Animated_PNG_example_bouncing_beach_ballWith the launch of iOS 8, Safari has gained the capability to display Animated PNGs (APNGs). Originally suggested in 2004 as a replacement to computer animated GIF photos, APNGs provides more color and openness support over GIFs.

The Animated Portable Network Graphics (APNG) data style is a non-standard expansion to the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) specification. It allows for animated PNG data that work likewise to animated GIF files, while supporting 24-bit pictures as well as 8-bit transparency not readily available for GIFs. It also retains backwards compatibility with non-animated PNG data.

The APNG specification, nonetheless, was denied by the PNG team in 2007, so assistance for the format has actually been rather limited. As a matter of fact, the style has been proclaimed dead as a result of the lack of official fostering.

Firefox was the only major web browser that supplied common assistance for APNG, till iOS 8.

The coastline sphere graphic in this write-up is stimulated when viewed in iOS 8 or Firefox.

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