HoverMate Stack

DK STACKS

The HoverMate stack ($8.00)allows you to add both an animated heading and caption text to an image of your choice, so that they slide or fade in together when a visitor rolls the mouse pointer over the image to produce a classy rollover effect.

You get seven pre-sets – called rather puzzlingly Jack, Patch, Peter, Philip, Genie, Sean and Daniel – each of which are subtly different but which all offer independent control over the heading and text colour, the opacity and colour of the overlay as well as text alignment – left, centre or right.

The heading and caption text take on the style of the theme’s heading and content font so you don’t get much control over them; however, you can apply any standard HTML heading size to the heading and more savvy types will be able to target them with a bit of CSS if necessary.

You can also add a link to any HoverMate stack, making it a useful part of your site’s navigation.The HoverMate effect names may mean something to the developer but didn’t make much sense to us, resulting in a bit too much back and forth between Edit and Preview until we found what we wanted. You’ll also need to keep the caption lengths down, especially with those effects that use borders, as captions tend to break out of them on smaller screens.

In fact, because there’s so little precise control over the size and positioning of the heading, text and borders, experimentation is very much the name of the game with the HoverMate stack.Still, in the right circumstances HoverMate is a useful addition to your Stacks armoury and – opaque names aside – the effects are both effective and elegant.

Rob Beattie

Rob Beattie is a freelance copywriter who designs sites using Rapidweaver. He's been reviewing computer hardware, software and web services since 1981. Yes...that long. And he's also the author of 101 Things to Do in a Shed , Fishing: A Very Peculiar History , and The Bluffer's Guide to Fishing

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