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88 +95/-7 votes

Windows Photo Viewer support GIF, MNG format

Submitted by klk on March 8, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability




1. Windows Photo Viewer can't open .GIF, MNG, APNG format
2. IE8 can't open MNG, APNG format

support required



Not fixed

Discussion (13 comments)

Ensign Joe wrote on March 8, 2009, 4:12pm

Windows Live Photo Gallery CAN open GIF files! It isn't automatically associated with them though. But if they are animated it only provides buttons to cycle through the single frames, no animation.

RedSign wrote on March 8, 2009, 4:42pm

I think he meant the integrated Photo Viewer and not the WL Photo Gallery.Anyway as a web grafic it makes sense to open this in IE, but I also think it should be opened by the Photo viewer anyway. So + 1 for this.

Indrek wrote on March 8, 2009, 5:47pm

Windows Photo Viewer opens .GIF files just fine, but it doesn't show the animation. That should be updated.

MNG and APNG support would be nice, although those formats aren't very common yet.


xombie wrote on March 8, 2009, 6:31pm

Seriously what's with no .gif support.

Comment edited on January 14, 2010, 8:34pm

JK wrote on March 9, 2009, 6:55pm

If they at least supported 32-bit transparent BMPs! :-)

Ensign Joe wrote on March 11, 2009, 3:57pm

@Indrek: They are not common because everyone considers them not to be common. Someone has to make the first step :)

superstrikertwo wrote on March 15, 2009, 11:18pm

You need to quit telling people to shut up

klk wrote on March 16, 2009, 12:54am

go home, now!

.Chris wrote on March 16, 2009, 12:56am


what is your problem telling me to shut up. I never done anything to you.

PacoBell wrote on March 19, 2009, 6:17am

@Ensign Joe: Right on! It's called "innovation". Sometimes, you just have to take some risks in order to spur growth.

Username wrote on January 6, 2010, 7:56am

Photo Viewer is something that should start quick, but still load as much as possible to maximise it's use... right now it's trying to compromise at both and failing on both accounts. If they can't make it work, I think it's time for them to split the Viewer into two parts (Preview Viewer / Photo Viewer); this is getting ridiculous.

MinuteWalt wrote on March 20, 2010, 12:57pm

Since Photo Viewer sucks so hard, how can I get the old Windows Picture and Fax Viewer on my 7 machine? I have a ton of animated gifs, it doesn't make sense to try and view them with a web browser!

xombie wrote on March 20, 2010, 3:41pm


I've found that the best option for viewing .gifs, that is small, fast, free and uncluttered, is XnView.

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