You've supplied me with a possible solution to the GUI issue but I still have the problem of not being able to display animated gif files at a specified screen position. I've posted this on IrfanView's site and maybe someone will offer a solution but for now its built-in x,y positioning option fails with animated gifs (though it works fine with png files).
So I'm looking for a simple, preferably chromeless and borderless, image viewer that can display an animated gif without wanting to hug the left edge of the screen. Please note that ZMover can reposition the image to my desired location but it takes a few beats and the effect is rather lame. It would be better if the image viewer has the ability to display an image at a specific screen location.
Thank you to all who have contributed!