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New Goodies for Stacks 2.5

Stacks 2.5 is the most exciting release that we have seen in over a year. It really has some killer features that you are going to love! I am not going to review the new features here. But I recommend that you check out shows 18 and 19 of the WeaverCast podcast for a full overview.

Now what is a new version of Stacks without some new goodies?!?

Font Awesome

Font Awesome Stack by Joe Workman

Font Awesome icons are an amazing way to display icons on your website in leu of a bunch of small images. Because Font Awesome is a font, you can scale the icons to any size without losing quality, even on retina displays. This stack set is the feature rich. You can style your icons beautifully with ease. There are also handy stacks for creating paragraph and list accents.

Visit the Font Awesome product page

Footnotes

Footnotes Stack by Joe Workman

Footnotes makes the entire process of placing footnotes onto your website completely painless. Footnotes has two different themes. Your footnotes can be displayed as a tooltip or styled content box that animates at the bottom of your page.

Visit the Footnotes product page

SoundCloud

SoundCloud Stack by Joe Workman

SoundCloud is pretty awesome. Its basically YouTube for audio. This stack allows you to easily embed songs, playlists and user streams directly onto your webpage. It works beautifully across all of your devices, even mobile.

Visit the SoundCloud product page

Placeholder (free)

Placeholder Stack by Joe Workman

Placeholder is an awesome way to throw in placeholder images onto your webpage. It supports two different image services: PlaceIMG and Placehold.it. There are tons of great options that let your customize the images so they look great in your mock-ups.

Visit the Placeholder product page

Jack - Your new best friend

I know that many of you have seen me talking about Jack for some time now. I am very happy to finally be able to release it to you all today. 

Jack will be that trusted utility that you will use all the time, over and over again. There are a lot of stacks out there that do general styles such as shadows, backgrounds, transparency, borders, etc. Jack is all of these and more built into one amazing stack. It also ships with 300+ background tile and border frame images. Jack will be your new best friend.

Jack will be replacing the Styled Stack. If you owned Styled Stack, you should have already received an email with instructions on how to obtain a discounted upgrade.

I hope that you all enjoy Jack. Its been a long time coming and its been getting rave reviews from beta testers. I can’t wait to see all the amazing ways that you use it to make your websites great.

Jack Product Page: http://joeworkman.net/rapidweaver/stacks/jack
Jack Docs: http://docs.joeworkman.net/jack.html

Recap: Release Marathon Week

I was on a release marathon this week. I released major versions of 7 different stacks! Here is a quick recap of what I released. I hope that you all have a great 3 day weekend!

Target v1.0

Target Stack

Target allows you full control over where you would like to position your stacks. You can target the stack to position itself on top of its parent stack. You can also position it relative to the browser window so that it always floats in the same exact location. Lastly you can float the content to the left or right. Target is your one stop shop for stack positioning.

You will have to see this stack in action before you can fully enjoy what it can do for you. It’s an extremely versatile stack that I know you will love.

http://joeworkman.net/rapidweaver/stacks/target

Global Content v1.1

Global Content

As good as Global Content is, I have had bigger plans for it ever since it was launched. I am happy to bring you its first major update today. Its jammed pack full of amazing new features.

I already did a full on blog post just about this update so I won’t repeat myself here. This is a pretty ground breaking update!

http://joeworkman.net/rapidweaver/stacks/global-content

HTML5 Video v4.0

HTML5 Video

HTML5 Video got a major overhaul with tons of great fixes and new features. Here are a list of some of the key new features.

  • Themes and Style Customizations: There are now 3 player themes that you can use with this stack. You can also customize the background and time rail colors to match your site design.
  • YouTube Support: You can now configure the stack to use a YouTube video and still use the nice controls provided in this stack.
  • New Video Thumbnail stack: New HTML5 Video Thumbnail stack. This is great to add thumbnails to launch your videos from a lightbox such as Expose. Check out the sample project on the dmg download for an example implementation.

http://joeworkman.net/rapidweaver/stacks/html5-video

HTML5 Audio v3.0

HTML5 Audio

HTML5 Audio got a major overhaul just like its brother HTML5 Video stack. This update brings a lot of what we saw in the video update. We have a shiny new icon! I think its pretty cool. We also have 3 player themes to choose from. You can also customize the background and time rail colors to match your site design.

http://joeworkman.net/rapidweaver/stacks/html5-audio

CSS Box

CSS Box

CSS Box allows you to assign a class and id to a stack. This can allow you to define your own custom CSS rules to apply to CSS Box and its content. There is also the ability to define inline styles as well.

http://joeworkman.net/rapidweaver/stacks/css-box

Edit Mode

Edit Mode

Edit Mode does one thing… allows you to customize the background color of the Stack Edit Mode. This is useful if you are using a project with a dark background color and maybe want to use white or light colored text and elements.

http://joeworkman.net/rapidweaver/stacks/edit-mode

Knock Explorer

Knock Explorer

Knock Explorer allows you to conditionally display or hide content to Internet Explorer users. You can even target specific versions. This is important so that users of older versions of IE still have a pleasant viewing experience. Or you can use this stack to inform them that their web browsing experience is being hampered by using such an old browser.

http://joeworkman.net/rapidweaver/stacks/knock-explorer

Global Content now imports 17 different plugins

Global Content

Earlier this month, I released Global Content to the RapidWeaver community. I have been overwhelmed with the amazing responses that I have gotten from the users of this stack. It definitely feels like I have bitten a home run with this one.

As good as Global Content is, I have had bigger plans for it ever since it was launched. I am happy to bring you its first major update today. Its jammed pack full of amazing new features.

Performance & Stability

Global Content was pretty darn faster before. However, its speed has almost doubled. You should see much faster page load times. They should be practically indistinguishable from loading normal static pages.

Conflicts with many other 3rd party stacks have now been resolved. Global page assets will now also be propagated when they are updated as well.

Edit Mode Labeling

You can now customize look of the Global Import stack inside Edit Mode. You can add a label and background color to help you visualize what content would be imported after you publish your site with Global Content. In order to help you preview you webpages better, the Global Import stack can also be used as a content placeholder by setting it to a static height. This will allow you to setup your page layouts that integrate Global Content without having to constantly publish your pages to verify and tweak.

Import 17 Page Plugins

Now last and definitely not least, Global Content can now import non-Stacks pages into your Stacks layouts! There are some really amazing plugins out there. And this new feature allows you utilize the awesome flexibility of the Stacks layout engine and still use these great plugins.

RapidWeaver’s Built-in Plugins
  • Contact Form
  • Photo Album
  • File Sharing
  • Movie Album
  • Sitemap
3rd Party Plugins
  • Dateloom
  • FAQMaker
  • Formloom
  • RapidMaps
  • RapidCart
  • RapidSearch
  • RapidSearch Pro
  • Sitemap Plus
  • Stacks
  • Stacks + PageLime (v2.4.0 required)
  • WeaverBox
  • WeaverPix

Existing users can obtain your free update of Global Content via the Stacks Library. If you don’t own a copy, what are you waiting for?

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