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Quick Menu For RapidWeaver

The past twelve months have seen a couple of menu stacks arrive on the RapidWeaver scene. Weavium just added an interesting new stack that will make your choice even more difficult than before. The fifth stack in the Weavium line-up is called Quick Menu.

Quick Menu – WeaviumQuick Menu is one of those stacks that makes you wonder why no one came up with this solution before now. A menu stack that appears, or disappears when and where needed and can trigger whatever you want it to trigger.

Here's an example: I have a single page website and would like a context menu to appear for each section. With Quick Menu I can add a menu of my choice to either side of the page with markers before and after each section and with each section a new menu will fade into view.

A product section, for instance, with a couple of rows of images could display a menu to call up product information for each item.
And when you scroll to the next section, the menu fades out, ready for the next products…

A group of social buttons when a contact form is visible on the page, or that contains a trigger for the contact form's lightbox alongside the social buttons.

Quick Menu can also be set to be permanently in view, or to appear when a marker on the page is scrolled to and then remain visible until the bottom of the page is reached. Quick Menu can also contain hidden menu buttons.
In this case, there is a 'View All' button which triggers a Quick Menu lightbox that displays a complete list of menu items.
Quick Menu is highly configurable, so that each button can have its own colour and it goes without saying that each button can have its own icon.

Quick Menu – Weavium
Quick Menu consists of three stacks – the main stack that supplies the menu's global settings, a Menu Item stack that allows configuration of each separate item and a Marker stack.
The first thing that struck me about the settings panel, is that there are no unnecessary settings included – so no background colour, no margins, or padding. The second thing that I observed is that Weavium, like a number of other developers that produce great stacks, don't make use of tool tips; so you'll either need to experiment, or read the manual.

Stack settings

Show/Hide – Display – Always, On Scroll To, Between Markers
Responsive – Hide Menu (for the standard breakpoints)

General
Horizontal Position – Left, Right
Vertical Position – Top, Centre, Bottom
Top Offset – px
Padding – Top Offset for the lightbox menu
Z-Index – Default setting 1 quadrillion
Background – Lightbox background colour
Hide View All Button – deactivates the lightbox

Items
Default BG (colour)
Default Content (colour)
Item Size
Item Radius (interesting to note that whilst the menu radius is altered top and bottom, the lightbox radius only top right)
Icon Size
Text Size
Text Weight – Normal, Bold
Font – Selection of 15 web fonts

Items > Open
Max Width – px
Item Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Item Radius – sets the radius of all four item corners
Icon Size
Text Size

Close Button
Size
Icon Size
Radius
Icon Colour
Background [colour]

Quick Menu Item Stack
Hide (shows when opened)
Item Action – Link (default), Scroll to Top, Scroll to Bottom, Scroll to Marker, Java Function
Icon Font – Font Awesome, Ionic, Material, Custom
Custom Colours

Quick Menu Marker Stack
Marker ID

Quick Menu is an interesting new stack that is well worth a look at. Check out the demo page to see its possibilities.

Image Card. A Free Weavium Stack For RapidWeaver

We talked about Weavium yesterday. They are a relatively new stack developer with a few new, but really interesting stacks. Two days ago Image Card was announced as a free stack. I've taken a look at Image Card and while it is a very simple stack, it's also quite unique.

Image Card. What does it do? It displays an image with a colour overlay, a text and a link icon.
But it does the above in a unique way.
Supposing you have an image gallery, or a portfolio, or you'd like a navigation grid to other pages…
Drop Image Card into a Stacks page and add an image to it. You can add a colour overlay and a title, or a short text – link is already provided – and you have a cool link box to your new page. It is even animated – the whole card moves up, or down when hovered.
Images scale within Image Card, to fit the longest dimension. But as you are able to set the card's height, you can make adjustments to the image display.
Weavium Image Card

Stack settings

General
Fill Mode – Percent, Pixel
Percent/Pixel Width
Alignment – Left. Centre, Right
Image – Drag & Drop
Set Link

Card
Mobile/Tablet/Desktop Height – px
Margin – Vertical, Horizontal
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Overlay Type – Gradient, Colour
Overlay Colours/Opacity
Drop Shadow

Caption
Hide Caption
Title Font – Choice of 14 Fonts + Custom
Font Weight
Mobile/Tablet/Desktop – Font Size, Line Height
Text Shadow

More Button
Hide Button
Button Size
Icon Size
Button Radius
Border Thickness
Hover Icon Colour

Hover FX
Overlay Opacity
Shift On Hover
Shift Amount (px)

That's a pretty impressive list of settings for such a simple looking stack and just goes to show how seriously Weavium takes their work.
What's more – Image Card is free!

Expanding Content in RapidWeaver

There are numerous ways of adding extensive content to RapidWeaver without disrupting a page's design. One Little Designer recently added Expanse to their lineup; a clean and efficient solution to the age-old problem.

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.

1LD Expanse
Stack settings

The first settings are Animation [type] and Speed. There is a choice of eleven different animations for the lightbox display.
Card Layout
Card Type – As mentioned above
Card Width, Card Height, Margin T/B
Card Styles
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)
Border Radius
Shadow
Title Font – (default: Inherit)
Text Font – (default: Inherit)
Truncate Type – Ellipses, Gradient Fade, Clip

Expanded Layout (Lightbox settings)
Content Width
Margins
Padding T/B
Padding L/R
Z-Index

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.

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Image Mapper for RapidWeaver

In June of this year, I reviewed HotSpots Pro from S4S. A few days ago Will re-released an updated version of the one-time Tsooj Media stack ImageMapper – also as a Stacks4Stacks product. Hot Spots; Image Maps — potentially the same thing, so does it make sense to have two stacks that, essentially, do the same thing housed within the same stables?

Let's do a quick recap. Hotspots allows you to overlay image areas with live rectangles, or with Fontawesome icons. The rectangles and icons can each be linked to a URL, for instance, or a lightbox.

S4S Hotspots
ImageMapper allows you to overlay an image with rectangles, triangles, hexagons and circles, but more importantly – with a mapped area…

S4S ImageMapper


… And I was astonished to find that it's easier to add a polygon form than it is to add a simple circle, or square.
So how does it work? First, obviously, you drag ImageMapper into a Stacks page and add an image to the image well. The image may be dragged and dropped, or warehoused.
Adding a polygonal area to your image is simple – Activate Show Coordinates Inspector in the stack settings panel and switch to preview. With the crosshairs that are now available, click around the area that you'd like to highlight, clicking on the starting point a second time to close the polygon, just like Photoshop etc.
Below the image, you will now see a list of your coordinates. Copy the coordinates, paste them into the ImageMapper Area child stack, deactivate Show Coordinates in the main stack and switch back to preview.
Now when you hover over the enclosed area, it will have a highlighted overlay with a tooltip. You can add a Link to the ImageMapper Area stack, which you can set to open a URL, open a lightbox, or to a link somewhere else on the page – product details, for instance.
In the screenshot above, I have superimposed four different image maps. They appear one at a time, of course.

So how do you add something as 'simple' as a circular overlay? You need three coordinates: 1 – the position from the left of the image; 2 – the position from the top; 3 – the radius of the circle – all coordinates are separated by a comma. My tip: In the ImageMapper Area child, choose your shape – Circle, or Rectangle and then adjust the size and position whilst in preview.
For more complicated shapes, such as a triangle, or an octagon, load an image of the shape to begin with; map the shape out with the crosshairs and then copy the coordinates into your final image The base stack provides a square, a triangle, a circle and a hexagon to get you started. The hexagon is already mapped out.

Stack settings

ImageMapper
Data Source – Set up your Image maps using either the child stacks, or an HTML image map
Image Source – Dragged and Dropped, or Warehoused
Show Coordinate Inspector – See above
Area Mousover Colouring – Fill Colour, Stroke Colour
Fill Opacity
Stroke Opacity
Stroke Width
Fade Speed

ImageMapper Area
Area Title – Title for the tooltip
Area Link
Area Coordinates
Custom Area Attributes – add a class to the overlay

So does it make sense to have two similar stacks in the same stables?
Absolutely! ImageMapper is ideal for those more complicated image maps.

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Back To The Top

There are a number of stacks available that can add a button that will beam your visitor back to the top of a RapidWeaver Stacks page. RWExtras just published one with a difference. Apart from being extremely customisable, Back To Top lets you add the button to non-Stacks pages.

RWExtras Back To TopBack To Top is the stack that you'll need if you wish to build attractive buttons to send a user back to the top of a webpage, but don't want to use Photoshop to build sprites and don't want to do any complicated programming .
A choice of customisable options lets you create a button of just about any shape, size, position and colour. And a useful 'view generated source code' setting lets you copy the generated code quickly for reuse in non-Stack pages.

Stack settings

Back To Top General Settings
Placement - Fixed (default) Relative,
Position – Top/Bottom/Left/Right
Margins
Offset – Page scroll before active
Scroll Speed
Vertical (offset)
Z-Index

Back To Top Styling
Content – Font Awesome Icon
Content Colour (Normal/Hover)
Animation – Time ms
Font Size
Line Height
Border Radius
Sizing - Width/Height
Background – None, Colour Fill, Gradient Diagonal 1/2, Gradient Horizontal, Gradient Vertical (default), Gradiant Radial, Image (Dragged and Dropped), Image (Warehoused)
Top/Lower Fill – Normal/Hover
Border Weight
Border – Normal/Hover

The very first checkbox in the Settings panel is View Generated Source Code. When the checkbox is activated, the HTML, the CSS and the JS output for your button for your newly created button will be displayed in preview mode. A single click in any of these fields will allow you to copy the code necessary for your Back To Top button to be included within non-Stacks pages.

Without a doubt, a useful stack to have in your collection!

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