Photoshop: How do I open an animated GIF in CS3 or CS4?

Hi, I use Adobe photoshop cs4 extended and I was disappointed to learn that you cannot open a GIF picture like the earlier version so you can modify or anything. Please make it work
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  • Jeffrey Tranberry (Chief Customer Advocate) October 20, 2011 12:49
    Photoshop, prior to CS5, never had the ability to open animated GIFs natively. That said, you can open animated GIFs in CS3 and CS4 if you do the following:

    1. Go to File>Import>Video Frames to Layers
    2. In the File Name search box type “*” (The dialog will now show all the files as being selectable)
    3. Select your GIF file and click the [Load] button



    In CS5, you can simply choose File>Open... and select your GIF file.
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