Animated Buttons and Shifting Images


DeFliGra is still slaving away in his Danish smithy and has produced yet another two new stacks! Imator hasn’t been officially announced yet. Fact is, although it works perfectly, Tommy still has a couple of features that he wants to add. However, I know a few people who are going to love this one!

Imator is an animated button stack. If you drag an image into the stack, you can set the image to grow or shrink on hover, to change shape, to grow a frame, to have the frame’s shape change, to rotate …

… the options seem endless.

You can, of course, set Imator to link to content. However, if you want a row or a grid of animated buttons, take my advice – link the images, drop the images into your columns or grid (Tommy’s Grid Stack is a perfect solution here) and wrap the entire grid in a single Imator Stack, set the desired animation and each single button within the grid will be animated!

Now BigPicture has been officially announced. It is a responsive image stack. How do responsive image stacks function? When a web page is displayed on a narrower viewport, the image scales down in relationship to that viewport, in other words, the image gets progressively smaller, as the screen gets smaller.

Let’s say we have a Real Estate website with the image of a house and a large garden. When scaled down to smartphone size, the house is unrecognisable. Not with BigPicture!

BigPicture can actually scale the image up if necessary, whilst cropping away the garden. BigPicturereduces the size of an image by cropping and shifting it, so that the important objects still form the dominant portion of the image.

BigPicture has settings for two breakpoints. For each breakpoint it is possible to set the image size in percent and it is possible to shift the image in percent, in relation to the image dimensions.

It is therefore possible at a breakpoint of say 640px to set the image size to 100%  – the image dimensions will then be cropped because the containing stack is smaller than at 1024px. The image may then be moved in percent to centre the important details within the new container.

Then for 480px viewport width, you could set the image size to 80% and reposition it again. The idea behind BigPicture is brilliant and I’m surprised that no-one has thought of it before!

Marten Claridge

Founder of RapidWeaver Central, Developer of WeaverThings, Author of Books, Marten's highly unique skillset has established him as a leading RapidWeaver, Web Design and Wordpress consultant with a worldwide client-list and highly dysfunctional sense of modesty.