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DK just released a new and interesting image-masking stack called Shapify.
If you need round, hexagonal or dodecagonal images on your page you now have a quick 'n dirty method of producing them without bothering Photoshop.
I checked out the stack today and this is what I found:


What it does: 
Shapify places a mask over the center of your image. 

The mask can be circular or polygonal.
A polygon can be four, six or twelve sided.
The hexagon can be displayed with a flat surface at the top or a corner [Up-Hex].
The image is automatically a link and is copy-protected.

What it doesn't:
The stack does not show you a preview on the edit page, so the results can be a bit hit and miss.
The stack is not responsive - I personally would prefer a max/min size.
It does not handle image scaling logically.
E.G. I defined a circular Shape Height of 300 px and dragged in an image that was 2950 x 2094 px, wanting to see if it would be cropped or reduced in size (Image Scale is automatically set to 100%). To my astonishment, the image was tiled!
I had to scale the image to 200% to get it to fit in my mask. An image that has 300 px height, however, fits perfectly at 100%.
Overall impression: If you need a quick image mask on a static page, great solution.


Stacks 2.5


Yourhead software recently released Stacks 2.5. A couple of minor updates have already been released, so that we can now presume that we are working with a stable version.


I've been working with the update since day one. So what's the best feature in the new version? Not the option in the toolbar to collapse any stack on the page being edited, so that they take up less space, a number of the larger stacks already had this option anyway.
Not the option to lock stacks to prevent them from being 
accidentally altered, although this is a really useful option. The best feature is User Stacks!


It took me a while to work out what this feature is: Suppose you worked hard to create a nested set of stacks that will superimpose a slideshow over a responsive (resizable) image. After so much work, you might like to use the slideshow in another project, with different images. Instead of having to remember which page it was, exactly, that you placed the stacks, then copying the nest over to a new project, you can click on 'Create a User Stack' and whisk your new stack away into the Stack Elements palette. 


Give the stack name and a subtitle, to allow a search of the Stack Elements palette. The subtitle is also the section that your new stack will appear in. Add a short description, so that you will remember what the stack does and click save. The stack will be in the palette the next time you wish to utilise it.
Definitely a great addition.


Stages ...

For a wile, now, Doobox has had a stack called iPhone stage. This week Gary released two new stacks - iMac Stage and MacBook Stage. Each stack will allow you to display a responsive slideshow of images or screenshots within an image of the device named in the stack name. The result is similar to the slideshow on our opening page  rjh-webdesign. Had Doobox's new stacks been around when I built our pages, I might have been tempted to use one of these stacks instead of going to all the trouble of creating my own responsive animation.

MacBook Stage


Busy ...

 soundcloud Placeholder Footnotes Font AwesomeSomeone has been very diligent ...
Joe Workman uploaded four new stacks in the course of two days!

Sound cloud is basically Youtube for audio. It allows you to easily embed songs, playlists and user streams directly onto your webpage. It works beautifully across all of your devices, even mobile.

Placeholder lets you drop palceholder images onto your webpage. It supports two different image services: PlaceIMG and Placehold.it. The images are replaced every time the page reloads. Placeholder is a free stack.

Footnotes makes the entire process of placing footnotes onto your website completely painless. Footnotes has two different themes. Your footnotes can be displayed as a tooltip or styled content box that animates at the bottom of your page.

Finally Font Awesome, 'yet another' stack that will allow you to place icons from Font Awsome on your page. As can be expected, though, Joe's stack is the most comprehensive to date, allowing a number of different effects ...


Stacks4Stacks ...


Will Woodgate has just updated his website to a cool new design. Along with the new site comes an option to sort Will's stacks by price: Paid or Free.
I was surprised at the number of free stacks that are listed. I mean, I always knew that Will has a great selection of free stacks, I use a lot of them, but 31of them?!! And, to top it all, three of the stacks listed as free are brand new: Options, SlowLoader and UsefulGrid, all serving functions that we often need.

If you're new to Rapidweaver or Stacks or have been using them for a while but still don't know Will's stacks, take a look at his redesigned site. I promise, it will get you addicted!


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