This post shows you how to make a simple animated map using ArcGIS and Corel Photopaint (click on the map to show):
The animation is actually just a series of images, combined into a single file in GIF format.
You need ArcGIS (I have 9.3) and Corel Photo Paint (X3).
Start with designing your map in ArcGIS:
Go to File > Export and export the map in a raster format, e.g. as frame1.gif.
Then move the marker a bit (or whatever you want to animate).
Export this frame as well: File > Export, name it frame2.gif. Continue creating individual frames and exporting them. I made 4 frames (frame1.gif to frame4.gif).
Now go to Corel Photo-Paint and load the first image of your animation (frame1.gif).
Click Movie > Create from Document. This creates a movie with a first frame.
Click Movie > Insert from File and add the second frame (frame2.gif). Repeat this, adding all frames.
Go to Movie > Play Movie and see what it looks like. (Hit Esc to stop.)
Go to File > Export and save the movie in ‘GIF Animation’ format, e.g. as mapanimation1.gif. A window with export options comes up – here you set looping (Frame Repetition) and how fast it should run (Frame Delay).
Done! Now use this animation in your PowerPoint presentation or on your website.