Michelangelo from Multithemes is one of the developers that delivers high quality and highly customisable themes. His latest creation, HYPE, is no exception. There are so many options for customisation that I shan't even attempt to go over them. Suffice it to say that if you deploy HYPE, you most certainly won't be disappointed.
There are 16 different web fonts available for title, slogan and Headlines, accompanied by web-safe fonts for your content. Animated Social Icons come as part of the deal, as do animated FA Icons. However, what immediately jumps out at visitors to Michelangelo's demo site, are the animated SVG headers. There are 16 different options to animate each page's title/slogan combination and the animations are so riveting that admirers have already enquired if they will be available as a stack!
I spent a couple of hours exploring HYPE's customisation options and if you're going to deploy the theme, you'll want to do the same. Whilst the default setup is attractive, there are so many options that HYPE can be almost anything you want it to be. However, you can rest assured that however much you tweak HYPE, it's always going to look good with the RW standard pages (assuming, of course that you're not colourblind) and that the theme will play along equally well with Stacks pages. That animated header will ensure that your pages will POP and two ExtraContent areas secure your pages' flexibility!
If you prefer the convenience of a prefabricated theme, but want extreme flexibility, then I highly recommend taking a look at HYPE
Assemble offers up to 17 different animations which can be staggered and offset. Assemble also allows you to set the Target mode. The result is an almost endless array of settings. But perhaps the most interesting fact is that it's possible to manually choose elements and/or list classes to let the stack know which partial segments should be animated.
The whole process is relatively complicated to describe and a picture says more than a thousand words, so why don't you take a look at the Assemble demo page to see what Assemble can do. I promise that you won't be disappointed.
[Animation] Type – 17 options
Speed – ms
Stagger – Adjust the total possible time between the first segment animation till the last. 1000ms would mean each segment will animate randomly in between 0 and 1000 milliseconds. Decrease this value to have the segments animate closer together
Offset – Adjust the distance from the top of the browser window the animation initializes. 100% will cause the animation to start as soon as it is inside the browser window. 30% will cause the animation to start only when the element is in the top half of the window
Target Mode – Automatic Segmented, Automatic Whole, Manual Segmented
If you're into animated page elements, Assemble offers a few innovative options which, when used sparingly, can make your page all the more interesting.
The wait is over. Duck Soup has a sibling and if you thought Maximum Design was cool, you'll find Quantum Edge has been chilled a couple of degrees more.
Quantum Edge began life as what was probably the single most complicated RapidWeaver project ever produced. In the meantime, Marten has taken sensible steps to split the project into more bite-sized modules. Five of them.
As with the Max Design pack, Quantum Edge is predominantly based on Sections modules; standalone, multi-purpose, full-width content containers that can be quickly deployed to make an instant impact on both your page and your clients. There are eighteen pages of these modules, but you don't have to purchase all eighteen of them; instead you can opt to acquire just five, or ten of them and, as a seasoned BWD user, work out for yourself how the remaining modules were created…
This time round, Marten's new package doesn't simply present Sections modules; there is a module with complete pages, one with cards, one that devotes itself to footers and one specifically aimed at the iPhone.
You can, of course, secure the complete bundle at a reduced price. But be warned: it will take you a whole day just to peruse your purchase and a month, or two, to get to grips with (i.e. understand) what Marten has put together! Quantum Edge takes advantage of the very latest BWD stacks to present subtle animations and 3D effects never before seen in RapidWeaver.
If you're looking to impress a new client, or just want to WOW the visitors to your new home page, Quantum Edge has everything you need to be able to do so easily.
Copy and Paste one of Marten's modules, replace the content with your own and the wow-effect is guaranteed!
Whichever module(s) you decide to procure, when you open your download, you'll discover that you have a Foundation, a Foundry and a Universal version for both RW7 and RW8. You'll also discover a download link to all images used within your project and – if SVGs were used in the project – you'll find all the SVGs too!
Dual Shard Designs. We have no idea who they are as their website gives us no information whatsoever (it's almost empty). Judging by their logo, they could be based in Mettmann in the not-so-idyllic North Rhine-Westphalia; we may never know…
… what we do know is that they are going to "provide the community with tools to build charming and attractive websites" and that their launch is being promoted with a free stack.
Floating Notice is a neat little notice that floats up and down over your important message, so that no-one will miss it! Strangely enough, I spotted a couple of messages on the forums "doesn't work!!". A very useful message, because it informs the developer exactly what is going on.
I've had no such 'luck' (I love it when stacks don't work, or when I can break them), I tested the stack with Foundation and RW8 and it works perfectly for me. I even tried a couple of different stack combinations – just to make sure.
So how does Floating Notice work? Quite simply drop Floating Notice into a Stacks page and drag the stack that you wish to highlight into it. At the bottom of Floating Notice, you'll notice a text container — this is where you place your message.
Now you just need to adjust the animation and such things as padding and you're all set. You might need to add a margin to encompass the movement, but that's all.
Unless, of course, you're not happy with a simple text message. Should this be the case, you can go wild and begin adding stacks to Floating Notice. The stacks will then jump, or float, up and down to catch a visitor's attention – depending on the animation speed you chose.
Colour – Font, Background
Align – Left, Centre, Right
Use Stacks Content
With a floating (or bouncing) message above your Special Offer, Book Now, or Learn More, no-one is going to miss your CTA.
And all Floating Notice is going to cost you is a subscription to the news letter, where you'll learn more about the site launch and about even more free stacks.
What are you waiting for? There's sure to be an 'Unsubscribe' button!
Scroll Mate 2 will animate any stack that you drop into it, even those that are notorious for not functioning when they are not visible on page load. The animation takes place within the distance that the screen content is scrolled. See below.
Let's take a look at what Scroll Mate 2 can do…
Animation Trigger defines when the animation begins. The options: Top Edge – Animates the stack from when the top of the container enters the viewport to when it exits. Bottom Edge - From when the bottom of the container enters the viewport to when it exits. In view – From when the top of the container enters the viewport to when the bottom exits.
Start and End Percentage define the scroll distance during which the animation takes place. The speed of the animation is controlled by the start and end percentages. The shorter the range, the faster the animation; the higher the range, the slower the animation.
Direction defines the start and end state of the animation. Animate From begins with Scroll Mate's transition settings and transitions to the stack settings. Animate To does the reverse.
The Crop button limits the effect to the vertical scrolling boundaries of the document. Leaving the boundaries uncropped allows elements to remain unaffected by enter effects when they are near the top of the page or by exit effects near the bottom.
Once Only sets the animation to deactivate once it has scrolled up off the page. Elements that are unable to scroll off the page – a footer, for instance – will continue to animate when the page is scrolled.
The Contain button restricts the animation to the boundaries of the Scroll Mate container. This can be unchecked in order to allow animations to proceed across the full width and height of the browser. However, many 'traditional' RW themes limit content to a maximum width. ScrollMate cannot break out of these boundaries. With Freeform themes such as Foundation, FSR, Pure and BootSnap the full width of the browser can be utilised for your animations.
Position allows Scroll Mate to float within its parent container.
Inertia sets the 'mass' of the animated object.
Start Delay sets when the inertia easing begins.
Easing applies easing to the inertia effect.
Opacity sets the translucency of the stack at the beginning of the transition.
Move X – A positive value entered into Move X, will move the content from right to left, whilst a negative value will reverse that movement.
Move Y – A positive value for Move Y will animate the content upwards and a negative value downwards as it enters the transition area. Combining the X and Y axes will cause a diagonal transition to take place.
Units may be set in each of the above cases to determine the amount of movement.
Scale (X, Y Z) sets the size of the stack at the beginning of the transition, allowing stacks to zoom into the page by either getting larger or smaller. Setting the Z scale in combination with X and/or Y translations, causes a transition up or down the Z axis – the '3rd dimension'. It allows your content to get larger and smaller to simulate the 3rd dimension in a 2d space.
Rotate X will rotate Scroll Mate's contents along the horizontal axis during the animation.
Rotate Y will rotate along the vertical axis. Entering values into both boxes will spin the contents along both axis simultaneously but may cause severe motion sickness. A value of 720º will cause your content to rotate twice.
Rotate Z will rotate the content along the Z axis.
Origin sets the origin of the rotation.
Use 3D (add perspective) allows use of the Z axis effects causing your content to appear as if it gets closer or further away.
Touch Devices – animations may be deactivated for touch devices either for each instance of Scroll Mate, or page wide.
The really big changes, when compared to the original Scroll Mate, are new basic positioning controls and child stacks for advanced positioning, backgrounds which allow scroll controlled fade ins of backgrounds etc. (See BWD's demo file). The other really big new feature is the ability to use units other than px. It is now possible to use % or even browser units (vw vh) to move stacks responsively and consistently.
The inertia is really like a transition time so that the speed of movement can now be independent of the % start and % stop settings. In fact, in many of the BWD demo's it is used in "trigger mode" where the start and the stop %'s are the same (or 1% apart) and therefore just used to fire the animation whose speed is completely dependent on the intertia time.
Conclusion: Forget all those other animation stacks which limit themselves to five or ten different transitions! Scroll Mate was great; Scroll Mate 2 is brilliant! Scroll Mate 2 can live alongside the original version of Scroll Mate in your library, these are two different stacks. Oh, and your animations may be nested!
Animate responsibly and don't forget to make a donation, Andrew will appreciate it!
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