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MovingBox 2 pushes the boundaries even further

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We have been working on MovingBox 2 since the summer and its finally here! I have to say that this new version has far exceeded my expectations or what I had originally envisioned. MovingBox is defintely the slider stack to have in your arsenal. It is so versatile. You can build sliders, carousels, synced slider containers and so much more.

You may not know that MovingBox has some history in the RapidWeaver community. It was the very first ever slider that was made into a stack. It really pushed the boundaries of what a stack could do at the time. This release is no different. Be prepared to be amazed…

Preview: http://preview.joeworkman.net/movingbox

Buy Now: http://joeworkman.net/rapidweaver/stacks/movingbox

I cannot wait to see what you guys do with MovingBox. Have a fabulous weekend. Happy Weaving!

Cheers,

Joe

Happy Holidays from the JW Team

My team and I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays! During the holidays, we are supposed to reflect on what we are thankful for. I am thankful that I get to wake up everyday and do what I love. Yes, I love coding and problem solving. But I also love interacting and working with you and all of my customers.

Online companies traditionally are very impersonal. I love trying to flip that on its head and create a global small town corner store where we all can interact and get to know each other. Its blows my mind how close we can connect with customers from all over the world; from Australia, to all throughout the United States and Europe. And I get to help these friends make beautiful websites. I can’t imagine having it any better.

Thank you so much for not only being a valued customer but a friend in our community. I hope that you are enjoying our products and using them to make your websites great. Have a wonderful holiday and do something great in 2015. Read on to see what amazing things we have in store for you.

Cheers, Joe

P.S. Don’t forget about a couple holiday promotions that we have going…

  • Tardis: $5 off with checkout code drwho
  • Jack 4: $5 off with checkout code jack4

2014 Recap

We hope that you 2014 was an amazing one for you. It definitely was for us. Here is a quick recap of some of the amazing things that happened this year.

  • We shipped some great new stacks this year: Font Awesome, Footnotes, SoundCloud, Placeholder, Jack 4, QuickFlip 3, Tardis, Glass and…
  • Arguably the biggest event this year was the release of Foundation theme and stacks. The positive response to Foundation has been more than we could have ever dreamed. Thank you to everyone that has helped make it so awesome.
  • We expanded our product offering even further by acquiring the products from 3 other developers. We now have a nice selection of themes!
    • With Pressure Designs, we entered into the theme market , and launched 8 more stacks not mentions above.
    • Jonas Themes brought some super modern and hip themes to our lineup. It also brought in a couple stacks. Columnist has already been released. Points will be coming soon.
    • El-Stacko has been a staple in the Rapidweaver community for years. With 18 exciting stacks, We can’t wait to re-introduce our versions in 2015.
  • You know that we are not just about shipping new products. We also shipped 310 updates to existing stacks and served over 11 million update requests in 2014. I hope that you all appreciate all the new features and fixes.
  • We implemented an all new Doc Portal for our products that now has over 1000 tutorials and FAQs to help you make your websites great.
  • We have tried a few different community services over the past couple of years and this year we found a winner. The Rapidweaver Community on Google+ has really taken off. We are rapidly approaching 500 users! If you have not checked it out, it’s a fabulous place to connect with other weavers. It has a very positive and encouraging atmosphere.
  • An extension of the RW+ community are the fun and addicting RW Hangouts that we hold every Friday. This is where I get to connect up to 10 fellow weavers around the world face-to-face. These have become invaluable to me.
  • Last but not least, Rapidweaver 6 shipped. I love the new interface and new features that we have all wanted for years. Realmac has also put together a new and improved RapidWeaver Addons Site. I am more excited about the future than I ever have been.

This list is insane right? I always feel that I never get enough done when I am stuck in the thick of things, digging through lines of code. Its been very interesting looking back at what was accomplished this year. I guess the saying is true that we tend to over estimate what we can do in the short term and under estimate what we can accomplish long term.

What’s Next? 2015

I am not going to let up on the throttle. We have some really amazing things coming in 2015. We already have several things in the works, including our new EasyCMS that is getting rave reviews from testers. I can’t wait for you to get your hands on it. I wish that I could tell you more but this only scratches the surface of what else we have planned.

I am happy to finally release these 3 stacks that have been in the works for a long time. 

QuickFlip

When you hover over QuickFlip, it flips over like a card to reveal contents on the other side. It uses amazing CSS3 animations that work beautifully on all modern borwsers and mobile devices. QuickFlip offers many different flip styled animations along some great bonus shift accent effects.

Upgrade discounts have been emailed to all existing stack owners. 

Tardis

Tardis is a set of 3 stacks that let you control time. You can control when certain content will be displayed based on a start and end dates along with time. Tardis Days allows you to control which days of the week or month content is displayed. Tardis Time allows you to insert the current time or the last published time of a webpage. Start scheduling your content today!

$5 launch special with code drwho (ends 1/1/2015)

Glass

Glass is all about transparency. Add full transparency to your borders and backgrounds. Glass supports the following backgrounds: solid color, images, and gradients. It has wonderful gradient building tools that can produce beautiful effects. If you like Glass, make sure to check out its big brother Jack.

That preview site is wicked cool right!?!

Jack 4 is finally here! Your new best friend...

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Jack (formerly Styled Stack) has been around for a long time. However, Jack 3 never felt right to me. It was very slow to work with in Stacks Edit Mode. The biggest problem was that I did a poor job at teaching people how to really get the most out of the stack. Because of this Jack 4 is a free update to all existing users!

Well I am happy to say that I think that I fixed all of that with Jack 4. Working with Jack in edit mode is a breeze. The stack was completely rewritten from scratch. To show you all of the amazing things that you can do with Jack, I built an entire demo website purely for showing you all of the things that Jack can accomplish for you.

Jack Product Page: http://joeworkman.net/rapidweaver/stacks/jack
Jack Demo Site: http://preview.joeworkman.net/jack

What’s Changed?

1. Complete rewrite of Jack!
2. Jack is now exponentially faster to use in Edit Mode
3. All hover effects now require the Jack Hover stack
4. New proportional height options
5. New flexible height options based on either the browser height or parent stack
6. You can now rotate Jack
7. Border opacity for transparent borders
8. Improved background gradients
9. Improved background opacity for all background types
10. Animate your backgrounds! Works best with tiles
11. Completely redone shadows with all of the controls that you could ever dream of
12. New Peek and Raised Corner special shadows

Existing Jack 3 stacks

All existing Jack stacks on your page will continue to function. However, they will not gain any of the new Jack functionality. You will notice that they have been renamed to Jack Legacy. You can still modify them and they will work 100%. When adding new Jack stacks to the page, you will get all of the new awesomeness!


Launch Discount

If you do not own Jack yet, I am offering a $5 discount until the end of 2014. Simply use the code “jack4" at checkout.

Cyber Monday Blowout

I have traditionally not taken apart of the Cyber Monday craziness. However, this year was a big year with the release of Foundation. And I really have not done many sales for a long time. I am totally making up for that with the biggest sale that I have ever done. Happy Weaving!

40% OFF RapidWeaver Addons 

Coupon Code: CYBERMONDAY 

(Bundles Not Included)

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