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How to create animated GIF, "flap-board letters" application?

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I'm looking for a gif that I can modify which resembles the old "flap boards" that you used to see in airports, where the name of the city would be spelled out by each character, and each character position would have flaps for the entire alphabet, where each would rotate until
the correct letter stopped in each position.  

Seems to me that would be a major bear of an animated gif to start from scratch, but if one already exists somewhere that I could use as a starting point, I'd sure appreciate it.

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Jon
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by:bebonham
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it would be HUGE!

you have to have a frame for every letter, plus how do you plan on stopping it a the desired letter?

that would be you would have to have 26 gifs for each leter as well


the best way would be to create all 26 letters and then use javascript to animate them...that way it will be faster, easier to control, better effect...etc...

I have a scrolling list in another q that would be a great basis for such a application, and I can probably help you throw it all together...

are you cool with a javascript solution?

Bob
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by:jarnold
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Bob,

Yes, the application already has a fair amount of javascript in it.  In thinking about the fact that it would indeed be HUGE, am thinking that perhaps I limit it to an acronym or abbreviation instead of the full company name I want to show (25 characters!), which would limit it to 5 characters.  Yes, I'd like to give it a try.

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Jon
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by:jarnold
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Y'know, it wouldn't actually have to cycle through each and every 26 letters of the alphabet.  In theory, the characters that are displayed while it is cycling would go by too fast for the user to notice them, I just want to have the general effect of such a flap-board.  So in other words, this effect could probably be accomplished by using just 4-5 different characters, with the same "interim" symbol/graphic that would show a character in "mid-flap"?  Each position would not be doing an endless loop, but would have the ending character defined where the animation would stop.  Ideally, the 5 characters of the entire message would have different rotation or "flap" times such that the first character ends first, following a couple seconds later by the second character falling into place, followed by the third character, etc.

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by:bebonham
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okay this is what I'm working on...

I almost have it in ns6, but figured I'd let you see it as I can't work on it anymore untill tomorow:

http://www.milestonemortgage.com/html/gw/shufImg.html


Bob
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jarnold:

Kindly return to and resolve this question.

thanks!
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jarnold:

Why did you award points to me? I did not provide you with any information about your technical question.

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