NiceFrame & SideCar

It’s a funny thing with Tommy, it isn’t often that he officially announces a new stack. The reason for this is that he develops a stack for his own use, uses it for a while and then realises that it isn’t on his website. By the time the stack does make its way to the website, Tommy can’t remember if it’s a new stack or not!

The other day, I noticed that Tommy had added 170 new words to his site and deleted 103. No news from Tommy, though, about what was happening… Just by chance, he had released three new stacks. Did you get a newsletter? I didn’t.GoogleMap Expander [GME] is a stack that I’ve had in my collection for a while now although, until two days ago, it had never been officially released. GME lets you place an active Google Map as the background image to your site. In the HUD, you can set the viewport height and the map transparency. The stack has a drop zone for further stacks. The width of the drop zone can be set in Pixel, Em or %. As usual with DeFliGra stacks, you get a number of options for setting custom CSS values and z-index. GME is ideal for contact pages, where you have the address details of your business and perhaps a contact form.

NiceFrame is, at first glance, a simple iFrame stack. Tommy writes that it is ideal for placing a blog page on any stacks page. I dropped the stack into a test page alongside another iFrame and couldn’t see any difference — until I looked at the HUD. Set the viewport height of your iFrame using a Pixels, Em or the standard setting – %; then use the supplied Calc function to subtract from that height, e.g. a 30px border. Minimum/Maximum height can be set for NiceFrame, as can a Maximum width.

If you are inserting a blog-page into your NiceFrame, then scrollbars will probably be necessary. The HUD has settings for the scrollbar colour, the slider colour and size. NiceFrame gives you an extra set of settings for the iPad/iPhone, along with custom CSS possibilities.

SideCar is a responsive, two-column stack with a difference. One of the columns, left or right – it’s your choice – can be set to a static width. This is one of those stacks, where I thought ‘Yeah, big deal’ until I tried it out. Now it will probably find its way onto a number of my pages.

Once more, the size of the static column can be set in px or %. Set 320 px, for instance, and the width fits the iPhone screen exactly, the flexible column would then slide down to fit underneath the first. Images placed within the flexible column are responsive.

As with so many DeFliGra stacks, the columns already have grey background colours set. These can be switched on or off so that a background image might be inserted.

Three new stacks with no related functions, but all three well worth looking at. Who knows, we might even see them in a newsletter soon!

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.