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Open Street Maps in RapidWeaver

With GDPR hanging over our heads like the Sword of Damocles, many Weavers are looking for a way to escape the grasp of that rapacious corporate giant, Google. One place to begin is with online maps. Although Google Maps are free of charge, there is a certain cost associated with using the mapping services. The cost of privacy and loss of control over what we see on the map. In the end, Google is an advertising company and it uses our IP address, geographic search results and location information for marketing purposes. It also chooses which data are relevant to you rather than displaying on the map what is actually around you.

As an alternative to Google Maps, there is Open Street Map [OSM].
More and more major organizations are choosing OSM for their maps. In February 2012, Foursquare switched to the OpenStreetMap powered Mapbox platform. In March 2013, Wikipedia started using OSM as well. Craigslist uses it for apartment searches and even Apple has used OSM data in its maps… Other popular platforms using OSM powered maps are Github, Pinterest, Roadtrippers and Strava, to name but a few.

I spent the past week looking for ways to implement OSM into RapidWeaver and then, just this morning, Instacks' OpenStreetMap stack flattered into my mailbox. I felt quite sure that there was once an OpenStreetMap stack, but it seems to have disappeared. But the Instacks' stack takes OSM to the next level…

OpenStreetMap arrives with links to 28 map-tile-servers [MTS], plus 'Custom/Mapbox' and Mapbox was just the service that I'd been assessing. You can add up to ten unique makers to a map and each marker may be linked to a URL, making store location a breeze.
What are 'map-tile-servers'? I hear you ask.
MTS are providers that offer overlay options for OSM. The overlays contain different options such as geological structure, place-names in different languages, points of interest, etc.

Two of the included MTS, Thunderforrest and Mapbox, require either an API, or an account. Both are absolutely painless and free of charge. The map below uses a tile overlay from Mapbox that, alongside street names and places of interest, also displays geographical date such as elevation lines.


OSM - Instacks

Stack settings
Tile Server – 28 options plus Custom/Mapbox
Optional API Key
GPS Coordinates
Zoom – default 15
Height – Lg . Desk, Desk, Tablet, Phone
Marker 1 [through 10]
[GPS] Position, Marker Text, Marker Link, Marker Colour (choice of 8 colours – custom image sadly missing)

Do you wish to gradually free yourself from the fangs of the ravenous giant mentioned above? Then OpenStreetMap is a good place to start! The default maps (German server) are great, but there are also many, many options to choose from for the map display.

I, for one, shall be switching to OpenStreetMap on my next site!

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Ultra Lists for RapidWeaver

Weavium – until quite recently unheard of – just released their 16th stack. Ultra Lists – possibly the most versatile list stack available.

Contact Details, Sales Widget, Itinerary List, Product List, FAQs. The long list of uses is only restricted by your imagination.
Ultra Lists displays a list in accordion form (Weavium hates that word) that each shows an image or icon, a header text, an optional description and optional tags. It can display an optional search field to search the list and an optional tag filter.
When opened, Ultra Lists can display almost anything you wish. Long descriptions with images, Buttons, Contact Forms, etc. etc…

Ultra Lists – Weavium
Ultra Lists – WeaviumStack settings
General
Max Width – px
Mobile Point – Breakpoint at which the stack condenses
Search – Placeholders for search text, Font size, Icon size, Padding

Filter
Sizes for Sort Icon, Sort Size, Toggle Size, Toggle Radius
Filter List Width and Height, List Shadow size and Shadow Colour

Items > General
No Tags, No Description
List Type – Separated, Connected
Radius, Spacing, Padding

Items > Content
Sizes for Title, Description, Icon, Icon BG, Icon Radius, Icon Alignment, Tag Text, Tag Radius, Tag Padding

Items > More Button
No Button Text – Switches to toggle icon when activated
Text – Button text
Font Size, Button Size, Button Radius, Button Padding

Stack Colours and Fonts
Font selection for Title, Description, Details and Search – 17 web font options for each, plus Google fonts
Colour options for all of the above.

Once again, the configuration options are seemingly endless and you'll need a while to identify each setting, but once you've configured your first Item child, you can duplicate it as often as needed.
The child stack settings gives you the option of adding an image or an icon (four optional icon fonts plus custom) and this is also where you add your Title, Tags and short Description.

Ultra Lists is another of those neat Weavium stacks that many are going to love.

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Circle Menu for RapidWeaver

One Little Designer has added a new menu stack to its growing assortment of menus. Circle Menu may be displayed anywhere on your stacks page and will display up to eight links arranged in a circle – or a square.

circle menu – 1LDCircle Menu can be configured to be open or closed when your page loads. If it is closed, it shows up as a circular button (default) with a hamburger icon. When clicked the circle (or square) expands to display up to eight further buttons with icons that are linked to URLs of your choice. The buttons are added as child stacks and each child is configured individually.
The buttons have a shadow when hovered and a tooltip appears to display the URLs target. Clicking at the centre of the menu will minimise it.

As we have come to expect from 1LD in the meantime, configuration possibilities are almost endless. For starters, the eight buttons can be positioned completely within the circle (square) or positioned around its perimeter.

circle menu –1LD
Stack settings
General

Open on Start - Active by default
Offset Items – Move the items to the menu perimeter (as above)
# of Items – Up to eight menu items
Menu Type – Circular (default), Square
Font Family – 13 Web fonts, plus Custom

Toggle
Toggle size and options for Colour, Shadow etc.

Menu
Menu size and options for Size, Padding and Colour

Menu Items
Round Items – Active by default
Button Size
Icon Size
Label Size
Radius
Hover Border
Colours

Child Stacks
General
Link
Icon Font – Three options
Icon
Use Custom Image Icon
Custom Colours

Circle Menu is a compact menu that may be positioned anywhere on your page. Multiple menus can be added to the page making submenus for page sections easily possible. One can only wonder how many more menu stacks 1LD will offer us!

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Ascend – Page Anchors for RapidWeaver

'Don't just scroll… Ascend' is the newest shibboleth from Weavium. However 'Ascend', the name of Weavium's latest stack, just doesn't do the stack justice. I would have chosen 'Traverse', or 'Locomote'. Ascend means to move up, which is not what Ascend does – it moves anywhere!

In the last twelve months a couple of anchor stacks were released to assist with in-page navigation; some more, some less complicated. Ascend is one of the less complicated, but more useful solutions. Not only does it automatically add page anchors to transport you to the top or bottom of the page, it can also add a sub menu that can whisk you away to any section within your page.

Ascend – WeaviumAscend is a set of two stacks: Ascend and Ascend Marker. Add Ascend to your Stacks page and in preview mode, you will discover a button at the bottom right of your page which, when clicked, will open a menu. The menu options are Top and Item. Now it's time to add a Marker stack to your page. The Marker will need an ID, so let's go to the Marker stack settings and add an ID, let's say Article-1. Now go to the Ascend stack on your page and activate the default child stack. Add the same ID to the child stack and choose a suitable icon, change the text within the child stack to Article 1 and enter preview mode.
The Ascend button has now changed to reflect your new Icon and text and when the menu option is clicked, your page will scroll to display Article 1. The scroll action is a smooth scroll and not just a jump as with a standard anchor, however, I would like to see a scroll time added as an option to make the transition even smoother.

There are a few other things that are unique to Ascend. The button may be positioned at either the top or the bottom of the page and you have a choice of left, centre, or right and the menu that is displayed can either be a list, or a grid – especially useful if you have multiple anchors. The Icon for each anchor may, of course, be set individually. And, as we have come to expect from Weavium, each aspect of the menu is customisable.

Stack settings
Ascend General
Display – Always, On scroll to, Between Markers, AT bottom of page
Open Menu – On Click, On Hover
Z-Index – Default 1000
Toggle
Vertical Position – Bottom, Top
Horizontal Position – Right, Centre, Left
Size – Button, Icon
Offset – Vertical, Horizontal
Padding – Button padding
Radius
Initial Opacity – % – 0–1
Menu
Width – px
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Radius – px
Hide Header
Header Text
Header Size
Header Padding
Inline Close Button
Hide default Top Item
Allow Scroll (for long menus)
Menu Items
List Type – List, Grid
Item Size – Text, Icon
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Header Font – 13 fonts plus Google font
Item Font – As above
Colours for each and every item, including the shadow.

The Ascend Child Stack has settings for your ID and for four Icon Sets plus Custom.

Ascend is a new take on the 'Scroll To…' button and well worth taking a look at.

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Articles for RapidWeaver

After making a brief appearance on the 1LD site before it was quite finished, Jeremy & Co have just released Article.
An 'article' may refer to a news article discussing general interest e.g. a specific topic, club newsletters, or technology news. If you need to publish articles that don't necessarily have to appear in a blog post, The new Article stack may be just what you are looking for.
In other usage, an 'article' may refer to an item, e.g. an item that is for sale. The new Article stack is also ideal for product catalogues or portfolios.

Article, when dropped into a Stacks page, displays a black rectangle with a black title, a grey icon and grey text. And whilst black may be the new white, thankfully everything about Article can be fully customised.
Article displays an image, a summary text and, if you wish, author and publishing date. When previewed, you can click an article, it opens up full page to display its contents – which may be any stack combination you please. The author and publishing date may also be replaced with any text you see fit. A feature that I really like is the Child Stack which adds new articles to form a list separated by thin dividing lines.
Once again, 1LDs settings are so extensive that I'll only be showing you a summary of the stack's settings.


Article – One Little Designer
Article in its initial state.
Article – ๅศฏTwo opened articles

Stack settings
General
Collapse Content in Edit Mode – Very useful
Truncate Description Text
Max Width
Mobile [Break] Point
List Padding
List Radius
Article
An extensive list of formatting options for the Initial description
Article > Opened
An extensive list of formatting options for the article
Colours
Colour options for each of Article's elements.

Article is yet another versatile 1LD stack in contemporary design that many Weavers will find useful.

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