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Press The Right Buttons In RapidWeaver

Already a month old, I've just been able to test Press from 1LD. Press is a button stack that works with any RW theme. 'But there are dozens of button stacks for RW', I hear you say and you are correct. Press, though, is probably the biggest hit since ButtonMaker graced us with its presence a few years ago.

Press is an extremely versatile button stack that will allow you to create just about any button that you can imagine. Flat buttons are currently the mode (don't worry, fashions change and flat will be replaced by something else soon – and we'll find the new 'modern look' just as cool). 1LD acknowledges the current trend, so obviously, when you drag your first Press stack into a project, your new button will be flat and black.

Want flat with a very subtle gradient, or pill formed with a less subtle gradient, perhaps a patterned background? Not to forget Ghost buttons, of course – they're still semi fashionable; Press can do them all and more.

1LD - Press
And Press doesn't stop at simple buttons, it can build button groups too. If you need to build a menu bar of your own, design the basic button that you'd like, drag a Press Group stack to the page, drag your button into it and duplicate it inside the Group as often as you need it.

1LD Press Group
Stack settings
If I go through all of the settings available in the two Press stacks, you'll still be reading next week.
Press has similar settings to previous 1LD stacks recently reviewed here. The settings groups are:

General
Button Text
Button Icon
Button Initial State
Button Hover State
Button Active State
Animations
Advanced (Custom Classes)
Each of the above groups contains extensive settings.

Press Group contains settings for the Shared Button Styles – Group Radius, Button Margin and Button Padding.
Press group and the contained buttons are responsive, adjusting to all screen sizes. The only thing I miss is an option to display a hamburger on mobile devices.
You can read the full instructions for Press here.

1LD Press Group

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Flexible Columns in RapidWeaver With Blueprint

A blueprint is a reproduction of a technical drawing, documenting an architectural or an engineering design, using a contact print process on light-sensitive sheets. The process was developed in the 19th century.
Fast-forward to 2017 and a blueprint is an extremely flexible system of columns in RapidWeaver developed by BWD.

Andrew Tavernor has done it again! If Andrew excels at one thing, it is extending the possibilities available in RapidWeaver (his support is also second to none). Blueprint is another set of stacks to prove the point.

If you need a column that has 45% page width within a Foundation project (or any other project), instead of adhering to the strict 12-column layout, Blueprint will come to your aid. Two columns with 85%, divided into 60/40% columns – no problem for Blueprint. Tired of not being able to view your SVG's in RW preview…
…read on.

Blueprint is currently a set of three stacks. ONE, Sidebar and Blueprint SVG.
ONE is a single column stack. O.K. there are dozens of those available for RapidWeaver, but it isn't until you investigate further that you realise just how incredible ONE is.
Blueprint will free you from the constraints of Foundation and Bootstrap (better known to Weavers as Foundry), by allowing you to define column widths in % instead of 1, 2, 3, etc. columns of a twelve column layout grid. But Blueprint doesn't stop there.
Let's say, you'd like to float an image caption over an image within a text block, whilst indenting the text. A simple undertaking with just three ONE stacks: Starting at the top – position your text and image within a ONE stack and go to Add Spacer in the settings panel and define the Width and Height of the space. This will move your content to the left or the right within the ONE stack, depending on the setting you chose.
Next add your image caption to a ONE stack and set the stack width to say, 10%. If your first stack contains more than a couple of lines of text and a larger image,drop the 'caption' stack into a third ONE stack (for the runaround). Just like Sections Pro, this third stack will automatically adapt to its content width.
Now go to the Overlap settings of the 'caption' stack, set it to Move Up and set the overlap in pixels.


Blueprint ONE


The Screenshot above is made entirely with the standard Stacks elements and Blueprint ONE. A setup such as the one above will, of course, require some tweaking for the mobile layout.Blueprint

Sidebar – the christening was perhaps made before the full potential of the stack was realised – is a two column stack that is, of course, ideal for sidebars, but is also flexible enough to build complex column layouts that would otherwise be impossible – especially with Foundation, or Bootstrap.


Blueprint Sidebar

The screenshot above demonstrates a possible use as the name states – a sidebar – a container for a menu. No more messing around with various column settings, trying to get approximately the width you'd like, but not quite because of those damned invisible columns in the background.
Set the Aside Position to Left. Set the Width to 5%. Define a Maximum Width and you're good to go! Take a closer look at http://bit.ly/vertitab

But Sidebar feels perfectly at home when functioning as a normal two column stack. A contact form, for instance. 70% of the page width, with 45/55% columns:

Blueprint Sidebar
Childsplay with Sidebar, but an hour's work with standard Foundation stacks – and then still not perfect. Not that I'm dissing Foundation, it's the only theme that I currently use, but with the addition of Blueprint, life suddenly gets so much easier. And – Sidebar stacks can be nested to create extremely responsive three, or four, (or five…) column stacks.

Annoyed that you can never see, or exactly position your SVG's in RW edit mode? Blueprint SVG to the rescue!
Open your SVG in a text editor, copy the content between (and including) the <svg> tags and drop the text into Blueprint SVG. The result: Not only can you suddenly see your SVG, you can also edit the stroke and fill colours from within the stack settings – apart from being able to just set the size and alignment.

A tip: if you're having problems with your SVGs, take a look at this page. You can drop in your SVG files and it will convert them to 'clean' SVGs without the added data that some illustration apps add.

I could probably write a book about Blueprint. Instead, I advise that you RTFM i.e. that you download and dismantle the demo project and take a look at the instruction videos that Andrew has kindly put online.

Blueprint is another game changing set of stacks from BWD.
Whilst the stacks are free to download, please don't forget to make a donation. Andrew spends up to 18 hours a day and more developing and supporting BWD stacks. He also pays ever rising annual fees to host them.

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Smoothly Scrolling RapidWeaver Pages

Just two days ago there was a question on the Weaver's Space "How do I get a page to smoothly scroll to an anchor from a text link?"
The question was answered immediately – "SmoothScroll". Now this is strange, as I'd only received Jeroen's newsletter (Marathia's Stacks) just ten minutes before! Some people, you see, do open newsletters when they flatter into their mailbox!

SmoothScroll is a stack (or rather – a set of three stacks) that does exactly as it says on the tin – once it's placed on your page, the page will smoothly scroll to its position when a link is clicked.
Three stacks. SmoothScroll is the central stack, but it is accompanied by Anchor To TopBottom and Menu ToAnchor. Now, if I'd had these stacks three days ago, I'd have known exactly where to utilise them. As it is, I settled for a more complicated option.

SmoothScroll itself is a very simple stack. Drop it on your page and set an Anchor Name – a unique ID (you'll have more than one on your page – right?). Then all you need to do is add a link '#[Anchor Name]' to a text, image, or button. As simple as that. When the link is clicked, your page will smoothly scroll to where SmoothScroll is positioned.

SmoothScroll
Now it's difficult to make a screenshot of a smoothly scrolling webpage – just believe me – it works perfectly! I spent a couple of hours testing the various possibilities.

So what are the other two stacks?
Anchor To TopBottom is an anchor stack that can be placed at the top and/or bottom of a page. It has just two settings Set Anchor (top/bottom) and an ID. Once again, a link with '#[ID]' will send you to whichever position you have defined.

Menu ToAnchor is slightly more complicated and I needed Jeroen's demo project to get my head around it. But then, I'm thick sometimes.
Let's say you have a single page website and you want the menu bar to display the SmoothScroll sections on your page.
Define the sections using SmoothScroll and then drop Menu ToAnchor onto your page. Now add an Offsite Page for each of the sections to your project, give the pages the same name as your sections ID (just so that they are easily identifiable, then simply set '#' as the URL and activate Use Redirect Page.

Menu ToAnchor already displays a link – give this link the same Anchor Name as your first section, in the stack's settings and then go to Set Link and link to your Offsite Page.
You can now click the + button to add a child stack and repeat the process for as many SmoothScroll sections as you have on your page.

The result – your menu bar is now populated with the SmoothScroll sections on your page! When you click a menu entry, your page will smoothly scroll down (up, if you have a sticky menu) to the appropriate section.
You can, of course, combine all three linking methods as displayed in the screenshot above. I.E. in the menu bar, you'll see the chapter names then, underneath the chapters, you'll see links to each of the other chapters, plus links to the top and bottom of the page.

At first glance, SmoothScroll would seem to be a simple stack, but lot of thought has gone into it and I can highly recommend it.

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Show Call To Action On Scroll For RapidWeaver

Jeroen at Marathia's stacks can always be relied upon to produce interesting stacks. His latest product, ScrollShow is a flexible CTA stack that can load with your page, or be set to appear when your visitor scrolls the page.

Why do I say flexible? Because ScrollShow has a number of options to display/position the stack – we'll get to that shortly; you get to decide exactly when it is displayed and you can drop almost anything into it that you want.

Example: You want to display a CTA when your visitor has scrolled 500px down the page. With a teaser and a button to link to a special offer. Or you want to display a menu bar at the bottom of the page (DeFliGra's MenuList is ideal for this) when your TopBar has been scrolled out of view – and have the menu disappear again, when the page is scrolled back up.

ScrollShow

The CTA above is set to display once the page is scrolled down 400px, but to disappear again when the page has been scrolled down a further 400px. It can be clicked away and won't appear again until the page is refreshed. No page content is permanently hidden from view.

Stack settings.

Action. The options are Show, or Hide.
Show/Hide… The options are When Scrolling Down At Least… When Scrolling Down Between… and Always.
Scroll Position displays the pixel values for the above options.
When Scrolling Up gives the options Do Nothing, Hide When Shown and Show When Hidden.
Transition Speed. Can be set between 0 and 1000 milliseconds.
Position. Allows nine different positions on the page – combinations of top, bottom, left, right, or centre.
Distance From. Pixel distance from the edge of the page.
Width. Popup width in percent. It is also possible to set both a Minimum and a Maximum width in px.

Content Settings
Custom Font Size. Font Family has three options – Theme Default, Web Safe Font, or Custom.
Custom Text Colour. Custom Link Colour. Custom Link Underlining. Custom Heading Size. Custom Heading Colour.

There are further options to activate a Close Button, three options for the Close Icon, Icon Size and Icon Colours for Static, Hover and Active.
The Icon Position can be set to the Left, or The Right of the open Popup.

You can look forward to seeing ScrollShow on this page in the near future!


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Listify – RapidWeaver Lists Demystified

Every now and then, our clients insist that we need to place lists on their websites. We can, of course, build a simple bulleted list using the tools that RapidWeaver supplies. There are also a couple of developers that have stacks in their line up, to help us spice up said lists. Just in time for the Easter holidays, 1LD released Listify, a set of stacks that will let you build truly eye catching lists.

Listify is a set of three stacks that will help you build professional lists within your Stacks pages. The basic stack, Listify, is a container for individual List Items. You can either click the stack's + button to create a List Item child, or drag in a List Item stack. The third stack is Listify Group; a container that allows you to create groups of list and automagically builds responsive columns to contain them.
The clever thing about Listify is that you can drop anything into it that you please…

Lets take a basic list. Drop Listify into a stacks page and add a List Item.
The List Item Displays an Icon and a Text Field. Enter your text, add a new List Item – as many as you need – and you have bulleted list.
If you need a headline, you can either enlarge the text in the first Item (see the image below), or you can add a container to the Item and drop in a Header stack (hover over the image below). You can, of course drop in an image, or a button into the List Item Stacks and switch off the default icon and text display.

Each List Item may be formatted individually, or – by leaving the default settings – the completed list may be configured as a whole. Once you've studied the settings panel you'll find that the configuration is really simple.
Tip. If you wish to set up individually formatted List Items, begin with one Item. Once you have finished the basic formatting, duplicate the Item and then reconfigure. You'll find it a lot easier than setting up each Item from scratch.

Listify
Stack settings.
The basic Listify stack provides the settings for the overall look and feel of your list. The List Fill Mode determines the width of your list – either Full Width (of the container it is placed in), or Pixel Width. The List Radius is set to a default of 5px whilst with the List Padding and the List Margins are set to 10px T, B, L & R.
The Background is set to Off by default, but may contain a solid Colour, a Gradient, or an Image.
Both the Borders and the Shadow are Off by default.
List Items (Shared Styles). The following settings will affect every List Item within the Listify stack:
Indent Direction (Left/Right), Item Indentation (px), Align Content (Left. Centre, Right, Separate (Icon & Text)), Item Spacing (default 5px), Item Radius (default 5px), Item Margin, Background and Border.
List Item Fonts gives you a choice of 13 standard Google Fonts, or (just to prove that 1LD listens to their customers) Custom. Text Size (px) and Text Colour.
List Item Icons (Shared Styles). Here you get to set the standard formatting for the icons: Vertical and Horizontal Positioning, Icon Padding and Spacing, Icon Radius and Icon Size. The Icon Background can once more contain a solid Colour, Gradient, or Image. Oh, and the Icon Colour itself, of course!
The default Icon is a Google Material Icons star. The icons are set individually for each List Item, with a choice of GMI's, Font Awesome, or Ion Icons.

Listify Item. The individual Items may be Linked to an external source. The next setting is Item Level. Each Item may be set to up to 10 (in words TEN!) Sub Levels! Excuse the overuse of exclamation marks (points if you're American) but this is amazing!
Next you have the option to Override Shared Styles. If this option is activated, each List Item may be individually styled. With the exception of Custom Stack Content and the Icon setting, the list of formatting options that follows is identical to those already listed above, including the individual visibility settings for the three screen sizes.

Finally, we come to the List Group stack.
As already stated, if you drop two, three, or more individual Listify stacks into a Group, your list is automatically columnised.
The List Group Stack also has some interesting features, though.
The List Alignment is set to Centred by default, but may also be set to Top, or Bottom. Then you'll find a setting Wrap List for Mobile Tablet (Portrait) and Desktop. Then there are settings for the group's Background – again None, Solid Colour, Gradient, or Image, Group Radius and Group Padding. The whole group may, of course be hidden at different screen sizes.

Hover over the image above, and you'll see just how flexible Listify really is – and that's without having added button stacks, or images!

Kool, or wot?


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