Also just in time for the BlackFriday promotions, Weavium has released three new stacks. Two of the stacks are free and I shall be reviewing them later. Slidetastic is a new take on an image carousel.
So once more the question – do we we need yet another image slider for RapidWeaver. Well, just last week, I answered my own question by requesting that a developer add new functions to an already existing stack. Slidetastic almost does what I requested.
Slidetastic is a simple image carousel and (as yet?) doesn't have a lightbox function. Nevertheless, Slidetastic is an interesting stack that many Weavers will appreciate. Easy to use and very flexible, Slidetastic arrives with three separate stacks: The base stack, a Slide child stack and a Slidetastic Image stack.
So how exactly is Slidetastic different to other image sliders?
First off: Slidetastic can display a single image or a row of images. When using an odd number of images within a row of images, the centred image may be focussed whilst the images left and right of it display with reduced opacity.
Second: The Slidetastic Image Stack has containers for a caption Header and a full sized caption text. Both may individually be displayed constantly, or can appear when the image is hovered.
Third: I guarantee that you've seldom seen a slider stack where the navigation is so highly configurable as Slidetastic with over a dozen options!
Fourth: Slidetastic can display just about any stack you please in addition to the standard Slidetastic Image stack. Even in combination with the Image stack!
Obviously, Slidetastic has autoplay, loop and pause on hover settings. The loop is actually a "scroll-back-to-beginning" setting, but that's splitting hairs.
It is interesting to note that the number of slides displayed simultaneously may be set individually for Desktop, Tablet and Mobile, as can the number of slides to scroll and the distance between the slides in each case.
The navigation buttons? Yes – as already mentioned: flexible. Above, Below, Left, Right, Full height, Within, Without, Stacked…
… the options go on and on. With the Navigation dots, you'll need to be a little flexible and think inside the box. They are placed within the slide by default and if you'd prefer them to be outside, you'll need to add padding.
Hurry, hurry, hurry, the Black Friday promotion ends soon…
Let's do a quick recap. Hotspots allows you to overlay image areas with live rectangles, or with Fontawesome icons. The rectangles and icons can each be linked to a URL, for instance, or a lightbox.
ImageMapper allows you to overlay an image with rectangles, triangles, hexagons and circles, but more importantly – with a mapped area…
So how do you add something as 'simple' as a circular overlay? You need three coordinates: 1 – the position from the left of the image; 2 – the position from the top; 3 – the radius of the circle – all coordinates are separated by a comma. My tip: In the ImageMapper Area child, choose your shape – Circle, or Rectangle and then adjust the size and position whilst in preview.
For more complicated shapes, such as a triangle, or an octagon, load an image of the shape to begin with; map the shape out with the crosshairs and then copy the coordinates into your final image The base stack provides a square, a triangle, a circle and a hexagon to get you started. The hexagon is already mapped out.
Data Source – Set up your Image maps using either the child stacks, or an HTML image map
Image Source – Dragged and Dropped, or Warehoused
Show Coordinate Inspector – See above
Area Mousover Colouring – Fill Colour, Stroke Colour
Area Title – Title for the tooltip
Custom Area Attributes – add a class to the overlay
So does it make sense to have two similar stacks in the same stables?
Absolutely! ImageMapper is ideal for those more complicated image maps.
iStack allows you to superimpose images, stacks and a caption over a background image. There are, of course, other stacks, or stack combinations that will allow you to do the same, but iStack drastically reduces the amount of work necessary for such a combination. All you need to do is drop your background image into iStack, add the second image and decide whether, or not you require an additional caption and stacks content. The standard stack settings make sure that you already have a perfect composition, but there's also room for creativity.
So, using one of the 62 (sixty-two) stickers that Tommy has thoughtfully provided as a design aid, let's take a closer look:
Drag iStack (I hope Apple won't contest the name) into a Stacks' page and in the stack settings, you'll find an image well for the main image and for the overlay (all images can be warehoused).
Once you've added an images into each of the image wells, you'll need to activate Show Front Image, otherwise iStack functions as a simple caption stack. You can now switch to preview and you'll find Tommy's sticker positioned in the middle of your image and a caption at the bottom right.
Returning to the Settings Panel, you'll also find options to deactivate the caption and to Add a DropZone. You can add any stacks of your choice to the drop zone.
The first options are Layer Images (active by default) and Switch Front/Back
Link And Hover – Add Link, Hover Opacity, Hover Hue, Scale (back img)
Back Image – Show Back Img (active by default) Image Resource, Fill Width, Greyscale
Front Image – (not activated by default), Image Resource, Width Settings, Margin Settings, Adjust Left/Right Margin, Opacity, Hue
Edit / Publish Crop (container) – Crop, Max Height, Adjust Margin
Caption – (activated by default), Note (caption container), Font Size, Line Height, Colour background/text, Shadow settings, Border, Position Settings
DropZone – (not active by default) When activated – settings for size, position and shadow.
Breakpoint – Settings to adjust size and position of Front and Back images, Caption size and position and the DropZone size and position below a breakpoint
As is usual for DeFliGra's stacks, advanced CSS settings are available for each of the containers.
iStack is ideal for superimposing two (or three) images and a caption, or two images and a text and is really simple to use.
Combining iStack with GoGrid (see Tommy's combined offer), a product page for multiple items with superimposed price or special offer is child's play.
The two examples above each have a background and front image, plus caption and stacks content.
Truncated, or 'read more' stacks are often used when a text is too long to display within a restricted space. Marathia's Truncator takes a different approach to most 'read more' stacks. Instead of expanding, when clicked, or hovered, Truncator displays the hidden text within a tooltip.
Truncator is ideal for displaying a two, three, or four line teaser text which can be displayed on hover.
There isn't a lot to set up for Truncator.
Number Of Lines – The default is set to 3.
Text Size – The default is 100%
You can set a Custom Text Colour, Bold & Italic, Alignment, Letter and Line Spacing and the Font Family.
Capitalise – Allows the settings Normal, Upper Case, Lower Case, Initial Case and Small Caps.
NOTE 1 – Truncator may not contain any HTML formatting! 2– JS must be activated for Truncator to work.
If you'd like your truncated text to open a new page when it is clicked, or a lightbox, BigLink will come to your aid.
BigLink is, well, a link stack. Any content that's dropped inside it may be linked to…
… a new section of the page, a lightbox, a URL, anything anything that is linkable.
E.G. Drop a teaser text from your latest Blog Post into a Truncator stack, drag Truncator into your BigLink Stack and add a link to your blog page.
On hover, your visitor can read more of the post and, when he/she clicks, will be whisked away to your blog page!
A Call To Action? Pack it into BigLink and have a lightbox open!
There are a few Link stacks available for RapidWeaver, but BigLink link has options that I haven't seen in any of them.
The first setting, obviously, is Set Link
Override Default Transition – when activated, Transition Speed is displayed. Set the speed in milliseconds.
Transitions? Yes, BigLink can change colours when hovered.
Activate Background Type Colour and/or Image and you can add a background to BigLink
When you choose Colour, you'll find colour settings for the four states Static, Hover, Active and visited.
The same settings apply to the stack's border. Obviously, if you add a background image, it will override the fill options.
BigLink Text And Icon Settings
BigLink will also allow you to set the text and Fontawesome colours for the four link states above.
BigLink also has multiple settings to allow you to override the font settings of the stack contained within it.
NOTE If the inner stack already has font settings, these settings may take precedence. That's just the way CSS works – the final stack to be read overrides all previous settings.
BigLink Image Settings
All images contained within a BigLink stack may have hover effect applied to them (does not apply to background images) during Static, Hover and Active states.
Opacity, Blur, Greyscale and Sepia. Browsers do not allow image effects for visited links.
Now if you were expecting FancyIntro to be a larger, more luxurious version of Curtains (think VW Passat/Phaeton), think again. FancyIntro is an entirely different stack. More of a Mercedes AMG.
Curtains can display a line of text and opens it's curtains horizontally. FancyIntro can display two lines of text, or two images – or one image plus a single line of text (or stacks content), and opens vertically. However, if you're expecting FancyIntro to open two curtains and reveal the underlying content, you'll be disappointed. Instead, a line travels across the page from left to right, dividing the upper and lower section, then expands vertically to create a coloured page overlay. The page overlay then fades out to reveal the underlying webpage.
Having just taken Curtains through its paces and expecting similar results, it took me a couple of minutes to work out exactly how FancyIntro works. However, once you've put away the curtain concept, FancyIntro is very easy to use.
The default setting displays a white to grey gradient and two lines of text. A mauve coloured line then travels across the page, expands to fill the page and then fades to reveal the content.
Both the initial background and the line have colour settings for top and bottom, so that the line can expand to a gradient too. Obviously, the gradients don't need to be so blatant as below.
I soon tried dragging two 'halved' images into both the upper and lower content wells. In the latest version of FancyIntro this is possible (the 1.0 version duplicated the upper image). Of course, with an image in both sections, no accompanying text is possible. If images are to be present in both upper and lower containers, it is recommended that they are kept as small as possible. In fact an image size of max 150px is recommended by S4S.
SVG images can be loaded as warehoused images, but be warned – if you have stripped out the pixel sizes, they will scale to fill the screen width.
Overlay Fill Top/Bottom. Whilst the colour palette displays transparency settings, they are ignored by FancyIntro.
Line Fill Top/Bottom
Breakpoint. FancyIntro is hidden below the breakpoint.
Line Height. Set the height of the dividing line in %.
Line Slide Speed
Line Grow Speed
Fade Speed. All of the speed settings are in ms and would seem to be unlimited. Hence, with inappropriate settings, you could sit all day, waiting for the dividing line to travel across the page.
Challenge Mode. The same as Asynchronous Mode in Curtains.
Hide period. Sets a hide cookie for Days (default), or Hours.
Upper Content. Styled Content (default), Dropped Image, HTML, Markdown, None, Stacks, Warehoused Image.
Offset. In %
Text Colours. Text / Shadow
Text Sizing / Spacing
Lower Content analogue to above.
FancyIntro is less gimmicky than Curtains and is ideal for splash screens that make way for an underlying web page. Announcements such as special offers, upcoming events, or just an attractive 'welcome' message.
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