A while back, an officer wrote in to ask about extracting a frame from an animated GIF. It seems that a parolee had created this animation and posted it on a web page. Within the GIF was a frame that showed activity that the parolee wasn't supposed to be doing. The officer wanted to extract the frame easily and preserve it as a separate file. I sent him a rather round-about procedure for accomplishing the task. In the end, frustrated, he sent me the file and I helped him out.
Now, as Adobe's Julieanne Kost points out in her blog post today, "Photoshop now has the ability to open Animated GIF files and preserve their frames." How cool is that? It just keeps getting better with each release.