The site went live with two new stacks. Pen and Wallpaper.
Pen is a free stack that will save you a lot of time and will also remind you what the heck you were thinking when you positioned those new stacks after a night out with friends. Pen is a container stack that can group stacks together and allows you to add notes to the new group. The notes can be coloured to differentiate your page sections.
One of Pen's advantages is that you can copy or drag whole groups of stacks to move them around on the page, or between pages. As far as I know, it's the first stack that allows you to both group stacks together and add notes to the groups.
The Pen stack itself is not published to your website – only its content. As such, no code whatsoever is uploaded.
Oh, and did I mention that it's free?
Wallpaper is a new background generator with over 180 different gradients and customisable SVG background patterns that can be added behind single stacks, sections, or whole pages. Patterns and gradients can be combined and the height of the stack can be adjusted within the stack settings. The stack's contents can then be positioned vertically within the Wallpaper stack – Top, Centre, or Bottom.
The SVG patterns are interesting because opacity, colour and scaling can also be adjusted within the stack settings, but the pattern will also scale depending on the viewport width.
Both the gradients and the patterns are set to 'Fixed' by default, but can also be set to static so that the stack's content scrolls over them.
Two Sample stacks, Gradients & Patterns, are included with Wallpaper to make it easier for you to choose the background that you prefer.
You can add extreme combinations:
Or you can take the more subtle approach:
Whichever road you choose, you're bound to find the right background for your RapidWeaver stacks, sections, or pages with Wallpaper!
Poster has just received an important update. It is now possible to add posts outside of RapidWeaver!
Yes, you read correctly; if you are building a client site, it is now possible for your client to edit the Poster page and add, or delete content.
So how does this work? Poster can load markdown files. This means, of course, that
The FTP solution would be above most client's heads, but wait! Jannis has a solution for that too. Remember that I also tested InStack's Repository Stack? With Repository, you can very easily add a (hidden) page to your client's site that will allow him to drag in new files – in this case, the new markdown files that should be loaded via Poster. Nothing could be simpler!
You can see a simple test post here: https://rw-ninja.news/Poster-blog. I haven't played around with the formatting, so this is 'out of the box'.
And there's more to come – Poster is still a work in progress; it will take some time, but Jannis plans to add an online editor, making things even simpler.
Last year, Poster was already highly recommended as a replacement for the inflexible RW Blog page, today, I can only endorse Poster as the ideal replacement for a blog page; in fact, once I can work out how to transfer my Armadillo posts to Poster, I'll be moving on.
Why? Because Poster is now much more flexible; the stack will finally allow me to design my pages the way that I want them.
Stay tuned; in the near future the RapidWeaver Ninja News page will hopefully look very different!
Kalendar from Weavium not only fulfils all of the above, it also offers tons of styling options and supports 20+ different languages. Kalendar can display public calendars from Google, Outlook, or any other calendar that has an iCal address, and event details written in markdown will automatically be converted. And, of course, Kalendar looks great on mobile devices too.
You can, of course, also create calendars and events within RapidWeaver and publish them directly.
Kalendar can load calendars from multiple sources at the same time and if you feel so inclined, you could display a Google, an iCal (sorry, Apple Calendar) and a manually published calendar etc. at the same time.
Kalendar is extremely simple to set up; just add the iCal-URL of the calendar that you wish to display; configure the colours, fonts, sizes and breakpoints – and in typical Weavium fashion, there's hardly anything that can not be configured – and you're good to go.
I already have two calendar solutions for RapidWeaver, but the next time I need to publish a list of events, Kalendar will most likely be my 'go-to' solution, most especially due to the configurability (i.e. markdown) of the events.
I have two websites online that display a full page mobile optimised image on desktop devices for a couple of seconds until the browser recognises the fact that I'm on a desktop computer and replaces the image with the higher resolution version. Not really optimal.
I previously had a stack that produced two versions of an image and loaded the low-res image on mobile devices, but, more often than not, the low-res would display on a tablet in portrait mode. Not really optimal.
What if there were a solution to load and display an image that has been optimised for each breakpoint? Well, actually there is now a stack that can do that – Srcerer from Shaking The Habitual!
Srcerer queries the browser width when a page is loaded and can deliver up to eight different images at various sizes with each image optimised for each screen width it is being viewed on. Srcerer even takes Retina displays into consideration and will deliver an optimised 2x image.
Using Srcerer means that your site's visitor only downloads (and pays for) the image that has been optimised for her/his device.
This does, of course mean that you are saddled with extra work for your site. You will need to produce, optimise and link the eight separate images manually, but there's workarounds for that too. Srcerer will automatically generate the code for linking to a folder of optimised images and an app called Retrobatch (a super efficient node-based batch image processor from Flying Meat Software) will allow you to program a workflow to automate the process (Stuart will even supply a pre defined workflow), However a Photoshop Droplet can do the same and it's even possible to resize the images via Preview.
Now personally, I'd be happy if this were the limit of Srcerer's abilities. But Stuart wasn't ready to stop programming there and has added properties to the stack that other image stacks simply don't have; Srcerer can produce cards with seven different shadow effects, Srcerer can add image captions, hover effects and blends and it can even add parallax effects. What more would you want from an image stack?
Stuart has given detailed descriptions of each of Srcerer's settings on the homepage, so I'm not going to reinvent the wheel, but instead would recommend that you take a look at the Srcerer product page.
Srcerer is not only the most advanced stack to date for delivering optimised images for each viewport, but it is also an otherwise extremely versatile image stack that I can highly recommend!
Until 9th November 2018 you can get a 25% discount with the code: sth-ninja-srcerer
As with Splash, Percept allows content pages to be either standard RapidWeaver, or Stacks pages into which you can add any content of your choice, including the Section and Slider stacks that come with the theme. And just in case my review in March was unclear, this means that YES, with the help of the Modular Header and Footer pages, by using the Modular Conditional stack, you can add any stack you wish to the default RW pages such as the photo album or blog.
Percept is great looking theme. One, or more Percept stacks are inserted into your Header page. By using the Condition stack, you are able to define which Header is then inserted into each page and the Percept stack gives you the possibility of configuring each of the inserted Headers. The same is, of course, true for the Footer page. I mentioned the Modular Section and Slider stacks in March, so I don't need to go over them again.
A lot of thought has gone into Percept and I have to say that I'm more impressed by it than I was by Splash, partly because it is straightforward without the gimmicks. It's ideal for the presentation of photographs or portfolios without the distraction of the permanently moving wave that Splash displays.
Percept comes with a starter project that already contains the necessary Header and Footer pages and is already set to use .php as the default setting. PHP is necessary to ensure that the Header and Footer are loaded into each of your pages. The starter project makes the initial setup a little simpler.
If you want to use the RapidWeaver default pages alongside Stacks pages, but wish to customise them, 1LD's Modular concept is a great way to go. Percept is just the second of, hopefully, many themes that are yet to come. As I said last time it doesn't have the steep learning curve that some frameworks have; it can be used with standard RW pages or with Stacks pages, but it is flexible enough to build even the most complicated page.
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