Marathia Stacks Roundup (Part 2)

Truncator stack

€FREE

Truncator is a free utility stack allows you to define a set number of lines of text that will be displayed before cutting off the rest of the content and displaying three ellipses at the end.

There are various simple styling options – for example to control alignment, colour, spacing and emphasis; and you can also choose letter- and line-spacing and select from various font families. This would be most useful when placed inside another stack – like BigLink or Stacks4Stacks free Linkbox stack – where the entire Truncator stack can be turned into a link. This would make it a good choice for article synopses and so on.

DownloadLinkIcon Stack

€5.00

A nifty utility stack that adds a Font Awesome icon to download links, which is a great way to present visitors with simple visual clues so they know that what they’re clicking on is a file, and what kind of file it is.

DownloadLinkIcon is clever enough to ‘understand’ the difference between a .DOCX file and a PDF or JPG or ZIP and provide the appropriate icon in either the theme colour or a custom colour, before or after the link text and set to a specific size, so you can match it to larger text like headers. There’s an option to force downloads so that files will be downloaded automatically rather than displayed by your web browser and plenty of hints and tips on how to make this work with various browsers on Marathia’s website.

DownloadLinkIcon is a neat, quick-to-use and effective stack.


Tippy Stacks Set

€7.00

There are two stacks included here. The first TippyPlus is designed to display tooltips on hover or mouse click. These can be traditional short, explanatory bits of text, right the way through to more complex combinations of text and images – or indeed other stacks, since TippyPlus just provides a ‘well’ into which you can place stacks-based content for your tips.

This makes it incredibly useful for all sorts of purposes, especially when space is tight and there’s a requirement for a lot of explanatory information. There are loads of different settings for the stack – you can specify the width of the tip as a percentage, animate it, set its position relative to the trigger, and set custom backgrounds, colours, fonts and more.

The second stack is the Tippy Title stack, and is a little more specialised. Essentially, it lets you display a simple text-only tooltip that can be attached to any element on the page that has a ‘title’ attribute. So for example, you might create a link to a PDF download and then then give it a title in Rapidweaver’s Custom Attributes dialogue box; alternatively, you can simply target an entire stack and have that display the tooltip on click or hover; finally, more confident users can target any element on the page using a custom selector.

Between them, these stacks have most of your tooltip needs covered and are recommended. Buy both stacks together and you’ll get 30% off. 

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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