ImageWizard Stack

ImageWizard | Stacks4Stacks | £5.00

ImageWizard is a neat, multi-function image stack that allows you to apply a wide range of hover effects to your Rapidweaver images, as well as adding rounded corners, box shadows, a link, an overlaid Pinterest button and a caption.

There are 15 effects-on-hover, including blur, brightness, contrast, sepia, scale and opacity; all are dead easy to set up and all add the requisite zing to your images. There’s even a nice scroll/fade effect which can be applied to make your pictures fade gracefully into view as visitors move down the web page.

You can drag and drop an image onto the stack, but ImageWizard also supports warehousing, together with a placeholder service and a stock image for fast prototyping. As you’d expect, images behave responsively in responsive themes,  too. The addition of a Pinterest button is a neat trick and has all the code built in to pass the image details over to Pinterest for visitors to share and if you’re not a fan, you can disable this and include a Font Awesome icon of your choice and style as an alternative way of indicating the image links to something else. 

The stack also includes some basic image protection – it disables the right click feature – and for those in the know, the inclusion of custom CSS classes means you can style images pretty much how you like. 

The developer notes that the image effects use hardware-accelerated CSS3 transformations and transitions which are compatible with ‘most’ modern web browsers and advises that you don’t go bonkers with too many different effects on the same page. Good advice, worth heeding.

Meantime, for a fiver, ImageWizard is an excellent replacement for the standard image stack, and offers the twin key features of warehouse support and captions, to go with the range of included hover effects. Recommended.

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