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Safari Can't Handle Moving GIFs

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RafiB Calculating status...
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Aug 10, 2009 4:12 PM
Since upgrading to Safari 4 a while ago, Safari simply hasn't been able to handle moving GIF images. While one is on the screen, it lags out the browser (which otherwise works quite well). Even once the spinning beach-ball of doom goes away, the GIF still plays really slowly and continues to lag out the browser until it is no longer on the visible page.

The same GIFs work without issue or lag on Firefox, and I believe that they worked fine on the old version of Safari.

I have tried Golden Shoes' suggestions posted on many topics for enhancing the speed of Safari, and none of it has worked, though I think that those were more for overall performance rather than this specific issue.

Any suggestions? Is this a fundamental issue with Safari's programming? Because I'd really rather not have to switch over to Firefox for my primary browser if I don't have to.
Black Mackbook August 2006, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,160 points)
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    Aug 10, 2009 4:43 PM (in response to RafiB)
    HI and Welcome to Apple Discussions...

    Your Mac is a 2006 and you are running 10.4 Tiger. Some sites on Safari 4 may not run as expected due to an outdated video card.

    Also, how much free disk space on your Mac?

    Control or right click the MacintoshHD icon on your Desktop. Click "Get Info". Under the General tab you will see Capacity and Available. Make sure there is at least 10% available disk space, 15% is better.

    Have you tried maintenance?






    Carolyn
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  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    Aug 10, 2009 11:17 PM (in response to RafiB)
    Are you saying that a simple animated gif makes your CPU jump to over 100% and moves the memory to 200mb...

    Click to see animated GIF

    The above animated gif (64KB) above only adds 1-2% to my CPU and really doesn't added to the real memory on my computer.

    Even if you hard drive was 95% full and you never did any maintenance on your computer, and you able to get on the internet. You should be able to still view the animated above animated gif... strange very strange.

    Gee...I guess your computer would blowup on a simple flash.

    Message was edited by: David M Brewer
    G-4 1.2 GIG, 1.5 GIGs of Ram, WD 800FW 500 GIGs & 2TB HDs, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Quicktime 7.6, FCS2, iWorks 09 and a bunch of other stuff...
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,420 points)
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    Aug 11, 2009 7:23 PM (in response to RafiB)
    Hi RafiB;

    Cute gifs. They worked fine on my Macs.

    Allan
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  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    Aug 11, 2009 9:10 PM (in response to RafiB)
    RafiB, I can see your point. But, gifs are (were) never meant to be 2MB in file size or a series of photos.

    Gifs are 256 or less in color and should be line drawings or text. The physical size and file size should be small so they can work right. Like the example I provided.

    The examples you gave are bad examples of gifs, so I wouldn't fret over it.
    G-4 1.2 GIG, 1.5 GIGs of Ram, WD 800FW 500 GIGs & 2TB HDs, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Quicktime 7.6, FCS2, iWorks 09 and a bunch of other stuff...
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,420 points)
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    Aug 12, 2009 11:00 AM (in response to RafiB)
    Hi RafiB;

    As I said earlier, I don't see any problems with either of the files on either of my Macs. I think the problem is on your Mac with your version of Safari.

    Allan
    tiger
    MacBook Pro, PowerMac G5 Quad. iPhone, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 7800 GT, 6.5 GB RAM, 440 GB, Nikon N80, D70 and D300 Nikon Coolscan 5000ED
  • AchtungBecca Calculating status...
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    Aug 15, 2009 8:30 AM (in response to RafiB)
    I've been having the SAME problem ever since upgrading to Safari 4. I had no problems viewing pages or forums with animated gifs when I had Safari 3, still have no problem if I use Firefox. In fact, I just loaded the same exact page on both Safari and Firefox. Firefox loaded with no issue, Safari, on the other hand, just sat and spun until the gif was fully loaded.

    I'd love to just go back to Safari 3 (or suffer wit Firefox, which I hate) if Apple can't come upwith a fix for their browser.
    iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • ArinArtounian Calculating status...
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    Aug 16, 2009 1:06 PM (in response to RafiB)
    I Do not think its a computer specific problem at all, Before Safari 4 i was just fine also.

    And my Laptop is not outdated either, The latest model 17 Inch macbook pro 2.66ghz and 4 gigs of ram.
    Macbook pro 17 inch, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • sjs43 Calculating status...
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    Aug 19, 2009 3:03 PM (in response to RafiB)
    I have the same problem running GIFs, and even youtube videos for that matter; I end up running those sites in Camino, which derails my Interneting experience!
    PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 1.67 GHz PowerPC G4; 2 GB DDR SDRAM
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