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    animated images

    Anyone out there know how to disable animated avatar images, either using
    (a) some option under User CP on this site
    or (b) some option in the Firefox web browser?

    (I just upgraded to Firefox from Mozilla in which the avatars weren't animated)
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    arghman,

    you can turn off all avatars by going to User CP > Edit options > and then about half-way down the page you'll see a button to show or hide avatars.

    I don't know of a way to only turn off animated ones (animated gifs).

    I'm curious... Does it slow your machine down or do you just not like to look at them?

    spencer

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    Most web browsers have an option to turn off animated .gifs in general. In Firefox, there are two ways to do this. One is to just hit the ESC key. Of course, you have to do that on every page.

    To turn them off permanently is a little trickier. First, you need to type into the address bar
    about:config
    which will take you to a very complicated-looking configuration screen. Scroll down until you find
    image.animation_mode
    It probably starts out with a value of normal. Well, double click that and a dialog will pop up asking for a new value. Give it
    none
    and from that point on you should see no more animated .gif images, on VFTT or anywhere else.
    Last edited by MichaelJ; 11-09-2004 at 08:33 PM.
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    MichaelJ: Thank you!!!! I didn't realize there was a config/resources file. (I actually prefer such things to GUI dialogs, as long as there's documentation to explain what's what.)

    Quote Originally Posted by spencer
    I'm curious... Does it slow your machine down or do you just not like to look at them?
    They're too freaky for my taste. (of course, that doesn't stop someone from using a nonanimated freaky avatar ) Call me a throwback to the old days when computers & the Internet were primarily plaintext. (Like "rogue" where you spent all your time attacking or running away from various letters of the alphabet) I remember in '93 as a student programmer when someone (It may have been Tim Berners-Lee himself) demo'd HTML to our group. We gagged at the idea... imagine, having to transmit & interpret all that text just to control the way things appeared on-screen. Of course, computers & networks have gotten a lot faster since then...
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    Has anyone figured how to disable animated images in Netscape? I find animated avatars really distracting (annoying). I don't want to turn off all avatars - just the animated ones. Short of a fix for my browser, I'm close to adding posters with animated avatars to my ignore list.

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    Mark :

    For Netscape, go to preferences in the edit menu. Under the Privacy & Security category there is a tab for images. When you click on that look at the stuff on the right hand part of the screen. There is a spot that says "animated images should loop" and if you click never, they'll stop moving. (You'll have to close your browser down for it to take effect.)

    Hope that helps!
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    Last edited by poison ivy; 12-17-2004 at 08:01 PM.

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    Sweet! Thanks - just what I was looking for!

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