Yourhead software recently released Stacks 2.5. A couple of minor updates have already been released, so that we can now presume that we are working with a stable version.
I've been working with the update since day one. So what's the best feature in the new version? Not the option in the toolbar to collapse any stack on the page being edited, so that they take up less space, a number of the larger stacks already had this option anyway.
It took me a while to work out what this feature is: Suppose you worked hard to create a nested set of stacks that will superimpose a slideshow over a responsive (resizable) image. After so much work, you might like to use the slideshow in another project, with different images. Instead of having to remember which page it was, exactly, that you placed the stacks, then copying the nest over to a new project, you can click on 'Create a User Stack' and whisk your new stack away into the Stack Elements palette.
Give the stack name and a subtitle, to allow a search of the Stack Elements palette. The subtitle is also the section that your new stack will appear in. Add a short description, so that you will remember what the stack does and click save. The stack will be in the palette the next time you wish to utilise it.
For a wile, now, Doobox has had a stack called iPhone stage. This week Gary released two new stacks - iMac Stage and MacBook Stage. Each stack will allow you to display a responsive slideshow of images or screenshots within an image of the device named in the stack name. The result is similar to the slideshow on our opening page rjh-webdesign. Had Doobox's new stacks been around when I built our pages, I might have been tempted to use one of these stacks instead of going to all the trouble of creating my own responsive animation.
Someone has been very diligent ...
Joe Workman uploaded four new stacks in the course of two days!
Sound cloud is basically Youtube for audio. It allows you to easily embed songs, playlists and user streams directly onto your webpage. It works beautifully across all of your devices, even mobile.
Placeholder lets you drop palceholder images onto your webpage. It supports two different image services: PlaceIMG and Placehold.it. The images are replaced every time the page reloads. Placeholder is a free stack.
Footnotes makes the entire process of placing footnotes onto your website completely painless. Footnotes has two different themes. Your footnotes can be displayed as a tooltip or styled content box that animates at the bottom of your page.
Finally Font Awesome, 'yet another' stack that will allow you to place icons from Font Awsome on your page. As can be expected, though, Joe's stack is the most comprehensive to date, allowing a number of different effects ...
Will Woodgate has just updated his website to a cool new design. Along with the new site comes an option to sort Will's stacks by price: Paid or Free.
If you're new to Rapidweaver or Stacks or have been using them for a while but still don't know Will's stacks, take a look at his redesigned site. I promise, it will get you addicted!
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