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RapidWeaver Central v3.0

Read More About This New Version of RapidWeaver Central
Welcome to this third reinvention of the RapidWeaver Central wheel, in which we introduce a slightly (!) more colourful, open and magazine-like feel we hope will favour the content we'll soon be featuring.

So why the change?

Well, with the team at Realmac now working harder than ever to improve their ever more resourceful Addons area, it's become increasingly obvious that in order to stay relevant to Weavers, RapidWeaver Central needs to evolve or become redundant.

So in this new streamlined incarnation, we'll be bringing you a far more focused snackable-content value-proposition in a dynamic big-data resource that is both proactive and reactive to Weaver engagement and their ever-changing needs.
What does that mean exactly?

We haven't got a clue, but we'll let you know once we've finished "A Growth Hacker's Guide to A Thought Leader's Wet Digital Marketing Buzzword Dream". It's a game-changer.

Aesthetically, though, we've now brought RapidWeaver Central inline with our responsive new WeaverThings design, and once we've nailed down all the outstanding responsive issues, our Quantum Weaving site will follow suit soon after. This will then imbue a sense of continuity between the different services and products beneath our RapidWeaver Central aegis, one that will look as good as ever across your various devices.

Iterate Obliterate Reiterate

Of course change is never easy, nor to everyone's taste, but I'm sure you'll agree that those historians still sober in the next Millennium will look back on this evolutionary stagger as merely the first iteration of many as RapidWeaver Central matures in response to your much anticipated feedback.

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Facebook Likebox

Rob Hall Postpones His Siesta to examine 1LD's Facebook Likebox
31st July 2014
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Kuler Edits Stack

Rob Hall Sips A Cool One Poolside as he contemplates Kuler's CMS stack
29th July 2014
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Back With a Two-Stack Bang.

Rob Hall Casts His Steely Grey Eyes over Marathia's latest two stacks
26th July 2014
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Simple Position Pro

Rob Hall Takes a look at 1LD's Simple Position Pro
24th July 2014
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ButtonThings

Marten Claridge On the reorganisation of WeaverThings in the Stacks Elements Browser
22nd July 2014
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Grid

Rob Hall Looks at an Important update for Yuzool's 'Grid'
22nd July 2014
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Shim

The spacer is dead. Long live the spacer! Rob Hall Investigates.
15th July 2014
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StackWatch

Rob Hall Takes a squint at a couple of interesting stacks released this week
13th July 2014
task
Did you ever want to build a todo list web app in RapidWeaver? Now you can! Task is an HTML5 stack from Yuzool that helps users become more organised and get them closer to their goals. Create a private todo list to work through and complete your tasks; or make a task app others can use on their website. No database or programming needed.

Powerful and fast task listing

Just start typing in the "What do you want to do today" field and you’re half-way to completing your task. Quickly and easily add tasks to your webpage to keep yourself on track and working towards your goals. Create a private projects page for yourself or create a todo app others can use. Task makes a quick list of the things you have to do right now to move things forward.
simpleheaders
Simple Headers Pro brings along some very interesting new features: FitText and Circle Type. In addition, Simple Headers Pro has the ability to change your font to the main web safe fonts or easily import your own font which can be a project file or a commercial font; there is even a free font included with the stack.

FitText creates automatically responsive text that will scale to fit the screen size; however, it still allows you to set minimum and maximum font sizes.

Circle Type lets you bend your text into an arch of any degree, including a full circle.

There is a 30% Discount Code:
30_sHeaders_072014 
which expires on July 18, 2014
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ButtonMaker

By Will Woodgate
7 July 2014
ButtonMaker is quite a lot different to some other button stacks you may have used in the past. Firstly this stack provides a diverse array of customisable settings; therefore allowing you to effortlessly build a variety of different pure HTML and CSS button designs. These simple buttons are retina-display compatible and extremely lightweight. Secondly this stack grants you the ability to view the complete source code for your self-built buttons; meaning that you can then reuse generated buttons in many other page types or publishing platforms beyond RapidWeaver.
More...
Plenty of button stacks have been built in the past. But sometimes, users have felt slightly disappointed by the lack of customisable settings offered. In some instances you're restricted to the same button style. There can be issues encountered with trying to embed these buttons into non-Stack pages; like the sidebar of a blog or the footer of a website. Sometimes there can also be incompatibilities between certain button stacks and RapidWeaver themes. ButtonMaker is a rather radical rethink of how a button stack should work; combing ease of setup with the customisable power a lot of RapidWeaver users desire.

By ticking the View Source Code option in the stack settings, you can view the complete source code for your generated buttons (to reuse in other pages of your project). ButtonMaker is as powerful as many online button generators and desktop apps, but is developed exclusively for RapidWeaver and the Stacks plugin. It's very much a stack you can purchase once and use hundreds of times! It has the potential to save you a lot of time and money.

Pure HTML and CSS buttons have a number of advantages. By removing complicated code (like Flash and Javascript) from the mix, the completed buttons render extremely quickly and efficiently on all devices. The buttons can be set to various links and display correctly in all modern web browsers. Buttons can be used on conventional desktop web browsers and from touch-based handheld devices. These buttons are also very accessible to search engines too. Fancy-effects applied to the buttons like rounded corners, shadow effects and animations degrade gracefully in older web browsers (like IE7 and IE8).

Check out the examples and find out more here.
iCENTRAL NEWS

Bigfoot Responsive

RapidWeaver Central
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Bigfoot Responsive will take your big footers and transport them to a whole new responsive level.
Source: WeaverThings
NEW!

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Brand new Template inspired by the Freebie section lower down this page.
Source: WeaverThings
NEW!

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RapidWeaver Central
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One of three brand NEW Templates, this one inspired by the Recommended Reading section lower down this page.
Source: WeaverThings
NEW!

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One of three brand NEW Templates, this one inspired by the Reviews section on the Apps page.
Source: WeaverThings
NEW!

iCentral

On Your iPhone

Get all the latest RapidWeaver product news on your iPhone for FREE!
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Rustic Theme

Elixir Graphics
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A typically elegant, responsive theme that provides a great layout for your portfolio, blog, or small business site.

HotSpotsPro

Stacks4Stacks
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HotSpotsPro is arguably the most sophisticated stack available for building fully-responsive image maps in RapidWeaver.
Source: Stacks4Stacks

Autonomy Theme

WeaverThemes
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Nothing arty farty about this theme, it's just nice and simple and responsive and does exactly what any good business theme should do.
Source: WeaverThemes

Final Word

Doobox
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Have The Final Word With Doobox's Final Word Stack.
Source: Doobox

Typewolf

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Typewolf is an independent resource featuring fonts from all type foundries.
Source: Typewolf
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Write For Us

Marten Claridge
Addicted to creation? Want to join our writing team and write for an audience of millions? Now's your chance. Get in touch to find out more.

Freebies

Recommended Reading

Jul 23, 2014
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How to make whitespace work on the Web

By Marc Schenker
I've noticed that quite a few RapidWeavers seem to be scared of white space and try to cram as much information as they can into small spaces without regard to creating elemental hierarchy. This article highlights some of the benefits of using white space to your advantage.
July 19, 2014
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A Comprehensive Reading List for and by Designers

By Margaret Kelsey
Big bibliophiles that they are at InVision, they asked some of their favourite designers to recommend the book that inspired them the most this past year. Check out the 75 most popular answers and the top designers who recommend them, plus 5 inspiring periodicals.
Source: InVision
July 22, 2014
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Beyond Niches: Create the Ultimate Message

By  Demian Farnworth
Finding your niche and trying to stand out if not dominate it is hard enough in the worldwide madding crowd. According to Copyblogger's Demian Farnworth, you need to understand your audience’s outlook and tap into their worldview.
Source: Copyblogger
June 13, 2014
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Living up to Your (Business) Ideals

By Geoff Dimasi
Values? Ideals? Is there a place in your online business for such strange bedfellows as these? Geoff DiMasi thinks so. He says establishing a vision for your work and the way you evaluate prospective clients and projects is the way to get started.
Source: A List Apart
June 17, 2014
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Product Critique

By Julie Zhou
Of course I have no ulterior motive for highlighting this article, but if you do find it informative — and even inspiring — enough to make you want to review a RapidWeaver addon for our readers, then feel free to draw your own conclusion and get in touch!
Source: Medium
June 10, 2014
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Is Metagaming Killing Your Marketing?

By  Gregory Ciotti
Nice title, not sure it actually makes any sense in my understanding of the term but nevertheless it's still an interesting article about the dangers of using 'one size fits all' methods of marketing, where 'best practices' are the metagame that can stifle innovation.
Source: Copyblogger
June 13, 2014
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The secrets to using large expressive type

By Rob Bowen
It's all about striking a visual balance between text and images. Rob Bowen suggests the use of large, expressive typography offers us the ability to combine both to convey our message in a highly visual and textual way.
June 17, 2014
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The Builder’s High

By Michael Lapp
This article gets a look-in because I read it on the day I closed down my Twitter account, having finally realised that I used to care but things have changed. Maybe it's an age thing.
June 10, 2014
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Let Dr. Seuss Help You Create Unforgettable Copy

By Amy Harrison
It's not just about headlines. It's about writing addictive copy that hooks your reader word by word, line by line. Amy Harrison has some good advice for adding power to your own writing with techniques used by a king of addictive prose, Dr. Seuss.
Source: Copyblogger
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