FLI is limited to images 320 by 200 pixels and allows a palette of 256 colors (although the palette can be changed from line to line to give more colors per frame).
FLI is based on a fixed frame rate specified in "ticks per frame" (there are 70 ticks per second), and has an implicit 6:5 aspect ratio.
In theory, all FLI animations must loop, but in practice this requirement is often ignored.
The image data in FLI files is compressed using a Run-length compression scheme. This is suitable for animations, but is inappropriate for videos or dithered images.
The FLI format has largely been superseded by its close cousin, (but more flexible) FLC format.
A technical discussion of this format can be found in Chapter 29 of Graphics File Formats† by David C. Kay and John R. Levine.
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