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    ABREV: GIF Image Format Support

    INFO: Using GIF images

    Document ID: IR04005
    The information in this article applies to:
    • AutoPlay Menu Studio 3.0
    • AutoPlay Media Studio 4.0


    This article will discuss GIF support and LZW compression in AutoPlay Media Studio 4.0.


    AutoPlay Media Studio does not support the GIF file format nor does it support any image file that uses LZW compression.The LZW compression algorithm is owned by Unisys Corporation who require that a royalty be paid for the use of this algorithm.There is no royalty required to view a GIF image, but in order to embed the GIF image in an application a royalty is required. For AutoPlay Media Studio to embed a GIF image a royalty would be required every time a GIF image appeared in our runtimes.The cost would grow exponentially large as more and more of our runtimes were distributed around the world. We feel that the extra cost associated with deploying GIF images is not worth the extra cost that would have to be passed on to our users.


    Unisys LZW License agreement article

    KEYWORDS: GIF, LZW compression

    Last reviewed: Sept 24, 2002
    Copyright © 2002 Indigo Rose Corporation. All rights reserved.