You may have heard the news going around that there is a new version of Stacks from YourHead Software has made its way into public beta. Stacks 2 is about the biggest, baddest, coolest version of Stacks ever released and we wanted to jump right on board and update the ExtraContent Stack to take advantage of all that’s new and cool in Stacks 2.
Ok, so the ExtraContent Stack is still just a box, but it has a new icon and does take advantage of some of the new organizational features in Stacks 2. And really we can’t take all the credit since @edbrenner actually got the ball rolling and sent us a nearly complete, updated version this morning.
Anyhow, you can grab the new version here.
Veteran RapidWeaver theme designer, Adam Shiver of Elixir Graphics, is the latest to join the ranks of developers offering ExtraContent enabled themes. Yesterday, Elixir Graphics announce their new Factory Theme, a polished, jQuery ready theme sporting 2 ExtraContent areas; one inside the header space to naturally augment your header images and one in the footer.
Factory boasts a number of other features as well… plenty of headers and header badges, various menu styles, background choices and so much more. Head over to Elixir Graphics and have a peek at his latest hi-tech creation.
Over the past few months there has been an explosion of new themes and theme updates that are all boasting ExtraContent. It’s an exciting time in the world of RapidWeaver themes as the possibilities become seemingly endless.
ExtraContent was first introduced in December of 2008 and since then dozens upon dozens of themes have cropped up using the technology. Here are just a few that have come out in recent months.
Henk has become a veritable champion of ExtraContent, pushing the limits of the his themes and the technology with release after release of ExtraContent enabled themes. Exposure has 3 EC areas, on the header above the title/slogan, between the content and the footer and below the footer. Exposure has a jquery fading dropdownmenu. Down- and Right-Arrows show the menu-items with sublevels for clear navigation through your website. When opening a page the menu slides down with a fading effect. You can disable the sliding in the Theme Styles.
Say hello to Mirage, a new RapidWeaver theme that raises the bar yet again, making it even easier to design the site that YOU want to create.
Tired of rigid limits and cookie-cutter themes? Then you’ll love Mirage – a design experience that frees you to build a site that can both fit the mold, and break out of it.
Ever thought it would be great if you could just choose where the header image goes? Mirage can do that. But what if you want the logo and title of your site above the menu, and the header image below it? Mirage can do that too. Don’t like header images? Want to add your own custom image to the background of the theme? Maybe stretch the menu the full width of the page? Mirage can do all that, and much, much more….
Every once in a while, something comes along that really stirs things up. That’s what the iPhone did to the mobile industry, and in that same spirit we figure it’s time to set a new standard for RapidWeaver themes everywhere.
Introducing Phelix, a new theme that puts you in complete control of its exquisite design. And offers near flawless Internet Explorer 6/7/8 support (minus drop shadows and rounded corners). And automagically creates a completely customized version of your site for iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android devices. And includes built-in support for FancyZoom, CrossSlide, and Pulse.
GiD3OUS is the culmination of months of design, planning, and exhaustive testing and the end result is a product the seyDoggy team considers to be their finest work to date. GiD3OUS is packed with powerful features like ExtraContent, 3 tier navigation, 10 custom headers and 10 custom footers. Take a closer look and see how advanced, yet easy to use GiD3OUS can be for you.
The Ultimate features of GiD3OUS include ExtraContent, RWmultitool ready, 10 custom headers and footers, 3 tier navigation, full color options, width control, font size and font family selections.
This has been a heck of a few weeks for ExtraContent enabled themes. We’ve just seen the release of new themes from WeaverThemes and RWT, and now we have 3 more new ExtraContent themes from MultiThemes, ThemeFlood and Henk Vrieselaar.
Henk has been a big advocate for ExtraContent themes and has managed to add ExtraContent in just about every theme he has released in the last 6 months. STALKER, Henk’s latest RapidWeaver theme, has 4 ExtraContent areas that allow the user to add more content then RapidWeaver typically allows — EC1, above the Menu. You can use this area for some textlines or your logo. With a CSS code you can fill this area with any image cor colour — EC2, below the Menu. This area floats together with the menu and can be filled with text, images or a logo. — EC3, above the Footer. — EC4, below the Footer.
Check out STALKER.
Will Woodgate from ThemeFlood takes what I believe is his first foray into ExtraContent theme development with his latest theme, NewsMedia. Will has taken the ExtraContent concept to the extreme with up to 15 possible ExtraContent areas in NewsMedia.
Will doesn’t stop there, mind you, as NewsMedia is packed with professional features like style switchers, mega-menus and horizontal scrolling menu bars.
Check out NewsMedia.
And last but not least, old RapidWeaver theme star, MultiThemes is back in the game with Panels Pro, a theme that makes use of 2 ExtraContent areas. True to MultiThemes form, this theme is high and style and lush with all the finishing touches. Like a fine Italian automobile, MultiThemes leaves no corner unpolished.
Check out Panels Pro.
Late last week the RapidWeaver community was treated to the arrival of two new RapidWeaver themes enabled with ExtraContent — WeaverThemes Imagine and RWT’s Slider. Both themes offer a very different approach to the ExtraContent content concept and their developers are to be commended for thinking outside the box.
For the full list of features, visit the WeaverThemes.
RWT’s Slider takes another innovative approach to ExtraContent in the form of a sliding banner. We’ve all seen them before but propagating them with content has always been a hassle. RWT has taken the ugly out of coding a sliding banner and made it ExtraContent easy. It can now be as simple as adding text to any page or sidebar that allows for styled content.
For more on Slider, visit RWT.
Last last week seyDoggy unleashed another new RapidWeaver theme with ExtraContent, Sleeker Ultimate. Making use of two EC areas, pre and post content, Sleeker is definitely a great looking and very versatile theme. With rounded corners, great texture and lighting effects, Sleeker is a theme that can keep up with today’s web trends.
One other thing that sets Sleeker apart is the split-hybrid navigation system that allows nested pages to be displayed both in a tidy drop down and in a vertical sidebar format. For more information, check out Sleeker Ultimate.
Back on July 24th, seyDoggy released the final 5 themes of the 10 that they had brought over from Theme Weaver. One of those themes, TW009, saw some significant upgrades… including the addition ExtraContent.
TW009 makes use of two EC areas, a pre-content and post content area that are visually separate from the main body of content but sharing the same design characteristics.
Another unique feature of TW009 is it’s header which can display up to 5 header images at once. Very cool. Check out the new and improved TW009.
Last month the seyDesign crew started the task of moving all THEME WEAVER themes over to seyDesign.com. To date the first four have made the transition, one of which has been heavily upgraded, TW002, which now includes two ExtraContent areas.
Some other notable enhancements are panel height adjustment, panel hiding options, full font control and complete color control. Go take a look at the new and improved TW002.
[tags]ExtraContent, seyDesign, THEME WEAVER, TW002[/tags]
Some time ago, Gary at RWT released a theme, H3, that gave users a way to have a truly usable 3 column layout in RapidWeaver. The manner in which is was done was a little complex to the uninitiated though. Since the arrival of ExtraContent, however, it only makes sense that Gary would update H3 to utilize ExtraContent to propagate this 3 column and that’s exactly what he did.
You can check out the new H3 here, and take a look at the tutorial movies. Take an especially close look at this movie, which demonstrates how you can use ExtraContent to make a search bar in your sites header.
Another developer has joined the ranks of those who have ExtraContent enabled themes. Jonathan Head of NimbleHost has added a third RapidWeaver theme, Unity, to their lineup, this one now with ExtraContent in 5 different places. I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to see the uptake of ExtraContent like this.
[tags]NimbleHost, unity, extracontent[/tags]