Mr. William Woodgate is still indefatigably updating his recently acquired seyDesign stacks. Will just presented a very welcome update — SuperBox 4.
SuperBox is a lightweight gallery stack that builds a tightly-knit, responsive grid of square images with a subtle rollover effect. Rather like Google Images, if an image in the grid is clicked, the images below it slide down to reveal the chosen image in a lightbox. I purchased SuperBox a few years ago, but never used because it had an irritating trait; if the last image in a grid's row was clicked, the lightbox opened but the 'next' button didn't show up. I felt that this would confuse users and so the stack was never deployed.
Thankfully, Will has rectified the situation; SuperBox now functions logically and, I must say, rather elegantly. The update also adds the functionality that we have come to expect from a Stacks 3 stack.
When SuperBox is added to a page, you can begin adding images by clicking the blue plus button in the stack. Clicking the image container that appears, opens up the image well and you can choose either local ('Drop'), or warehoused images in .jpg, .png, .tif, or .gif format. An ALT text can now be added for each image to aid SEO; this was not available in previous versions of the stack.
New options have been added to the SuperBox main settings. In addition to the image orientation (the standard setting is landscape and is suitable for all image formats) you can now set the padding between the images in the grid. The maximum height of the Lightbox image can be set and the thickness of the image's border. Then follow the settings for the lightbox background colour, the border colour and the colour of the navigation controls. In each case the opacity can also be set.
Multiple instances of SuperBox can be used on the same page, allowing you to add galleries with different themes – travel destinations, for instance, or events, portfolios, or product images.
Once your gallery setup is finished, if you find that you would prefer your images in a different sequence, you can drag them around within the main stack without having to rebuild anything.
SuperBox's width is determined by its containing stack and morphs into a two-column display when loaded on a mobile device.
Version 4 is a welcome update to SuperBox – it finally works as expected. The update is free, but, due to extensive rewriting, it will not appear as an automatic download. One advantage of this is that you can load both the previous version and the updated stack onto the same page to assist in updating existing galleries.
Slinkee is a nifty little stack from seyDesign. It is versatile. It can be utilised as an inline navigation stack or as an accordion. Choose for yourself!
Slinkee's been around for a while now, but has just been updated for Stacks 3 by Will Woodgate.
To use Slinkee, simply drag it to a stacks page and click on the blue button to add a new Slinkee item.
When recently rebuilding a website with Foundation, I added seyDesign's Masonry to the gallery page. It had been on the old page and the customer liked it. Imagine my surprise when I found that all the images overlapped and the captions were missing from all but the bottom row of images.
Masonry is probably my favourite gallery stack and I've used it on many sites. Drop images onto the page – any size, portrait or landscape format and Masonry shuffles them around so that they fit perfectly on the page. Like bricks in a wall.
I don't know if Will read the bug report that I submitted to seyDesign, but today he sent me a copy of Masonry 2.
Instead of two stacks – the wall, so to speak, and the bricks – Masonry 2 is now a single stack that makes complete use of the Stacks 3 interface. Drop the stack onto your page and set the number of columns to be displayed on each specific device. The HUD has been completely redesigned to include extensive settings for the appearance of the bricks. The (optional) caption alignment and styling options have also been been completely redesigned. All colour pickers now support opacity.
Once you've set your display options, click the button in the stack to add a brick with either a local or a warehoused image. The window that then opens has image wells for a thumbnail and the lightbox image.
The lightbox has also been completely overhauled. It is fully responsive and supports Retina displays.
The update is free for existing customers. However, as the stack has been completely rebuilt, it will not show up as an update. The update can be obtained from your Paddle Locker or by contacting seyDesign and forwarding a copy of your purchase receipt.
Masonry 2 can be installed alongside Masonry 1, giving you the opportunity to manually migrate old galleries over to this newer version.
I shan't be updating this specific customer's gallery page, but I shall be using Masonry regularly in the future.
For years, now, I've used Joe Workman's free Elevator stack to let my visitors scroll back to the top of the page. That just changed.
Tommy (aka DeFliGra) just published GetUp, a 'Got To Top' stack with a difference.
'What can a Go To Top button do,' you may ask, 'except scroll the page to the top?'
Well, GetUp has a choice of 15 icons, but can also insert a text, an image/logo or another stack instead of the icons. If you wanted to invest a little time, you can also build your own sprites for Elevator (I've created a few), but a text or another stack – no way.
So why would you want to add a stack as a go to top button? Take a look at the DeFliGra demo page and find out. When you scroll down the page, a 'Buy Now' button appears, which not only whisks you to the top of the page, but also whisks you away to the Cartloom page.
Adding a stack as a button would allow a call to action, a lightbox or, with a HoverBox stack, a rollover button.
Multiple instances of GetUp can be added to each page, each with its own ID. When you see that each GetUp stack can be freely positioned, this actually makes sense – each button can appear in a different position, depending on your breakpoint.
GetUp is (typical Tommy) animated and customisable via CSS. Thankfully, the animation can be deactivated.
The setting that had me scratching my head is 'GetUp', with the values 6 am; 8 am; 10 am; Teenager and Night Watch. It turns out that these are the settings for the amount that the page scrolls down, before GetUp appears. Teenager and Night Watch are obviously meant for very long pages …
GetUp – a tiny, inexpensive stack that will find widespread use.
Match Height is the stack that, annoyingly, has been missing from your collection for years.
The typical situation: You have two or more columns of text with varying heights. There are two options open — either you edit the text until both columns match, or you can play around with proportional spacers until you reach the desired result and hope that your columns will line up on desktop, and various tablet sizes …
Enter solution number three – Match Height.
Drop a Match Height stack onto your page, drop the columns in question into it and …
… nothing 'and', you're finished already. Your columns are now the same length and, when they reflow to fit a mobile screen, they will revert to their original length. Nothing could be simpler.
So where was this stack, when I needed it four years ago?
Match Height consists of two stacks: Match Height and Match Columns. The standard setting for Match heights is 'Columns' you drag your columns into the stack and their heights are matched. There are further settings available for various other integrations: Foundation, Sections Pro, Sections Box, Jack, Diagonal Thing and Foundry, as each of these stacks require differing jquery settings. Just reset the Match Height preferences if you are matching any of these stacks.
The second stack is Match Column. Match Column is a column stack into which you may add your header, paragraph or image stacks, etc. Apply an ID to each Match Column stack and drop it into a Match Height stack. Add rules to the Match Height stack and each Match Column stack with the same ID will be set to the same height.
The headers, and paragraphs of the outer stacks have been matched with Match Columns
The Match Height demo page is included with the stacks and supplies detailed reference if you find the setup more difficult than you thought it would be — it isn't, I assure you, but I had to refer to the demo to find out how Match Column works …
20 out of 10, Andrew Tavernor! This stack has been missing from my collection for years!
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