Introduction

As the name implies, this free magazine was in GIF format and would usually get released once every two months. It was first published in 1988 and the last issue I've found is from 1995.  Each issue generally has four images and cover a variety of computer topics. Games, hardware, and technology updates are a regular focus. In 1994 the magazine was renamed GFX News.

The EGA images are 640 x 350. In 1991 one image per issue was released in VGA and sized at 320 x 200. As the releases continued they eventually go up to 640×480 and 256 colors.

Eric Hsiao who published the magazine, appears to have attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute along with some of the contributors to the magazine.

The ability to submit for free advertisements in the magazine was always highlighted. It's interesting to see the trend of advertisements which appeared in the magazine over the years. Advertisements for BBS were the primary ads which appeared (in the free size), however, there were also ones for computer hardware. Channel 1 had several ads including a featured article and full page spread. The most unusual ad which appeared is a text file for boomerangs (yes, the kind you throw) in Issue #20. You can see the trend in online services change over the years. GIF News is originally a strictly BBS item, but as the years go on it's also advertised as being available on FTP and later the world wide web.

Based on file lists I know I am missing all issues from 1988 and 1989. I suspect several issues are missing from 1993, and don't know if any were released after Volume 2, Number 2 of GFX News. If you can fill in any of these missing entries or provided more background on this magazine please contact me.

See the attachments on the top left of this page to download the full GIF News collection or you can browse the issues online