slipped inside.
It’s even easier in a GDoc presentation, you can just drag and drop one in from your desktop, check out this quickie. You can have more than one per slide. I can see a way of using this to assemble a series as maybe a movie of GIFs? I wonder if the auto advance features will work on this embed? (YES IT DOES! I could now assemble a series of animated GIFs…) Hmm.)
Yup, this is getting cool- here is the series of GIFs I made from the classic movie Fort Apache, redone just now as a self advancing GDoc preso If you read the URL you could even modify the delay between slides.
The odd thing is that the Google Help docs still state that you cannot use animated GIFs — although the animate that use right above it to show how to add an image… is an animated GIF!
Maybe they just turned on the GIF light? Did they hear it was a popular thing? Or they just sneak things in without telling anyone?
No matter, we can now haz GIF in Google docs. Bring it on!
The post "Google Wakes Up and Smells the Animated GIF" was originally squeezed out of the bottom of an old rusted tube of toothpaste at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2013/02/google-wakes-up/) on February 19, 2013.