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.
A format for storing vector graphics in Windows, involved in the direct output of an image in a specific context on the screen of a graphical device. It’s also used for transferring information from the clipboard. It supports a 24-bit RGB-color palette and is used to export graphics in Windows.