A GIF - or graphics interchange format - is a bitmap file widely used around the internet. GIFs contain up to 256 colors, so they’re not often used for photos, but as they have lossless compression, they work well for navigation buttons and logos on websites. A huge difference between a GIF and another bitmap image file, like a JPG, is that they can be saved as animated GIFs, which cycle between images to create a short, looping animation. These are primarily designed for - and used across - websites on the internet. You’ve definitely come across them before, particularly on social media and image sharing apps.
A PDF, or a Portable Document Format, is one of the most common types of digital files you will come across. It was created by Adobe and the advantage of this file is that it can be opened and viewed on nearly every application, including most web browsers. Editing a PDF is a little tricky, but there are a few programs around that will let you do that. PDF files often contain both images and text and are a good format to share documents with others as there is a high chance they will be able to view it, unlike DOC files. PDFs can also contain links and buttons and can be signed electronically, making them great for contracts.
A GIF is a web-based image file type that can be either a single static image or an animated series of images. A GIF is very compressed and can lose a lot of data to get it into a small size for hosting on web pages, but it’s possible to convert it to a PDF to make it a more stable file that is easier to open on desktops and laptops. Bear in mind that a PDF is not an animated file type, so if you convert an animated GIF, you will need to choose a particular frame or convert all of the frames. You can convert a GIF to a PDF in file management software.
WinZip is more than just a GIF to PDF converter. We built WinZip to convert multiple file formats, including the formats below.