It seems IrfanView has a problem displaying a certain kind of animated GIF files.

Screenshot of the erratic IrfanView behavior:

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Other programs don't have this problem, such as PowerPoint and IE9.
Screenshot of IE9 showing the correct behavior:

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Unfortunately I couldn't attach the GIF to this post, as it was magically transformed into a JPG file during the forum upload process (an undocumented feature?).

I talked to the developer who creates the GIF files. The explanation is that in order to save on the size of the GIF file, only specific portions of the frames are drawn. According to the developer this is common practice.

Have other IrfanView users run into this type of problem? Is there a solution, or a work-around? Should this be considered to be a bug? I'd very much like to use IrfanView's capability to generate a slideshow of multiple GIF files, but the way the animations look now, I cannot use this feature.

Much appreciative for any ideas / suggestions.