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From Nathan Vander Wilt <>
Subject Re: 1.0.2 spinner image
Date Sat, 05 Feb 2011 04:43:33 GMT
Unfortunately GIF doesn't have alpha, so pixels must either be fully transparent or a solid
color. The spinner tries for an antialiased look around the edge despite this, and I wonder
if the original GIF was exported with a darker "background" color shade applied around those
edges. (The original glitchy one comes from which allows you to choose
both a background and a foreground color.)

The new spinner you exported looks nice on a white background, but not on a dark. Does Photoshop
have a "matte" setting you can apply as you export, while still saving it with transparency?
If so, I think that would be the thing to try, setting it closer to #333 (the top bar of Futon's
main page) or #6B6B6B (the band in the upload dialog). Unfortunately neither my usual
nor the Pixelmator demo I downloaded have support for exporting animated GIFs.


On Feb 1, 2011, at 1:04 AM, Sebastian Cohnen wrote:
> Hey Dirkjan,
> there was a JIRA ticket about the previous spinner image being broken [1]. with my photoshop
(but not existing expertise with it), I exported the reporters PSD. Maybe I did something
wrong here. Unfortunately I didn't noticed it when I tested the export :-/
> Suggestions?
> [1]:
> On 01.02.2011, at 09:52, Dirkjan Ochtman wrote:
>> Silly issue: is anyone else seeing that the spinner image in 1.0.2
>> looks crappy in some browsers? It looks like there's some issue with
>> transparency.
>> - Looks wrong in Firefox 4 on OS X, Safari on OS X, Chrome on Windows XP
>> - Looks right in Firefox 4 on Windows
>> Cheers,
>> Dirkjan

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