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ProGallery – A Masterful Gallery For RapidWeaver

Pro Gallery, one of Stacks4Stacks' most popular products, has just been updated to version 2. One of the performance saving enhancements is lazy loading, which results in much larger galleries being feasible. If you have a large portfolio of images, or videos, you may wish to take a closer look…

Will's demo gallery contains 117 images and is close to 400MB in size. Quite a risky and time consuming undertaking in most cases, however, with ProGallery a gallery of this magnitude is not only possible, it's also quite simple to set up.
With lazy loading/progressive loading, the image, or video that is currently requested is called from the server on demand, thus preserving bandwidth.

The ProGallery lightbox itself has been completely rebuilt and the clutter has been removed. The controls and the titles are no longer within the displayed image, but are placed outside of it, thus allowing the viewer to focus on the image itself. Keyboard navigation has been implemented, as has swipe actions on mobile devices. In addition to an image title, a caption text can now be added.

ProGallery

Stack settings.

Once you've dragged a ProGallery stack to your page and clicked the + button to add a child stack, you'll see that there are now four options to add images to your Gallery.

Single Image is the simplest solution. The settings panel displays three image wells for local, or warehoused images. Thumbnail, Large Lightbox Image and High Resolution Lightbox Image. Below these options you can add both an Image Title and an Image Caption. You will then see Alternative Link: Set Link button?
The Lightbox can be disabled. Setting a link to the thumbnail then gives you the option of linking to external pages. These pages could be product pages, or further galley pages.

Single Video is similar to Single Image. The thumbnail can be a local or a warehoused image. The Video Link will accept any video that can be embedded within a page. ProGallery will automatically discern the video format. Once more, both a Title and a Caption may be added.

Directory Of Images. One means of simplifying building a large gallery of images, is to upload the images, high-res images and thumbnails (with _thumb, or @2 appended to the name) to a server and add a .php-relative path to the Directory Path in the settings panel (html will not functions here). Then set the options Use Thumbnails and/or Use Retina Images accordingly. Your index page must then be set to .php instead of .html
ProGallery will then automatically load your images into a gallery.

CSV File. As before, ProGallery will accept a CSV file as a gallery source. The file format has now been extended to include Retina Images and Captions.

The ProGallery main stack settings are too numerous to list here, but you can take full control of your gallery appearance. The settings include Gallery ID (you may have more than one gallery on a page) Grid Type, Special effects (only for modern browsers), Transition Speed and multitudinous settings for the Lightbox.

It remains to be said that – apart from the thumbnails – there are three further options to trigger the ProGallery Lightbox. You may use a link, or a button to open the lightbox, you may do the same to open a specific image from the gallery, and you can trigger a specific slide on page load. These options are all explained in detail on the product page.

ProGallery, then, has now advanced from being one of the best gallery stacks available for RapidWeaver to one of the very best.The magnitude of possibilities make it a pleasure to set up and its reliability when building large galleries makes it second to none.

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Get Noticed In RapidWeaver

1LD just released a neat and very useful popup stack with a great set of actions. Notify will present anything you wish to drop inside it, from cookie notices to information boxes and warnings.

EU law stipulates that a warning must be presented, when cookies are present on a site. These notices are now generally ignored and are rarely clicked away, or accepted unless they hide page content. So what about a cookie message that loads with the page and disappears after n seconds?

1LD Notice

What about a Call To Action that is displayed after n seconds and has to be clicked away, or an info box that is opened when an image. or a button is clicked, or when the page scrolls – and has options to open a new link? What about a thumbnail image that opens up a full page image when clicked?
Notice can do all of the above and more.



1LD Notice

Stack settings.
Notice consists of two stacks. Notice and Notice Trigger. Notice trigger allows you to drop in a stack that will trigger notice. Its only setting is Connected ID. set the ID of your Notice stack (you might want more than one, right?).

Show Type. The first thing that Notice wants to know, is how it should be triggered. The options are Open On Start, Timer, On Scroll and On Notice Trigger only.
I searched in vain for a setting to determine the scroll distance before Notice opens on scroll. I'm sure this option would be much appreciated. As it stands, Notice opens up immediately, as soon as the page is scrolled any distance.

Show Animation. You have a choice of 42 animations to blend in your Notice Stack.
Hide Type has two options: Hide Manually, or Timer. Hide Animations has the same options as Show Animation.
Content Type is set to Text/Icon by default. It can be set to Stacks. Fill Mode may be set to Fill, Pixel Width, or Percentage Width.
The Z-Index is set to 999999 by default.

Position Vert: may be set to Top, Centre, or Bottom, while Top Margin determines the offset in px. Position Horiz:has the optionsLeft, Right and Centre. Margin, Padding and Radius can all be set individually and the Content width may be defined in px.
Notice's Background, like all recent 1LD stacks, can be set to None, Colour, Gradient, or Image. The settings for Notification Text and Notification Icon also mirror the settings of 1LD's recent stacks.

A Close Button is optional in Notice. When activated it is always in the top right hand corner. Show Action Buttons is also optional. When activated, two buttons are positioned at the foot of your Notice. The left button is a Close button, while the right button may be assigned a link. The Height of the button may be set in px and the colour of the Button Text and Button BG are definable. Each of the buttons has individual hover settings for Button Text and Button BG.

Trigger ID lets you set an individual ID for each Notice stack you have positioned on your page. You will then find a setting Maximum height for the Notice window in Percent. Any content that can not be displayed at this height can then be scrolled.
The two final settings are Activate Cookies and Absolute Position.

Notice is a versatile stack that shouldn't be missing from any self respecting Weaver's arsenal.

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Velvet Video Lightbox

There have been a number of recent forum posts asking about video presentation.
Well, two days ago another video player joined the fold. Velvet Video from Nick Cates will display both YouTube and Vimeo videos in a fullscreen lightbox.

'Velvet' refers to the velvety smooth transition that Velvet Video displays when transitioning from thumbnail to full screen view. It is really smooth.

There are two Velvet stacks – the Velvet Base stack that enables Velvet's functionality and Velvet Video – the thumbnail/video container. Once you have placed a Velvet Base stack on your RapidWeaver page, you can add as many Velvet Video stacks to the page as you please.

Velvet Video's flexibility is quite distinguished. You can place multiple thumbnails in a multi-column stack, or in a Foundation grid, or you can drop the Velvet Video stack into a slideshow of your choice. The stack is Mobile First, so when a thumbnail is clicked on a mobile device, the video will play 'in place' whilst on a desktop or tablet display it will smoothly open a full screen lightbox.

As you already know, I am not a fan of online videos, but I do have clients that require video implementation on their sites. Velvet Video is an ideal solution if you have multiple clips to present.


Velvet Video

Stack settings
First you'll need to add a Velvet Base stack to your page and configure it.
Because Velvet Video is Mobile First, the first setting is Direct Play Break – the breakpoint at which the video will play in place and not open a lightbox. The next setting is Player Shadow. The default is set to 4px, but as the default Zoom Overlay – the lightbox background – is set to dark grey, the shadow won't be immediately discernible. However, the Opacity and the colour of the Zoom Overlay may be set individually, after which the subtle shadow comes into its own light.
The final Velvet Base Settings are optional Autoplay and Full Screen Zoom and Force Loading. The latter will force load the videos so that they may be previewed at responsive sizes.

The Velvet Video stack itself has two or three more settings. First, you should add a thumbnail image for your video. Next, you need to add either the YouTube, or the Vimeo ID.
Prevent Video Zoom doesn't yet have a text tip and I was unable to see a change between active and inactive states.
Play Icon Style offers a choice of six different icon overlays for the thumbnails. I like the fact that the Play Icon Position has a multitude of options and that the Play Icon Offset can be set between 0 and 30px. The Play Icon Size may be set between 0 and 30px too and the Play Icon Colour has options for both static and hovered states.
Also quite unique are the Thumb Overlay [colour] settings which may also be set individually for both static and hovered states.

Velvet Video isn't the cheapest, but it is amongst the best stacks for video implementation on your Stacks page.
Ahem… You're supposed to be checking out Velvet Video, not watching Simon's Cat!

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