Jannis describes Gallery 3 [G3] as 'Kick-Ass', so what puts the kick into this stack?
Well, first off, you can choose from 10 different grids, 6 different lightboxes and 5 different sliders.
These choices alone are kick-ass, but then come Gallery 3's integration options. You can integrate G3 with the Bootstrap, Foundry and Foundation frameworks, plus Armadillo, Easy CMS, Pulse CMS, Sentry and Total CMS; and – if that's not enough – Adobe Behance, Apple iCloud and FTP folders. Oh, I almost forgot, you can drag and drop your images directly into G3 too and Thumbnail images are created automatically. Now tell me that's not as versatile an egg*!
When you drag G3 onto a Stacks page, you'll find a container with two child stacks.
You can play around with the upper container for hours choosing the Grid, or Slider that suits your taste/purposes. There are fifteen options to choose from, five of the options are framework based. Not having all of the Frameworks, I was only able to test the Foundation Grid. However, the other Grids/Sliders offer plenty of choice.
When you've selected your grid, you can open the settings panel – I'd begin with the main G3 panel where you can set the number of columns displayed in edit mode, a smaller grid makes it so much easier to add images.
Main Max Width sets the gallery width, you can add your own size definition in px, %, or rem. Setting 0 allows G3 to fill the container it is placed within.
CSS Filter. There is a choice of 21 different CSS Filters for your thumbnails.
Disable Context menu does just that – your visitor will be unable to right click an image to download it.
Shuffle / Randomize Images loads the images in a different order every time the page is reloaded.
Grid/Slider settings panel. In the settings panel for Grids, you can set the maximum number of columns for four different viewports.
In the settings panel for Sliders, you can set the maximum image height.
The lower child stack is where you add your images. The child stacks include:
Image – drag your images into the child stack.
Image + Thumb – drag and drop your images – thumbnails are automatically created.
Image + Thumb Pro – Drag your images into the settings panel container and add an Alt Text.
Adobe Behance images – Set the API and Project name in the settings panel.
Apple iCloud - Set the URL and number of images to be displayed in the settings panel.
FTP Directory/Web Folder – Set the path and the information to be displayed in the settings panel.
Armadillo/Sentry Integration - No settings necessary.
Each thumbnail is set to Square by default in the image settings panel. If you wish to use the Grid-A-Licious (Masonry) option, you will probably want to deactivate this option for each image.
G3 – not new, but freshly and regularly updated. You won't find a more powerful gallery in the RW or any other scene!
*Boiled, poached, scrambled, fried, coddled, 1000 year old, pickled and a myriad of culinary functions.
I used Booklit a number of times for online menus and catalogues, When I downloaded Pagelit, I didn't know what improvements to expect, but there are quite a few.
But let's start at the beginning – you may not have seen Booklit.
What is Pagelit?
Pagelit is a stack that will allow you to build an online book(let) with pages that turn when either the page, or the navigation is clicked.
Yes, there is software available that will transform a PDF into a flip book, but Pagelit lets you build your books, or magazines directly within RapidWeaver – using stacks to build the pages.
Booklit was, in my opinion, hampered by the fact that it only allow preset page ratio formats e.g. 16:9, or 4:3 etc. This limitation has now disappeared and you can build your books at any size you please – full page, if you wish – so, with the fact that you are using stack functions, you can just imagine the possibilities…
One important restriction has remained – as with most lightboxes, you can not use stacks within Pagelit that must load in an opened state when the page is parsed. Otherwise, almost anything is possible. The iFrame above displays a very simple example with images, or a single text box on each page. The page size is deliberately small at 400px x 400px. The images have not been optimised and are quite large. I have made no attempt at designing a complicated layout. The settings are otherwise the basic settings.
However, I may just publish my next book as a Pagelit book.
Due to the page ratio restrictions, Booklit's layout options were somewhat restricted and a page could appear disrupted at some screen sizes.
Pagelit has displayed no such problems in my tests – it is fully responsive – but you may wish to hide your book from view on mobile phones if you have a lot of text content.
The new page turning options in Pagelit are Book with hard cover and 'soft' pages as demonstrated above. Book with 'stiff' pages, similar to children's books and the previously available option with 'soft' Title page and content – Magazine.
Whereas Booklit could display an online option to show your books with a fullscreen overlay, with Pagelit, you will need to decide before publishing whether to display your book, or magazine inline, or as an overlay.
One useful new feature is the option to automatically add page numbers to your publication. The pagination may then be used as a navigation help, resulting in three methods of navigation – Simply by clicking on the next/previous page; clicking on the forward/back buttons, or by entering the page number.
Type Book - Soft Pages, Book - Stiff Pages, Magazine
Page Width / Page Height
Cover Size+ (%)
Navigation Page Click, Buttons, Page Click & Buttons
Page Shading (enable/disble shadowing)
Enable Page Numbers
Pop Out (enable page overlay)
Loader Size / Loader Colour
The Page Child stacks also display settings when active – they will allow you to add full sized images, or a background colour to each page. Images may be local, or warehoused.
Pagelit is a unique stack for creating booklets within RapidWeaver. I can't imagine writing a 500 page book with it, but for an restaurant's interactive menu, or a product catalogue Pagelit is ideal. I'm sure that it will be even more popular than Booklit.
For further demos and a full list of new and optimised functions, list the Pagelit homepage.
Liquid Gallery is an attractive, responsive and versatile gallery that is simple to set up, yet offers options and silky smooth transitions that other gallery stacks don't have. Twenty eight transitions in all, including a simple fade, blinds and mosaics. Options include animated captions that gently slide up into view once an image has loaded and thumbnails. Images and thumbnails may be dragged into the stack or loaded from warehoused images.
Once Liquid Gallery is dragged into your project, you'll find a stack with extensive setup instructions (which, of course, may be hidden) and the Stacks 3 + button to add a child stack. The child stack has two options: Dragged And Dropped Image, or Warehoused Image. Choosing Dragged And Dropped presents you with an Image Container, a Thumbnail Container and a Caption Container, whilst Warehoused has the same Caption Container plus the settings for your linked image/thumbnail. There is also an option for both dragged and warehoused images to set an external link.
The instructions advise that the Caption may be added via either simple text, an HTML, or a Markdown stack. I'm lazy, so I tried adding a paragraph stack – which worked equally well. The caption formatting is governed by the theme that you choose.
Liquid Gallery first requires you to choose where your gallery should be positioned. The default setting is Normal Page Flow. The options are Theme Extra Content Container, or Theme Flood Freestyle Banner.
Next you can agonise over the Transition Effect. Did I mention that you have a choice of 28 transitions? All silky smooth? The Transition Speed and the Interval are set in milliseconds. A Progress Indicator is added by default, but may be deactivated. The Loader Type may be set to Pie (default), or Bar. The Pie position can be set further down in the stack's settings, the progress bar is displayed below the images.
The next stack options include nine settings for the navigation display and an option to crop portrait images.
The Liquid Gallery Style Settings include Button Theme with a myriad of colours to choose from, Pie Position, Loader Padding, Loader Stroke, Pie Size and Loader Colour. The remaining settings cover the Caption Content colours, the Pagination colours and the Thumbnail settings.
As already mentioned above, both captions and thumbnails are optional.
Liquid Gallery is well thought through. It's settings are quite minimalistic, but the results are beautiful. And – as with all RWE stacks – Great value for money.
X Slider is a simple slider that is childs' play to set up. It is one of the few sliders that let's your visitors view the slides at their own pace and you can drop just about anything into it.
When you click the blue + button to add a child stack, an X Slide Item is added to X Slider and you are presented with three options. You can add a Drag And Dropped Image, a Linked Image, or a Blank Stack. When you choose either a Dragged, or a Linked Image, you can set the path to your image, add an Alt text for SEO purposes and set a link. When you choose Blank Stack, a stack container appears on the page and the settings panel expands to offer further options.
You can now define a Blank Fill to set the colour of the X Slider background and set the Blank Padding – the padding around your content. Next you'll find options to set the Font Sizes for Small Font; Mobile Font; Tablet Font; Laptop Font and Desktop Font. Once again, you also have the option to set a link.
X Slider's main settings panel gives you the options to set the stack's height for the above listed devices. You will also find the settings for X Slider's Padding and the Image Radius. There are no further settings.
When you take a look at your preview, you'll find a sliding panel that is the width of the container you placed it in and the height that you just defined. You can swipe X Slider to slide along its contents, or you can use the slider below the stack.
X Slider will accept images of various sizes and shapes and the fact that you can add any content you please, including video or even contact forms, makes this just one more valuable addition to your RW toolbox.
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