gif vs png

N. J. A. Sloane njas at
Wed Jun 5 15:03:32 CEST 2002

Michael Somos, who has made many valuable updates to the OEIS
over a period of many years, has written to recommend
switching to png instead of gif format for illustrations.
How do seqfans feel about this? In particular, do people
generally have access to png readers on their computers?
Here is what Michael says:

I quote:
I was just looking at "a1523.gif" (about which more later) and
wondered why you have not switched over to PNG format. There is a
nice GPL program 'gif2png' which will do it automatically and easily.
Do a '' search for that name to find out why it is a good
idea to switch to PNG. There are many advantages. For example :

feynman:/tmp/local> gif2png a1523.gif
gif2png: 248 unused colors; convert with -O to remove
feynman:/tmp/local> ls -l a1523*
-rw-r--r--    1 somos    somos        9011 Jun  4 23:31 a1523.gif
-rw-r--r--    1 somos    somos        2019 Jun  4 23:45 a1523.png

The converted file is much smaller in this case. Usually the size is
more comparable but dramatic gains can be achieved. All major browsers
now support PNG. It is great for the kind of illustrations that you
want for EIS.
(end of quote)

What do people think?  Please reply directly to me


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