Get animated: Google finally adds GIFs to image search

All the fans of animated GIF images out there are in luck: Google has finally added GIFs and animated files to its already robust image search engine, the company said Tuesday.

GIFs have been popular on the web for quite some time, but Google has caught up. GIFs have taken on a life of their own on mobile devices as well. Vimeo, for example, recently acquired GIF-making application Echograph to help it challenge apps like Twitter’s Vine app and Cinemagram.

To see GIFs when you search images in Google, just go to the drop down box, click “search tools,” click “any type,” and then click “animated.”

Google wrote in a Google+ post :

“Even if you’re a fan of animated gifs — say you were the first to email your friends the slow loris very slowly eating a rice ball (goo.gl/KDDX1) — you may not know that the origins of animation go as far back as 1879 and Eadweard Muybridge’s “zoopraxiscope” (see our doodle homage to Muybridge: goo.gl/PGQW3). Gifs have been around since 1987 and have become the de facto standard for short animations on the web, from pony glitter text (goo.gl/iZoEZ) to grumpy cat memes (goo.gl/bC9um).

Starting today, there’s an easier way to unearth those gems: when you do an image search, click on “Search tools” below the search box, then select “Animated” under the “Any type” dropdown box.

We’ve also added a second handy filter: If you’re after the perfect picture of Easter basket clipart (goo.gl/XutAa) but must have one with a transparent background, simply select “Transparent” under the “Any color” dropdown box.”

While I couldn’t get Google image search to work for animated files, I assume it will be rolled out to all users some time Tuesday.

Copyright 2013, VentureBeat

business

technology

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments
Most Read Business

business

technology

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.