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Player 2 for RapidWeaver Update

Guest Post from Will Woodgate

There has been a major update to the ever-popular Player stack. Player remains the single-most sophisticated audio and video player available for Stacks. Nothing else compares. If you are serious about getting audio or video content into your website professionally, then this is absolutely the stack you need for the job! Its light codebase, attractive styling and broad feature set make it a must-have. Superbly engineered and the perfect stack to broadcast yourself with! Watch the tutorial video and download your free demo version today.
What's new in this update?
  • Rearranged, merged, regrouped and renamed some settings, to make Player even quicker and easier to setup
  • New options to choose how audio or video content is preloaded; to promote faster loading webpages
  • The download button now works on Safari 10 and automatically links to your MP3 or MP4 file
  • Totally rewritten support for iPhone and iPad. Where supported, video content now plays within the webpage instead of opening in a separate window. iPhone retains support for standard iOS media controls
  • Added support for optional OGV and WAV media types
  • Much easier (code-free) setup of player controls. You now have full control over which buttons are shown on mobile and the ability to easily change the order of controls (from left to right) using sliders in the stack settings. Font Awesome button markup is still editable
  • Added the option to play and pause video, by simply clicking on it
  • You can now Chromecast a video directly to a Google Chromecast dongle or compatible smart TV, from an Android phone or tablet
  • Conditional loading of jQuery 2 and Font Awesome 4.7 icons
  • New option to have audio or video content pause when it is scrolled outside of the viewport (a.k.a Facebook style)
  • Progress bars can now be animated with optional stripes
  • Added support for DOGs (digital onscreen graphics) so you can brand your video content with custom logo images or icons
  • Any empty audio and video sources are now removed from the source code, to prevent HTML validation errors
  • Refreshed the default appearance of the toolbar. Now using CSS flexbox to equally-space the controls on all screen widths
  • Support for optional title tooltips, on the player controls. This can improve accessibility of your completed player interface
  • When you send a video to full screen, it will now continue playing from the point it was in the webpage
  • New horizontal spacing options for the media duration and current time clocks
  • Got rid of some settings (like shadow effects) which are accomplishable with other free stacks (e.g. Shady)
  • Added a new optional setting, to apply basic copy protection to the playing media (this suppresses right-clicking when enabled)
  • Brand new animated user interface for the volume controls on desktop web browsers
  • Custom controls are now displayed within fullscreen mode
  • The full screen button toggles automatically between new expand and minimise icons
  • Support for realtime Google Analytics tracking, so you can easily and accurately record user interactions with your players
  • Captions and subtitles can now be toggled from within fullscreen mode
  • A new option to pause the audio or video when a user clicks anywhere outside of the Player stack
  • New RGBa colour picker for icon shadows, within the toolbar
  • We can now and fetch the audio or video duration time via decoded metadata, without needing to begin download of the media file
  • A large quantity of other minor fixes, tweaks and various 'under the hood' improvements

Player 2

Important: Player 2 now requires a minimum of RapidWeaver 6 and Stacks 3. This stack will no longer function with older versions of stacks or RapidWeaver.

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The Do-Nothing-Link

There are occasions when you will want a link on your page to do nothing and go nowhere; when you don't want the top item of a menu to do anything more than open the sub-menu, for instance. In such cases you can, as you know, use a script to prevent the button from actually doing anything, or you can enter #void as the link. You'll have noticed that many developers add this as the standard link for their button stacks.

#void

You may also have noticed that clicking a #void link will enter exactly this text into the URL bar. Slightly annoying and completely meaningless. It makes some users wonder what it means.
The # link on its own will cause your browser to scroll up to the top of the page; adding a text to the hash will prevent this action. Instead of #void, you may enter #anything which, when clicked, will cause "#anything" to appear in the URL bar.

Instead of 'void', why not add a text that will make sense to your users, #About, #More or #Partners for instance? Looks much better than #void and doesn't cause your users to wonder what went wrong.

Adapted from Tommy's http://bit.ly/DeFliGra-Blog

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