The old version (1.3.0) of the AWM component works with 7, 7.5 and 8, but not Fusion 9.
The new version of the component was tested with 7.5, 8 and 9 and worked flawlessly when it was released early this year. It was compiled using the Fusion 8 API, so it's odd that it isn't working correctly now.
It doesn't work with 7 because of changes in the Fusion API since that version.
I did some testing after seeing your post and the new version does work with 8 for me. However, the placeholder image is indeed missing.
Very strange, indeed.
The old version has some compatibilty issues with new version of Opera.
I'll look into a fix for this issue.