Quirky App Of The Day: Always Have Animation On Hand With GIF Finder
GIF Finder (Free) by Matt Cheetham is an entertainment app that allows you to search for GIFs. Whether it’s an adorable kitty that’s swatting at the camera or a skateboard accident that makes you cringe, GIFs are all over the Internet. Now, you can search through hundreds of them to use in text messages or through social networks.
First of all, what’s a GIF? Well, it stands for graphics interchange format. The first GIFs were for logos. That doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? The excitement is about the animation abilities that this particular format supports. You can take a video and compress it into a GIF format that is smaller and more portable.
With this great power, the Internet has become populated with GIFs of about every imaginable thing. GIF Finder allows you to locate them through their search engine. All you have to do is type in what subject you want a GIF of, and the screen loads dozens of them for you to browse through. I tried looking up things like cats, dogs, falling, Disney, princesses, and memes.
The great thing about this app is that you don’t have to keep these little treasures to yourself. You can send them through text messages and email. You can also share them on Facebook and Twitter.
Personally, the best method that I found for using these GIFs was to open the URL in Safari. Once the GIF loaded, I could choose to copy or save the image. If you copy the image, you can paste it into a text message.
The message and emails options in the app only send the receiver a URL to the GIF instead of actually sending the image. I couldn’t get the copy option to work either. However, I successfully sent a few GIFs in text messages by using my method. Considering how much I enjoy sending people pictures of memes and GIFs, this app is still totally worthwhile.
I also tested the app’s ability to share through social media. Both Facebook and Twitter work seamlessly.
Anyone who would enjoy sending GIFs to their friends would love this app. I enjoyed being able to search for them by subject, and I was amazed by how many GIFs were available for each search.