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Stacked Images in RapidWeaver

I'm not in my office today. In fact, I'm not even in the country. Nevertheless, I just took a quick look at Tommy Hansen's iStack (DeFliGra, for those not familiar with the name) and while my design results are not terribly inspiring, iStack is.

iStack allows you to superimpose images, stacks and a caption over a background image. There are, of course, other stacks, or stack combinations that will allow you to do the same, but iStack drastically reduces the amount of work necessary for such a combination. All you need to do is drop your background image into iStack, add the second image and decide whether, or not you require an additional caption and stacks content. The standard stack settings make sure that you already have a perfect composition, but there's also room for creativity.

DeFliGra iSTack

So, using one of the 62 (sixty-two) stickers that Tommy has thoughtfully provided as a design aid, let's take a closer look:
Drag iStack (I hope Apple won't contest the name) into a Stacks' page and in the stack settings, you'll find an image well for the main image and for the overlay (all images can be warehoused).

Once you've added an images into each of the image wells, you'll need to activate Show Front Image, otherwise iStack functions as a simple caption stack. You can now switch to preview and you'll find Tommy's sticker positioned in the middle of your image and a caption at the bottom right.

Returning to the Settings Panel, you'll also find options to deactivate the caption and to Add a DropZone. You can add any stacks of your choice to the drop zone.

Stack settings

The first options are Layer Images (active by default) and Switch Front/Back
Link And Hover – Add Link, Hover Opacity, Hover Hue, Scale (back img)
Back Image – Show Back Img (active by default) Image Resource, Fill Width, Greyscale
Front Image – (not activated by default), Image Resource, Width Settings, Margin Settings, Adjust Left/Right Margin, Opacity, Hue
Edit / Publish Crop (container) – Crop, Max Height, Adjust Margin
Caption – (activated by default), Note (caption container), Font Size, Line Height, Colour background/text, Shadow settings, Border, Position Settings
DropZone – (not active by default) When activated – settings for size, position and shadow.
Breakpoint – Settings to adjust size and position of Front and Back images, Caption size and position and the DropZone size and position below a breakpoint

DeFliGra iStack

As is usual for DeFliGra's stacks, advanced CSS settings are available for each of the containers.

iStack is ideal for superimposing two (or three) images and a caption, or two images and a text and is really simple to use.
Combining iStack with GoGrid (see Tommy's combined offer), a product page for multiple items with superimposed price or special offer is child's play.
The two examples above each have a background and front image, plus caption and stacks content.

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TOC for RapidWeaver

1LD has recently produced a number of interesting menu stacks. Jeremy and his crew just released Table Of Contents, which follows on in a similar vein, but offers a complete solution for on-page navigation.

A FAQs page immediately comes to mind, but Table Of Contents [TOC] can be used to build a complete page with article navigation.

TOC consists of two stacks and is simple to set up. Table Of Contents, the main stack, contains the complete setup for all TOC Article Child stacks, with the exception of the content type. The Content Type is individual for each child stack and can be set to Text (default) HTML, Markdown, or Stacks.

Once you've dragged the TOC 'master' stack onto your page, you can add title to the stack, then either drag in new content stacks from the Stacks' library, or simply click the + button to add a child stack. The TOC Content stack has a header area and a content area. When entering a header, it is automatically added to the contentlist.
The Content stacks may be dragged up or down inside the master stack, if you decide to change the order of your articles – the content list is then corrected accordingly.
It is possible to have more than one TOC stacks on your page.



1LD TOC

When one of the Articles from the content list is clicked, TOC automatically jumps to that article and displays a progress bar at the top of the page. As you move down, reading the article, the progress bar indicates how much of the article has been read.

1LD TOC
The clever thing about the progress indicator is – when you click the plus button at the top of the article, it opens the content list which now shows you which articles you have read and which articles you have yet to complete.

1LD TOC

Stack settings

Once more, you will find an endless list of settings for TOC.
Suffice it to say that all aspects of the stack may be set to suit your preferences.
Background Colour, Icon size and colours, Header and Text Size and Colours, Line Height, and the list of Fonts that has become usual for 1LD stacks.

I find Table Of Contents to be well thought out and simple to use. Just drop in your content, TOC will do the rest.
Experience TOC at a site near you very soon!

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Truncated Text and BIG Links in RapidWeaver

There are two or three stacks available for RapidWeaver that will allow you to truncate a long text. Truncator from Marathia is probably the simplest of them all and it is free. It is ideal in combination with Marathia's BigLink stack which is also new.

Truncated, or 'read more' stacks are often used when a text is too long to display within a restricted space. Marathia's Truncator takes a different approach to most 'read more' stacks. Instead of expanding, when clicked, or hovered, Truncator displays the hidden text within a tooltip.

Truncator is ideal for displaying a two, three, or four line teaser text which can be displayed on hover.

Stack settings

There isn't a lot to set up for Truncator.
Number Of Lines – The default is set to 3.
Text Size – The default is 100%
You can set a Custom Text Colour, Bold & Italic, Alignment, Letter and Line Spacing and the Font Family.
Capitalise – Allows the settings Normal, Upper Case, Lower Case, Initial Case and Small Caps.

NOTE 1 – Truncator may not contain any HTML formatting! 2– JS must be activated for Truncator to work.

If you'd like your truncated text to open a new page when it is clicked, or a lightbox, BigLink will come to your aid.
BigLink is, well, a link stack. Any content that's dropped inside it may be linked to…
… a new section of the page, a lightbox, a URL, anything anything that is linkable.

E.G. Drop a teaser text from your latest Blog Post into a Truncator stack, drag Truncator into your BigLink Stack and add a link to your blog page.
On hover, your visitor can read more of the post and, when he/she clicks, will be whisked away to your blog page!
A Call To Action? Pack it into BigLink and have a lightbox open!

There are a few Link stacks available for RapidWeaver, but BigLink link has options that I haven't seen in any of them.

Stack settings

The first setting, obviously, is Set Link
Override Default Transition – when activated, Transition Speed is displayed. Set the speed in milliseconds.
Transitions? Yes, BigLink can change colours when hovered.
Activate Background Type Colour and/or Image and you can add a background to BigLink
When you choose Colour, you'll find colour settings for the four states Static, Hover, Active and visited.
The same settings apply to the stack's border. Obviously, if you add a background image, it will override the fill options.

BigLink Text And Icon Settings
BigLink will also allow you to set the text and Fontawesome colours for the four link states above.
BigLink also has multiple settings to allow you to override the font settings of the stack contained within it.
NOTE If the inner stack already has font settings, these settings may take precedence. That's just the way CSS works – the final stack to be read overrides all previous settings.

BigLink Image Settings
All images contained within a BigLink stack may have hover effect applied to them (does not apply to background images) during Static, Hover and Active states.
Opacity, Blur, Greyscale and Sepia. Browsers do not allow image effects for visited links.


If you need to link whole stacks to external, or internal links, BigLink provides a very flexible way of doing so and BigLink and Truncator make an ideal combination.

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Spricht RapidWeaver Deutsch? Ou Parle Français?

Translation: Does RapidWeaver speak German? Or French?
Because the internet knows no international boundaries – with the exception of a few countries that impose restrictions – our websites attract visitors from all over the world. Sometimes a multilingual version of a website would make sense, but that would involve having different versions of a site online, making maintenance a nightmare. Or would it?

RWML (RapidWeaver Multi Language) was a solution developed by Joost Spijker of Tsooj Media to make multilingual websites both easier to maintain and user friendly. All language versions are contained within the same page, so that swapping projects to make alterations and maintaining subdomains is unnecceasary. It means that there is only one website/web page for all language versions.
Before he retired from the RW scene, Joost began developing RWML 2. This development has just been completed by Will Woodgate and housed within the S4S stables.

I just took a look at RWML 2 and it's a great improvement over the original version. First off, RWML now uses PHP to load the language versions. This means that there are no longer ugly flashes as the new language is loaded, there is a smooth transition. (Transition as change – not as in animation)

RWML is a suite of 9 stacks: Master; Menu; Meta; Redirect; Replace (New); Short Text; Sidebar; Switch and Wrapper.
In its simplest form, RWML requires two main stacks on each page: Master, and Wrapper – which is required for every element with a language version. The detailed instruction manual is fairly long, but the deployment of RWML is quite straightforward.

The Master stack contains the information of the different language versions contained within a page (up to ten languages if you know that many, I can only write in two), e.g. 'en', 'de', 'fr' etc. One Wrapper stack is required for each block of text content. The Wrapper supplies the language variations contained within it.
On at least one page, you will require Switcher which supplies the URL query for the language change. The query setting is maintained over page changes and saved as a cookie for your user's next visit.

Laying out a page in Stacks is very simple: Create a block of content with your primary language (we'll assume that your first language is English) and drop it into a Wrapper stack. Define the Wrapper as 'en', then duplicate the Wrapper, reset the language, e.g. 'de' and replace the text content with your German text.
Now, if you add a Switch stack to your page and preview the page, you will see the English version of your page. Click the Switch and you will see the German version – as simple as that:S4S RWML


Click image to View live Preview.

RWML is primarily intended for Stacks pages, but it may also be deployed with standard RapidWeaver pages. As the Master stack is required for all pages that use RWML, Pluskit will be required to import the stack into your standard RW page. You can then add HTML snippets to each text block to define the language.

CMS Anyone? RWML is also CMS compatible! I tested it with Sentry from seyDesign – perfect for simple pages. If you're not sure that you can use it with your CMS solution, download a demo copy of RWML and give it a test run.

Stack settings

RWML Master - Has the definitions for Language 1—10, Redirect Delay (ms), Cookie Settings, Menu Settings (Menu Control/Trigger Condition), CMS Support, Debug Information.
RWML Menu – RWML can add translations for the RW standard Menu. Add a child stack with an alternative language version for each page, using the same name as entered into the RW sidebar.
RWML Meta – Maintain SEO compatibility. Add translations for the Meta Tags.
RWML Redirect – Redirect links to alternative pages. E.G. Blog pages/Product pages in different languages.
RWML Replace – A new, very useful stack for quickly replacing words or sentences contained within a page. E.G. change the copyright text, or slogan by targeting their Container ID and adding translations for the ID's content.
RWML Short Text – Add a line of text to your page and include a translation directly within the stack.
RWML Sidebar – Oh, yes, now I remember – some themes have sidebars. RWML Sidebar will add it's content to your Sidebar, Freestyle Banner, Extra Content Container, or a Custom Element. You can change the sidebar header text using snippets.
RWML Switch – You can add either a menu (see the S4S demo page) or stack elements (see above) to switch between languages.
RWML Wrapper – This is the stack that contains each individual language block.

If you need to design pages with multiple languages, RWML is the ideal solution. It doesn't rely on third party solutions (with the exceptions of Pluskit, if you wish to work with standard RW pages), it is CMS compatible and it can change the navigation bar text to the chosen languages. Language change is slick and smooth – your visitors will love it!

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Author Your Own Web Cards in RapidWeaver

This morning a nifty new stack from 1LD, Author, flattered into my mailbox. Author answers a question that I was asked just recently: How do I build a Web Card? Of course, with the right combination of stacks, building a web card is simple, but you will need a number of stacks.
1LD Author

Author puts a face on your website without the work and saves you having to do all the careful positioning that multiple stacks would require. The face can even say "Hi" when hovered.
What Author can do: In addition to the face (or logo) Author can add a name and title to that face. It has child stacks for personal details 'List Items' and a stack container for 'Further Information'. Author then has an optional footer/sidebar, which has child stacks for social icons.

By default, Author creates your web card in landscape mode and automatically morphs to portrait mode on mobile devices. When adding content, the card will adjust to fit that content.

Once you have added your image and details, you can, with just a few clicks, begin to adjust the layout to your liking. Author's minimum width is 300px. As far as I could tell, there is no maximum width so, in theory, you could position Author as a page footer. Only two things prevent you from doing so: The image size can not be defined and grows proportionally to Author's width and even at its narrowest width, Author morphs into portrait format at tablet (portrait) size already; i.e. whilst Author is fully responsive it does not have any settings for breakpoints.
However – for the purpose it was intended – Author is perfect and there's nothing stopping you from dropping your finished web card into the footer as it is.

1LD Author
Stack settings

Author Settings
Profile Image – Add your image here. Profile images should be square. Non-square images are cropped and centered.
Name – Add a name or business name.
Title – Add an occupation or subtitle.
Hover Greeting – This greeting will display in a white chat bubble above the profile image when the card is hovered. Keep this value short in order to prevent the chat bubble from covering too much of the image.
Enable Hover Greeting – Disable this option to remove the “Hover Greeting”.

General Settings
Theme – Choose from 4 card layout themes.
Width – This will adjust the width of the card (The height is determined by the content you add to the card). If the container width is less than the width of the card, the card will adjust to fit inside the container. On mobile screens the card will automatically display in “Vertical Mode”.
Vertical Mode – Optionally display the card in a vertical orientation on all screen sizes.
Name Font – Optionally declare a custom font that will only effect the Name text.
Text Font – Optionally declare a custom font that will effect all text excluding the Name text.
Round Corners – Adjust the radius of the card corners.
Shadow – Choose from 6 predefined shadow styles.
Show Content – Show/Hide the “Drop Stacks Here” section of the card.
Show List Items – Show/Hide the “List Item” section of the card.
Show Footer – Show/Hide the footer that contains the social media icons.

Theme Styles
Round Profile Image – Enable/disable a round profile image. This option is only available in the “Standard” and “Solid” themes.
Text – Adjust the colors of the Name, Title, Content in the “Drop Stacks Here” section and “List Item” section, All the links contained on the card.
Background – Adjust the colors of the Main background (Except for the “Solid” theme), Footer gradient left (Background gradient left of the “Solid” theme), Footer gradient right (Background gradient right of the “Solid” theme), Dividers found above the “Drop Stacks Here” section and “List Item” section.

The information icons and the social icons are set to Fontawesome by default. 1LD's Fontawesome stack is included with Author, for themes that don't have Fontawesome enabled by default. Can't remember the name of the icon you want? The settings panel has a notable feature – right click the help text below the icon settings to be taken to the FA icons page (similarly, a link in the social icon child settings takes you directly to the brand icons).
Clicking the info child stacks opens up a settings panel which allows you to set the icon you prefer, or to disable the icon entirely.
Whilst Author automatically adds a Facebook icon to the footer/sidebar, the social child stack may be deleted simply by clicking and hitting delete. When you have added your Facebook, Twitter, etc. account details to the settings panel, clicking the icons will beam you to the page in question.

Author is a nice stack that takes hours of work out of building contact cards. I needed 9 separate stacks to reproduce the beveled card – and that was before adding social icons, or a shadow. Even then, though, it would take a lot of juggling for the result to be 100% responsive! I'm sure that a number of people will find Author useful.

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