Every so often I’ll run into a Mac app that can be fully described by either the app’s title or the review’s title. In this case it’s both. Drop to GIF converts movie files into animated GIFs, drag and drop. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
GIF images have been around a long, long time in internet years and haven’t changed much since the last century. For the most part, GIF images themselves, the web’s counterpart to .JPG images, have largely been replaced by .PNG images, but all browsers still handle the last GIF update (GIF 87a, circa 1989), including the animation capabilities.
They say that the more things change the more they remain the same and there might be some truth to that regarding GIFs. Animated GIFs have made a massive comeback thanks to the social web and mobile devices, so Mac, iPhone, and iPad users have dozens of animated GIF apps to choose from, most of which convert movies to GIFs.
Here’s all you need to do to get an animated GIF in Drop to GIF. Drag and drop the movie.
As easy as it is to take a Mac movie and convert it to a GIF, Drop to GIF has a few options that are more than worthwhile. First, the animated GIF will be saved in the same folder as the drag and drop movie so it’s easy to find. So, just drag the movie file onto Drop to GIF’s window, or the Dock icon.
Second, a folder of movies can be set up as a Watch Folder in Drop to GIF, so any movie dropped into the folder will be converted to an animated GIF automatically. The Watch Folder uses a capability built-in to OS X that has all kinds of useful functions.
Finally, animated GIFs have an option to tweak the video frames per second settings. That changes the quality tradeoff with file size.
There is absolutely nothing to not like about Drop to GIF. It’s simple, fast, elegant, and has only the settings that make it useful to convert standard Mac movie file formats into an animated GIF that is easy to share. If there’s anything missing at all it’s the option to share the animated GIF from the app, but, hey; who cares? The GIF movie is saved to the Mac’s Finder and clicking the Share button in the Toolbar gives you all the standard sharing options; Twitter, Facebook, Mail, Messages, AirDrop, Flickr, and others using the Extensions in OS X.
Drop to GIF doesn’t have a price tag, which makes it more donationware than free. If you’re into the animated GIF Craze of 2015 this is a good utility to have on your Mac.