Mr. William Woodgate is still indefatigably updating his recently acquired seyDesign stacks. Will just presented a very welcome update — SuperBox 4.
SuperBox is a lightweight gallery stack that builds a tightly-knit, responsive grid of square images with a subtle rollover effect. Rather like Google Images, if an image in the grid is clicked, the images below it slide down to reveal the chosen image in a lightbox. I purchased SuperBox a few years ago, but never used because it had an irritating trait; if the last image in a grid's row was clicked, the lightbox opened but the 'next' button didn't show up. I felt that this would confuse users and so the stack was never deployed.
Thankfully, Will has rectified the situation; SuperBox now functions logically and, I must say, rather elegantly. The update also adds the functionality that we have come to expect from a Stacks 3 stack.
When SuperBox is added to a page, you can begin adding images by clicking the blue plus button in the stack. Clicking the image container that appears, opens up the image well and you can choose either local ('Drop'), or warehoused images in .jpg, .png, .tif, or .gif format. An ALT text can now be added for each image to aid SEO; this was not available in previous versions of the stack.
New options have been added to the SuperBox main settings. In addition to the image orientation (the standard setting is landscape and is suitable for all image formats) you can now set the padding between the images in the grid. The maximum height of the Lightbox image can be set and the thickness of the image's border. Then follow the settings for the lightbox background colour, the border colour and the colour of the navigation controls. In each case the opacity can also be set.
Multiple instances of SuperBox can be used on the same page, allowing you to add galleries with different themes – travel destinations, for instance, or events, portfolios, or product images.
Once your gallery setup is finished, if you find that you would prefer your images in a different sequence, you can drag them around within the main stack without having to rebuild anything.
SuperBox's width is determined by its containing stack and morphs into a two-column display when loaded on a mobile device.
Version 4 is a welcome update to SuperBox – it finally works as expected. The update is free, but, due to extensive rewriting, it will not appear as an automatic download. One advantage of this is that you can load both the previous version and the updated stack onto the same page to assist in updating existing galleries.
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