GIF is a format for the exchange of images. It is a popular format graphics. Capable of storing compressed data without loss of quality in the format of not more than 256 colors. GIF format was developed in 1987 (GIF87a) by company CompuServe for transferring raster images over networks. In 1989, the format has been modified (GIF89a), have been added support transparency and animation.
This is used to exchange vector graphics among different platforms. It stores not only 2D vector images, but also raster images. It allows you to store a large number of graphical information types and is applied primarily for design in aviation, engineering and other technical fields.