Animated Display Pictures added in Live Messenger 9.0Wednesday, 6 Feb. '0835 comments3.8
The new Windows Live Messenger 9.0 finally added support for animated display pictures by supporting the use of GIF animations! Check out these examples:
Ever since Microsoft added "Display Pictures" to MSN Messenger back in 2003, users have been asking (or begging, in some cases) for the ability to use animated GIF images as their Display Pics. Some 5 years later, this wish has finally been granted - the new Messenger 9.0 allows animated display pics! Until now you could only download animated Flash avatars for Messenger through the few websites that are providing them (like Kiwee), but you couldn't use your own local GIF files as your avatar.
Messenger provides some default sample animated avatars, but they're not exactly very exciting. This is not a problem as you can select any picture that you please. Sherv.NET has always been a primary source of display Pictures and Avatars since the early days of Messenger, and you can now get all the free animated display pictures you need right here as well!
The features works very well with the GIF files animating smoothly in the IM window (you avatar does animate in the contact card as well). While this is a very noble feature, it could very easily become irritating to look at the annoying, seizure-inducing or nasty animations set by your contacts. Luckily, you can always hide their display picture from the chat window.
Also note that only users with Live Messenger 9.0 or newer will be able to see your animated pictures. MSN Messenger users can not see display pictures featuring an animation and will instead see a standard static picture. The avatar file size limit is around 200KB, and there doesn't seem to be a limit on the overall length of the animation. The maximum dimensions of a display image are still 96x96 pixels.
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Tags: Animated, Display, Picture, Avatar, Animation, GIF, Messenger, 9.0