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I'm under pressure to finish a project and don't want to embark on learning another tool unless AutoIt can do what I must accomplish.

1. Can AutoIt run a Windows program, move it to a specific x/y position, and adjust its window size? (I'm currently using Zmover to accomplish positioning and resizing)

2. Can AutoIt display animated GIFs and PNG files in a chromeless window that's sized to the image? Can AutoIt position this window and set its layer (make it be "on top" of other windows, even if the user works briefly in one of the lower layer windows)? My goal here is to display step-by-step instructions for a user as he performs operations in other windows. If AutoIt does not have this image display capability is there a program that can do what I need (Irfanview must have a bug because it cannot control positioning of animated gifs, at least not using the /pos=(x,y) option).

3. One program I must run opens a window containing just a menu bar. The user must select from a drop-down menu a playlist (this is desirable and automation is not needed here), which then loads an inner window with its own title bar. Currently I must instruct the user to double-click on this inner window title bar to maximize it. Can AutoIt automate the maximizing of an inner window? (ALT)+(-)+(X) will also maximize this inner window, so those are the keystrokes needed.

Thank you!

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1. Yes. WinMove

2. Yes. I'm not sure about the animated GIF thing.

3. Yes. WinSetState

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Maybe embed the animated GIFs and PNGs in an html document then open them up in a sort of pop-up like window from whatever web browser they use, with file/edit/back/forward/stop etc deactivated/hidden. Not sure how you'd do that though

Don't think a HTML document would work, as you couldn't make it click through.

If you can convert the gif to an avi then you can use the _GUICtrlAVI_ functions which use a native windows animation control. That would be the best way to go.

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Animated GIF UDF

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