I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because grammar is best left to the professionals. Besides, I had to finish this quickly because there’s a Minecraft Creeper on my phone!
Remember those annoying blinking ads on web pages in the nineties? Many were created as animated gifs, an image file format that loops through multiple images. The series of still images move fast enough that the final product looks like a tiny movie. Well, animated gifs are back. Move over advertising, Meemoo provides code-free web hacking for everyone.
Honestly, this tool is sophisticated enough that adults will find it interesting. However, tweens and teens who love social media will find Meemoo fun for creating something really different to share with their friends. Documentation is a bit sparse, so there isn’t much help to get you started. The quick introduction does a good job of explaining the basic concepts of the tool, but it’s best to play with the examples first. Tip: If you want to start simply (like I did in creating the silly animated gif below), just follow the five steps outlined below.
1. On the Meemoo hompage, click anywhere on the animated gif demo box.
2. Now you can build your own animated gif using a pre-made template.
3. In the Cam box, click choose image. Upload your image or use your webcam to take a photo. Continue to upload photos, with slight differences, to create a short sequence–I used three photos.
4. Now simply click on the play button inside the animation box. Adjust the fps (frames per second) setting to speed-up or slow-down the animation transitions.
5. When you’re happy with the result, click on the make gif button in the animation box. When it is complete, right-click your mouse to save the image to your computer. From there, it can be shared on Facebook, Twitter or your blog.
Check out the Meemoo gallery to see some really sophisticated apps. that others have created and shared. Some combine animation, sound, video, and photos. What will you create? If you create something really cool, please share it with us in the comments!
Meemoo is the thesis project of Forrest Oliphant for Media Lab Helsinki, Aalto University. He created it as a tool that people can use to create and modify new media tools in a web browser without writing code. Recently, Mozilla and Eyebeam announced the Open(Art) Fellowship, and Forrest was among them. Thanks for sharing this cool tool with the world, Forrest. We can’t wait to see what you build next.