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Hi, I'm laurence.

I'm a software engineer at Hootsuite, working primarily with Scala.

making animated gifs on osx

I tried a few ttyrec-based tools but they didn’t look great.

I settled on the following triumvirate:

(If keycastr is off the edge of the screen, hold down a key until you see them appear, then mouse-drag the bezel.)

Probably a better way to do this but this is what I do:

  1. Resize the window I want to capture.
  2. Overlay LICEcap over the first window and hit record.
  3. Go back to the first window and do your thing.
  4. Go back to LICEcap and stop recording
  5. $ mkdir output; cd output; gifsicle --explode path/to/your/recording.gif
  6. Open recording.gif in Preview, delete any extra frames in extracted.
  7. $ cd path/to/your; gifsicle --optimize --colors 256 --delay=40 --loop *.gif* > ../awesome.gif