It's slowly becoming a tradition that Marathia presents us with a free stack at Christmas. ShatteringPopup is Jeroen's latest present; a popup with a fullscreen overlay that opens as an animated mosaic and closes the same way when your visitor clicks anywhere on the page.
The overlay can be set to either a colour, or an image.
It's recommended that ShatteringPopup is set to a maximum width of 320 px, so that it can be viewed in its entirety on mobile screen. The size is set via the mosaic tile size, but sadly the popup script that ShatteringPopup is based on is not responsive.
The non-responsiveness, however, is not a problem. Your popup appears in the centre of the screen and, due to the animation, it simply can't be overlooked.
The setup is simple, with settings for the tile Size and Number of tiles (you must set an even number), Border Colour, Width and Radius and , of course, the background colour or image settings.
Grab your free copy of ShatteringPopup now. Oh, and if you missed Jeroen's previous Xmas specials – XmasLights Stack from 2012, the Blink! and Marquee! Stacks from 2015, the Antiquify Stack from 2016 and the Nebula Stack and Shards Stack from 2017 – they're still available as free downloads
Let's say that you want to add short teasers from your group's latest album, or a collection of bird songs…
Soundboard, the latest stack from Stacks4Stacks, is the ideal solution. Just drop a soundboard stack into your page, link to MP3 files you've added as resources, or files stored online, add images/buttons and/or captions as necessary and you're good to go.
Soundboard has a simple user interface and is intended for more uncomplicated setups where advanced features such audio controls, dynamic playlists, sequential playback and extended captioning aren't required. SoundBoard lists your MP3 tracks as attractive buttons and make them instantly available for playback in HTML5 format. Soundboard works in practically any modern web browser and on mobile devices.
The buttons are presented in a responsive CSS grid. You can either apply the same background styling to all buttons or customise button backgrounds individually on a button-by-button basis. The completed result is a tidy and particularly user-friendly interface. To play an MP3 track, simply click or press its button. To stop the MP3 track playing, press the button a second time, press an adjacent button, or click anywhere on the page.
Soundboard Grid Width – XS, SM, MD, LG, XL – %
Button Opacity – Status #1 (playing), Status #2
Fill Style – Inherit, Colour Fill, Vertical/Horizontal/Diagonal/Radial Gradient, Single Image, Tiled Image
Lebel Align – Left, Centre, Right
Label Colour - Status #1 (playing), Status #2
Label Style – B, I, Upper Case, Underlined
Soundboard was designed specifically for RapidWeaver, you won't find the code anywhere else on the web. It is, without a doubt, the ideal stack for publishing short audio clips.
There's a long list of new features for Formloom 4. The list isn't as long as the new features introduced with version three, but still worthy of mention.
Here's what Mike lists as being new:
So let's be honest. I never used Formloom before. I tested the beta version of V4 and was impressed. Then, after seeing Yabdab's demo page, I decided that yes, Formloom beats the trousers (pants for those on the wrong side of the pond) off FormSnap and have purchased the plugin.
Why? Because the feature list is way longer (read: 'better') and I was impressed with the new page break feature for longer forms.
Formloom is a plugin. A Formloom Helper Stack is included with the plugin which allows you to add your completed form to any stacks page. The UI, even though the forms themselves can get very complicated, is easy to understand.
More complicated forms can be divided into 'subpages' and navigation dots are automatically added so that the user can see how many pages there are. Moving backwards or forwards within a form, or accidentally refreshing the page does not delete any information that was previously entered.
JW's Weaver's Space has gained a new stack – Horizon a stack that scrolls content into view when required.
We've seen sliders before, but Horizon is different, it can scroll content horizontally either when your visitor slides the scrollbar (or drags on mobile devices), or automatically. Automatically means that your content can scroll constantly (and pause on hover), or – especially subtle – scroll as the page is scrolled.
If Horizon is set to scroll manually, a badge can be displayed "Scroll Me" (or a text of your choice) so that even the least experienced visitor gets a hint that there's more content available.
Horizon will accept any stack [combination] that you care to throw at it, but it is also TotalCMS-ready, i.e. it has options to add a Blog List, a Gallery, or a Post Gallery.
Start Position – %
Enable Scroll Hint
Collapse in Edit Mode
Scrollbar – Default, Hide, Styled
Show on Hover
Scrollbar Height – Height, Gap (px)
Height – Auto, px, %
Width – Auto, px, %
Width – %
Min/Max – px
Animation – None, On Page Scroll, Loop, Loop on Hover
Horizon is a great way to display masses of information and even the most inexperienced visitor can hardly miss that there's more content to view.
Restrict Content is a stack that automatically converts sections of your page into images, thus restricting their availability. The converted sections do not appear within the HTML or CSS code, but can be accessed by the administrator or users with explicit rights.
Restrict Content can reduce the quality of an image that's displayed on your page by blurring it (even to the point of the image being unrecognisable), it can add password protection to an image or a section (appears when the image/section is hovered), it can add a gradient to an image or section so that the lower portion is invisible, and/or it can overlay content with a stack of your choice.
Restrict Content uses PHP to hide your content from the HTML page. This works perfectly for text content, but currently does not hide images from the page's resources.
You may choose to allow access to choice visitors by supplying them with a password (after subscribing to your page perhaps) and once access has been granted, images can be displayed in a lightbox.
Content Type – Convert to image, Convert to image and add blur, Convert to image and fade out, Convert to image and add watermark
Enable Call To Action – Add stacks of your choice
Allow Access – Never, With password, With confirmation button
Field Position – Centre, Top, Bottom, Above, Below
Show Password Field On Hover
Restrict Content is currently the best solution for restricting access to single elements on a web page. It's a shame that images aren't (as yet?) removed from the page resources, but 99% of regular users won't be able to access them anyway.
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