At the end of December RWExtras released Showcase Ultra, a stack that takes the idea to the next level and adds a versatile slideshow to a choice of (if I counted correctly) fifty-two (52) different background images ranging from popular devices to office background settings. And I'm not just referring to the versatility of the backdrop images – there is a choice of nine different transition effects. The aforementioned stacks (which shall remain nameless) offered just a simple fade transition.
So how does it work? Drag Showcase Ultra onto a Stacks page, add child stacks with your local, or warehoused images, choose a backdrop and publish!
If you're not happy with the provided backdrops, you can add your own (warehoused) frame. You then get optional settings for the size and positioning.
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Transition Effect – Nine ttransitions
Slide Order – Normal, Random, Reverse
Interval – set in ms
Transition Speed – in ms
Tile Count – Number of tiles, if 'tiles' has been set as transition
Frame – Choose from 52 backdrops
Image Scale – Scale your images to fit the backdrop
Maximun Width – Width of the backdrop
Float Alignment – Left, Centre, Right
Showcase Ultra is a cool stack that takes the graft (hard work – for those of you across the pond) out of presenting a responsive portfolio within a homogenous background.
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Displaying content promoting alcohol, or tobacco to minors is prohibited in many countries. Sexually explicit content, or disturbing content is also [or should be] restricted, Certain content such as flashing lights, rapidly changing images, or even flashing links, can invoke epileptic seizures.
You should be able to warn your visitors that what they are about to view on your web page may be harmful in some way.
Explicit, from Doobox was released just a week ago and helps you warn your visitors that your content may not be appropriate for all viewers.
Explicit's setup is simple. Drop the stack onto your page, add the warning text of your choice. Drop in a stack that helps explain the warning with text and/or images and publish.
When your page is loaded, it will display a modal with a warning, your description and two buttons which will allow you to confirm that you wish to view the page's content, or to decline.
If you confirm, the hidden page will be displayed. If you decline, a message of your choice will be displayed. After a few seconds the page will then refresh to display the initial warning.
Modal – Background Colour, Popup Colour
Title – Text Colour, Background Colour
Accept – Icon Colour, Background Colour
Decline – Icon Colour, Background Colour
Never Show in RapidWeaver – Hide in preview mode
There are two things to observe when using Explicit:
1 – I found that (at least on slow internet connections) the page content is momentarily displayed before the message appears, so it might be a good idea to position your explicit content below the fold.
2 – There is obviously no way of confirming that your visitor is, of course, actually of age, so those fourteen-year-olds are going to click 'yes, I want to see the naked ladies' and then discover that naked ladies aren't necessarily as attractive as they thought they might be,
Explicit is a simple stack that will warn visitors that the following content may not be suitable for them. It is not intended to confirm that a visitor is actually entitled to view the content.
Expanse is an animated lightbox stack that appears on your page as an info card. What said card looks like is entirely up to you.
If you drag an Expanse stack onto your page, the initial settings display containers for an image, a headline, a subhead and a Stacks container. Both the default width and height are set to 320px. Once you have dragged in an image and added your content, you can check the preview. It will display your image with a plus button which, when clicked, expands the card to fill your page.
Adjusting Expand's initial height will allow more, or less of your content to be displayed below the image – the Header and subheader, for instance, or the first few lines of text.
If we explore further, we find that there are three different card types: Template | Icon Button (default), Custom | Hover & Click and Custom | Button. The two custom cards allow you to create unique layouts for the cards.
Both Custom versions of Expanse have a Stacks container for your content, into which you may add as many stacks as you wish. The difference between the two, is that Custom | Hover & Click displays an overlay with a text – "Click To Open" for instance – when hovered, whilst Custom | Button has a button to open the lightbox.
The first settings are Animation [type] and Speed. There is a choice of eleven different animations for the lightbox display.
Card Type – As mentioned above
Card Width, Card Height, Margin T/B
Header Image – Drag & Drop
Card Colours – Background, Title, Subtitle, Text
Button Colours – Background, Icon, Close Background, Icon
Button Icons – Four different button options
Inherit Link Colours (active by default)
Title Font – (default: Inherit)
Text Font – (default: Inherit)
Truncate Type – Ellipses, Gradient Fade, Clip
Expanded Layout (Lightbox settings)
Expanse is very quickly and very easily set up and can display both your condensed and your expanded content just as you wish. There are a couple of sites that I'd have designed differently, had this stack been available earlier.
The demo page is well worth a look at.
Now if you were expecting FancyIntro to be a larger, more luxurious version of Curtains (think VW Passat/Phaeton), think again. FancyIntro is an entirely different stack. More of a Mercedes AMG.
Curtains can display a line of text and opens it's curtains horizontally. FancyIntro can display two lines of text, or two images – or one image plus a single line of text (or stacks content), and opens vertically. However, if you're expecting FancyIntro to open two curtains and reveal the underlying content, you'll be disappointed. Instead, a line travels across the page from left to right, dividing the upper and lower section, then expands vertically to create a coloured page overlay. The page overlay then fades out to reveal the underlying webpage.
Having just taken Curtains through its paces and expecting similar results, it took me a couple of minutes to work out exactly how FancyIntro works. However, once you've put away the curtain concept, FancyIntro is very easy to use.
The default setting displays a white to grey gradient and two lines of text. A mauve coloured line then travels across the page, expands to fill the page and then fades to reveal the content.
Both the initial background and the line have colour settings for top and bottom, so that the line can expand to a gradient too. Obviously, the gradients don't need to be so blatant as below.
I soon tried dragging two 'halved' images into both the upper and lower content wells. In the latest version of FancyIntro this is possible (the 1.0 version duplicated the upper image). Of course, with an image in both sections, no accompanying text is possible. If images are to be present in both upper and lower containers, it is recommended that they are kept as small as possible. In fact an image size of max 150px is recommended by S4S.
SVG images can be loaded as warehoused images, but be warned – if you have stripped out the pixel sizes, they will scale to fill the screen width.
Overlay Fill Top/Bottom. Whilst the colour palette displays transparency settings, they are ignored by FancyIntro.
Line Fill Top/Bottom
Breakpoint. FancyIntro is hidden below the breakpoint.
Line Height. Set the height of the dividing line in %.
Line Slide Speed
Line Grow Speed
Fade Speed. All of the speed settings are in ms and would seem to be unlimited. Hence, with inappropriate settings, you could sit all day, waiting for the dividing line to travel across the page.
Challenge Mode. The same as Asynchronous Mode in Curtains.
Hide period. Sets a hide cookie for Days (default), or Hours.
Upper Content. Styled Content (default), Dropped Image, HTML, Markdown, None, Stacks, Warehoused Image.
Offset. In %
Text Colours. Text / Shadow
Text Sizing / Spacing
Lower Content analogue to above.
FancyIntro is less gimmicky than Curtains and is ideal for splash screens that make way for an underlying web page. Announcements such as special offers, upcoming events, or just an attractive 'welcome' message.
I used Booklit a number of times for online menus and catalogues, When I downloaded Pagelit, I didn't know what improvements to expect, but there are quite a few.
But let's start at the beginning – you may not have seen Booklit.
What is Pagelit?
Pagelit is a stack that will allow you to build an online book(let) with pages that turn when either the page, or the navigation is clicked.
Yes, there is software available that will transform a PDF into a flip book, but Pagelit lets you build your books, or magazines directly within RapidWeaver – using stacks to build the pages.
Booklit was, in my opinion, hampered by the fact that it only allow preset page ratio formats e.g. 16:9, or 4:3 etc. This limitation has now disappeared and you can build your books at any size you please – full page, if you wish – so, with the fact that you are using stack functions, you can just imagine the possibilities…
One important restriction has remained – as with most lightboxes, you can not use stacks within Pagelit that must load in an opened state when the page is parsed. Otherwise, almost anything is possible. The iFrame above displays a very simple example with images, or a single text box on each page. The page size is deliberately small at 400px x 400px. The images have not been optimised and are quite large. I have made no attempt at designing a complicated layout. The settings are otherwise the basic settings.
However, I may just publish my next book as a Pagelit book.
Due to the page ratio restrictions, Booklit's layout options were somewhat restricted and a page could appear disrupted at some screen sizes.
Pagelit has displayed no such problems in my tests – it is fully responsive – but you may wish to hide your book from view on mobile phones if you have a lot of text content.
The new page turning options in Pagelit are Book with hard cover and 'soft' pages as demonstrated above. Book with 'stiff' pages, similar to children's books and the previously available option with 'soft' Title page and content – Magazine.
Whereas Booklit could display an online option to show your books with a fullscreen overlay, with Pagelit, you will need to decide before publishing whether to display your book, or magazine inline, or as an overlay.
One useful new feature is the option to automatically add page numbers to your publication. The pagination may then be used as a navigation help, resulting in three methods of navigation – Simply by clicking on the next/previous page; clicking on the forward/back buttons, or by entering the page number.
Type Book - Soft Pages, Book - Stiff Pages, Magazine
Page Width / Page Height
Cover Size+ (%)
Navigation Page Click, Buttons, Page Click & Buttons
Page Shading (enable/disble shadowing)
Enable Page Numbers
Pop Out (enable page overlay)
Loader Size / Loader Colour
The Page Child stacks also display settings when active – they will allow you to add full sized images, or a background colour to each page. Images may be local, or warehoused.
Pagelit is a unique stack for creating booklets within RapidWeaver. I can't imagine writing a 500 page book with it, but for an restaurant's interactive menu, or a product catalogue Pagelit is ideal. I'm sure that it will be even more popular than Booklit.
For further demos and a full list of new and optimised functions, list the Pagelit homepage.
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