The acronym GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. Animated GIFs are website format files that contain a single set of images presented either in an endless loop or a specified sequence that eventually ends.
An alternative file format that can also appear animated when uploaded to the Internet is the Java Flash image. Many individuals and companies, specifically when it comes to online advertising with Web ad banners, prefer using GIFs as opposed to Java Flash images because they are easier to create. Additionally, Java Flash images are larger in size, which can cause longer loading times and slower animation speeds.