1) i think this is not the slider included in swift theme. i could be wrong though. there are many plug-in sliders, try some
2)dont understand, but it should be linked with the actual post ...
3)you already did it, or i can't find full story
4)i think this cannot be done, or better, i dont know how its done
5) in style.css span.catname play with margins to achive the desired position. or maybe change position:; to relative