What’s New?

ProGallery updated to version 2.2

Monday 14th August 2017

Changes in this free update for version 2.x users include:

  • Lazy loading of thumbnail images is now an optional setting, available as a checkbox option within the sub-stacks of each source
  • When zoom effects are applied to thumbnails, the overflow is cropped
  • Improvements to the rendering of thumbnail images, when placed in masonry layouts and with transitional effects applied
  • If a user arrives on the webpage with Javascript disabled, the thumbnail image can still be clicked to reveal the fullsize image or video
  • Added new ‘border radius’ and 'eclipse’ thumbnail mouseover special effects
  • More hidden localisations within the lightbox can now be customised
  • Potential fix for layering issues in the Foundations top bar
  • The lightbox now supports an optional 'download’ and 'Pinterest’ image sharing buttons, in the top left corner
  • ALT tags applied to images (from directories of images) now use the image title, as the attribute value
  • Added some extra meta data, sometimes needed by Stacks 3.5
  • Updated some of the setup instructions shown in edit mode
  • Other minor improvements and optimisations

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Introducing FancyIntro 3

Wednesday 9th August 2017

Like a key to unlock the door to secret room, FancyIntro adds a certain degree of ‘suspense’ to the opening and revealing of a webpage. Supporting two lines of text (or images) and a bountiful array of style options; you are sure to find FancyIntro both a fun and easy stack to use in many projects. Built-in cookie tracking means it’s possible to have the intro effect only run once, and not persistently appear each time a user opens a website. FancyIntro is a great way to welcome people to your website, grab their attention and instantly immerse them into your content.

FancyIntro is the latest Tsooj Media stack to be updated and moved to Stacks4Stacks. This version retains the same splitting / sliding effect as version 2 did. However many more enhancements have been made towards making this stack easier, faster and more customisable to use…

  • Tidied the editing interface and removed surplus settings that were no longer required
  • Regrouped and renamed several settings. Some stack settings have new informational tooltips
  • Support for images, markdown or HTML content; in addition to the existing styled text support
  • Animation settings now make use of number input boxes
  • All colour pickers support RGBa opacity
  • Support for automatic stack updates; combined with new help and info links
  • Written content can now receive bold, italicised or underline text styling
  • New font size and letter spacing settings
  • The vertical positioning of content can now be customised using the 'offset’ option
  • Added the ability to specify the upper and lower content styling independently
  • New content alignment options, for the upper and lower content
  • Removed some surplus browser hacks and polyfills that are no longer required
  • Fixed some compatibility issues, particularly in addons like Foundations
  • Fixed some HTML5 validation errors

Please note that the minimum system requirements of FancyIntro have changed. This stack now requires a minimum of Stacks 3 and RapidWeaver 6.

This is a free update for anybody who’s purchased the FancyIntro stack on or after 1st January 2016 - download the update from your Paddle account or get in contact by email with a copy of your purchase details attached.

If you’re an older customer of the stack or new to FancyIntro, take advantage of our 50% reintroduction discount. Throughout the month of August 2017, FancyIntro 3 can be purchased at 50% off - no coupon code necessary (the discounted price is shown on the website and at the checkout). As always, be sure to download and try the free demo version first.

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LoremUtility 2.0 released

Monday 7th August 2017

Love building websites in RapidWeaver? We do too!

When designing new webpages, a need often arises to quickly prototype things; and this often involves the use of dummy Latin content or placeholder images. Although many online generators exist, the constant monotony of copying, pasting, cleaning and trimming content can leave much to be desired for.

LoremUtility fixes the problem rather conveniently through provision of a random content generator in Stacks. LoremUtility makes the generation of dummy content extraordinarily fast and simple. An essential utility for just about any RapidWeaver user!

Formally a Tsooj Media stack, LoremUtility is now part of the Stacks4Stacks family. Changes in version 2 include…

  • New icons, support links and update checking facilities
  • The parent container and content containers now have class names, for easier custom CSS modification
  • Simplified the editing interface; less visual clutter, easier manipulation of settings
  • Updated some of the informational tooltips displayed on the stack settings
  • Added several additional dummy text dictionaries
  • You can now customise the spacing applied after block paragraphs
  • Added support for ordered (numbered) lists, blockquotes and placeholder photographs
  • Now working correctly over SSL, on secure websites
  • Reset some of the default settings (like CSS image colours)
  • CSS images can now have their labels set to ‘none’
  • Various other minor changes to the underlying source code

LoremUtility is a FREE update for all existing customers - just get in contact with a copy of your purchase receipt to obtain an upgrade coupon code. This stack can be installed alongside older 'Lorem Ipsum Utility’ named stacks. A manual upgrade is required for version 2. Stacks 3 or above is required.

The price of LoremUtility has been frozen at roughly what it was before. So if you’re new to this stack, it’s definitely worth having a play with. It’s another one of these stacks that might initially leave you scratching your head - but once you’ve used it several times you might question why you never had it in your library sooner!

I manage a growing number of websites for private clients in RapidWeaver. Sometimes they want a new page added to a website, but are still in the process of gathering content. In this type of situation, LoremUtility proves invaluable in letting me quickly assemble real page layouts, which the client can access to review. It saves the hassle of 'photoshopping’ countless new webpage designs and permits detailed testing on different screen sizes. For individual designers and small design agencies, LoremUtility could prove to be the perfect workflow companion!

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FloatingContent updated to version 2.0

Thursday 3rd August 2017

A simple stack for creating blocks of content that ‘float’ on your webpage; while following a user as they scroll up and down. FloatingContent is perfect for the display of important messages, disclaimers, a contact widget, EU cookie tracking notices, special links or even for the creation of a custom website navigation unit. 

Now with support for more styling options and the ability to dismiss (close) FloatingContent stacks with tracking cookie capabilities! This is the latest Tsooj Media stack to be updated and added to Stacks4Stacks.

Changes in version 2.0 include…

  • Renamed and reorganised some stack settings
  • New ‘floating life ring’ icon design
  • Most settings now have new informational tooltips
  • Removed old browser hacks and other unused code
  • Cleaned-up the editing interface, to make the stack faster and easier to use
  • New line height style options, for text placed inside FloatingContent
  • All colour pickers now support RGBa opacity
  • The main container has a class of ‘floatingContent’, to make custom CSS modifications easier
  • Added support for automatic updates
  • FloatingContent stacks can be optionally dismissed (closed) by the website visitor and tracked with a cookie
  • A couple of minor optimisations ahead of Stacks 3.5 being released

FloatingContent requires stacks 3.0 or above and a minimum of RapidWeaver 6. As always, a free fully-functioning demo version is available, so you can try before you buy.

This is a free update for all existing customers (please email a copy of your purchase receipt to receive a 100% code for the latest version).

If you are new to FloatingContent, you can purchase this stack throughout August 2017 with 50% off the normal price (the discount is applied automatically at the checkout).

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Curtains 3.0 now available

Wednesday 2nd August 2017

Curtains adds a simple animated curtain-loading effect to webpages. Although a somewhat gimmicky feature, Curtains is a fun effect to use on more informal websites. And built-in cookie tracking means that it’s possible to have the effect run only once, within a defined period of time.

Curtains is derived from version 1 of the ‘Fancy Intro’ stack by Tsooj Media. Fancy Intro still exists today, and will itself be getting a major update shortly. 

A couple of people commented they liked the original ‘curtains’ effect offered in older versions of Fancy Intro. So we made a branch from the old Fancy Intro stack, updated things and developed this newer Curtains stack. Along with a name change, the following changes in Curtains 3 include…

  • Simplified the editing interface, for quicker and easier setup of the stack
  • Renamed and regrouped some settings
  • Updated some of the informational tooltips
  • Added support for dragged-and-dropped and warehoused image curtain backgrounds
  • Converted old ‘input’ settings into conventional number boxes
  • Added support for automatic updates
  • All colour pickers now support RGBa opacity
  • Curtains no longer display in print or PDF output
  • Removed some of the older browser hacks and prefixes

Curtains is now provided as a free stack. But if you find it useful or have support questions, you can make a contribution here. Curtains 3 requires Stacks 3 or newer.

If you are looking for a page loading effect that is even more sophisticated and supports two lines of text, keep an eye open for the updated FancyIntro stack landing any day now!

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Responsive Content stack has been merged into UsefulStack

Tuesday 1st August 2017

Just a quick heads-up to notify you about a merger of the former Tsooj Media ‘Responsive Content’ stack and the UsefulStack.

For a long time, UsefulStack had some basic controls to toggle the display of content, depending on screen width. Rather than maintaining two stacks which do almost the same thing, I have merged the responsive controls into UsefulStack.

How do I use responsive controls in UsefulStack?

Simply add a UsefulStack to your webpage. This becomes a parent ’wrapper’ for the content you want to display or hide. In the UsefulStack settings, toggle open the UsefulStack Responsive Behaviour group of settings:

In here, you can now precisely customise the display of content on different screen widths. For example, you might want to hide an element that is known not to display too well on mobile, and replace it with with something else. Our conditional logic and clear labelling make this process really easy.

What is UsefulStack?

Often referred to as “the stack that should’ve been included with Stacks”, UsefulStack adds some incredibly useful and powerful functionality to manipulate the display and dimensions of content. Acting as an extended version of the ‘1 column’ stack, UsefulStack is a must-have stack to use in many projects.

How much does UsefulStack cost?

UsefulStack remains a free stack to download. But as always, if you find it useful or need some extra support, you can make a contribution here.

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NewsTicker 3 now available

Saturday 8th July 2017

The first Tsooj Media stack I have updated for Stacks4Stacks. This update significantly modernises the stack and fulfils every feature request received. As part of the update, new documentation has been written for the stack and a free demo version is now provided, so you can download and “try before you buy”!

Changes in version 3 include…

  • By request, text now scrolls infinitely like a marquee effect
  • Improved responsive behaviour (text no longer truncates or wraps onto extra rows)
  • You can now toggle between styled text, HTML or Markdown content types
  • New option to start the NewsTicker visible, on page load
  • Added a line height setting
  • Built-in a few more colour options, with support for RGBa opacity
  • You can now safely use multiple NewsTicker stacks on the same webpage
  • New icons, new meta data and support links
  • Added the possibility to update the content remotely using a simple CMS like Cushy or Surreal
  • Decluttered and refreshed the editing interface to make the stack easier to use

NewsTicker now requires Stacks 3 or later.

This is a free update for anyone who purchased the original Tsooj Media stack on or after 1st July 2016 - please get in contact with a copy of your receipt to receive a 100% coupon code.

Until August 1st 2017, NewsTicker is available at 50% off for new and existing customers - no coupon code necessary.

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Tsooj Media Stacks are now part of Stacks4Stacks

Saturday 8th July 2017

Joost Spijker, former owner of Tsooj Media, is retiring from doing RapidWeaver development. As of July 2017, all of his stacks are being moved over to Stacks4Stacks. This will ensure previous customers can continue to receive support and updates. 

Going forward, many of the stacks will receive updates that will incorporate various feature requests and improvements. The future is very bright for the Tsooj Media Stacks.

As of today, a temporary page has been setup on Stacks4Stacks where the former Tsooj Media Stacks are listed and remain available to purchase. This page has some more details about the business acquisition. Gradually as these stacks are updated, they will be moved onto their own pages. Brand new documentation, working examples and downloadable demo versions will be available soon.

If you have feedback or feature requests for any of these stacks, please get in contact via email. Now is a perfect time to share your thoughts about any of these stacks. We will be embarking on quite an intensive schedule to update the stacks. There are likely to be announcements almost weekly.

To kick things off, the NewsTicker stack is receiving an update. Keep an eye out for this announcement later tonight on the RapidWeaver forums and social media!

I want to take this opportunity to welcome all former Tsooj Media customers on board. I aim to continue offering you the same exemplary level of customer service and high quality addons that Joost previously supplied you with. This formal business acquisition has been well thought out, with emphasis on putting customers first.

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Announcing Player 2

Thursday 29th June 2017

A major update to the ever-popular Player stack. This update is free for anybody who has purchased the stack after 1st January 2015 (login to your Paddle account to get the latest version). For older purchases, please get in contact by email (with proof of purchase) to receive a discount coupon code. Player 2 can be installed alongside older versions of Player - to permit a gradual ‘migration’ of audio and video content into this newest version.

What’s new in this update?

  • Rearranged, merged, regrouped and renamed some settings, to make Player even quicker and easier to setup
  • New options to choose how audio or video content is preloaded; to promote faster loading webpages
  • The download button now works on Safari 10 and automatically links to your MP3 or MP4 file
  • Totally rewritten support for iPhone and iPad. Where supported, video content now plays within the webpage - instead of opening in a separate window. iPhone retains support for standard iOS media controls
  • Added support for optional OGV and WAV media types
  • Much easier (code-free) setup of player controls. You now have full control over which buttons are shown on mobile and the ability to easily change the order of controls (from left to right) using sliders in the stack settings. Font Awesome button markup is still editable
  • Added the option to play and pause video, by simply clicking on it
  • You can now Chromecast a video directly to a Google Chromecast dongle or compatible smart TV, from an Android phone or tablet
  • Conditional loading of jQuery 2 and Font Awesome 4.7 icons
  • New option to have audio or video content pause when it is scrolled outside of the viewport (a.k.a Facebook style)
  • Progress bars can now be animated with optional stripes
  • Added support for DOGs (digital onscreen graphics) so you can brand your video content with custom logo images or icons
  • Any empty audio and video sources are now removed from the source code, to prevent HTML validation errors
  • Refreshed the default appearance of the toolbar. Now using CSS flexbox to equally-space the controls on all screen widths
  • Support for optional title tooltips, on the player controls. This can improve accessibility of your completed player interface
  • When you send a video to full screen, it will now continue playing from the point it was in the webpage
  • New horizontal spacing options for the media duration and current time clocks
  • Got rid of some settings (like shadow effects) which are accomplishable with other free stacks (e.g. Shady)
  • Added a new optional setting, to apply basic copy protection to the playing media (this suppresses right-clicking when enabled)
  • Brand new animated user interface for the volume controls on desktop web browsers
  • Custom controls are now displayed within fullscreen mode
  • The full screen button toggles automatically between new expand and minimise icons
  • Support for realtime Google Analytics tracking, so you can easily and accurately record user interactions with your players
  • Captions and subtitles can now be toggled from within fullscreen mode
  • A new option to pause the audio or video when a user clicks anywhere outside of the Player stack
  • New RGBa colour picker for icon shadows, within the toolbar
  • We can now and fetch the audio or video duration time via decoded metadata, without needing to begin download of the media file
  • A large quantity of other minor fixes, tweaks and various 'under the hood’ improvements

Important: Player 2 now requires a minimum of RapidWeaver 6 and Stacks 3. This stack will no longer function with older versions of stacks or RapidWeaver.

Player remains the single-most sophisticated audio and video player available for Stacks. Nothing else compares. If you are serious about getting audio or video content into your website professionally, then this is absolutely the stack you need for the job! Its light codebase, attractive styling and broad feature set make it a must-have. Superbly engineered and the perfect stack to broadcast yourself with! Watch the tutorial video and download your free demo version today.

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CalcStack updated to version 1.4

Saturday 24th June 2017

This free update introduces support for radio options. These provide another input type for your calculators. Radio options are a good alternative to checkboxes, if you only want a user to select one item. Use the ‘groups’ setting for each radio option to create a group - so only one can be selected. You can also have one radio option selected by default as the page loads.

Much the same as checkboxes, each selectable option can be assigned a numerical value. Depending on which radio option a user chooses, can determine the value applied to the calculation.

CalcStack remains the most powerful and customisable calculator stack available for RapidWeaver. Download the free demo version here: https://stacks4stacks.com/calcstack/

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HotSpotsPro 3 for Stacks 3 now available

Wednesday 14th June 2017

Changes in this major update include:-

  • HotSpotsPro now supports an unlimited number of hotspot regions
  • Radically improved Stacks 3 user interface; for faster, easier and more efficient setup of image maps
  • Removed some of the seldom-used options to make the codebase of HotSpotsPro lighter
  • Added some brand new style and colour settings for individual hotspots
  • Easier modification of the lightbox window shade colour and opacity
  • Links support a full array of custom attributes; letting you link to anchors, tabs, accordions, lightboxes or other pages
  • Individual hotspots can now receive unique Font Awesome icons
  • A new option to click hotspots and smooth-scroll to blocks of content elsewhere on the same webpage

This is by-far the easiest and most customisable responsive image map solution available for RapidWeaver. By hiding all the complicated source code, HotSpotsPro gives you the freedom to focus on quickly building and deploying ultra user-friendly image maps, that will not look out of place in any modern website!

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This stack is perfect for use in e-commerce websites, product showcases, marketing, education and infographics. Watch the introductory video here to see just how easy and flexible this new stack is to use. As always, a free demo version is available for download.

This stack is a free update for all customers who purchased it on or after 1st January 2015, and your update is waiting for you in your Paddle account. Version 3 can be installed alongside older versions.

For anybody new to HotSpotsPro or needing to update from a copy bought before 1st January 2015, you can use the hsp25off coupon code, to take 25% off your order. This optional coupon code can be entered using the ‘coupon code’ button at the checkout, and is valid until 1st July 2017.

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Introducing ProGallery 2

Wednesday 14th June 2017

As the name suggests, our gallery stack is designed and built for professional photographers and filmmakers. Users who typically need to create highly immersive photographic and video galleries for the modern internet.

RapidWeaver is crowded with an ever-growing choice of gallery stacks. With this in mind, we consulted with some existing ProGallery users (a few of which were photography experts) and asked the tough question of what they would like to see done better in ProGallery. The responses that followed have largely all been incorporated into version 2:

  • Faster loading galleries that can safely handle huge collections of both images and video
  • Titles, caption content and lightbox controls that do not layer-over or obscure your media
  • Modern, flexbox-based image layouts and pure CSS masonry grids without clumsy Javascript
  • Support for high-resolution retina display optimised photographs within lightbox mode
  • Brilliant responsiveness and accessibility for all users; whether they are on a smartphone, tablet or desktop
  • Sharp, simple animation effects that will not turn pages into a flickery mess or suffer jerky transitions
  • Options to disable the lightbox and apply standard links on thumbnails, for linking to sub-galleries or webpages
  • A super-simple setup process, so more time can be spent doing actual photography, filmmaking and enjoying life!

Although a couple of less-used features have been phased out in ProGallery 2, we’re confident that this major update reestablishes ProGallery as the unrivalled image and video gallery solution for professional photographers, artists and filmmakers. A huge amount of care and attention to detail has been put into this update. More updates are planned, to continue evolving the stack and possibly adding more sources in partnership with other developers.

This video explains all the most noteworthy features new in ProGallery 2 and the basics of how to use this wonderful stack. A fully functioning free demo version of the stack is available for download. ProGallery 2 is a free update for all existing customers. It can be installed alongside older versions of the stack. The update can be downloaded from your Paddle account.

Any technical support questions or feedback can be posted via the Stacks4Stacks support page, from where you can be assured of a swift and friendly response.

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PlayLister updated to version 2.6.0

Tuesday 30th May 2017

This free update for the PlayLister stack includes the following changes:

  • Fixed a bug that was causing improper display of the volume controls on desktop
  • Added a new setting to start with the playlist toggled shut (hidden)
  • New alignment options for artwork, titles and descriptions on both mobile and wider screens
  • Added a new checkbox option to animate the progress bar with stripes

Learn more about PlayLister…

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PlayLister updated to version 2.5.0

Thursday 18th May 2017

A free update to the PlayLister stack. This small update adds a (user requested) option to have the playlist ordering ‘randomised’ on page load. Similar to what the shuffle button does already, but the randomisation will happen automatically as the page opens. This new checkbox setting can be found in the group of advanced options. 

You can obtain this update from your Paddle account or via automatic updates in Stacks / RapidWeaver.

More information about PlayLister can be found on this webpage. PlayLister is the most sophisticated audio playlist stack available for RapidWeaver and currently one of our most popular stacks sold.

A reminder - there will be limited or no technical support available until about the end of the month, due to travelling. Urgent questions can be posted to the RapidWeaver forums during this period. Normal service will resume again in early June!

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2 good apps for the conversion of audio and video for use in RapidWeaver

Monday 15th May 2017

Web browsers remain very finicky about audio and video formats. When using our stacks like Player, Playlister, MixingDeck, InlinePlayerProGallery, AudioPlayer and VideoPlayer you will almost certainly need to convert your media into one or more formats that can be played-back reliably by different web browsers.

Previously we used to recommend Miro Converter. However the download link for this app appears to have been broken for several weeks and some users have reported that it fails to launch for them. So we’re not entirely certain this app is actively supported or developed any more. If any updates are forthcoming, then this will still be a hot-pick to use. Miro Converter is free and really easy to use; when it works!

The next best thing I was able to find as an alternative to Miro Converter was Adapter. This free app has a really nice, intuitive interface. It looks almost a little like Stacks; with the groups of options to toggle open and closed on the right. Just drag-and-drop in your files, and Adapter will pretty-much take care of the rest. This might be an app you have not heard of before. I saw a recommendation to it on the Apple discussion forums, in response to users having difficulty ripping WMA files into iTunes.

Of note, Adapter can also handle image conversions too. So this could be a really handy app to have in your RapidWeaver workflow. And it works on Windows - making it available for your Windows-based clients to do some converting themselves.

If you need some more customisable options for your audio or video files, then HandBrake is another solid tool to download.

As you can see from the screenshot above, HandBrake is a far-more sophisticated converter. Many more settings exist and it may take some trial and error to find the best settings to use! But HandBrake works great for getting audio and video web-ready. And since HandBrake is now also developed for Windows and Ubuntu too, there is a lot of momentum behind the development of this app. HandBrake has been around for many years.

Obviously many other audio and video converters exist. I have purely picked the two free ones which I have personally found to work best. You might only need to periodically do some occasional audio or video conversion for your website, so investing into a paid app might not always be justifiable. There are certainly many others out there.

In recent weeks, a lot of work has been done in preparation for the release of Player 2. The Player stack is the most popular stack available for getting audio and video into your RapidWeaver website. Player 2 is a major update with loads of exciting new features - many of which were requested by existing users. If you are interested in trying the latest Beta version, please see this tweet here.

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CalcStack updated to version 1.2.0

Wednesday 12th April 2017

Changes in this free update include:

  • If reset and submit buttons are enabled, reset will no longer submit the form when clicked
  • Number inputs now support negative values
  • You can now enforce minimum and maximum ranges on number inputs (basic validation)
  • Improvements to Twitter sharing, including use of special characters in description text
  • Tided parts of the underlying source code and deleted some bits that were not needed
  • New ‘Random Number’ input type
  • Modifications to the presentation of formulas in edit mode

This update will be available shortly in Stacks (via automatic updates) and is available now from your Paddle account.

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CalcStack updated to version 1.1.0

Tuesday 4th April 2017

Changes in this free update include:

  • Warning messages are now clearly displayed in edit mode, if form inputs have no name attributes provided
  • Continued improvements and easier integration with FormsPlus
  • The range slider now supports negative numbers (e.g. -17) and decimalised steps (e.g. 0.25, 0.50)
  • You can now customise the width of the range legends (green value balloons) in the CalcStack style settings
  • Added the ability to have CalcStack ‘write’ calculated answers into other parts of the page, including blocks of text, link buttons and other input boxes. See the website for details
  • Support for optional sound effects (like clicks), for when calculation inputs are changed by the end user - the sustainable transport infographic example on the website demonstrates this
  • New advanced option to have number input boxes automatically focused (selected) on click, for better accessibility and less clicking
  • A couple of other minor changes to the underlying source code

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Introducing DonateStack

Friday 31st March 2017

DonateStack makes it quick and easy to collect donations from your website users, via PayPal. This stack is ideal to collect money for charities, religious groups, fundraising events, schools, donationware downloads or political campaigns. In a basic configuration, users are presented with either a number input box or select menu; for determining how much to give. Clicking the ‘submit’ button takes them through to the secure PayPal website, to complete their transaction.

DonateStack purposefully has 'fat and friendly’ styling, to make it extra user-friendly for all website users. Several style settings are included, to enable you to customise the appearance and get it to match your existing website. It is easy to integrate DonateStack into some of our other stacks, like TintStack, Shady or StandOut.

A useful advanced feature is the ability to pre-populate the donation amount field with a URL query string. This opens-up the possibility of being able to use the CalcStack for a user to calculate a donation amount, and then CalcStack can pass the answer over into DonateStack. It’s one of the reasons this stack was created.

Because it is envisioned a lot of RapidWeaver users will be using DonateStack for charities or non-profits, the stack is also provided for free. But if you do find it helpful, please share a link with us and an estimate of how much revenue you’re getting from it. It would be interesting to know. You can also use DonateStack to make a contribution on the Stacks4Stacks website!

Learn more about DonateStack…

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Introducing CalcStack

Friday 24th March 2017

I’m super-pleased to unveil the brand new CalcStack; a combination of much design, development, testing and refinement over the past several months, plus valuable collaboration with several prominent RapidWeaver users.

What is CalcStack? A need frequently arises in modern websites and webapps to provide users with interactive calculators. Calculators are often needed for tasks like shipping estimators, product or service quantifiers, simple infographics, quote forms, savings and interest calculators, conversion calculators, educational purposes and various other tasks.

CalcStack lets you construct a variety of simple and more complex number calculators to go on your websites. You’ll find the intuitive user interface makes CalcStack both quick and easy to configure within Stacks 3. No code is required to accomplish the basics. Generated calculators are really fast, HTML5 valid, fully mobile-first responsive and styled attractively with Bootstrap to compliment the rest of your website. Compatibility is provided for all major themes.

Potentially CalcStack could save you a fortune in having calculators custom coded for your website. CalcStack brings the added time-saving flexibility of being able build and update your own calculators independently - at any time.

Lots of options exist for generated answers; including the ability to copy them to a clipboard, tweet them with a message or pass them onto another page or contact form. Additionally if you already use FormsPlus, you will find CalcStack integrates seamlessly with your existing forms!

A 20 minute video has been published here that demonstrates the basics of CalcStack and how to build some more complex implementations. The same RapidWeaver 7 project file used in the video is available here and you can find the rest of the documentation and a free demo version here on the product page for download.

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Introducing FileMan stack - a free file manager / warehouse for your website!

Monday 20th March 2017

The role of this new stack is to configure and spawn a new directory on your web server, complete with a basic file management interface. After entering a password, you (or a client) can login to upload, download, view or delete small files with ease. New folders can be created and you can sort files by clicking the table headings. All this is done through your normal web browser.

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FileMan is perfect to use as a backend for our popular stacks like PlayLister, RefinedSlider, ProGallery, Embed and DropCMS. Any of these stacks can link to the FileMan directory; thereby permitting the ability to add or remove files (like images or audio tracks) remotely, outside of RapidWeaver. FileMan is safe for your clients to use, because only files within the FileMan directory are editable. FileMan saves you from the aggravation of setting-up additional FTP accounts or paying for expensive CMS stacks.

The FileMan interface uses HTML5 and is fully mobile-first responsive. It works well on all newer mobile, tablet and desktop computers.

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FileMan is easy to configure within Stacks 3 / RapidWeaver. The basic setup process involves telling FileMan where you want the new directory to be generated, the login password and what functionality you want enabled.

Because many of us are building websites for non-English speaking clients to manage, you will find FileMan lets you translate many of the buttons, labels and table headings into another language.

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This stack requires a web server with PHP 5.6 or greater, RapidWeaver 6.0 or greater and Stacks 3.0 or greater. If you find FileMan useful or require support, please make a contribution. As always, support is best dealt with via email.

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TogglePlus stack updated to version 1.3.0

Sunday 12th March 2017

Changes in this free update include:

  • All colour pickers now support RGBa opacity
  • Fixed an issue whereby Font Awesome icons in nested toggles were not working correctly
  • Fixed an HTML validation error
  • Font Awesome is now loaded by Stacks
  • Raised the minimum API to version 7 (Stacks 3)
  • Updated some of the support / info links
  • Update checking now done securely over SSL

Learn more: https://stacks4stacks.com/toggleplus/

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AudioPlayer 2.1.0 Released

Tuesday 7th March 2017

Changes in this free update include the following:

  • Reorganised and regrouped some of the settings
  • Added support for WAV audio formats
  • You can now toggle MP3, OGG and WAV audio sources on and off independently
  • New options to choose what preloading (if any) is applied to tracks
  • Tidied some of the underlying source code

Learn more: https://stacks4stacks.com/audioplayer

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Announcing the new QueryDisplay stack

Friday 24th February 2017

Introducing QueryDisplay - the purpose of this simple stack is to hide or display content, based on any query strings and matching parameters that may be present in the browser address bar. If a matching parameter / value pair is found in the address bar (or if a numerical value that falls within a specific range), a block of content within QueryDisplay is displayed.

This is an extremely quick, simple and efficient stack suitable for a multitude of possible jobs. QueryDisplay can loop through an infinite number of parameters within a query string and will intelligently display a message if no matches are found. It can even handle multiple parameters too!

QueryDisplay is going to be a fantastic compliment to our upcoming CalcStack; to help your website users calculate and view the best possible products or services you have to offer. But in the meantime, you can use it stand-alone for a wide variety of tasks. QueryDisplay will work with any existing link or button creation methods.

Try the live examples published on the product page. QueryDisplay is provided as a free stack.

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Announcing MicroBlog 2.0

Thursday 16th February 2017

Changes in this free update include:-

  • Major changes to the fetching of blog content, for greater compatibility with different web servers
  • You can now preview your actual blog content inside RapidWeaver 7, without having to publish first
  • Updated some of the setup instructions

Enjoy the convenience of being able to post new blog articles from your computer, tablet or mobile device using the official Tumblr apps or website. then use the MicroBlog stack to pull your blog RSS feed into your RapidWeaver website and display your latest posts, audio, video and images.

Learn more…

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We're having an early 'spring clean'!

Tuesday 31st January 2017

Hi Stacks4Stacks fans! Just a quick word to say that some important updates are being made to the Stacks4Stacks website this week, and you may encounter a few problems with some links - especially in some of the demo’s and the download links.

Ahead of Dropbox terminating support for Public folders on 15th March, we’ve been forced to end our hosting contract with Dropbox and instead move everything over to Amazon servers. Long term, you should find demo’s and downloads are a lot speedier and more reliable. However during this upheaval, there is a chance some links may be broken and occasionally you might find the website temporarily goes offline or displays a security certificate warning. We are working hard to minimise the disruption caused and ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible.

For the next couple of days, automatic updates (in Stacks and RapidWeaver) may also not work for you. Rest-assured if you do need anything urgently, simply login to your secure Paddle account to download the latest updates manually.

In other related news, DropCMS is temporally going to be mothballed. It serves little purpose (with the demise of Dropbox Public folders). It is hoped that this stack can be repurposed for something else. There are already some very interesting ideas for this stack.

Incidentally if you are making use of Dropbox (for hosting or warehousing files) its of paramount importance you move your files elsewhere, before 15th March. After this date, you will not be able to hotlink or embed files directly in your website. Instead, the current links will take people away from your website, to a Dropbox branded page. Read the free eBook I released at Christmas, if you want to build a more robust file warehousing system.

A brand new stack is going to be released through the Stacks4Stacks website very shortly - if you like the idea of interactive calculators in your website, you will love this new creation! There’s also free updates pending for ProGallery and Lookup.

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PlayLister 2.3.0 released

Wednesday 25th January 2017

The best audio playlist stack for RapidWeaver, just got a bit more better!

Changes in this free update include:

  • The stack is now named with CamelCase lettering
  • New option to change the vertical alignment of the player controls interface
  • Padding applied around the player interface can now be customised
  • New text size setting for the Track Info (album, artist etc.)
  • New text size setting for the progress bar clocks
  • If cover artwork is disabled, the player interface now has an ‘auto’ height
  • A new, simple checkbox option, to vertically stack the interface on all screen sizes
  • New settings to customise the alignment of titles, albums and artist info
  • Playlist items can now have an 'auto’ height
  • Corrected the Info URL in the stack settings

The update is available NOW via automatic updates in RapidWeaver, or you can download it from your Paddle account. If you’re new to PlayLister, please see this page for more information and to grab a free demo version: https://stacks4stacks.com/playlister

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MicroBlog Stack Updated

Monday 23rd January 2017

Happy Monday! This evening a little update has been published for the ‘MicroBlog’ stack. This update introduces support for customisable PHP timezones; which should fix some timezone-related errors a few users reported seeing. You can now toggle the display of setup instructions and faux content on and off inside the MicroBlog settings. This update is available via automatic update checking or you can grab the latest version from the website: https://stacks4stacks.com/microblog

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Switcher 2.6 released

Friday 18th November 2016

This FREE update includes the following changes:-

  • You can now trigger Switcher tab or accordion panels using custom buttons (HTML5 data- attributes) within the same webpage
  • Fixed a bug that caused duplicate open / close icons to get appended onto nested accordions
  • Support added for custom Javascript callbacks, so advanced users can now interact with other stacks, when tabs or accordions are clicked (e.g. pause a video or re-render some content)
  • New checkbox option in the settings to make tab panels collapsible. When enabled, a tab panel can be re-closed by clicking or tapping it a second time

The update is available via automatic updates or from your Paddle account.

Click here to learn more about Switcher and to download a free demo version.

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Buy now to avoid price increases!

Wednesday 28th September 2016

Next week, we’re going to be revising the pricing of some stacks listed on the Stacks4Stacks website.

Admittedly nobody likes it when prices go up. However the reality is that some of our stack elements have grown to become very complex and advanced addons for RapidWeaver. Ultimately this pushes-up demand for more customer support.

It should also be remembered that Stacks4Stacks does things properly and complies with the EU VAT laws on digital downloads. This means that for each stack sold to an EU customer, we have to absorb VAT costs of up-to 30%. After all, we like to keep things legal and prevent our customers being chased for tax avoidance!

We’re doing the kind thing and giving you a heads-up of the price increases coming next week. That way you have a couple of days to test stacks you are interested in using and buying them at their current list price.

Basically any stack listed on the website now for £5 will be increasing to £10 next week. Some of the more complex individual stacks like Filter, ProGallery, Player, TopBox and Playlister will be seeing a price increase from £10 to £15 next week.

Free stack elements are going to remain free - we have no plans to start charging for any of these.

The stacks sold through the Stacks4Stacks website still offer excellent value for money, even after these price increases. We build high-quality stacks based on what real web designers and developers are asking us for. We regularly provide free updates to include feature requests. We’ve also fully embraced concepts like ExtraContent and warehousing in all our stacks. Free demo’s are provided for everything we sell. And in terms of customer support, most emails received get a friendly response within the same day.

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Welcoming seyDesign to the family!

Monday 19th September 2016

Just a quick note to say that in case you hadn’t heard yet, seyDesign (and RapidSearchPro and RWExtras) are now under my ownership. Themes and stacks (excluding Armadillo) are also joining us from Nimblehost.

This is a significant post-Brexit investment with a promise of many theme and stack updates in the coming months. These acquired businesses will signify an exciting expansion into the North American RapidWeaver addons market. Pricing is going to remain in USD and influential developers (like Tom Bristol) will be continuing to market their addons through websites like seyDesign.

Unlike previous acquisitions, these websites will be continuing to operate as they are (as separate entities), and will not be merged into the existing ThemeFlood or Stacks4Stacks websites.

As part of contractual agreements, all previous customers will be entitled to support and updates going forward. Some theme updates have already started to become available, and many more are planned before the end of year.

To celebrate the relaunch, significant discounts are being offered across all themes and stacks until 23:59PM GMT on Wednesday 21st September 2016. All individual themes and stacks have 40% off, and the theme and stack bundles have 60% discounts applied. No coupon codes are required. Free demo versions are provided. This offer simply will NOT be extended or repeated again, so it would be wise to take full advantage of it straight away!

You can access the seyDesign and RapidSearchPro websites here.

-Will.

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QuoteSlider stack updated to version 1.1.0

Friday 16th September 2016

This free update is available via automatic updates in RapidWeaver or can be downloaded from your Paddle account. Changes in this version include the following:

  • Updated the tooltip for adaptive height, to mention the fact it is ignored if the the slider operates in vertical mode
  • Added some Javascript code to ensure the slider resumes after the navigation or pagination buttons are clicked
  • New ‘Auto Hover’ setting, to pause the slider on mouseover
  • Negative margins can now be applied to the next / previous buttons, to pull them away from the content
  • All colour pickers now support RGBa values
  • Updated Font Awesome Icons to version 4.6.3
  • Adjusted the CSS z-index of the next / previous buttons to bring them further forward of content

More information about QuoteSlider (including a free demo version) can be found here: https://stacks4stacks.com/quoteslider/

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Limited support 24th August - 4th September

Thursday 18th August 2016

Just a quick heads-up to say that I’ll be away on holiday and attending my brothers wedding between Wednesday 24th August and Sunday 4th September

The office will be closed during this period and there will be limited support available while I’m on the road (I’ll only have an old iPad with me). Lots of hiking and photography is planned - an opportunity to replenish my photo library ahead of some big product launches this autumn!

So if you have complex technical support requests, it would be wise to get them in before my departure on 24th August. Otherwise they might not get much of a response until early September.

Don’t forget that you can also post questions to the RapidWeaver forums about my RapidWeaver addons. Membership is free. There are often support volunteers who may be able to help you with questions you post there.

I’m also reachable on social media for quick questions. You can catch me on Ask.fmTwitter, Facebook or Google+

It’s extremely rare that I take more than a few days off work. I don’t think I’ve had more than 7 consecutive days off work in over 12 years! I was even answering questions and modifying themes on Christmas day. I’m just posting this message here to quell any concerns you might have if you contact me but don’t get a response. 

I hope you’re also enjoying your summer (or winter) too and will be taking some time off!

-Will.

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ProGallery updated to version 1.5

Friday 5th August 2016

ProGallery is a drag-and-drop stack component for RapidWeaver. Using ProGallery, you can create a beautiful, interactive website gallery which can support both images and video from various different sources. ProGallery is responsive; meaning that it responds to different screen sizes - working flawlessly on smartphones, tablets and desktop computers.

Version 1.5 released today is a free update for all existing customers. The update is available via ‘check for updates’ in your Stacks library or you can manually download and install the update from your Paddle Locker. Changes in this update include:

  • Many more transitional effects added, featuring beautiful silky-smooth animations
  • New selectable gradient styles for the lightbox backdrop
  • Fixed a bug that caused lightbox thumbnails to not display for some users
  • New colour settings for the toolbars, buttons and caption content
  • Updated several components to the latest versions that were available (e.g. zoom.js)
  • You can now navigate lightbox galleries using the web browser backwards / forwards buttons
  • Added the ability to link to a specific slide and have it open within the lightbox as the page loads
  • Tidied up some aspects of the user interface, in stacks edit mode
  • More font styling options added for lightbox caption content
  • The colour scheme of lightbox pagination bullets is now customisable without needing custom CSS code
  • New 'iFrame’ source
  • New 'Pulse CMS’ image source

On the roadmap for future development, we’re exploring options for adding commenting support to ProGallery. This is a feature several ProGallery customers have shown an interest in seeing. The idea would be that website visitors can open your gallery and read comments other people have made on your images or video. Visitors could write and leave their own comments too. Some backend code has already been committed into this latest ProGallery update, which may help facilitate this new option. There is currently no timeframe for this new feature, but feedback is welcomed.

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StackSlider Updated to version 4.1

Friday 22nd July 2016

Changes in this free update include:

  • New advanced setting added to the stack, to control whether the jQuery Javascript slider code loads on the web browser ‘document’ or 'window’ event handler

This is a free update for all existing users. This latest update can be downloaded from within RapidWeaver (open your stack library and click the 'Check For Updates’) button or login and download the latest version from your secure Paddle Locker: https://my.paddle.com

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SimpleSearch stack updated to version 2.0

Sunday 17th July 2016

A major update for the popular SimpleSearch stack. This free update includes the following changes:

  • Significantly faster and easier editing interface - less clicking required to edit search items
  • Regrouped and reorganised several settings to make things easier to find in stacks edit mode
  • All colour pickers now support opacity
  • New setting to adjust the font size of the search box icon
  • More colour pickers for search box borders, fills and icons
  • Added an ARIA ‘search’ role to the search form, to improve webpage accessibility
  • Rewritten the CSS for the search bar, for improved compatibility with different themes
  • The search icon can now be floated either left or right, in the search box
  • Minor bug fix for Android
  • Numerous other changes to the SimpleSearch source code

Updating from version 1 to version 2
We strongly recommend you update to this newest version, because it includes some important changes that are required to maintain compatibility with future versions of Stacks 3 and RapidWeaver 7 going forward. Many people love using SimpleSearch and have used it in far larger projects than it was ever designed for! Therefore this latest version has some minor changes to the editing interface and some under-the-hood tweaks to make it work much faster in edit mode, when you have lots of searchable items.

SimpleSearch 2 will install itself alongside older versions, so you can place both stacks on the same webpage in edit mode and copy / paste existing content or data over into SimpleSearch 2. You can obtain SimpleSearch 2 right now from your Paddle Locker. The update is free. SimpleSearch 2 now requires a minimum of RapidWeaver 6 and Stacks 3.1.0 or later.

New to SimpleSearch?
As the name suggests, this stack makes it super-easy to add simple website search capabilities to small or medium sized websites. No complicated PHP, ad-driven search engines or databases are required - with this search solution you become the search engine and build the searchable index yourself. See the product page for SimpleSearch and download the free demo version to try. SimpleSearch is exactly the same search plugin we use on the Stacks4Stacks website - it’s that good!

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Porthole updated to version 1.4.0

Tuesday 28th June 2016

This free update for the Porthole stack includes the following features:

  • New font sizing options
  • Update checking now happens over SSL
  • Content is now always vertically centred within each Porthole automatically

Click here for more information about the Porthole stack. A free demo version is also available that you can download and install into RapidWeaver for testing.

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Announcing the PaddleBoard stack

Monday 27th June 2016

Many people have commented how fast and easy they’ve found the checkout process on the Stacks4Stacks and ThemeFlood websites; and wanted to know what we use and where they can get it! Since January 2015 we’ve used Paddle to securely handle all checkout purchases of RapidWeaver addons. 

The free PaddleBoard stack makes it simple to display purchasing terms and conditions within a modal window, which customers can agree to and then begin the checkout process via Paddle. Any button or link that lets you add custom classes can be used to trigger the checkout process:

Additionally the PaddleBoard stack also provides a simple admin interface. Store owners can use this to login to their Paddle account, or for generating a tracking cookie (which enables display of the PaddleBoard Dashboard): 

Once a tracking cookie is setup in the PaddleBoard Admin, extra dashboard buttons are displayed at the top left of a page, therefore giving quick access to edit the product information on Paddle:

Whether you’re managing one or one thousand digital downloads for sale on your website, PaddleBoard will give your purchasing customers a really intuitive buying experience and give you a quick admin interface to manage the store with.

You can add custom properties to the checkout button, supported by the latest Paddle overlay checkout. And of course the major advantage of using Paddle is that it takes care of all the terribly complicated EU VAT regulations, surrounding digital downloads!

Learn more: https://stacks4stacks.com/paddleboard/

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SuperMenu updated to version 1.2.0

Sunday 26th June 2016

SuperMenu is one of the most comprehensive stacks for creating ‘mega menu’ navigation layouts in RapidWeaver. Changes in this free update include the following:

  • New option to disable drop-down panels
  • New option to apply links to the parent button
  • New checkbox option to help fix alignment / layering issues in Foundation

The free demo version has been updated too. For more information, please click here.

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ProGallery 1.4 released

Monday 20th June 2016

Changes in this exciting free update include the following:

  • New ‘HTML5 Video’ source, to make it even faster and easier to add self-hosted HTML5 video content to your ProGallery
  • New option to change the alignment of thumbnail images displayed within the lightbox gallery
  • Rewritten the masonry grid module to use pure CSS code (CSS columns) which will bring much-improved reliability and faster page loading
  • ProGallery stack assets (like video play buttons and font icons) are now stored in a different location, to limit conflicts with other RapidWeaver addons
  • New 'Social Video’ source, to make it even faster and easier to add YouTube or Vimeo video content directly to your ProGallery
  • New 'HTML5 Video Directory’ source, letting you link to a directory of HTML5 video clips and automatically generate a basic video gallery
  • New 'Total CMS Gallery’ source, which can connect to a Total CMS gallery and pull images into your ProGallery stack
  • Updated several parts of the instructions to make some aspects easier to understand

The previous 'video source’ is now marked as deprecated. It will still work for the time being, but it will be going away in a future update. The new system of separate HTML5 video, HTML5 video directory and social video sources is easier to setup and generates cleaner code. Additionally it has allowed us to fix a few problems like fullscreen Vimeo not working. So these new video sources are  definitely the best ones to be using. A couple of the beta testers have commented that this is now by-far the best video gallery stack available for RapidWeaver!

Please see the ProGallery product page for the latest documentation and notes.

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Introducing the new Droplet stack

Friday 10th June 2016

Droplet is a free, simple and safe file uploader you can place on your website. It’s perfect as part of a CMS workflow; so that clients can upload their own files to stacks like Embed, RefinedSlider, ProGallery or Playlister. Or you can use it to collect images or other documents from students, work colleagues or customers. The emphasis of Droplet is on simplicity, and therefore this stack has far fewer options and functions; compared with other contact form and file uploader addons available for RapidWeaver.

The primary purpose of Droplet is to make a directory (folder) on your web server behave like a public ‘dropbox’. Without requiring any specialist software, website users can use their web browser to drag and drop (or select) files in Droplet. Some clever code within Droplet will scan and upload these files to the designated directory. From here you can automatically reuse the files in your website (like within an image gallery). Alternatively you can download the files using your preferred FTP software or website file manager.

Droplet is built on the popular Dropzone.js plugin. We coded a smart PHP backend which will process file uploads efficiently. The PHP backend will also make the file names web safe (swapping spaces and tabs for hyphens) and provides the option to time stamp the file uploads (to prevent conflicts with files named the same). End users cannot view the contents of the uploads directory, nor can they delete files - it’s purely a one-way dropbox system.

See the Droplet product page for more details and a working example. If you find this stack useful or require support, please make a contribution.

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Embed Stack updated to version 2.0

Thursday 9th June 2016

This is a major update for the free Embed stack. The main change in this stack is that it now supports HTML5 audio, HTML5 video, text files, warehoused images and image galleries; alongside existing support for iFrames. Please see the website for updated examples and documentation.

The purpose of Embed is to help you quickly embed common media types into your webpages. People often come to us asking what code is needed to embed different types of media that aren’t natively supported by RapidWeaver. The Embed stack provides a reliable, safe and easy method towards embedding different content types. Many of the content types now supported in Embed 2 require no complicated code or configuration. Images, audio and video all scale responsively.

Learn more…

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Introducing the LiteBox stack (free)

Thursday 9th June 2016

An extraordinarily lightweight and simplistic lightbox effect developed exclusively for handling images. As the name suggests, LiteBox lets website users click or tap images and have them pop-open at a larger size within a responsive lightbox. Nothing more, nothing less. LiteBox is built on the popular opensource Featherlight lightbox effect and includes the bare-minimum of customisable settings. You’ll find LiteBox is exceptionally easy to configure and if you have knowledge of CSS you can extend some of the styling even further. LiteBox is an attractive lightbox effect and its minimalist appeal makes it very suitable for use in ThemeFlood themes.

This lightbox effect purposefully does-away with features like navigation and image captions to focus purely on presenting your photographs in their simplest form. LiteBox is perfect if you have a couple of images on a webpage you want to lightbox. Any images nested within the LiteBox stack are automatically lightboxed. Alternatively you can have LiteBox scan your pages for HTML / Markdown images and convert them into clickable, lightboxed images.

LiteBox is provided as a free stack. The product page provides a working example of the stack and documentation for its setup. If you find this stack useful in your projects or require support, please make a contribution.

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RefinedSlider updated to version 2.1

Wednesday 8th June 2016

This is a free stack update for all existing users of the RefinedSlider stack. The focus of this update has been to add some more features. RefinedSlider is quite possibly one of the most advanced and customisable image slider available for RapidWeaver.

  • All colour pickers now support opacity values
  • The caption fill setting is now a colour picker with support for opacity
  • Added support for 5 custom callback settings: beforeChange, afterChange, slideshowEnd, lastSlide and afterLoad. These can be be used by advanced users for chaining extra jQuery Javascript functions into the slider and have the potential to make refinedSlider exceptionally powerful. For example, to have refinedSlider redirect to another page when the slideshow ends, enter window.location.href = “http://example.com”; in the Slideshow End box
  • You can now set a RefinedSlider Image (sub stack) to pull-in a directory of images (similar to what ProGallery can do). Ideal if you want to manage your image collection remotely outside of RapidWeaver

The update is available via automatic updates in Stacks / RapidWeaver or from your Paddle Locker

RefinedSlider requires Stacks 2.0 or later. Please see the product page for a working example, all the documentation and to download a free demo version.

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AudioPlayer 2.0 Released

Wednesday 1st June 2016

Based on the same codebase as the popular VideoPlayer stack, AudioPlayer is focused (as the name suggests) on handling audio content; like music recordings, podcasts, audio books, sermons and sound effects. AudioPlayer is simple to setup, but contains dozens of customisable settings. Using the AudioPlayer stack, you can design and deploy beautiful website audio players that will work in just about any web browser.

In a couple of clicks, AudioPlayer can help you reliably embed MP3 files into your webpages. No more ugly audio player controls or expensive addons that are complicated to configure and severely limit your creative freedom! Your website users deserve an attractive audio player that is compatible with the broadest range of web browsers available; and this is exactly what AudioPlayer delivers.

AudioPlayer has been developed exclusively for RapidWeaver; not just code ripped from other audio player plugins! As a result of this, we were able to consultant with potential users and gather excellent feedback. The finished AudioPlayer stack is one of the finest audio players available for RapidWeaver.

This stack replaces the former AudioDeckr stack by StackManiac, and AudioPlayer is a free update for all existing AudioDeckr users. The release of AudioPlayer today signifies the final stack to be updated and migrated from StackManiac, which will be closing down shortly. If you require the AudioPlayer update or an update for any other StackManiac stacks, please get in contact with me via the Stacks4Stacks website and provide poof of purchase.

For more information about the AudioPlayer stack, please click here.

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Introducing the AlertBar stack

Wednesday 25th May 2016

Use AlertBar to prominently broadcast important information or messages to your website users. It can be used to advertise special events, a promotion, newsletter signup, new products or as a method to alert users of office, shop or school closures (like during severe weather). AlertBar can be permanently fixed to the top or bottom of a webpage, or alternatively you can have it fixed when the page is scrolled. 

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This is one stack that has a multitude of possible uses. AlertBar is simple to setup and can be styled to match an existing theme or colour scheme. It can also be configured as ‘content aware’ and editable remotely via a CMS.

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Visit the AlertBar webpage for more information and to see some working examples of it. AlertBar requires a minimum of RW6 or RW7 and Stacks 3. If you like this stack or require support, please make a contribution.

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Introducing the RuleStack

Tuesday 24th May 2016

Horizontal rules are a great addition to almost any website. They help divide blocks of content up into smaller blocks; which ultimately improves content clarity and overall page presentation. Unlike normal horizontal rules, our brilliant RuleStack combines lines with attractive Font Awesome Icons. Lots of customisable settings are provided; empowering you to create beautiful horizontal line artwork. Completed horizontal rules work with all newer web browsers, are retina display optimised, fully responsive and will not add extra weight to pages. Print and PDF friendly too.

See the RuleStack webpage for examples of what this stack can do and to download your copy.

If you require support for this stack or appreciate what’s been provided, please visit the contribute page to make a contribution or to use our Amazon affiliate link the next time you shop on Amazon.

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Introducing the StandOut stack

Wednesday 18th May 2016

StandOut creates a magazine-style shadowed block, featuring an overhanging layer (normally an image or icon). StandOut is perfect to use for personal bio’s, pricing tables, product comparisons, audio players or just an interesting way of presenting images and captions on webpages. The frontmost layer (the overhanging layer) can be set as a link; thereby making this stack doubly useful! And as you would expect, StandOut is fully responsive and works flawlessly with all modern web browsers. A perfect addon to use in conjunction with ThemeFlood themes.

StandOut includes a great many customisable settings for both the backmost and frontmost layers. The shadow effects and rounded corners can be customised to match your existing RapidWeaver theme. StandOut uses pure HTML and CSS markup - so no Javascript, image shadows or Flash.

StandOut is provided free. If you find this stack useful in your projects or require support for it, please make a contribution. Likewise if you wish to support the Stacks4Stacks project, use our new Amazon affiliate link on the contribute page, the next time you go to shop at Amazon!

Learn more: https://stacks4stacks.com/standout/

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Introducing the HighLight stack

Wednesday 18th May 2016

The role of the HighLight stack is simple; display a picture and combine it with an overlaid caption, with the whole thing set as a link. HighLight is perfect for highlighting new or interesting things on your website and encouraging people to navigate further. Equally so, HighLight is perfect for building a simple image gallery or collage. You can use local or warehoused images with this stack and customise many aspects of its style and colour scheme. HighLight is responsive and uses HTML5 figure markup; for excellent SEO. A perfect stack to use with ThemeFlood themes. HighLight replaces the former Deli stack.

Key features:

  • Options to place HighLight within the normal page flow, an ExtraContent container or a FreeStyle banner
  • Toggle between using a local or warehoused image
  • Apply rounded corners (border radius)
  • Position your caption at either the top or bottom of the image frame
  • Set a breakpoint to simplify the layout on smaller screen widths
  • Change the font size of the captions independently of your theme font size (useful if you want to make captions more prominent)
  • Adjust the line height (line spacing) of caption content
  • Apply padding around the edge of the caption. Padding is specified in percentage units of measurement, so it scale proportionately
  • Control the caption text colour and background fill (including opacity)
  • Set the entire HighLight stack as a link to a RapidWeaver resource, another page in your website or an external website

If you find this stack useful in your projects or require support for it, please make a contribution. Likewise if you wish to support the Stacks4Stacks project, use our new Amazon affiliate link on the contribute page, the next time you go to shop at Amazon!

HighLight stack: https://stacks4stacks.com/highlight

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ProGallery updated to version 1.3

Monday 9th May 2016

Changes in this FREE stack update include:

  • New ‘none’ option for the thumbnail grid, to completely disable the display of thumbnail images
  • New 'ID’ setting, so you can easily give multiple instances of ProGallery (on the same page) unique IDs
  • Added the ability to trigger a ProGallery stack using a custom image, button or link*
  • Added the ability to have the page open with a ProGallery image or video open*
  • We’re now using DIV tags for caption content, which should afford more flexible use of HTML markup

*Please see the website for details on how to get either of these new function working. 

If your website uses CloudFlare, please remember to clear your cache after applying this update and publishing your changes!

This free update is available via automatic updates in RapidWeaver 6 / Stacks 3 or from your Paddle Locker. More information about ProGallery can be found here.

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VideoPlayer 2 released

Thursday 5th May 2016

VideoPlayer offers you a quick and simple method towards getting your own (self-hosted) video files embedded effortlessly within your RapidWeaver project; inside a gorgeous and highly customisable player interface. An ideal stack to use if you need something more sophisticated than LitePlayer, but something not quite as advanced as Player.

VideoPlayer displays a retina display-optimised controller. You can choose which buttons to display and customise both their size and colour. There are no preset ‘skins’ in this stack, so you have a lot more creative freedom to build a video player that matches your RapidWeaver theme or corporate branding. VideoPlayer works with all ThemeFlood RapidWeaver themes and most other HTML5 themes.

Setup of VideoPlayer is incredibly simple. Open your Stacks library and drag-and-drop a VideoPlayer stack into your Stacks 3 page. In the stack settings, configure the links to your static poster image, MP4 and WebM files. Customise any other style or behaviour settings as required.

Published VideoPlayer stacks work reliably with all major web browsers, including IE10+, Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari. On iOS devices, the player controls automatically revert to the default iOS media controls. On screens less-than 568px wide, the volume and fullscreen buttons are hidden to create more space. As a bonus, VideoPlayer is optimised for Android devices, and displays the option to ChromeCast the video directly onto a smart TV nearby.

VideoPlayer supersedes the older Playr / VideoPlayr stacks and is a free update for all existing users. Details about obtaining this update can be found on the VideoPlayer page. If you are new to VideoPlayer, please download the FREE demo version to test in RapidWeaver. All setup information for the stack can be found on the VideoPlayer webpage.

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