Update on Animation Contest

Thursday July 15th, 1999

I have a brief update regarding the animation contest. First the prizes have been awarded. Thanks to for the generous donations, and the work of Mitchell Baker.

  • Klaus Malorny of Germany - first place, $150 equiv. gift certificate to

  • Marc Stoecker and Phil Moliner of Germany - second place, $100 equiv. gift certificate to

  • Tomi Sarvela of Finland - third place, $55 equiv. gift certificate to

We are working on getting the gallery up, and hope to have a means of adding the throbbers to your own Mozilla sometime soon. We also hope to get the new animation into the nightly builds before M9.

(Updated): Also, Richard Hess of the BeZilla team has created two animation.dat files for Unix users of Communicator. Here's a screenshot of it in place in the browser. One contains a 32x32 and a 28x28 image, and the other a 32x32 and a 16x16 image. Each has been tested on Irix systems, but should work on other Unix systems as well. They can be found in this directory at Richard's website.

#1 animation.dat files...

by eswat

Thursday July 15th, 1999 11:00 AM

I've posted two animation.dat files on my web site (one with 32x32 & 28x28 images, the other with 32x32 & 16x16 images);

I'll put up a "real" page later, but for now there's a README file in this directory...


#2 animation.dat files...

by sdm

Thursday July 15th, 1999 1:23 PM

So, the obvious question is - is it possible to do this on windows or the mac as well?

#3 Update on Animation Contest

by Anon

Thursday July 15th, 1999 2:44 PM

Very cool throbbers. However on my linux system I can't seem to find the animation.dat file I need to replace, same goes for my Soaris box. Something I'm missing or am i being a newbie?

#4 Update on Animation Contest

by eswat

Thursday July 15th, 1999 5:59 PM


unless I'm wrong, it seems that the only systems which can use this animation.dat are those which are already configured (via Netscape's Mission Control) to support custom animations. For instance, the SGI version is setup this way. So, if your browser already has a custom animation in it, you can probably "tweak" it to use this new one. Otherwise, it looks like there's not way to set this without having the special tools which Netscape provides to OEM's.

Sorry about that...


#6 Update on Animation Contest

by Anon

Thursday July 15th, 1999 10:11 PM

Actually, I was able to set it up using 4.61 for Linux with no problem by putting animation.dat in my .netscape directory and adding--

config("x_animation_file", "/home/jessem/.netscape/animation.dat"); my preferences.js file. Worked fine.

#7 cool!...

by eswat

Thursday July 15th, 1999 10:16 PM

glad to hear that you've been able to get it to work. I was trying the same thing but with an older version of Netscape (4.51 I think) and it just didn't seem to work. I'll update my web site tommorrow to include this tip for linux...



#5 Throbber

by Blackhand

Thursday July 15th, 1999 6:53 PM

Why doesn't mozilla go back to the old NS2/3 idea, and have it so that you can just make a BMP file and name is some special name, then it will include it if it sees that file?

#11 Throbber

by asa

Friday July 16th, 1999 4:25 PM

You can do just that. Download one of the nightly builds (a milestone releases if you're looking for something more stable.) Then save the new throbber to the /bin/res/throbber/ directrory. Save it as anim.gif (the name of the throbber that comes with mozill.) now launch apprunner.exe and you've got the new throbber.

#8 Getting the animation.dat to work

by bergie

Thursday July 15th, 1999 11:22 PM

As someone Anon already pointed out, you can get the animation to work by adding the following line to your preferences.js

config("x_animation_file", "/home/bergie/.netscape/animation.dat");

(Change the path to point to where ever your animation.dat is located.)

This works for me, at least, although for some reason Communicator erases the row from preferences.js on exit (any ideas on how to fix this behaviour?).

You can also find other ways to customize your netscape 4.5+ at

#9 Getting the animation.dat to work

by sdm

Thursday July 15th, 1999 11:42 PM

I noticed this too - I was lazy and put the config line in a file, then made `netscape` a shell script, which said:

cat ~/.netscape/configfile >> ~/.netscape/preferences.js netscape $*

well, atleast it works. Also, if you point your browser to about:mozilla, it changes the animation to the flaming lizard animation. Sadly, I had to change my startup page...

#10 I like the gecko, hate the others

by Anon

Friday July 16th, 1999 11:11 AM

That walking gecko is definitely going to be the one I use. The others are relatively silly-- too complex, too intrusive, and so on.


#12 Gecko logo is the best one

by Anon

Monday July 19th, 1999 4:09 PM


I like the Gecko logo most - funny and cool :-)



#13 Use the new throbber

by Anon

Monday July 19th, 1999 10:26 PM

It was fairly easy to install the new throbber, at least on the Mac (I assume all builds have similar locations for the files). Please quit Moz before trying this. 1) Save the throbbers you like in a new folder, by holding the mouse button over the images and hitting Save from the pop-up menu. (This does not appear to work in Mac M8, your mileage may vary. I had to use Communicator 4.6 to save the images.) The throbber can be any 32 x 32 pixel GIF animation. Name this file "anim.gif". 2) Figure out which 32 x 32 pixel icon you wish to use as the stop state (not running the animation, not loading a page). Will probably be a frame from the animation. Name this file "anims00.gif" (that's two zeros, btw). 3) Open your mozilla folder. Open res folder. Open throbber folder. Drag anim.gif and anims00.gif out of this folder. DO NOT TRASH THEM, stick them in a new folder in case these directions don't work, you screw something up, etc., etc. 4) Place your new anim.gif and anims00.gif files in this directory. 5) Serve and enjoy. Part of this complete nutritious breakfast. - Adam

#14 Use the new throbber... [ BeOS ]

by eswat

Monday July 19th, 1999 11:27 PM

The same trick works on BeOS as well...