I know that, for some of you, this is old hat, but if you haven't taken a look at BWD's Sections Pro yet, I recommend that you do so immediately – it opens up a completely new design world. One that wasn't available to RW users previously.
Of course, you could set up variable width, responsive columns and build chequered pages, but Sections Pro is much more than that. As Andrew writes on the product page, Sections Pro isn't complicated, but it is rather like purchasing a new car. You can jump inside and drive off with it straight away, but it may take you months to discover what all the knobs and buttons inside do and if the hype about fuel consumption was accurate or not.
My first steps with Sections Pro were, as already mentioned, hampered by an unstable application that didn't seem to do what I wanted it to do. I even contacted Andrew to see if I'd missed something. As it turned out. I hadn't – it was just a misbehaved app.
I've always liked diagonals as design elements. These were previously difficult to create and involved transparent .pngs, which were challenging when it came to create overlapping elements.
Enter the Sections Pro suite.
As I say, diagonals. That's what I jumped in with. I envisaged a design with overlapping diagonals at the top of my page and a text container that overlapped them.
Sections Angle to the rescue! I quickly discovered that I needed an empty, responsive stack at the top of the page to square off my top diagonal. I wanted three columns with different gradients within the diagonal, similar to the Stripe pages. Sadly, that is not yet possible (Andrew?). O.K, I can accept that, let's press on.
A second, smaller diagonal was quickly added, moved up to overlap the first and then moved below the top diagonal using the z-Index. So far so good. But what about the overlapping text box?
A standard Sections Pro stack quickly solved that problem. A margin with a minus value moved the box up to where I wanted it and the with a little motivation from the z-Index settings, it appeared above the diagonals.
Feeling adventurous, I decided that I would add a Headline that moved up and faded as the page was scrolled. That was quickly achieved with Header Pro and Scroll Mate – both BWD stacks.
But what about an animated image caption?
A Sections Box quickly answered that question. One Sections Pro stack with a Child Stack [background image], a Sections Box inside the Sections Pro stack containing the image caption. A second Child stack added to the Sections Pro box to animate the Sections box and Robert is your father's brother!
All that remained now was to position my site logo over the Foundation Top Bar. Once more, the solution was a Sections box inside a Columns stack with the appropriate proportions. You can also add negative values for the Sections Box Margins and alter the z-Index until the Box is positioned exactly where you want it.
With the exception of the menu bar and a responsive columns stack, the example above was built entirely with BWD stacks. You can explore Sections Pro for months on end, and you'll continue to find new possibilities — an amazing suite of stacks. I highly recommend that you download them and begin your exploration straight away, but don't forget to add a little coffee money to Andrew's kitty before you leave the BWD site.
If you'd like the example project from this rapid-run-down (which comes nowhere near doing Sections Pro justice – I've only been using it for a week) then please feel free to drop me a line.
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