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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Introducing the Newsroom stack

Thursday 4th July 2019

Newsroom makes quick work of getting one or more RSS feeds embedded within your RapidWeaver website. Plus this stack has loads of options to give precise control over the layout and style of your RSS feeds. Lists, newspaper columns, blocks, scroll boxes and table layouts are all feasible for presenting your news feeds within.

Newsroom is totally self-contained and has no dodgy reliance on third-party APIs and news services; at the risk of being pulled out from under you without warning! Simply provide the title and link to your RSS feed, and Newsroom will do all the fetching and parsing for you. Another noteworthy feature of Newsroom is support for caching to help keep page loading fast on busy websites.

Publish Newsroom to almost any web server running a standard install of PHP 7 or greater, and it should work perfectly. Use it for your own RSS feeds or ask to borrow RSS feeds from someone else. Create small ‘widgetised’ feeds for a theme sidebar or footer. Alternatively use the stack to replicate a simple blog. Use multiple feeds or Newsroom stacks for the curation of a more powerful news website.

Newsroom can be placed in the normal page flow or a theme ExtraContent container. Images and video clips are supported within feeds. Our clever CSS flexbox method of structuring each news item gives you control to change the order of elements and safely omit anything you don’t want shown or your feed does not support.

There is a free demo version of Newsroom, so you can download and fully experiment with the stack before committing to a purchase. The Newsroom Feed sub-stack has a drop-down select menu with a dozen RSS feeds you can instantly experiment with. Take time to explore the numerous feed styles available and various styling options. Have a practice at adding your own RSS feed too.

Newsroom is possibly the most comprehensive RSS stack available to date for RapidWeaver. Learn more…

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ShareStack updated to version 1.4

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Changes in this free update include:

  • Added Telegram as a sharing service / button
  • Google+ is disabled by default
  • Changed all link instances of http:// to https://
  • Added an info note that Google+ was shutdown in April 2019
  • Appcast is now using SSL

This update is available via automatic updates in Stacks 3 / 4 or as a download from your Paddle account.

If you are interested to learn more about ShareStack, you can access its product page and a free demo version here.

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Announcing the new WebPStack

Wednesday 19th June 2019

WebP is an open source image format. It’s well suited towards images you present online in websites, as an alternative to JPG, PNG and GIF. When using WebP, images are encoded into a significantly smaller file size; while still retaining stunning image quality and fast rendering. Plus WebP can handle alpha-transparency (like PNG) and animation (like GIF). So WebP has a lot to offer and is definitely something to get excited about. Now is the perfect time to start embracing WebP and exploiting its benefits.

The disadvantages of WebP? Some notable web browsers (like Apple Safari, as of June 2019) currently languish far behind in their support for WebP. The new WebPStack solves this problem; through letting you serve WebP images to the better web browsers that support the format, while offering a reliable fallback for older browsers that still prefer JPG, PNG or GIF.

The WebPStack is easy to use. Add the stack to a webpage and link-to an image in WebP format. Free converters like WebPonize work great for this task. Then provide the same image in JPG, PNG or GIF for older web browsers. WebPStack will attempt to display the WebP image first, but will use the fallback image if the web browser lacks WebP support.

Retina display optimisation? WebPStack also has you covered! Provide WebP and fallback images double (x2) the width and height of the standard images. Link to these in the stack settings. Now you can optimise your images for retina displays and present them in an even higher resolution of unparalleled sharpness and colour quality. Plus images are scaled responsively.

WebPStack also carries optional settings to apply title tooltips on your images or links. As you would expect, the stack uses valid HTML5 markup and provides ALT attribute support too.

You can learn more and download the WebPStack here. If you decide to use this stack in your projects, please consider making a $10 or more donation through the contribute page. WebPStack might look simple, but is the outcome of many hours of dedicated research, coding and testing. The stack is provided in the hope it will greatly speed-up your ability to use WebP images in RapidWeaver today and distance yourself from complicated code and other technicalities. Tell your friends about it too! Donations towards free stacks help to directly fund future work.

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RWML (RapidWeaver Multilingual) updated to version 2.1.0

Sunday 16th June 2019

This stack update is free for all users of RWML 2x. You can update via automatic updates in Stacks / RapidWeaver or download the latest version from your Paddle account. As always, please ensure all your RapidWeaver project files and addons are suitably backed-up before commencing the update. The main changes in this version include:

  • Newly revised user guide published on the website, explaining the full details of how RWML can be used and how to configure it. This includes some example RW project files you can download and open in RapidWeaver 7 and RapidWeaver 8 for better illustration of how the stacks work. Emphasis on reducing the amount of written content and cutting straight to the basics of what RWML can do and how it works.
  • New RWML Language Switcher stack, completely rewritten from the ground-up with support for many more switcher types to suit different webpage placements. Buttons, tabs, radio selects, checkboxes, select menus - it’s got them all! Much emphasis has been placed on improving accessibility and providing more customisable style options for things like buttons. Of course, your ability to custom-build your own buttons or add links to a theme menu bar has still been retained.
  • A couple of very minor / insignificant changes ahead of Stacks 4. Mostly to help pages load / publish slightly faster in RapidWeaver 8.
  • If the selected language is not available, we now fallback to the default language. In other words, if a user enters a country code that has not been configured, the stacks will fallback to the default language and content will always be shown.
  • Fixes to the RWML Meta stack. If using a third-party SEO stack, we recommend using that inside a RWML Wrapper stack. And because the RWML Meta stack only uses Javascript to translate meta tags, you may find more success in following the subdivided methodology - if meta tags are particularly important to you for searching, SEO and social media etc.
  • RWML Redirect stacks no longer append the language query string onto the target page URL.
  • Renamed the RWML Master stack to RWML Base. This is simply to ensure it shows at the top of the Stacks library (RWML group) when you are searching for it. The renaming does not effect previously setup ‘RWML Master’ stacks. After installing the update, the 'RWML Master’ stacks should effortlessly and seamlessly rename themselves to 'RWML Base’.
  • Fixed a bug whereby the presence of SSL and non-SSL websites at the same domain could confuse RWML and cause an incorrect 'alternate’ URL to be written into the head section of the webpage. The option has also been added in the RWML Base stack to disable the generation of 'alternate’ tags, which some users prefer if they want to make their own.

If you are still using RWML 1x, you really, really should consider upgrading to RWML 2. Version 2 has now been available for nearly two years and is currently the most popular selling stack on the Stacks4Stacks website. Version 1x is far behind and I know for sure its broken for some users.

The product page for RWML can be accessed here.

As many others on the forums will testify, there is simply no better way to build a multilingual website with RapidWeaver. RWML gives you everything you need and takes account of things you may not yet have even considered.

If you are new to RWML, download and try the free demo version today! Click here for more information.

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PlayLister stack updated to version 2.7 with two huge new features

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Filtering
An optional filter / search box can be turned on in the stack settings. For very large playlists of several hundreds or thousands of tracks, this can provide basic functionality for a user to filter the playlist. Filtering looks for track titles and additional information like keywords. The filter is easily unset using the ‘reset’ button. If no results are found, a customisable message is shown. The new filtering options are shown below the existing player controls and share much of their same styling.

Podcasts
If you produce an audio iTunes Podcast, you can now provide PlayLister with the link. PlayLister will generate a playlist of all the podcast episodes and let the user play them on your website or download them for later. This is a perfect solution if you produce a radio show, religious sermons, interviews, music compilations, spoken literature or lectures and want to present this content chronologically on your website. New podcast episodes are automatically added to the top of the playlist, meaning you do not have to republish your webpage each time. PlayLister fetches the MP3 link, title, author, date, summary and keywords for each podcast episode.

Other changes
Work has been done to improve some of the underlying codebase for better jQuery 3 compatibility and some other under-the-hood changes towards optimising the stack better for Stacks 4. We have carefully removed some of the older browser compatibility patches to make for a cleaner and leaner codebase.

PlayLister now has a formidable feature set and is quite simply the best stack around for compiling a playlist of tracks or podcast episodes. Comparable Wordpress plugins commonly exceed $300 per domain, so PlayLister offers fantastic value for money.

If you like using PlayLister, please give it a 'thumbs up’ and write a short review about it on the RapidWeaver Community website.

See the product page for further details about PlayLister. The update is available via automatic update checking in Stacks or from your Paddle account. If updating from a much older version, please purchase the latest version from the product page.

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Introducing the TouchBase stack

Monday 8th April 2019

One of the easiest ways to add customisable FaceTime, mailto, Skype, telephone or VoIP buttons to your website; thereby allowing site users to contact you without the monotony of forms or ugly widgets. TouchBase uses special URI schemes like ‘mailto’, 'skype’ and 'tel’ for creating simple links and buttons to different services. Plus it automatically obfuscates contact details on-the-fly to limit unsolicited correspondence from spambots.

TouchBase was originally created to generate obfuscated email 'mail to’ links, that could include a subject heading and other parameters. It has since been expanded by request to support a couple of other useful services; like FaceTime, Skype and telephone.

Of course, you can manually create your own HTML links for your website. But TouchBase is a drag-and-drop solution (zero complicated code required) and presents you with an attractive interface for creating these special links. Plus it provides options to let you optionally convert rather subdued hyperlinks into attractive buttons that match the rest of your website.

TouchBase stacks can either be added in the normal page flow or you can also place them into theme ExtraContent containers and navigation bars. TouchBase can work on a public-facing website and it will also work fine on a passworded / membership website (like one built with SiteLok) or a company intranet site. It has no dependencies on any outside services. PHP 7.0 or greater is recommended.

Download the free demo version to try.

Learn more…

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CalcStack updated to version 1.6

Sunday 31st March 2019

Changes in this free update to CalcStack include:

  • New ‘Text Box’ input type; which has support for commas (making it suitable for currency)
  • New 'Random Number Decimal’ to return a random float between 0 and 1.0
  • Added a couple more style and colour settings, like a toggle to make form labels bold
  • The existing 'Random Number’ input type has been renamed to 'Random Number Integer’
  • Brand new live currency exchange rate support, using the free.currencyconverterapi.com service
  • The options to share an answer on Twitter (compose a new tweet) are working properly again
  • Many improvements to the flexbox inline form styling, to use some of the newer CSS properties
  • A couple of minor bug fixes, for things like button colours not taking effect in certain themes
  • Minor updates to the editing interface
  • New icon

Obtain this update via automatic updates in Stacks or download the latest version from your Paddle account.

The product page has been updated with some new examples you can try, including a live currency converter.

CalcStack, like all our other stacks, is tested and compatible to use with the forthcoming Stacks 4 update.

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Introducing VimStack

Thursday 21st February 2019

VimStack is a free and simple stack to get a single Vimeo video embedded in your webpage. Simply take the ID of any suitable video and enter it in the stack settings.

Although Vimeo already provides some embed code, it is rather featureless. VimStack gives you a couple more possibilities for your embedded video. It uses valid HTML5 markup. As you would expect, VimStack is fully responsive and compatible with tablet / mobile devices. Plus you can place VimStack into a theme ExtraContent container and set it to be hidden in print / PDF output.

Requires Stacks 2 or later.

This stack was developed for a contributor who needed a new Vimeo stack, replacing some older ones that are no longer developed.

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Gator Stack updated to version 1.1.0

Thursday 7th February 2019

This is a free update for users of the ThemeFlood and Stacks4Stacks variants of the Gator stack.

The main change in this update has been the introduction of a new ‘Overflow From A Partial’ stack setting. When enabled, this setting will ensure a drop-down menu can still be used when Gator is converted into a Stacks Partial.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the update does not show for you in RapidWeaver or reverts back to demo mode, simply login and download the latest version from your Paddle account here:

https://my.paddle.com

Some users purchased and downloaded Gator with an incorrect SUFeedURL key, before we had a chance to change it for the correct one.

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WebYep Stacks updated to version 2.3

Saturday 8th December 2018

The main change in this free update is the addition of an all-new WebYep PDF Embed stack; which uses a combination of the WebYep file uploader and short text inputs. We use jQuery Javascript to convert an ordinary download link into an iFramed PDF file embedded seamlessly into your webpage. The normal document viewer controls are shown; together with options to print, download or share the PDF.

WebYep PDF Embed works with both the free and paid versions of WebYep CMS.

Are you building a website for a client, where they need to regularly change a PDF file? Documents like a restaurant menu, handouts, forms, instructions and other PDF files may frequently require changing on a website. Our WebYep PDF Embed stack makes the process of sharing PDF files online remarkably simple. With this stack, clients no longer need to conjure-up complicated code or upload PDF files to far-distant places. Look how easy it is!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbP8RIJ_48U

What about mobile and tablet devices? Historically these types of device handle PDF files as images; meaning that the only the first page of a PDF will be shown and the remaining pages cannot be scrolled or viewed. We include some clever jQuery Javascript that will detect handheld devices and hide the PDF file. A short piece of text and a download link can be displayed for these users instead.

This update is available via automatic updates in your Stacks Library or from your Paddle account.

Click here to learn more about WebYep CMS for RapidWeaver.

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ProGallery updated to version 2.4.0

Wednesday 14th November 2018

Changes in this free update include:

  • If no link is applied to a thumbnail image, we now conditionally hide all the anchor markup and present the image as a static image.
  • Patched a Chrome bug, that was causing images in columns to vanish if they had animations applied to themselves.
  • Added a basic Instagram image source (derived from the InstaViewer stack), which was sponsored by a ProGallery user.
  • Renamed the ‘Masonry’ image layout to 'Columns’ to better-reflect what this layout does.
  • Simplification of the choice of slideshow options shown for the lightbox.
  • Major improvements to 'swipe’ support on touch devices - now faster, smoother and less error prone.
  • Swipe support is now permanently enabled at all times. There was no reason to turn this off.
  • Added a new setting to randomise the ordering of images within your gallery.
  • Ability to toggle the display of lightbox Titles and Captions independently, rather than all on, all off.
  • Added tooltip notes to the effect that the download button only works for images published on the same domain that ProGallery is published to.
  • Improvements to help try and limit the risk of Pinterest / Download lightbox buttons vanishing in some web browsers, for slower loading images.
  • As requested by a user, both the Pinterest and Download buttons can have their icon markup customised within the ProGallery settings.
  • Borders can now get applied independently to thumbnail images and thumbnail items.
  • New image source to load a selection of random images from Lorem Pixel - useful for quickly testing ProGallery with.
  • The lightbox title no longer has a background colour applied on mobile.
  • It is now possible to apply rounded corners and basic frame effects to lightbox images.
  • New 'Vertical Stack’ image layout added.
  • New 'Floating Thumbs’ image layout added.
  • New 'Zig-Zag’ image layout added.
  • Additional font formatting options added for titles and captions presented in the thumbnail grid and lightbox modes.
  • Added new box shadow settings for the image thumbnails.
  • It is now possible to trigger the lightbox at any image or video more reliably, using custom anchor triggers (see the website for details).
  • Updated some of the informational tooltips displayed against some settings.
  • The grouping and ordering of some ProGallery settings has been changed, to reflect new features being added and to make setup easier.
  • Additional options to customise thumbnail outlines, when tab navigation is being used in the web browser.

The name implies it all! ProGallery is a professional-grade image and video gallery solution for RapidWeaver. It makes light work of building beautifully immersive web galleries; which boast the highest possible standards of browser compatibility, web accessibility and loading speed. Plus ProGallery has a range of intelligent optimisations built-in, like touch screen support, lazy loading images and retina display support. Click here to learn more and to download a free demo version. Requires Stacks 3.5 or above.

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UsefulStack updated to version 2

Thursday 4th October 2018

Changes in this sizable update include…

  • New ‘debug’ mode, to display important diagnostics about your site setup (pictured below)
  • Support for ARIA roles (useful for improving webpage accessibility)
  • Ability to embed content directly into a theme ExtraContent area
  • New z-index setting
  • Padding and margins now support more units of measurement
  • Renamed some settings

UsefulStack remains a free stack to download and use. For more information, click here.

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Introducing the Formulate stack

Wednesday 29th August 2018

This stack was released for free several weeks ago, exclusively for ThemeFlood customers. A paid version that could be used with other themes was requested and has been released through the Stacks4Stacks website. This paid version includes additional code and testing to improve the compatibility and styling with theme frameworks like Foundry and Foundation. You’ll need this version of the stack if you are wanting to use Formulate with a non-ThemeFlood theme. Click here to learn more.

Contact forms are a common component in many RapidWeaver websites. However a lot of them require a PHP ‘backend’ to process the form data and send it to where it is required. Although most better website hosting companies support PHP, some cheap hosts either charge customers extra for this service or have configured their PHP in such an astonishingly awkward way that it renders any contact form useless. We’re looking at you, GoDaddy!

On the surface, Formulate looks and works much the same as any other contact form. But a key difference is that the message data is either sent via conventional email or goes through one of two mail handling services; Formspree.io or Formbucket.com. Both of these services offer a simple and smart method to receive data from a contact form. In some instances, it is even possible for yourself or a client to login to these services and view your form submissions as they come in.

Straight away you can begin to see the benefits here - no complications with PHP, fast setup, secure and it works with virtually any email or hosting service. You can even have your messages sent to a disposable email address - like a free Gmail, Outlook or Yahoo address.

Spam protection varies, depending on what form processing service you use. The 'mail to’ option supports an obfuscated email address which has surprisingly good protection. Formspree does display your email address in the form action attribute, but a paid account solves this and you get 'honeypot’ protection as standard. Formbucket provides the options of both 'honeypot’ and 'reCaptcha’, within your bucket settings. Again you can use a free disposable email address with this stack, so if the spammers and trollers become too much to handle, just change your email address to something else. That’s the same reason why many companies use rather obscure email addresses that change frequently. You can still reply to genuine messages with your normal email address.

Lots of simple form inputs are supported. You have got all your normal form inputs and a couple of specialty HTML5 ones too. Every input supports a label, placeholder text and optional 'help’ text. Inputs can be dragged and changed into any order. Any number of inputs can be made mandatory. The 'submit’ button at the bottom is only shown / activated when all mandatory fields are completed and the user gives their consent to your GDPR privacy disclaimer.

Formulate most definitely is not a replacement for heavyweight form stacks, like the excellent FormsPlus system from Chillidog Software. But if you need to get a simple form created, then Formulate could be just the job.

If you are using a ThemeFlood theme, Formulate remains a free stack for you to download and use with our themes.

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SortStack updated to version 1.1

Monday 20th August 2018

Changes in this free update for SortStack include the following

  • Added a ‘missingURL’ key, for rare instances where the stack might not be installed
  • Sparkle update checking happens over SSL
  • When a filter is applied, buttons now 'dim’ with opacity, instead of hiding
  • All colour pickers support RGBa
  • You can have a filter applied, at page load

This free update is available via automatic updates in RapidWeaver or by downloading the stack from your Paddle account. SortStack is compatible with the newest versions of Stacks and RapidWeaver 8. A simple yet effective stack for filtering and sorting items on a webpage.

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Introducing CommentsStack

Wednesday 1st August 2018

This is a small, simple, smart and self-contained commenting solution for anybody wanting to add a basic comments box to a webpage. CommentsStack is ideal for collecting product ratings, user feedback / bug reports, guest book entries or other comments. Some of its key features include:-

  • No complicated database - comments are stored in a plain text, editable text file on your web server
  • Zero dependency on outside services - no more integration of slow, buggy and intrusive Facebook, Google+ or Disqus code
  • No personal, identifiable user data is collected - so this solution conforms well with the EUs most recent privacy laws
  • Several basic security layers - including bad word lists, maths questions and restrictions on what a user can enter in the comments box
  • Comments are displayed instantly - with unique permalinks and the ability to get sent a simple email notification
  • Massively customisable - lots of powerful options to customise how the form looks and everything is language translatable
  • Extra features - like pagination and multi-column masonry layouts for larger collections of comments
  • Powerful ratings - easy to toggle off if not required or take advantage of our ‘opensource’ approach towards building a custom ratings system
  • Works perfectly behind a firewall - making it ideal to build into a Sitelok or Lockdown private membership website

This stack will not be for everyone. If you want multi-thread comments or email moderation - then forget it - this stack is not for you! But if you have modest commenting requirements and have grown tired of what the big companies force you to use, this could potentially be a brilliant solution. The premise of keeping everything 'in house’ certainly bodes well with respecting user privacy and having total control over the complete setup.

You’ll find CommentsStack works with most RapidWeaver themes. A free demo version is provided, which you can use to fully evaluate CommentsStack and explore the wide choice of features provided in this v1 release. If you have support questions, please get in contact through the website support page.

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Introducing CookieManager

Sunday 29th April 2018

Website privacy, security, cookies and GDPR are a hot topic currently. One of the biggest questions is how can a RapidWeaver user safely, easily and compliantly display content based on user consent?

Take for example some analytics tracking code or a Google map. How can this type of content only work if a user clicks a button and explicitly opts-in or opts-out? Currently it is almost impossible to do this without some really complicated coding. Although some solutions claim to offer a fix, a quick look in the browser console reveals a horror-show of invasive scripting and tracking cookies continuing to download in the background, irregardless of consent being granted or not. This simply is not good enough for GDPR compliance!

And so the CookieManager stack was created. CookieManager can swiftly create, modify or delete tracking cookies. Zero complicated coding or configuration is required. It is able to conditionally display areas of a webpage or load scripting (like analytics) only if a matching cookie is found.

Watch a quick video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNlJi_ukjR0&feature=youtu.be

It can work great in conjunction with FloatingContent, Gateway or TopBox. Use either three of these stacks to display attractive popup messages about privacy or cookies; and generate an opt-in consent cookie when the message is dismissed.

Then you can configure CookieManager (with the same tracking cookie ID) to conditionally display or hide parts of a website. Not only that, but you can change CookieManager to display a button to modify or delete the tracking cookie too - allowing the user to freely change their cookie preferences later on.

This is a free stack to download and use. It should solve a lot of GDPR and associated problems many RapidWeaver users have been struggling to resolve before the 25th May 2018 deadline kicks-in. User security and privacy is not something you can leave to chance or pretend that it does not apply to you!

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