New Responsive Layout Tutorials Added



Today’s update includes 3 new tutorials covering responsive layout stacks: Responsive Layout Stacks, Fluid Image Stack and Floaty Stack. All of these tutorials can be found in the newly added Responsive Layout category of the Add-Ons section. The Responsive Layout Stacks and Floaty Stack can also be found in the Content Layout category, and the Fluid Image Stack can also be found under the Photos category.

Each of these stacks is very helpful when you are developing a website using a responsive theme. In fact, I highly recommend all 3 of these stacks for anyone developing a responsive website.

The Responsive Layout Stacks allow you to create responsive columns, and includes a 2, 3, 4, and 5-column stack, as well as a Show/Hide Stack that is very cool.

The Floaty Stack is a responsive version of the built-in Float stack, and allows you to make floating content responsive.

Finally, the Fluid Image Stack is a must-have for creating responsive images and photos on your website.

In other news, the Grad School curriculum was updated last week, receiving the same responsive redesign as the Classroom members’ area. Production of new tutorials is now back in full-swing, so you can expect to see weekly updates posted in most cases. Check back next week for another update on new tutorials!

Thanks for your support,

Ryan

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RapidWeaver is Compatible with OS X Mavericks



As many of you have undoubtedly heard, Apple today announced the immediate availability of Mavericks, the newest version of OS X for the Mac. This is great news, especially because the current version of RapidWeaver is already compatible with Mavericks. If you decide to upgrade to Mavericks, be sure that you are running RapidWeaver 5.3.1 and that all of your 3rd-party plugins are up-to-date. It’s especially important that you have updated the PlusKit plugin to version 2.40, if you have it installed on your system.

If you are uncertain about the availability of plugin updates, then it is easy to quickly discover which plugins have updates available. Simply launch RapidWeaver and select RapidWeaver > Check for Update… from the main menu. RapidWeaver will notify you if any updates are available, and direct you the Realmac Software Addons page, where you can download the latest versions. Some plugins will also notify you automatically if you have them added to a project, but RapidWeaver’s Check for Update function is a much quicker solution.

In RapidWeaver Classroom news, I hope that you’ve had an opportunity to look through the redesign of the Classroom members’ area. I have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback so far -- thanks so much to those of you who have taken the time to send me an email! The Grad School curriculum is receiving the same treatment later today, so if you also subscribe to Grad School then you can expect to see this new redesign there as well.

New tutorials are also in the works, and I will post an update with more details as soon as they are available!

Thanks for your support,

Ryan

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New Members' Area Redesign Launched!



After 2+ months of work, I am very excited to finally reveal the redesigned members’ area! I hope that it provides an enhanced user experience for you all. This new update brings…

• A responsive design for optimized viewing on all devices
• A reorganized Add-Ons section -- add-ons are now organized by function, so finding what you need is easier than ever
• “Highly recommended” tutorials that are noted with a star -- so you won’t overlook the really important stuff
• An updated Resources section -- Services, Project Checklist, Glossary of Terms, and Downloads have been added

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My primary goals with this update were to create a great user experience and make it easier than ever to navigate the available training. As you browse different areas of the Add-Ons section, you will notice that some content is repeated throughout different sections. This is especially true with the Stacks 2 plugin, because it can be utilized for so many functions. Since add-ons are organized by function, you can be sure that each category includes tutorials for every relevant add-on. No longer will you have to browse through a multitude of pages in order to discover every option for displaying your photos -- they are all in one place!

I am always looking for ways to improve this service, and I have more plans still, but please share your suggestions with me. In the meantime, I have a lot of new tutorials that I am ready to produce! You may even see a few add-on tutorials tagged with *Coming Soon* -- so you can expect to see those shortly.

If you are a Grad School subscriber, you can expect to see this same design implemented in the Grad School curriculum soon, along with a complete update to the aMember tutorials for aMember v4. Of course this design will eventually be applied to the “public” RapidWeaver Classroom website as well, but there’s quite a bit of work left to be done before that happens.

Thanks for your support,

Ryan

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Update on the Members' Area Redesign



I have spent the last 6 weeks working on a complete redesign of the RapidWeaver Classroom members’ area. I briefly mentioned this in my last blog update, but I wanted to post again about it now because the work is almost complete! If all goes smoothly from here on out, the update will be published next Tuesday, October 15th -- likely in the late afternoon or evening.

This update will bring a responsive design to the members’ area, for maximum compatibility with all mobile devices. Another significant change is that all of the add-ons tutorials (themes, plugins, stacks) will be organized by function, so it will be much easier to find training for the kinds of add-ons you need for your project. Some new resources will be included as well, such as a project checklist and glossary of web design terms. Overall, the user experience should be dramatically improved, and some of the changes will also make it quicker and easier for me to publish tutorial updates.

Speaking of tutorial updates, I will be producing a lot of new content as soon as this update is published. I hate that a few weeks have passed since new tutorials were added, but this redesign has been a massive undertaking and has required all of my attention recently. I will be playing catch-up throughout the rest of October with a lot of great new content for Classroom subscribers.

Finally, I will be posting more regular updates to the RapidWeaver Classroom Facebook page and Twitter account, so please follow me there if you don’t already!

Thanks for your support,

- Ryan

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