GIF files are commonly used for small animated images in applications. These are multipage files, and animation is achieved by processing the list of images. (This is not the same as AVI or other full-motion video formats.)
LEADTOOLS lets you load a multipage file into a list of bitmaps; then create and play an animation sequence using the list. With the paint-while-load feature, you can also play the animation while the list is being loaded.
LEADTOOLS takes advantage of the special animation features in GIF files, such as using one palette for the whole list of bitmaps. But you can create, play, and save animations in any multipage format, including GIF, TIFF, and PCX.