Thursday 5th April 2018
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TopBox 4.5 is here

Thursday 5th April 2018

A little while has past since TopBox was last updated (May 2016 to be exact). However this stack still remains one of the most popular stacks we sell and is by-far the most popular lightbox stack available for RapidWeaver.

The aim of this free update is to add a couple of hotly-requested features (like the ability to have a TopBox open automatically on page load). The user interface has also been tidied, to remove some unnecessary settings and make the stack even easier to use.

Changes in version 4.5 include:

  • Fixes a problem whereby HTML5 video was not correctly centred in Firefox Quantum
  • Surplus border, background, layout and responsive controls are now hidden in Stacks 3.5
  • The title text box is now 8 lines tall
  • More efficient loading of jQuery and Font Awesome icons
  • Callbacks now use 8 line input boxes, for easier writing of custom jQuery code
  • All colour pickers support RGBa opacity sliders
  • The input field for the error message supports 2 lines of text
  • Renamed a couple of settings and amended some tooltips for improved clarity
  • You can now close a TopBox using a custom link or button with a class of topBoxClose applied; or a custom element specified in the advanced settings
  • New setting to automatically truncate and ellipse longer titles that span multiple lines
  • New border radius, line height and font size options for titles
  • New checkbox option to hide the TopBox close button, to avoid needing custom CSS code
  • Added the option to automatically open a TopBox as the page loads
  • Optional cookie tracking, to record when a TopBox was closed
  • Minor optimisations for Stacks 3.5 and later
  • By request, TopBox titles (captions) can optionally be displayed as block elements using a new checkbox option
  • Removed some older CSS browser prefixes that are no longer required
  • It is now possible to trigger TopBox stacks using simple buttons (like Bootstrap buttons) or links
  • New option to set the vertical positioning of the title

TopBox 4.5 will show automatically in Stacks as a free update, if you are already using TopBox 4.4.2 and you are a user of Stacks 3.5. Because some of the changes in this update are dependent on features in Stacks 3.5, the update will not show if you are using an older version of the Stacks plugin. There should not be anything that destructively changes your existing TopBox configurations in this update; however as always, please ensure you have got adequate backups before commencing any stack updates!

See the website for the revised documentation. If you are new to TopBox, download the free demo version to try.

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Introducing the updated WebYep CMS stacks

Thursday 22nd March 2018

WebYep is an opensource CMS (content management system) favoured by thousands of users for its ease of setup, reliability, great multilingual support and its simplistic approach towards online editing. A perfect solution for making frequently-changed parts of a website remotely editable outside of RapidWeaver or for letting clients safely edit parts of a website themselves.

The eagerly awaited WebYep v2 has recently been released, and we have simultaneously released a brand new pack of powerful WebYep stacks. The WebYep stacks work with both the free version of WebYep and the forthcoming commercial version. The commercial version of WebYep is unbranded, with support for a REDACTOR rich text editor and file manager.

You can use WebYep in RapidWeaver without the stacks. But our stacks make the setup of editable content regions in your pages much easier. This is a friendly and flexible CMS solution for RapidWeaver, which anyone can use. WebYep is a tried and proven CMS we actively use daily in websites for our own clients.

The current pack of WebYep stacks (as of version 2.1, March 2018) includes the following:

  • Assistant - the main WebYep stack you add to every page
  • Attachment - creates file download links with customisable icons
  • Boolean - instantly toggle the display of page areas on and off
  • Calendar - populates calendar tables with events
  • Conditional - hides or displays content if authors are logged in
  • Grid - a responsive grid authors can add or remove items from
  • Image Gallery - responsive thumbnail grid with popup lightbox
  • Image - static images that can be changed by an author
  • Login Button - place a login button anywhere on the page
  • Long Text - a long extract of plain text an author can edit
  • Loop - page areas which can be repeated and reordered
  • Markup - a plain text / HTML editor for content authors
  • Menu - links which open dynamically generated pages
  • MP3 Player - embeds a single audio file
  • MP4 Player - embeds a single video file
  • Organiser - Trello-style project manager or schedule with cards
  • Rich Text - an editable area with link and formatting buttons
  • Short Text - a short extract of plain text an author can edit
  • Tabs - lets content authors setup panels of tabbed content
  • Time Control - displays page areas, based on date / time
  • Toggle - lets content authors setup accordion panels of content

Use as many or as few WebYep stacks as you want. The modular nature of this setup offers great flexibility. The loop and menu stacks are immensely powerful. Some of our other stacks like CutOut also incorporate WebYep compatibility.

Minimum system requirements:

  • RapidWeaver 7
  • Stacks 3.5
  • PHP 5.6 (7.x or greater is better, as 5.6 is approaching end-of-life)
  • SSL certificate (this stops web browsers nagging you about insecure login forms)
  • WebYep 2 free or commercial

This video [CC] provides a quick introduction to the WebYep stacks. As always, you can download a free demo version of the stacks to play with. WebYep itself is available to download from the Github project page and is extensively documented. Any technical questions you have about the WebYep stacks can be emailed direct to us. Any general questions about WebYep can be posted  to the forums.

Take a look at a couple of our other WebYep stack short teaser video’s here, here, here and here.

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Announcing the updated stacks for WebYep CMS v2

Wednesday 7th March 2018

After a couple of months work, I’m pleased to finally unveil the updated stacks for WebYep v2:

https://stacks4stacks.com/webyep/

The WebYep stacks were formally developed by Tsooj Media. Following the acquisition last July, the stacks came over to us. In parallel to WebYep v2 being developed, we have worked hard to completely rebuild these stacks; featuring a new user interface and all new codebase. A couple of new stacks have been added to the collection too.

It’s been a lot of work to get to this stage. Many Beta builds were published on the WebYep forums, and we are grateful to everybody who downloaded these and provided feedback.

Today we’ve hit the big milestone of being able to release these updated stacks. The new product page on the Stacks4Stacks website provides a good insight into what WebYep actually is. Numerous links are provided, to help you get started.

These stacks work with both the free version of WebYep and the new commercial version that will be coming-along shortly. You’ll find WebYep simple, reliable and very cost-effective to deploy in websites. Our clients love it!

The work does not stop here. We have plans to add WebYep support to some other stacks and will continue to update these new WebYep stacks. Simply because we believe WebYep is the best CMS solution available for RapidWeaver.

RapidWeaver Ninja had some nice things to say about WebYep last week, when he tested and reviewed several CMS options for RapidWeaver.

-Will.

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Introducing the CutOut stack

Monday 19th February 2018

An image float stack unlike any other! CutOut uses the new CSS ‘shape-outside’ property to apply attractive text wrapping effects around left or right floating images. Wrapping shapes can include circles (default), ellipses, insets and more complex polygons. This is a special effect, growing in popularity, which many web designers are deploying in more and more websites. A perfect finishing-touch for product photography and personal profile images.

CutOut uses pure CSS and HTML to achieve this effect. Zero Javascript is used. Because the 'shape-outside’ property is new in the CSS specification, it’s currently only supported by some newer web browsers. Rest assured, older web browsers will continue to render the image float and text in the normal 'square’ way. This is a progressive enhancement for newer web browsers. To combat the problems of floats on smaller screens (like mobile) a custom breakpoint setting lets you safely disable the float on smaller screens; where the image will get rendered above the content and centred.

You can use images dragged and dropped into RapidWeaver, warehoused images stored online already or login and upload images using the WebYep CMS. Images are automatically resized and can have a border radius applied, to make things simpler. Your image can be floated either left or right. Both the image and content can have their placement fine-tuned using padding and margin controls. In terms of written content, you can toggle between using styled text, HTML, markdown or content edited online with the WebYep CMS.

Learn more about CutOut here. This is provided as a free stack, but as always if you find it useful (or need support) please make a contribution to support ongoing development.

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Embed updated to version 3.0

Tuesday 6th February 2018

The focus of this major update has been to add support for more content types, which several users have kindly sponsored through generous contributions.

You can now embed Google AdSense adverts, CSV files (these are converted to HTML tables), Google Doc’s, Microsoft Office documents, OpenOffice documents, responsive Tumult Hype animations, and Pages documents. Video support has been extended, with options for TED, Vimeo, DailyMotion and YouTube HTML5. PDF support has been improved; with particular emphasis on better handling of multi-page PDF files on iOS.

This screenshot shows the choice of content types now available in version 3:

In addition to many new content types being added, some of the underlying source code has been changed to yield better performance in Stacks 3.5 and above.

Embed remains a free stack to download and use in your projects. It is an incredibly useful stack that can help you get lots of different content types safely embedded into your webpages; without needing to use complicated code or expensive plugins. Although you can sometimes get certain content types embedded quickly in webpages, Embed can assist you in making the content responsive and removing things like ugly borders or buttons.

As always, if you find this stack useful, please make a contribution to help offset ongoing support and development costs. :-)

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AnimateIt updated to version 2.1.0

Tuesday 6th February 2018

Need an easy and efficient way to add attractive animation effects to your webpages? AnimateIt could be exactly what you’re looking for!

This free update adds a ‘delay‘ setting; letting you delay an animation effect.

You can read more about the AnimateIt stack on the product page or see the original announcement on the RapidWeaver forums here.

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Paperless updated to version 1.1.0

Friday 19th January 2018

Changes in this free update for Paperless include:

  • It is now possible to apply live filters via URL query strings / parameters, as the page loads. e.g. https://stacks4stacks.com/paperless?filetype=jpg
  • Live filtering is now enabled by default in the stack settings
  • Support has been added for detection of up-to five custom file extensions, with options to change their icon / colour

Please download this update via automatic updates in RapidWeaver or from your secure Paddle account.

Want to learn more about Paperless? See the product page here. A free demo version is available to download.

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InstaViewer stack updated to version 2.3.0

Monday 15th January 2018

Changes in this free update for InstaViewer include:

  • Fixed support for lightbox images, now that Instagram has begun appending extensions and other meta data onto images
  • Added a ‘missingURL’ meta tag to the stack, for Stacks 3.5
  • Revised the stack sub title slightly
  • You can now control the number of thumbnails and lightboxed images shown, using a built-in slider in the stack settings

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

Learn more…

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Introducing the new SelectNav stack

Thursday 11th January 2018

A need recently arose (in a website I was updating for a client) to display a long list of links, about 60 in total to start. A normal drop-down menu or sidebar block menu wasn’t suitable to use. The list of links needed to be fast for users to access on any device and fully compliant with WAI guidelines for accessibility.

I opted to go the route of an HTML select menu. Normally these are only suitable to use inside forms, but with a tiny bit of Javascript it is possible to repurpose them as a very effective website navigation component.

SelectNav is available to download from the Stacks4Stacks website. It is a good solution for presenting a long list of webpage or file download links. Items within the select menu can be dragged into any order and it’s possible to sub-categorise them too with ‘option groups’. A simple yet very effective stack.

The button to trigger the option select menu carries a couple of style and colour settings. As normal, the styling of the option select menu itself is the responsibility of the browser or operating system.

The SelectNav stack is provided as a free download. But as always, if you get any use from the stack a small donation is very much appreciated and ensures we can continue to offer you support and updates going forward.

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Saturday 30th December 2017

Embedded image

The Stacks4Stacks blog turned 2 today! Although of course, we did have a blog a long time before this. Lots of people often ask what we are using for the latest blog setup. The simple answer is that new blog posts are made using Tumblr and we embed them into the Stacks4Stacks blog page using the free MicroBlog stack.

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Introducing Locator Stack

Monday 27th November 2017

Want to show your website users the locations of your business or multiple outlets? How about giving website users information like contact details, opening times, street view and realtime travel and directions for these locations? The new Locator stack could be what you need!

Sure you can use any other map addon for RapidWeaver, but that tends to be rather boring. In this day and age of AR (augmented reality), many modern businesses are beginning to embrace new technology to give customers realtime location information. And it needs to be something that looks and works great on all newer web browsers.

On the surface, this is a store locator. Users to your website or webapp can type their current location in the search box (auto location is supported too on SSL) and see a list of locations sorted by nearest first. Locator is using the latest Google Maps API v3 and a clever geocoder to query customer locations against your database. A whole host of powerful settings exist within Locator, to customise the user interface.

Locator supports unlimited locations. For example you could be a single, independent guitar shop on the edge of town or a global manufacturer selling products available worldwide in thousands of different stores. This location data can either be generated from a Google Earth KLM export (very easy), or you can code it yourself in simple XML format (a bit harder, but recommended). Step-by-step directions only work for XML sources.

The search box and list of locations are totally optional. You can easily toggle these off; meaning that Locator can double as a normal Google Maps stack. Lots of other style options can be changed, including the presentation of locations in the list, map points, the search box and all label localisations. Many settings to play with.

This stack came about out of need, not desire. Within the RapidWeaver community, a store locator stack has been in demand for a long time. I had a requirement to create a store locator for 2 private clients. Pre-existing map addons fell a long way short of what I wanted. Locator has been meticulously designed, developed and tested for real websites since July.

Please have patience! This is NOT a typical stack you drag and drop into a webpage and instantly have a store locator in less than 30 seconds. This is an expert-grade stack intended for semi professional RapidWeaver users. Carefully read the instructions and create a Google Maps API key. Then generate your map data and feed it into Locator. Adjust the settings accordingly (to suit your requirements) and preview the output. You should finish with an incredibly sophisticated store locator powered by Google Maps. One which easily beats the price and feature set of Wordpress equivalents!

As always, a free demo version is provided for download. You can use this to fully evaluate Locator without time or feature constraints, before committing to a purchase. Stacks 3.5 is required.

You can use this stack in as many personal and commercial websites as you want. If you are building websites for clients, this stack could make you their favourite web designer!

Until Saturday 2nd December 2017, Locator is 50% off, as part of our wider Black Friday promo. That’s a lot of stack for $10 USD!

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PaddleBoard stack updated to version 1.2.0

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Changes in this free update include:-

  • New icons
  • Added support for pre-filled coupons, useful for Black Friday etc.
  • A new input box to enter custom messages you want displayed on the checkout
  • Minor improvements to the display of the stack in edit mode
  • Removed surplus style / background / layout options that were not needed in the HUD

Learn more…

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ShakeIt v3 released

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Formally developed by Tsooj Media, the ShakeIt stack has received a major ‘shake-up’ and received a complete rewrite with various new features. The stack is now quicker and easier to deploy in websites. Its pure-CSS animation effects make it an excellent compliment for use in modern websites; where fast page loading and smooth animations are essential.

ShakeIt supports ten shaking velocities and styles. You can have ShakeIt run constantly (with the option to pause on mouseover) or only have ShakeIt do its thing on hover!

This stack is useful to grab the attention of website visitors. It can work great for subheadings, call to action buttons, Font Awesome icons, simple text, badges and images. As well as animating content you drag and drop into ShakeIt, this stack can also be configured to shake other elements on the page.

ShakeIt v3 is a free update for all existing users. Grab the latest version from your Paddle account or get in contact with your original receipt / download link to exchange it for a 100% coupon code for this newest version.

If you are new to ShakeIt, be sure to download the free demo version and read the documentation for the stack here.

Upcoming discounts
November is traditionally the month for steep discounting. A couple of people have already asked if we will be running any types of promotion this month. The short answer is “yes” and more details will be announced nearer the time. What is planned will be a pleasant twist on your traditional Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale, of great benefit to both recent loyal customers and those also after some bargains. So stay tuned. You will really like what is coming and keep buying in the meantime!

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AnimateIt 2 Released

Wednesday 1st November 2017

AnimateIt does as the name suggests, and makes is possible to apply animations to basic stacks or other elements in a webpage. This stack is both fun and easy to use. Over 50 different animation effects are supported. These animations can ‘fire’ on page load, click, mouseover or scroll.

Example situations where AnimateIt could be useful include having sections of a page (like a horizontal banner) slide into view when the page is scrolled down, animate a subheading with a subtle fade effect, or give a clickable image a mouseover effect.

Changes in version 2 include:

  • Merged the former Enclosure and Content stacks into a single stack element
  • A more efficient codebase that will help create faster-loading webpages
  • New icons, meta data, update checking, support links and other items required by Stacks
  • Improved the presentation and ordering of animation effects, so they are easier to find and test
  • Simplified the editing interface, to make the stack quicker and easier to use

There are too many animation effects to show on a single page! So be sure to take advantage of the free demo version provided, to download and have a play with the stack yourself. This stack was formally developed by Tsooj Media.

Learn more…

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SocialPopup updated to version 1.2.0

Wednesday 1st November 2017

Changes in this free stack update include…

  • Removed App.net support (this platform shutdown last year)
  • Added link helpers for Pocket and Viadeo
  • Changed the background colour of the Twitter icon to #44A6FD to reflect their revised branding
  • New meta data added for Stacks 3.5
  • Removed the checkbox option for Font Awesome. If you are using a relatively new version of Stacks, then Font Awesome 4.7.0 is already loaded in the page for you
  • Update checking now happens over SSL

Learn more…

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ShareStack updated to version 1.3.0

Thursday 26th October 2017

Changes in this free update include

  • You are now able to set both a minimum and maximum breakpoint, for more precise control of ShareStack display on different screen widths
  • Added a brand new button for sharing pages to ‘Pocket’, a new bookmarking service by Mozilla
  • Removed the checkbox option for Font Awesome. If you are using a relatively new version of Stacks, then Font Awesome 4.7.0 is already loaded in the page for you
  • Added Odnoklassniki (Russian) as a new sharing button
  • Added Viadeo (French) as a new sharing button
  • Changed the background colour of the Twitter icon to #44A6FD to reflect their revised branding
  • New meta data added for Stacks 3.5

Learn more…

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ImageMapper updated to version 2

Monday 25th September 2017

Using conventional HTML image map markup, ImageMapper can be used to generate a simple image map for navigation. ImageMapper can use a base image dragged and dropped into RapidWeaver or a warehoused image. A clever ‘coordinate inspector’ allows you to quickly plot your map areas in preview mode, and use the generated coordinates within the stack settings. Alternatively a 'source code’ mode lets you import an existing image map. ImageMapper makes your image map responsive and supports basic mouseover effects.

ImageMapper was originally developed by Tsooj Media. This latest version modernises the user interface. The stack works much the same as before. A couple of new features extend what you can do with ImageMapper.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/aJwhK2TsBQI

What’s particularly good about ImageMapper is that alongside support for regular rectangle shapes, it can also handle circles and more intricate polygon shapes. ImageMapper is responsive. As the screen is made smaller, some jQuery Javascript code is used to recalculate the point coordinates; therefore avoiding the issue of the image becoming cropped or your areas no aligning correctly with the image underneath.

A stack like ImageMapper could be used to create an interesting format of website navigation. Either links could be configured to open on other webpages or you could use anchors to scroll to other places in the same page. Support for custom attributes means you could potentially make use of addon lightbox effects too.

Changes in version 2 include:

  • A significant overhaul of the editing interface to move away from deprecated Stacks API features (like repeats). Emphasis on faster and easier setup
  • It is now possible to toggle between map areas you configure within the stack settings or import the source code for an existing image map to reuse in ImageMapper
  • Switch between using dragged and dropped images, warehoused images or a simple 'test’ image
  • The instructions and user interface for the Coordinate Inspector (in preview mode) has been updated to make things clearer
  • A new icon, update checking facilities, keywords and meta data desired by Stacks 3 and later
  • Tided some settings and created new informational tooltips
  • Removed the limit on the number of map areas supported
  • Map areas now support custom attributes (like IDs, classes or data- attributes) which may come in useful for attaching additional click events or styling
  • Tidied the underlying source code. Removed some browser hacks and prefixes that are no longer required

Update eligibility

  • Purchases made on or after 1st July 2017, login to your Paddle account to obtain the latest version
  • Purchases made longer ago, please get in contact via email (with proof of purchase attached) to request a 100% coupon code before 30th September 2017

Alternatively until Saturday 30th September, ImageMapper is available at 25% off for all new and existing users.

Learn more…

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Introducing BetterFloat

Friday 22nd September 2017

This stack is a remake to the free ‘Float’ stack that is already supplied with the Stacks plugin. Our BetterFloat stack lets you toggle between styled text, HTML code, stacks and Markdown content. You can switch between having the content rendered in columns or have content wrap-around the floating content. 

The units of measurement can be switched between EMs, percentages, pixels or viewport width. And the addition of a breakpoint setting lets you disable the float on narrower screens. Altogether, this is a particularly powerful float stack which could be useful in countless projects.

This is a free stack, but if you find it useful please make a contribution to support ongoing updates.

Click here to learn more about BetterFloat.

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Introducing RWML 2

Sunday 3rd September 2017

RWML (or RapidWeaver Multilingual) is the ultimate set of stack elements for helping you make your RapidWeaver website fully multilingual. These powerful stacks let you translate just about every aspect of a webpage. Your website visitors can choose their preferred language from a select menu or custom flags / links. Their language choice is ‘remembered’ by the system; on subsequent visits and page views.

Over the course of nearly two years, the stacks have been completely rewritten around a shiny new, intelligent, reliable and ultra-efficient PHP codebase. This latest version of RWML gives you immense flexibility for building the perfect, multilingual website you never thought was possible with RapidWeaver! The sophistication and advancements made in RWML v2 are truly remarkable.

RWML 2 is a major update. To briefly summarise the main changes that have happened in RWML v2:

  • The editing interface has been improved; with emphasis on making the stacks easier to use and bringing the most important settings and instructions to the front.
  • Some stacks have been merged together. For example, instead of there being three different switch stacks, there is now just one. Expanded settings let you swiftly toggle between different switch types.
  • We now use server-side code (like PHP) to determine what content to display. What’s the big deal with this? Server-side means only the content relevant to the selected language is sent down to the web browser. This brings enormous efficiency savings. Plus smoother and faster loading websites.
  • A couple of the stacks have been renamed, to better-reflect their revised roles within the RWML set.
  • The new 'RWML Wrapper’ stack lets you effortlessly place other stacks inside. You can regulate when those stacks are shown, based on the current language selection.
  • All the RWML stacks are now rebranded as 'Stacks4Stacks’, with new meta data, support links and secure update checking capabilities.
  • We are now making use of newer Stacks API features. These will give you faster page previewing, better compatibility with other stacks and improved reliability with an ever-growing choice of web browsers.
  • The RWML Menu stack no longer overwrites elements in navigation links (like spans and Font Awesome icons) and should work more reliably with a greater choice of theme designs and frameworks. It can now simultaneously translate mobile, desktop and breadcrumb links in most themes.
  • RWML is no longer dependent on older third-party addons (like PlusKit) which have been known to sometimes cause RapidWeaver problems (especially after updates). Everything can now be accomplished with RWML and Stacks. No extra purchases required.
  • A brand new 'RWML Meta’ stack at the request of former users, for improving SEO (search engine optimisation) and Twitter / Facebook sharing.
  • The RWML Sidebar stack can now also be used to embed content within ExtraContent containers, FreeStyle banners or custom containers, using Javascript.
  • Added a new 'RWML Replace’ stack, to search and replace simple words or sentences in those harder-to-reach outside parts of a webpage, with simple Javascript. For example, mobile menu toggle buttons, site titles, site slogans and footer copyright text.

Click here to read more about RWML, watch a tutorial video, download a free demo version and access the new (illustrated) user guide.

Looking to update from RWML v1? Please carefully read the user guide to understand the update process involved. If you purchased RWML after 1st July 2017, you can download the update direct from your Paddle account. For any purchases before this date, please get in contact before Saturday 30th September 2017 (with proof of purchase), to claim a 100% coupon code. The free update window closes after this date.

RWML v2 requires Stacks 3.5 or later.

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ActionHost updated to version 2.0

Thursday 31st August 2017

This clever little stack (formally a Tsooj Media stack) helps you modify and manipulate links within a webpage. It can work on both theme navigation links and links you ordinarily create within a webpage. ActionHost can change the address that a link points towards, add extra attributes, disable normal link behaviour or trigger things like lightboxes, language switches and shopping carts. The editing interface of ActionHost makes this stack relatively easy to setup.

ActionHost masks all the complicated code and can also be configured as a partial for use over multiple webpages.

Changes in version 2 include:

  • New icons, meta data, support links and update checking facilities
  • Renamed and regrouped some settings
  • Changed a couple of the informational tooltips
  • Surplus style settings (like backgrounds, borders, layout and responsive controls) are now hidden, to make setup faster and easier
  • Improved the font size and clarity of the instructions shown in edit mode
  • Javascript calls for E-Junkie carts now happen over SSL
  • ActionHost no longer requires a page with a .php extension

In addition to the above, the following new action types have been added to ActionHost:

  • Add an HTML5 data attribute and value to the link
  • Apply a unique ID selector name to the link
  • Force a linked file to download (in newer web browsers) and give it a new file name
  • Print the current webpage (or save it as a PDF)
  • Reload the current webpage
  • Navigate back to the previous webpage, that the user came from
  • Switch the website language using RWML v2 (due for release very shortly)
  • Execute custom jQuery Javascript code

Some special API features are being used in ActionHost 2, so the minimum system requirements of this stack have been raised to Stacks 3.5. You may notice pages preview and publish faster, as a result.

This is a FREE update for all existing users, available from your Paddle account or by getting in contact via email and providing ‘proof of purchase’.

Learn more…

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StackSlider updated to version 4.2.0

Wednesday 30th August 2017

Alongside the addition of some special meta data for Stacks 3.5, this update adds support for custom navigation. This lets you create a container of links or thumbnail images (elsewhere on the page) that each have a data-slide-index attribute like this:

<div id="stackSliderCustomNav">
  <a data-slide-index="0" href=""><img src="https://example.com/1.jpg"></a>
  <a data-slide-index="1" href=""><img src="https://example.com/2.jpg"></a>
  <a data-slide-index="2" href=""><img src="https://example.com/3.jpg"></a>
</div>

In the stack stack settings, scroll down to the advanced section and check the Custom Navigation option. Then enter the selector name of the container, hosting your custom navigation links. Based on the above example, the selector name you would enter is #stackSliderCustomNav and preview the page. You should find that clicking the link or image directs you to that specific slide.

The index is zero-based. That is to mean it starts 0; so slide 1 is actually referenced as 0.

Of course, you do not need to use code like above. Use the UsefulStack to wrap some columns of images inside a custom class name. Apply a link to each image, leaving its href value as # and give it custom attributes of data-slide-index, like this…

When the images or other content is clicked, the slide will move into view! It will not disrupt the existing settings or navigation.

StackSlider is easily one of the most sophisticated slider stacks for RapidWeaver. One of the most popular stacks we sell. Version 4.2.0 is a free update for all existing users, obtainable in the normal ways.

Learn more about StackSlider here.

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AdvancedPublisher updated to version 4

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

AdvancedPublisher is like a personal assistant for your website! This set of powerful stacks work in conjunction with server-side PHP code to efficiently hide or reveal time-sensitive content. Perfect to use for special promotions, events or simply to alternate the content shown on a webpage. You can also hide and display blocks of content, based on URL query strings. AdvancedPublisher is easy to setup, safe, reliable and compatible with almost any other content stacks placed within.

Changes in version 4 include…

  • Rebranded the stacks from Tsooj Media to Stacks4Stacks. New meta data, icons, stack names, update checking facilities and support links
  • We are now making use of some special API features introduced in Stacks 3.5 to enable faster previewing of pages that make use of AdvancedPublisher stacks
  • All the AdvancedPublisher stacks have received improvements to the editing interface and instructions. Instructions can now be toggled off in the base stack
  • AdvancedPublisher stacks no longer display surplus settings like Background, Border, Layout and Responsive. These are still all style options you can apply to the stacks you place inside AdvancedPublisher stacks
  • Fixed some validation errors, caused by a mismatch of opening and closing HTML tags
  • Some stack settings have been regrouped and improved. Some new information tooltips added to certain settings
  • New warning displayed in edit mode, if you add any AdvancedPublisher stacks without first adding a ‘base’ stack

This is a free update for existing customers; obtainable from your Paddle account or by getting in contact by email with proof of purchase.

If you are new to the idea of AdvancedPublisher, click here to read more information about this stack and to download your FREE demo version.

AdvancedContent requires a minimum of Stacks 3.5.

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YouTubeChannel Stack updated to version 2

Sunday 20th August 2017

Changes in this major update include:-

  • Updated the stack to use YouTube API 3*
  • The stack is now able to fetch either a YouTube channel or a video playlist
  • All colour pickers support RGBa opacity sliders, in the colour settings
  • Added some more style options
  • You no longer need to use an HTML snippet to place the playlist
  • Related video’s can now be toggled on or off in the stack settings
  • Autoplay is now a customisable option
  • You can customise how many video’s are shown in the playlist
  • Better compatibility with our forthcoming RWML 2 stack

* Depending on when you last generated an API key, you may need to generate a new API key for this version of the stack.

This stack makes it easier to embed a YouTube channel or playlist, within your RapidWeaver website. You can safely use multiple YouTubeChannel stacks on the same webpage, making it perfect for more complex video portfolios or for use within multilingual setups (e.g. RWML).

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Each time you add a new video to a playlist or your YouTube channel, the video is automatically added on your webpage. Therefore there’s no need to manually add the video in RapidWeaver and republish the website each time!

A basic array of style and colour options let you safely customise the basics of the player interface, to make it look like an integral part of your website.

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YouTubeChannel remains a free stack to download and use in all your projects. If you find it useful, you can make a contribution here to support ongoing updates and development. Paid support is available if you require help with generating an API key or other aspects.

Learn more…

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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

Learn more…

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