I've been using Jasc Animation Shop for years, but it turns out that it actually really does not like saving long gifs on my Windows 7 comp. (Well, it IS an ancient program.) I need a program that I can animate sprites with while I'm making them, and actually be able to SAVE them afterward. Animation Workshop can do the former, but when I try to save it crashes.
I know there's online gif makers, but that's a horrific amount of trouble to go through just to get them timed right, since FE battle animations aren't static in their framerates.