The lame UNISYS LZW patent has kept GIF support out of free software for some time. The patent has now expired worldwide, so the popular GD Graphics Library now has GIF support again, after a very long absence.
gd 2.0.28 has been released. gd 2.0.28 restores support for reading and writing GIF images.
So now you can fire up PHP and render your on-the-fly ‘Punch The Monkey’ animated banner ads.