QueryDisplay v2 (major update)

Friday 25th September 2020

Since its first release, QueryDisplay has proven to be an essential stack for anybody dealing with query strings in RapidWeaver generated websites. QueryDisplay allows the display (or hiding) of stacks, based on what’s shown in the browser address bar, as a query string. Normally after a question mark:

A prime example of its use could be with the Sentry password stack. Once a user has logged out, you can send them back to a login page, with a query string appended onto the page address like this:

https://example.com/login-form?status=loggedout

In this example, the query string has a key / value pair of status=loggedout

With that, we could detect and then easily display a message to the website user, telling them that they are logged out. This is just one of many potential uses.

Even outside of RapidWeaver, query strings are a common method of communicating data between webpages and conditionally displaying things. Query strings can make a website altogether more dynamic and intelligent. If you are looking for a fun project, it is even possible to build a 1-page website that uses query strings to alternate the content shown!

Version 1 of QueryDisplay relied upon a fairly hefty Javascript library to read and interpret query strings. This library was not updated much. I wasn’t super-happy with it. At times, it was quite limiting and sometimes threw false results. The user interface also originated from a time when stacks were a lot more primitive.

I learnt that reading and processing query strings is something that modern Javascript can do. As you know, I am a huge fan of working with the likes of CSS, HTML and Javascript in their purest, rawest forms. Through some experiments, I found that QueryDisplay could be rewritten in significantly less code; while increasing the number of tests possible on query strings.

So here it is! QueryDisplay v2 not only has a new codebase, but the user interface should be far easier to work with too. This is by-far the best version of QueryDisplay yet.

Using QueryDisplay is not massively difficult. Add the stack to your page. Place some content inside of itself, which you either want shown or hidden. In the stack settings, choose the type of conditional test to execute from the select menu:

Enter the key / value pair to test against. From this point, QueryDisplay will work:

Owing to this being such a large update, QueryDisplay v2 requires a manual download and install. Older v1 stacks will be left intact, unchanged. Going forwards, use the new QueryDisplay v2 stacks. I have already updated the demo project file for Sentry to include some newer working examples of QueryDisplay v2.

As ever, I thank you if you are using QueryDisplay with my own stacks, like CalcStack or Sentry. But if you are taking QueryDisplay to use with addons from other developers, please consider making a donation. Donations directly help ongoing user support and updates.

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ZipList updated to version 3.2

Friday 25th September 2020

If you are in the market for a better toggle / accordion stack for RapidWeaver, then take a closer look at ZipList. Compatible with Stacks 3.5 and above, plus all mainstream web browsers and devices.

ZipList has existed for several years. It’s a perfect stack to create a list of items that can be toggled open and closed; complete with a smooth animation effects and an ability to scroll active items into view. ZipList does not have dependencies on heavy Javascript libraries (like jQuery UI), making it quick and reliable to deploy in almost any website you build with RapidWeaver. Lists are marked-up using simple HTML description list syntax, so this is good for SEO too.

Version 3.2 is available today. The primary focus of this update is to expand on the choice of options you have for creating anchor links.

What are anchor links? Simply put, they are dynamic or permanent links you can assign to each ZipList item. A quick and convenient way of linking users directly to particular ZipList items; therefore these items open and show first, when a user comes to the webpage.

You now have more style and colour settings, including the ability to style anchor links as rounded buttons:

There is also an optional input box to write a message you want ‘alerted’ to the user, when they click one of these anchor links:

This is a good space to display a little message, telling the user that the link is copied to their clipboard.

ZipList 3.2 is available through automatic updates in Stacks / RapidWeaver. If you are are new to ZipList or upgrading from an older version, ZipList is available to buy on the Stacks4Stacks website for just $15:

https://stacks4stacks.com/ziplist/

If you enjoy using ZipList, please don’t forget to give it a thumbs-up or write a short review about it here on the RapidWeaver community addons website:

https://rapidweavercommunity.com/addons/stacks/ziplist

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MiniCookie updated to version 2.0

Monday 14th September 2020

MiniCookie has proven to be a vital stack for a lot of RapidWeaver users wanting to comply with important privacy legislation. In some instances, this stack has provided a lifeline to enable people to continue using RapidWeaver to build websites.

This stack does NOT just do pretty privacy popup messages to make your website look vaguely compliant! It is a sophisticated stack to safely quarantine third-party scripts and services. It puts website users in total control of what they want to load. Plus convenient options to view and manage tracking cookies and local storage data that your website has generated. In other words, MiniCookie ticks all the boxes!

It’s called “mini” because it has a small codebase that adds very little extra weight to your webpages. MiniCookie was coded exclusively for RapidWeaver, so it works in harmony with many other stacks and knows how you prefer to build websites in RapidWeaver. It is not a pay-per-domain or subscription based service you have to keep renewing.

A video has been published here, where I walk you through the complete stages of making an average website built with RapidWeaver fully compliant with all relevant privacy laws. Starting with understanding the basics of privacy compliance and adding a privacy policy page. Then adding a MiniCookie stack as a Partial to display attractive consent popups. We deploy some conditional displays to quarantine Google Analytics tracking, YouTube embeds, Trip Advisor widgets and a map. The setup of a cookie table is demonstrated. And to complete the work, we adjust the opt-in system to use checkbox categories and comply with the more stringent German privacy laws.

MiniCookie v2 is a major update, but an update that is TOTALLY FREE for existing users. You can download and install version 2 using automatic updates in RapidWeaver or from your secure Paddle account.

Noteworthy changes in version 2 include:

Secure Cookies
Tracking cookies you create, modify or delete can now include the option of the path, domain name and a checkbox to set the cookie securely. This can limit the scope of the cookie to “secure” channels - like a specific website domain that uses HTTPS. This makes your cookies more secure and can also help users delete more stubborn cookies (like Google Analytics). It’s definitely recommended that after you updated to MiniCookie v2, you go-through your websites and provide a domain name and opt to use secure cookies. Some web browsers (like Firefox) will soon start displaying messages about potentially insecure cookies.

Checkbox Consent Popups
A new multi-select consent popup. This is an expanded version of the existing consent popup. This new popup type complies with forthcoming German laws and allows the user to opt-in to different types of services - like functional cookies, social media and website analytics. Good to use in more complex websites, where you need to differentiate between different types of cookies or other services. Therefore the user has a lot more control over what they see; compared with the normal opt-in / opt-out messaging. You have the freedom to devise and add as many categories as you want.

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Sentry Support
Some minor changes have been made to add support for the new Sentry password stack. MiniCookie is able to create, modify or delete your password protection cookies used by Sentry.

Save Form Data
Ability to save form data as local storage. This is a useful addition on modern contact forms, if you want users to save form data between sessions on their computer. I added this setting to assist a user of a custom purchase order form stack I made, so customers could enter common data (like their name and contact details) only the once. Thereafter, the web browser automatically enters it into the form each time.

Cookie Table Improvements
Cookie tables have been overhauled. The presentation of these tables should be improved in more frameworks and the delete buttons work harder to delete stubborn cookies (like Google Analytics). These tables remain an innovative method to provide website users with a complete, self-updating, list of all the cookies your website has set. With the addition of easy options for users to delete cookies.

Code improvements
Some quite radical changes have been made to parts of the underlying code base. You won’t notice any difference in how MiniCookie looks or works. But this newer code goes some distance towards improving the overall efficiency of the stack.

If you have questions about MiniCookie, please get in contact by email. The sample project file on the website has been updated to include more examples of MiniCookie. If you like using MiniCookie, please write a review and tell others on the forums about your experiences using it.

Learn more…

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Introducing the new Sentry stack

Wednesday 5th August 2020

Sentry provides a quick and sophisticated method towards password protecting individual webpages or groups of stacks on webpages.

Designed and built exclusively for RapidWeaver, Sentry uses a powerful system of tracking cookies and server-side PHP code to regulate what content a website visitor is able to access on your website.

Starting with the login form, this is professionally designed to integrate with your existing website and fully compliant with all accessibility regulations.

Then you can change the configuration of Sentry to protect either an entire webpage or single-out individual groups of stacks in a webpage you want protected, from users who are not logged in. If you need to protect multiple webpages, simply make Sentry a Partial, and add it to each webpage you want locked.

Furthermore, you have options in Sentry to create custom logout buttons. The ability even exists to forcefully logout “idle” users who have not interacted with a webpage for a predetermined length of time!

As you can hopefully see, Sentry offers some innovative and exciting prospects for adding basic password protection to any website.

As always, you have a free trial version of Sentry to download and practice with on your computer.

I have also made a sample RapidWeaver 8 project to download. This demonstrates many aspects of the stack. If you like pet bunny rabbits, you’ll love this little test site even more!

These should hopefully provide an excellent insight for you to test Sentry; to determine if it’s suitable for your requirements. But as always, if you have any other questions, please email me, and I’ll be happy to guide you and provide friendly, expert advice.

Sentry is a one-time purchase and you can use it freely on as many websites as you want.

For the month of August 2020, enter the optional coupon code lovesentry at the checkout to take 30% off your Sentry stack purchase. Watch how.

Wasn’t there previously a stack called Sentry? Yes! This was formally developed by Nimblehost and worked as a CMS / page locking setup. In recent years, the original Sentry stack sold in very few numbers. Presumably because there are so many other CMS stacks on the market nowadays. This new Sentry stack is repurposed to focus solely on the task of password protection.

Sentry is a free update for existing users of the previous Sentry stack (if you purchased or updated after July 2017). To see if you’re eligible, login to your Paddle account and look to see if Sentry is listed there.

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QueryDisplay  updated to version 1.1

Wednesday 5th August 2020


A free update for all existing users. Changes in this update include:

  • New icons.
  • New subtitle.
  • Added a missingURL string for newer versions of stacks.
  • Calling libraries and templates using the newer dictionary strings in Stacks 3 and later.
  • Updated the jQuery for version 3.x
  • Freshened up the editing interface, to make the notations easier to read in ‘code format’.
  • Edit mode notations can now be toggled on an off in the stack settings.
  • Added support for optional anchor tags. This will be useful for future versions of the Sentry stack.
  • Updated the viewing macros, used by Stacks.

You can either update within Stacks / RapidWeaver or grab the latest version from the product page.

Stay tuned for a major new stack announcement later today!

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Introducing Droplet v2

Saturday 1st August 2020

Droplet v2 is a combination of over 30 hours work to totally rewrite the underlying codebase for improved speed, compatibility and reliability. Several new features you are sure to benefit from have been added in Droplet v2…

  • Experimental audio, photograph and video capture direct from mobile devices like the iPhone.
  • More language translations for different interface elements.
  • Simple email notifications for uploaded files, via a choice of ‘mailto’ or 'PHP mail’ methods.
  • Lots more new style and colour settings to adjust. New border styles. Colour pickers support RGBa transparency.
  • Refreshed the stack settings and setup interface. Changed the ordering and grouping of some settings.
  • Automatic image re-sizing and re-saving, for images you are uploading. Great to use with ProGallery.
  • Ability to change the file uploader icon and make it animated.
  • File chunking for large uploads, meaning big files are split into smaller upload packages and restart if the upload is interrupted.
  • Integration with the updated Sentry password protection stack, so you can keep your uploader more private.
  • Critically important compatibility changes with forthcoming web browser updates, like Microsoft Edge.
  • More precise control towards limiting the file types and sizes that can be uploaded with this stack.
  • Optional CSRF security tokens, to restrict where and how files are uploaded.
  • Several other great new additions, towards making this the best possible file uploader stack.

Droplet v2 can be downloaded here. The product page has been updated with a new demo version and more documentation.

I also want to talk a little about pricing and addon revenue in general. Droplet v2 contains enough features and functionality to demand a $50 USD price tag any day of the week. A comparable file uploader for other publishing platforms is easily into the $400+ USD price bracket (take a look at the concrete5, Drupal or Wordpress marketplaces as an example); and probably do a fraction of what Droplet does, with no decent editing interface to speak of!

I know some people use Droplet with some of my existing paid themes and stacks. Droplet compliments these really well. For example, it works great with ProGallery. So it would be shame to go cup-in-hand for more money off these loyal customers. But at the same time, I cannot shrug-off the time and effort that have going into this huge update. It was extremely hard to decide whether to make this a mandatory paid update for everyone, or continue offering it as before on a donationware basis. I decided the latter, owing to the hugely difficult economic situation many are in.

For sure, there are lots of people who have downloaded Droplet and use it with themes or stacks from other companies. I see this often when people ask me for help setting up Droplet for them. In these scenarios, I get zero revenue. Compounded by the fact that the whole Covid-19 situation has seen RapidWeaver addon revenue seriously impacted. A couple of notable developers have already made exits from RapidWeaver addon development this year.

My hope is that you appreciate the time and effort that have gone into making Droplet v2 a seriously sophisticated file uploader stack. If you do, please consider making a small donation for this or other addons I make. Pay whatever you think the addons are worth to you personally. The contribute page is here. Every donation helps and is appreciated. I reply in person and thank everybody who donates (if you provide an email address).

This is a gentle reminder that users need to appreciate, respect, understand and support addon developers equally. For RapidWeaver to survive beyond 2020, there needs to be a healthy diversity of different addon developers giving back to the platform. Perhaps more importantly, there needs to be a more even-distribution of revenue between hard-working developers.

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Introducing the new CheckMate stack

Wednesday 8th July 2020

A useful stack to categorise and sort items, based on checkboxes.

An unlimited number of items and checkboxes can be added to your CheckMate stack. Each item can comprise of text, images, purchase buttons, links or other basic content.

A wide choice of style and layout settings are provided. These let you effortlessly change the appearance of your checkboxes, labels and CheckMate items.

Optionally you can move the checkboxes elsewhere in your page; like to a column, an ExtraContent container or theme sidebar.

CheckMate is seamlessly compatible with all major web browsers and devices, including touchscreen smartphones and tablets.

Perfect for building portfolio showcases, inventory lists, product comparisons, simple web stores and much more.

A lightweight codebase written exclusively for RapidWeaver ensures CheckMate is both reliable and optimised for faster loading. CheckMate is also compliant with all applicable accessibility guidelines.

Learn more…

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Shady updated to version 2

Tuesday 7th July 2020

Shady is one of these stacks that seems to find its way into almost every project I am working on! And based on the tens of thousands of downloads this stack has gained, I am guessing it is a firm favourite with lots of other users too.

Here’s a screengrab of the new settings side panel:

Version 2 has existed for a couple of months, but today I’m making the update public. The main changes in this big update include:

  • Changes to the HTML and CSS code. Removed older browser prefixes for web browsers that no-longer exist.
  • Made the stack an ‘inline‘ stack type. This removes all the generic settings that the Stacks plugin sometimes adds to stacks (like backgrounds, borders, margins, padding, display, sizing etc).
  • All number boxes now let you specific your own units of measurement. For example I use rem and em units almost exclusively in everything, whereas some people prefer viewport units or pixels units or others. Now you can use whatever you want.
  • New settings to apply border styles, in addition to the existing shadow effects.
  • Ability to set a max-width and change the horizontal placement of the stack, without needing to load extra stacks like UsefulStack into the webpage.

Owing to the significance of the changes in this update, Shady v2 is NOT offered as an automatic update. This is a stack you will need to manually download and install, if you want it.

Shady v2 installs itself alongside Shady v1. This version 2 is clearly marked in the stack name. So it will not upset or damage existing copies of Shady v1 in your websites.

When the time is right or you are starting new projects, you can gradually swap-out older copies of Shady and change them for Shady v2. Version 1 is still available from the archive page, if you need it for older websites.

Learn more…

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Introducing the new Radar stack

Monday 22nd June 2020

With the news that Dark Sky API is going away, this has regretfully brought about the need to discontinue older stacks like WeatherEmbed. After the end of this month, these stacks are unlikely to work properly for displaying weather forecasts and mapping on your websites.

There already exist several free and paid weather services that can provide you with website widgets, for the display of local weather information. Going forwards, it’s probably recommended that you use one of these. Many exist for different regions of the world.

As an interest of mine, I still wanted to offer a weather stack. One of the most influential weather types we are always looking towards the sky for is rain! So I’ve built a brand new stack named Radar that does this single job - it displays the latest rainfall radar for your area. And other precip types like hail, snow, sleet etc.

This would be good to use in websites like sporting fixtures, festivals, outdoor events, travel / tourism, severe weather tracking, and also for farmers and growers. The stack has basic settings to control what part of the world to show. Plus different options to change the visual display of the radar.

The Radar stack is built upon the RainViewer.com API. It’s a culmination of radar data from several major weather agencies and organisations around the world, layered on Open Street Maps mapping. All open source.

Two configurations are offered in the Radar stack:

  1. iFrame Embed uses a bare-minimum of code and offers the widest compatibility with different themes and frameworks.
  2. Leaflet.js / Open Street Maps reduces branding, keeps more of the codebase local to your website and provides extra code options for customising the radar loop animation sequence buttons.

To use the stack, simply install it into RapidWeaver in the normal way. Open your Stacks Library and search for ‘Radar’. Drag and drop a copy of the stack into your webpage. Within the stacks side panel, you have various settings to customise the behaviour and style of your weather radar map.

Please note: a caching bug in RapidWeaver Preview mode may result in the radar visuals not updating immediately when you make changes to either the Radar Graphics or Map Type. The workaround solution is to preview the page in a normal web browser (e.g. Firefox, Safari or Chrome).

If I manage to find a decent enough weather forecasting API that doesn’t cost a fortune I may still look at putting together an actual 5-day or 7-day forecasting stack. But so far, I’ve not found anything suitable to use yet.

In the spirit of FOSS (free and open source software) Radar is available as a free download here.

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Introducing the Appender stack

Tuesday 9th June 2020

The sole purpose of this little stack is to help you append (or prepend) stack elements onto other parts of a webpage, like navigation bars, headers, banners or footers.

Appender uses jQuery Javascript and has four available functions:

  1. Append To adds content inside the target element, as a sibling to any other elements.
  2. Prepend To adds content inside the target element, but before any sibling elements.
  3. Insert After places content after the target element.
  4. Insert Before places content before the target element.

As an example, you might have a navigation bar area at the top of a webpage that you want to append a special message bar onto. Appender is the perfect stack to do this job.

Appender has a bare-minimum of settings to make setup quick and safe. The only requirement is that you have basic HTML knowledge and the ability to get the class or ID of the element you want to append stacks onto.

You can get this free stack here.

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Introducing the new Filmset stack

Monday 8th June 2020

The basic idea of the Filmset stack is to take simple content types (like video, images or iFrames) and ‘frame’ them within an attractive backdrop image.

Therefore you can accomplish the appearance of this content being presented inside a device or other object. Brilliant to use for website banners, product videos, software screenshots, and much more.

You can choose to use one of the many preset backdrop images. Alternatively you can add your own custom image. Then use the sliders to adjust the size and positioning of your content to fit the 'cut out’.

Filmset is a mobile responsive stack and can be optimised for higher resolution displays. Content types like HTML5 video support some advanced features, like captions and subtitles.

A stack that is sure to grab the attention of all your website users!

Learn more about Filmset by clicking here.

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Introducing the free AppBanner stack

Monday 25th May 2020

With so many individuals and organisations forced to take their business operations online, in light of the current Covid-19 crisis, there has been a sharp increase in the need to do more digitally using smartphone and tablet apps.

The new AppBanner stack is a simple and convenient way to display advertising banners at the top of your webpages, for Android and iOS users.

The banner is styled to match the similar banners that Apple and Google already provide developers with. However this stack makes setup a whole lot easier (no APIs required) and combines support for both Android and iOS in one powerful stack.

Settings exist to change the following:

  • Targeted platforms
  • App name
  • Developer name or company
  • Price
  • Button labels
  • Suffixes
  • App icon
  • App link

The app link is where you would normally put your link to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. As well as apps, the AppBanner stack can also be repurposed for podcasts, games, audio and video downloads. No invasive user tracking or affiliate linking is involved. AppBanner is completely self-contained.

The banner is only shown on the platforms you set to target (e.g. Android and / or iOS). You can test what the banner looks like using the Simulation options in RapidWeaver 8.

No other stack presently exists for RapidWeaver that can do this type of popup banner. AppBanner is currently a free download during the Covid-19 crisis. However if you like using it, a contribution, rating or review is hugely appreciated.

Learn more…

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ActionHost updated to version 2.1

Sunday 12th April 2020

The main purpose of this update has been to add support for a couple more user-requested link actions, including links opening in new tabs / windows, alerts and the ability to get confirmation off the user via an alert popup:

This is a free update for all ActionHost v2.0 stack users, available to download via automatic updates in Stacks / RapidWeaver or using the link in your Paddle account.

If you like using ActionHost, please don’t forget to give it a quick “thumbs up” or write a short review about it here: https://rapidweavercommunity.com/addons/stacks/actionhost

More information about ActionHost is available here: https://stacks4stacks.com/actionhost/

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MicroBlog updated to version 3.0

Wednesday 1st April 2020

A major update for the MicroBlog stack, incorporating some important fixes and adding some new features requested by our customers:

  • Updated to support PHP 7.4.
  • Sidebar links are now rendered in the format of a bulleted list, to improve clarity and promote more options for styling them with custom CSS code.
  • New style settings for normal and hovered sidebar links (bold, italic, underline and uppercase).
  • Added an option to convert sidebar blog archive and date lists into HTML select menus.
  • More sidebar positioning options, using CSS flexbox.
  • Updated a couple of stack settings and informational tooltips, to make things easier to find and use.
  • Photograph post types now have a loading=“lazy” attribute applied to images, to promote faster page loading in newer web browsers.
  • Deleted some surplus icons that are no longer needed by newer versions of Stacks and RapidWeaver.
  • Reorganised the templates and libraries required by MicroBlog.

MicroBlog reuses a Tumblr blog RSS feed; meaning that you can use the existing Tumblr website, tablet or smartphone apps to login and keep your blog topped-up with fresh content remotely. No need to publish from RapidWeaver each time you need to post a new article. Plus you can schedule posts for a future date and share new posts across all your social media platforms.

If you are stuck at home during the current COVID crisis and need to continue communicating or collaborating with friends, customers or co-workers, then a blog can prove to be a valuable tool.

We are providing MicroBlog as a FREE download during the current crisis period. But if you use it and like it, please consider making a donation. Especially if you require support or have feature requests. Please also give this stack a ‘like’ and 'review’ on the RapidWeaver Community Addons website, so more people can be made aware of it.

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Introducing the new Notes stack

Friday 13th March 2020

Notes does exactly as the name suggests, in allowing you to attach simple notes to webpages.

These notes are only ever available to view in edit mode. None of the code or content is ever exported or published.

Perfect for creating simple reminders to yourself, quick to-do lists for finishing a webpage or instructions for work colleagues to follow.

Notes stack is a free download and works with all themes and frameworks.

Click here to learn more.

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Introducing SuperBox 5

Wednesday 26th February 2020

A clever image stack, which you can use for the creation of search engine styled image galleries. Clicking on thumbnail images reveals a larger version of the image. It’s like a lightbox, but not quite a lightbox!

You can view the product page for SuperBox here.

What’s good about SuperBox is that it keeps focus on the webpage. Navigation through an image gallery becomes an altogether faster and more enjoyable experience.

SuperBox has been around as a stack for a number of years. The original developer was Adam Merrifield of SeyDoggy. This latest version introduces some excellent new functionality that elevates the capabilities of SuperBox even further. Have a read below of what’s new!

Caption Support

This has long been a frequent request. This version of SuperBox finally introduces support for written captions. Plus there is a separate HTML box, where you can include optional code for each image, such as custom links, download buttons, lightbox triggers, PayPal, Stripe or FotoMoto purchase buttons.

Expertly built

SuperBox uses a mixture of modern web technologies, including CSS flexbox, transitional effects, proportionate sizing and responsive behaviour. The end result is a robust and highly flexible stack, which adapts intelligently to fit your content. The subtle animation effects add a professional finishing touch.

Image links

You can now apply optional links to the full size image, to make them clickable. Not only that, but you can also apply custom attributes to these links; for those instances where you need to ‘attach’ extra code; like lightbox triggers, custom callbacks or analytical campaign tracking.

Improved thumbnail grid controls

By request, it is now possible to control how many thumbnail columns are displayed on mobile, tablet, laptop and desktop screen widths. Choose between one and twelve columns in the stack settings. SuperBox does all the complicated code and calculations for you in the background.

Lazy loading

SuperBox includes the new HTML loading attribute, for web browsers that support it (currently Chrome and Firefox nightly). Meaning your images will have deferred loading until the image comes into view. The end result is a faster loading webpage. Expect to find native lazy loading support coming into many more web browsers this year.

More style options

The choice of style, colour and alignment options has increased significantly in this update. While we still inherit a lot of theme styling (like font faces) you have greater control over many other aspects of the SuperBox presentation. All colour pickers come in light and dark pairs, so you can adjust the colour of SuperBox depending on whether the user has their computer set to light or dark mode. Learn more about this here.

New navigation options

Keyboard navigation remains the same as before. Next, previous and close icons have received a minor design refresh. A select menu is provided so you can adjust the placement of the next / previous button. The Font Awesome Icons used can be changed in the stack settings, if required.

Active carets

The thumbnail image of the expanded image have the addition of a little caret icon. This gives better indication of what image the user is currently viewing. A nice little finishing touch. Carets are easily disabled with a checkbox option, if they are not required.

Sound effects

Not to everyone’s liking admittedly! However another customer of SuperBox v5 (using the stack in a children’s website) specifically sponsored this new feature. It is now possible to attach custom sound effects to the thumbnails, which play each time a thumbnail or navigation button is clicked.

Text-only panels

Sometimes you might be in a position of wanting to only display a thumbnail image and corresponding caption or HTML content (no full size image) in the expanded panel. The 'Text / HTML Only’ sub-stack is perfect for this task. A full size image is not loaded, and your caption or HTML content is set to display the full width of the SuperBox panel.

Anchor points

Optional anchor points can be assigned to each SuperBox item. If a user lands on the page with a matching anchor appended to the URL (e.g. https://example.com/#cute-puppy) then the user is scrolled down to that point of the page and the target image opens within SuperBox.

Improved compatibility

SuperBox is now compatible with Foundation and other frameworks / themes. Various theme and web browser related bugs have been fixed in this update. All the messy Internet Explorer hacks are gone, so the code base of SuperBox is smaller, despite many more features being added.

Special Effects

Alongside the previous 'opacity’ effect available, the choice of thumbnail image special effects has been expanded to include blur, brightness, contrast, hue, invert, monochrome, rotation, saturation, scale and sepia. The amount of each effect is customisable. Effects are applied via CSS, for minimal performance impacts.

SuperBox is certainly an image gallery stack worth taking a second look at. A great addition to websites and an innovative method of navigating any quantity of images. The addition of captions, links and optional HTML code make SuperBox a useful addition to the Stacks Library.

This stack would be particularly well suited for product showcases, a simple store front, photographic galleries, real estate listings, travel websites and so much more…

Updates and pricing

  • SuperBox v5 installs itself alongside older versions you may already have installed. It will leave existing SuperBox galleries in your website untouched.
  • If you have purchased or updated SuperBox anytime after August 2017, login to your secure Paddle account to download the latest version for free. This newest version has an orange and white icon, in your Stacks Library.
  • If you are new to SuperBox (or have let your updates lapse behind), version 5 is available to buy today for just $20. A free demo version is available to download and install on your computer, meaning you can fully explore this whole stack and test it with your own content. Go to the product page here.

If you like using SuperBox, please leave us a quick review on the RapidWeaver Addons website here. It helps immensely!

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MiniCookie updated to version 1.1

Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Changes in this free update for MiniCookie include:

  • When the RW privacy popup is dismissed, its box container is now fully hidden, before the next page load.
  • Added a new button below the cookie table, to instantly delete all the listed cookies.
  • It’s now possible to change the icons applied on buttons below the tables.
  • Added support for HTML5 offline storage data (localStorage and sessionStorage).
  • Added a new configuration, to make it possible to edit multiple cookies with one button.
  • Table rows now receive a class selector name equal to the cookie or offline data name.
  • Updated the project file.

You can download the update via automatic updates in Stacks, or direct from your Paddle account.

Until Sunday 8th December 2019, MiniCookie is included in our 40% Black Friday promo. A perfect opportunity to buy this new stack.

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Early December stack updates

Monday 2nd December 2019

A summary of free stack updates for RapidWeaver released yesterday and today.

BannerStack v2.1.0

  • New plist keys for Stacks 3 + 4.
  • Added WebYep CMS as an image source.

FullScreen v2.0.0

  • Improvements to the Javascript code.
  • You can now use multiple FullScreen stacks on the same webpage.
  • Added the ability to trigger FullScreen using a button below the content container.
  • Added some bits plist data for Stacks 3 + 4.
  • Update checking now done over SSL.
  • Updated some of the informational tooltips.

WebYep CMS v2.4.0

  • New masonry grid stack.
  • New read more stack.
  • New news ticker stack.

CommentsStack v.1.3.0

  • Various theme compatibility improvements (especially for Foundations 6).
  • Ability to link and scroll to the submit form and first comment.
  • Minor enhancements for mobile.
  • Better IDs for the comments, to make linking easier.
  • Removed some surplus icon files.

Gator v1.3.0

  • New settings to adjust the maximum width of the navigation bar and maximum width of the navigation content more easily.
  • New checkbox options to automatically scale images placed in additional content left / additional content right, useful for logo images.
  • New setting to apply padding around the content of the navigation bar.
  • New text style options for the mobile menu, navigation bar links and dropdowns.
  • Additional new settings for dividers between parent navigation items on desktop, including borders, Font Awesome icons and text characters.
  • Reorganised and renamed a couple of settings.
  • Ability to hide left or right additional content on mobile.
  • Ability to position either the left or right additional content at the top right of the navigation bar, on mobile.
  • Improved spacing around the ‘menu’ button on mobile.
  • Ability to customise the icons used in the mobile menu.

FileTree v1.2.0

  • Title tooltips can now be toggled on and off in the stack settings.
  • Improved TopBox lightbox support, including;
  • The ability to group directories of files into lightbox gallery groups.
  • Fixed the broken icons.

Download these updates in the Stacks Library or from your Paddle Account (for the paid stacks).

Don’t forget to use the coupon code blackfriday at the checkout, if you want to save 40% on any of these. Promo ends Sunday 8th December 2019.

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday week 40% promo

Friday 29th November 2019

40% off all themes and stacks at ThemeFlood and Stacks4Stacks.

Valid until Sunday 8th December 2019

Use the coupon code blackfriday at the checkout, if you want to apply the optional discount. Watch this quick video to see how.

Plus lots of fun and exciting new things including:

Click here here 3 for more info.

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ImageWizard v2 released

Thursday 28th November 2019

This is a FREE update for all existing customers. You can update the stack inside Stacks / RapidWeaver or download the latest version from your Paddle account.

Changes in this major update include:

  • Added a ‘missingURL’ key to the stack (used by newer versions of Stacks).
  • Updated some of the information tooltips displayed in the HUD.
  • Added WebYep CMS as an image source.
  • You can now specify your own Pinterest sharing icon.
  • Removed the old option for retina display compatible images, as Stacks now handles this.
  • Renamed the template files 'imagewizard’ for easier reference
  • Brand new 'Instagram’ image filter effects to play with!
  • All colour pickers now support RGBa opacity.
  • New icon.

The product page for ImageWizard can be found here: https://stacks4stacks.com/imagewizard/

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow morning for the start of our Black Friday event. Big discounts across the websites and lots of exciting new addons to get your hands on! A truly unmissable Black Friday promo.

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Introducing the new SoftLanding stack

Monday 23rd September 2019

SoftLanding uses a cross-fade effect to transition between a welcome message / image and the main webpage content. It’s great to use for temporary websites and landing pages.

The initial content shown as the page starts can comprise of either text or an image. Typically most users of this stack use it to display their company logo. This content is always centred both vertically and horizontally on the screen.

SoftLanding is quick and easy to setup. The product page provides detailed documentation on how to use this stack.

SoftLanding is provided as a free stack, but we kindly request a ‘pay what you want’ donation if you find it useful in your projects. All donations help greatly towards offsetting the development and support involved.

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Gator stack updated to version 1.2.0

Friday 20th September 2019

Gator is a powerful stack for the rapid design and deployment of complex, responsive, menu navigation units in your RapidWeaver websites. Extreme customisability and excellent accessibility are fundamentals of this stack.

Changes in this free update include:

  • New settings to adjust the maximum width of the navigation bar and maximum width of the navigation content more easily.
  • New checkbox options to automatically scale images placed in additional content left / additional content right, useful for logo images.
  • New setting to apply padding around the content of the navigation bar.
  • New text style options for the mobile menu, navigation bar links and dropdowns.
  • Additional new settings for dividers between parent navigation items on desktop, including borders, Font Awesome icons and text characters.
  • Reorgansied and renamed a couple of settings.
  • Ability to hide left or right additional content on mobile.
  • Ability to position either the left or right additional content at the top right of the navigation bar, on mobile.

Update via Stacks / RapidWeaver or download the latest version from your Paddle account.

If you have a few minutes spare, please also ‘like‘ or ‘review’ Gator on the RapidWeaver Community Addons website.

Any problems, please let me know. Have a great weekend!

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Introducing the FileTree stack

Wednesday 28th August 2019

FileTree uses a relative path to a directory on your web server. It converts the resulting directory / file list into an interactive file tree. Just like a file browser on a computer, visitors to your website are able to drill-down through multiple levels of directories to browse files. You can configure FileTree to open files within the browser window, open files in a new tab, force files to download or wire-up FileTree to TopBox for lightbox support. Plus each time you add or remove files on the web server, FileTree updates without needing any input via RapidWeaver.

Possible uses of FileTree could include business press kits, a simple photographic or video gallery, organisation of course material, and any other tasks that require publication of multiple files within a structured hierarchy. Files can be added as resources in RapidWeaver or uploaded directly via FTP or Droplet stack.

The only dependencies of FileTree are a web server with PHP 7.1+ support and a theme with Font Awesome Icon v5 support. All free and paid themes at ThemeFlood (excluding Clean Slate) support Font Awesome 5 or you can include Font Awesome 5 yourself into a website if using older themes from elsewhere.

Please see the product page here for details about what FileTree can achieve and how to use it.

If you find this stack useful, please make a contribution here to support ongoing development and updates.

This is a screenshot below showing how files in FileTree can be lightboxed with TopBox. If you set TopBox as the FileTree ‘action’ some instructions are shown in edit mode for how to make your files open in TopBox. This is what the opened lightbox looks like:

PS: TopBox v5 will be available soon, hopefully towards the end of September. A phenomenally huge update with some fantastic new features. A free update for all TopBox v4 users!

PPS: The office will be closed between Thursday August 29th 2019 and Saturday 7th September 2019 for vacation. This means that any support requests sent during this period will not get a reply. If you have an urgent question, it would be advisable to use the RapidWeaver forums instead. Normal service will resume again in mid-September.

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CalcStack updated to version 1.7

Friday 12th July 2019

Alongside some improvements to select menu types in FormsPlus and some other minor tweaks ahead of Stacks 4, this version of CalcStack adds support for ‘Suggestive Inputs’.

Think along the lines of regular text inputs, but with suggestions displayed as you begin to type in the boxes:

This feature is actually a part of the official HTML specification; known as datalists: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTML/Element/datalist

Datalists make input boxes behave slightly like an option select menu. However the end user is still within their ability to manually change the values shown. This can help users quickly select common values and improve the usability of your calculators. You can setup suggestions within the CalcStack.

Click here to learn more about CalcStack.

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Newsroom updated to version 1.1

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Changes in this free update include:-

  • Added support for RSS feeds generated using Poster stack (sold separately).
  • Removed the blue ’+’ button to limit confusion for some users and moved the link / title of the news feed into the main stack settings*.
  • New checkbox option to enable PHP debugging info to be shown.
  • Removed the option for caching, because it was proving too difficult for some users to work around and delayed the display of new RSS articles.
  • Added a new setting to optionally remove paragraph breaks (carriage returns) in descriptions.
  • Fixed a problem whereby the date was not being properly formatted for a few users.
  • Better compatibility with some shared web hosting servers.
  • Updated a couple of informational tooltips.

* After applying this update, you will need to add your custom RSS feed link within the stack settings. Simply select ‘Custom (default)’ from the Feed Source select menu, then click the Link button to add your RSS feed link.

A polite reminder - if your RSS feed does not show in the stack correctly, please put it through the W3C RSS validator before raising a support request. If the validator reports errors or says that the feed cannot be read, then you have your answer! It is not possible for Newsroom to parse broken RSS feeds that are malformed or contain proprietary code.

This update is free for all existing Newsroom stack users. You can apply the update within Stacks / RapidWeaver or manually download and install the latest version from your Paddle account.

Learn more about Newsroom here and download your free demo version.

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