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Drop all the GIFs with this OS X app

Roberto Baldwin, @strngwys
September 24, 2015
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GIFs are bite-sized bits of internet awesome. From video clips to meme-based animation, the file format CompuServe begot has survived and thrived in a world where technology is generally tossed aside after a few months. Thanks to GIF keyboards in iOS like the one from Riffsy, the moving-image format has become shorthand for a reaction via text messages. Excited about something? Don't type it out on your phone, drop a GIF of someone dancing in conversation. Now Riffsy is bringing that quick and easy access to GIFs to OS X so you'll never be too far from a goat being amazing.

The OS X version of Gif Keyboard adds a toolbar item that offers quick access to Riffsy's extensive library of images which are cataloged into collections based on popular internet memes like LOL, FML, OMG, WTF, YOLO and those random emotions you keep having. Moving-photo aficionados can also search for the perfect item to share and thanks to partnerships with studios and networks, find assets from their favorite TV show and movie.

Images can be dragged and dropped from the toolbar app or clicked on and copied to the clipboard. They can then be placed in iMessage, Twitter, Slack, Hipchat, really anything that supports GIFs. At that point, just be prepared to never stop sending GIFs to everyone you know.

If you're the type of person that creates their own animated images and you want quick access to those masterpieces, you can drag and drop them into the toolbar and add them to a collection. If you find a cool GIF online it can also be dragged and dropped from a browser.

Besides launching a desktop app that has the potential to destroy all your productivity, Riffsy also updated it's iOS app with support for 3D touch quick actions and Spotlight search. The search capability lets you find GIFs directly within the iOS Spotlight feature and message them to friends.

It's those messages between friends that Riffsy CEO David McIntosh sees as the most important way to share GIFs and why the the iOS keyboard took off, "people wanted to share animated content as a way to express interest and emotions." This couldn't happen with video, so GIFs and emojis became an easy and quick way to share thoughts and emotions without all that pesky typing.

Now some of that GIF-sharing ease is on the desktop, no matter where you are, you can drop an animated reaction to absolutely every means of communication you use.

In this article: GIF, GifKeyboard, iOS, OSX, Riffsy
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