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Quantum Edge: Rapidweaver Templates

After Duck Soup, the world around Marten Claridge remained silent, except that every Wednesday, he was explaining live to an elite group, how to take Maximum Advantage of the Maximum Design pack. For the last month or so, these video conferences have targeted Quantum Edge (amongst other themes) and said elite group has been aah-ing and ooh-ing and rubbing their hands expectantly.

The wait is over. Duck Soup has a sibling and if you thought Maximum Design was cool, you'll find Quantum Edge has been chilled a couple of degrees more.
Quantum Edge began life as what was probably the single most complicated RapidWeaver project ever produced. In the meantime, Marten has taken sensible steps to split the project into more bite-sized modules. Five of them.

As with the Max Design pack, Quantum Edge is predominantly based on Sections modules; standalone, multi-purpose, full-width content containers that can be quickly deployed to make an instant impact on both your page and your clients. There are eighteen pages of these modules, but you don't have to purchase all eighteen of them; instead you can opt to acquire just five, or ten of them and, as a seasoned BWD user, work out for yourself how the remaining modules were created…

Quantum Edge – RapidWeaver Central

This time round, Marten's new package doesn't simply present Sections modules; there is a module with complete pages, one with cards, one that devotes itself to footers and one specifically aimed at the iPhone.
You can, of course, secure the complete bundle at a reduced price. But be warned: it will take you a whole day just to peruse your purchase and a month, or two, to get to grips with (i.e. understand) what Marten has put together! Quantum Edge takes advantage of the very latest BWD stacks to present subtle animations and 3D effects never before seen in RapidWeaver.

If you're looking to impress a new client, or just want to WOW the visitors to your new home page, Quantum Edge has everything you need to be able to do so easily.
Copy and Paste one of Marten's modules, replace the content with your own and the wow-effect is guaranteed!

Whichever module(s) you decide to procure, when you open your download, you'll discover that you have a Foundation, a Foundry and a Universal version for both RW7 and RW8. You'll also discover a download link to all images used within your project and – if SVGs were used in the project, you'll find all the SVGs too!

Be sure to watch Marten's tuition video on the demo page. Then, if you then still have queries, feel free to join his regular Wednesday meetings and ask any questions you may have…

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Intrinsic: CSS Grids for RapidWeaver

The 'experts' currently agree unanimously that CSS Grids are the future of web design. In a couple of years time, those same experts will most likely come up with a different description of where the web is heading, but currently CSS Grids is IT!
But how are we supposed to take advantage of CSS Grids in RapidWeaver?

At the end of last year, Will Woodgate began work on a stack named Intrinsic. Today, the final version of Intrinsic has been released and it's going to alter your concept of page layout.

During the 90s, if we wanted to build a more complicated layout, we were forced to use tables. Then CSS came along and seemingly solved all our layout problems, we discovered, however, that CSS wasn't up to the task of positioning those more complicated elements. Flexbox is great, but only for one dimensional layouts, it doesn't really help with those 2D layouts, so now we've moved on to CSS Grids.
Intrinsic from Stacks4Stacks will build the most intricate CSS Grids for you!

Intrinsic is a little more complicated than your average stack. It can assist you in building complete responsive pages, but you'll need to study the way that it works. There's new terminology that you may need to learn, but once you get to grips with Intrinsic's layout, you'll find that it's actually quite straightforward.

Here's an extremely simple example:

Intrinsic – Stacks4Stacks
And here are the settings that were necessary:

intrinsic – Stacks4Stacks
In the example above, I have defined a two-column layout. Column one is 600px wide; column two is set to 'auto'. I have named the Grid Items (the stack containers shown in red) 'one, two, three, side and footer'.
The Grid Template Areas is set to 'one side', 'two side' 'three side' 'footer footer'. The resulting layout displays the Grid Items one, two and three below each other, with the 'side' Item to the right of them. the 'footer' fills the two last columns.

The Grid Template Areas describe your layout. Intrinsic supports up to twelve columns and unlimited rows. When you drag a new Intrinsic stack into your page, the Grid Template Areas contains the description for a twelve column layout.

Each Grid Item must have a unique alphanumeric ID. Either letter/number combinations or short words. Numbers must be combined with at least one letter.
'A B' 'C B' 'D B' 'E E', for example, or 'one side' 'two side' 'three side' 'footer footer' would both result in the layout shown above (I personally prefer the short names, because they help identify the Grid Items more easily).

You'll notice in the screenshot above that the breakpoint is set to 'Screens > 0px Wide'. Each time you add a Grid Breakpoints Child Stack, you can redefine your layout above the breakpoint that you set in the stack settings.

MUCH more complicated designs than the example above can be built with Intrinsic. Just take a look here at one of Will's demo pages. The page is fully responsive, as is the example on the S4S Intrinsic page.

Intrinsic Grid Items can contain any stack that you want to throw at them.
Spend a little time to discover how Intrinsic works and you'll completely rethink the way that your pages can be played out!

NOTE: to view the Intrinsic demo file, you'll need to download the demo version of the Themeflood RWSkinz theme.

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Formatting Privacy Messages in RapidWeaver

If you've updated to RapidWeaver 8, you'll have noticed that there have been couple of neat additions, but not all of those additions have been fully thought through.

One of those additions, in keeping with the new GDPRegulations is the privacy message that can automatically be added to the bottom of your site's pages. Whilst the idea is a helpful addition, unless you care to add HTML into the message box and/or hack the CSS, it can't really be formatted.

Marathia's Stacks to the rescue! PMBeautifier will allow you to reformat the privacy message more or less exactly as you'd like to display it.

PMBeautifier – Marathia's Stacks
Stack settings
Message at Top
Padding – Top, Bottom, Left, Right
Spacing – px
Change Transition Speed
Change Z-Index
Custom Background
Set Border
Custom Font Size
Font Family – Theme Font, Web-Safe Font, Custom Font
Custom Text Colour
Align – Left, Centre, Right, Justify
Link Colour
Custom Link Underlining

PMBeautifier Button
Button Position – Seven options
Custom Font Size
Font Family
Custom Text Colour
Font Style – B, I
Custom BG Colour – Static, Hover, Active
Set Button Border
Set Button Border Radius

Thankfully there are developers that carry on there where Realmac left off the development.
PMBeautifier is a useful stack to have, if you're going to use the Privacy Message function.
PMBeautifier is a stack, so it will only work on Stacks pages, however with YourHead's PlusKit it should be possible to place the reformatted message on RW's default pages. (I've not tried it, but feedback is welcome).

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Section X for RapidWeaver

If you're looking for an alternative to tabbed stacks and accordions to present all that information that the client supplied, you'll be in a quandary as to which solution to choose. And your plight just got worse; as if to make the choice even more difficult than it already is, Weavium just released Section X.

Section X is a slider that displays info panels with a row of icons (or images) to navigate through them. Contact details, portfolio, product catalogue; drop in the stacks of your choice and build whatever you need.

Section X – Weavium
In its default setting, Section X displays four columns of icons below a Stacks panel into which you can drop just about any stack you wish. The icons can be replaced with warehoused images or images from the repository. If you choose to add images, you'll need to ensure that they are all the same size. If not, then the columns won't align vertically (see the screenshot above). The info panel content, on the other hand can be of varying length, Section X adjusts its height to fit.
You can decide how many columns of icons are displayed at a time. (Weavium often allows astronomical values; even 1000 columns is accepted in the settings panel.) If you have more panels of information than visible columns, navigation arrows appear to slide in the next n columns. E.G. in the example above, I have left the default of four columns, but have eight info panels. The nav buttons visible below the Jaguar icon will slide in the next four columns of icons.

Stack settings
Section

Min Height – D, T, M - px
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Radius
Max Width – px
Content Width – px
Breakpoint – Tablet, Mobile

Nav
Nav Position – Bottom, Top
Columns – D, T, M
Gutter – D, T, M
Item Height – D, T, M
Item Radius – D, T, M
Inactive Opacity
Item Icon – D, T, M - px
Item Title – D, T, M
Title Spacing
Arrows – Width, Height
Arrow Icon – px
Arrow Radius
Arrow Spacing

Colours and Fonts

Section X. A nice solution to an age old problem (that of adding masses of information to a page) and will save you hours of messing around with other stack combinations to achieve a result that is only similar!

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Swoop for RapidWeaver

Hot on the heels of Split Content now follows yet another new stack from One Little Designer. Swoop, a content slider that gives us yet another method of packing lots of information into a confined space.

Swoop is a stack container that scrolls content vertically when its buttons are clicked. It can be displayed as a page wide panel, or confined to a width of your choice and can contain as many child stacks as you wish. The active menu text is displayed crisply, whilst the menu options above and below the currently active text are set to blurred by default.

The width of the menu panel and the menu text size may be set individually. I find the default settings a little large, but that's a matter of personal choice. Fact is, after taking a closer look at Swoop, I find it to be quite versatile and it also looks quite neat on a mobile device.

Swoop – 1LD
Stack settings
General
Max Width – px
Max Height – px
Radius
Resposive Point

Nav
Max Width
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Item Size – (menu text) px
Item Font
Item Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Item Blur
Arrow – BG width
Arrow Icon – Size px
Arrow Radius

Content
Padding – Vertical, Horizontal
Header Font
Text Font

Stack Colours

Swoop is another of those stacks that 1LD currently seems to specialise in: Hiding a lot of information until it's required. My only criticism: I'd like to see more than three menu items displayed at any one time. Swoop isn't a stack that can easily be emulated by combining other stacks, so I suggest you take a look at the demo page!

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