Animation refers to graphic images that change or move. Animation can convey information, add visual interest, or draw attention to important information or links in a multimedia application. Animation is commonly used in advertising and marketing on the Web because the movement does grab the visitor's attention. By illustrating proper techniques or explaining complex procedures, animation can also serve as an excellent learning aid in computer-based training programs. Like clip art and stock photography, animated graphics are available for purchase on CD-ROM or they can be downloaded from the Internet. In addition, commercial software and shareware can be purchased or downloaded and used to create simple or complex animations.
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