Action Menu is One Little Designer's latest release and proposes something new; dropdown/popup menus that can be square, with or without round corners or round, or – if you have a little time to invest – any shape you wish; just create your own icon and save it as a square .png with a transparent background.
As if just to be different, Action Menu – when you drop it onto your Stacks page – is configured as a PopUp menu, hovering at the bottom right corner of your screen. It can, however, be positioned at any corner of the screen, or it can be anchored within a Stacks container where, once more, it can lurk in any any of the four corners of said container, just waiting to be clicked. It hovers above the container's contents, so a spacer may be necessary – depending on your content.
And there's something else that's new. Action Menu displays icons, but in addition to Fontawesome, you may also choose Google Material Icons, or Ion Icons – a refreshing change. Let's just hope that Ion is around for longer than Brandicon and consorts.
So let's take a look. Action Menu delivers three stacks: Action Menu, Action Menu Container, and Action Menu Item, though the latter, in my humble opinion, is unnecessary.
The Action Menu stack settings first want to know if the menu should open when the page loads and if the page should be overlaid with colour. The overlay has its very own transparency slider. Then you can set the Vertical and Horizontal alignment. If you dropped the Action Menu onto your page, it will float above your content in the position you chose. If you drop the stack into container it is fixed within that container.
Next, you will need to decide just how far Action Menu is positioned away from the page or container edges. The settings are in pixels, although for responsive layouts percent would be much appreciated. The dropdown speed may be set between 0.5 and 1.0, where 0.5 is the slowest setting at just over 1 second and 1.0 is almost instantaneous.
The first settings for the Main Toggle include Hide Toggle Icon, Rotate Toggle Icon and Hide Toggle Shadow. Next you'll need to decide if the Main Toggle should have a background colour or not, a gradient, or perhaps an image? Hiding the background colour and the shadow leaves you with just the icon on your page – nice. NOTE: Images are tiled, so if you wish to load your own icon image, the .png must be square.
The icon colour, like all Action Menu colours with the exception of the page overlay, is a solid colour. The icons themselves, as already mentioned, can be chosen from Google Material Design, Fontawesome, or Ion Icons. Because Fontawesome is built into RW, a list of FA icons is available from a dropdown. For the Google or Ion icons, you'll need to browse the appropriate web pages. The Toggle Size and the Icon Size are set individually, but now comes the clou: the icon radius may be set between 0 and 100px so that your icon can be anything between square and round.
All Items contains the settings for the all dropdown icons and includes the Item Size, Icon Size, the Item Spacing and the Item Radius. The dropdown Items are linked and the link can slide out from the item on hover. All Links contains the settings for all links. Always Show Links, Show Links on Mobile and Link Text Colour. The slider can have a Background Colour and a shadow. The Advanced Setting fixes Action Menu to your Stacks container.
Once you've fashioned your button's appearance, you can turn your attention to the Dropdown Items. The first Item is already in the Action Menu stack, when you activate it, the stack settings will display everything you need to set up the Button Colours, Icon and your Link. The Link Text is set directly within the stack.
Once you have set up the first Item, you have three options: you can either click the + button to create a new child stack, you can drag in a new Action Menu Item from the Stacks Library, or you can Alt drag and drop, or copy/paste the Item that you just configured to duplicate it. Each Item may have its own colour and, obviously, icon.
Now,if you regard the Action Menu stack header, you will immediately be able to see if Action Menu will open on page load, if the page will be overlaid, if links are visible and the position of the Main Toggle on your page (or within its stack).
Would you like to place multiple instances of Action Menu next to each other? You could always drop a multi column stack onto your page and populate it with your Action Menus, but there's no need to got to the trouble. Instead, you can take and Action Menu Container and drop your Action Menu stacks into it – they will automatically appear side by side…
Yes, there have been round buttons before. Most often, we see them for social Icons and Joe's Share It stack takes those to the next level, but 1LDs Action Menu is an unostentatious dropdown or pop up – your choice. Immediately upon release, it hit the sweet spot for many RW users and harvested multiple approving comments on the forums. If you'd like to see it in action, visit the 1LD demo page.
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