Converting and Putting PDFs Into Animated GIF
Need to batch convert hundreds, or thousands, of PDF files into GIFs that you can then assemble as ONE animated GIFs? If so, this is the blog entry for you.
The problem? Combine a whole bunch of PDF files (certificates) into an animated GIF. Not a very elegant way to create a fast-moving slide show, but once you start down the rabbit hole, it's interesting to see what happens next.
Although there are a lot of solutions for combining images into an animated GIF, as well as converting PDF files into images, the online solutions can't handle the load. The software you load on your computer, well, that costs money.
Or at least, that's what I thought until I saw someone using IrfanView. I immediately kicked myself. I've used IrfanView for years and it's my go to on my home device.
For Windows users who want to do this...you'll need:1 - Batch Conversion from PDF to GIF Format
After installing all that, run Irfanview and press "B" for batch conversion. Convert all PDFs to GIFs.
2 - Take the converted GIFs and drop them into:
The result is pretty amazing. I got exactly what I wanted. Although the file is 150 megs, it is still viewable and does exactly what I wanted it to do.
Of course, UnFREEz isn't the only solution. I was wrong about there not being an online solution I could use to make an animated GIF that wouldn't choke when given so many files. I dropped about 1100 images into EZGif.com maker and it did a fantastic job. Gave me a lot more control over the output file than UnFREEz.
What's more, it noticed the large file size (92.62MiB), so it provided this nice toolbar to help out:
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