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Yes, it's true: one more blog about our favorite web site building application for MacOSX. But this one is a little different. It started back in 2011 as a blog focusing solely on free and low-cost stuff for (producing a web site with) RapidWeaver: themes, tools, tips, tricks, anything, as long as it was free – or low-cost.
    Over time, the Stacks plugin became more popular, and coding yourself was no longer an option for many people, so I started to develop my own stacks in the spirit of the blog: free (well, actually pay-what-you-want) and low-cost.
    This blog evolved with it, and is now primarily about those new stacks, although from time to time I will post about other free and low-cost stuff for RapidWeaver.

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Summersale: 25% off everything

I don’t know how it is where you live, but over here in Greece it is summer now and really hot. Time for a summersale!
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New #77: ShakeIt Stack

This new stack is meant to draw attention to elements on a page by shaking, rumbling, vibrating or pulsing them.
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New #74-76: SmoothScroll Stacks Set

On a web page, links cannot only direct to other pages, but also to other locations on the same page. These so called destination anchors are used as bookmarks on a page you automatically scroll to when you click a link that directs to it elsewhere on a page.
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New #73: ScrollShow Stack

Today I introduce a stack that was suggested by one of my customers. R. envisioned a stack that would show or hide some content, depending on the scroll position of the page. This content should have a fixed position, meaning it should stay in the same place even if the page is scrolled.
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New #72: BrowserUpdate Stack

There are still numerous people who visit your modern website with an outdated browser. Rather frustrating, because they will not see the latest and greatest functionality you built into your site. Or, even worse, your website may not work properly for them.
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New #71: RainbowText Stack

It’s been a while since I launched a pay-what-you-want stack, but here’s one! With the stack I introduce today, you can spice up a header text by using multiple colors (e.g. like a rainbow), a background image, or even a SVG background on the text only.
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New #70: Zoom Stack

The stack I introduce today was something I had on my mind for a long time, but until recently it did not work good enough in every browser to launch it. Fortunately, the last problems were solved last week, so here it is!
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New #69: CaptionOnImage Stack

Showing a caption text below or above an image is dead easy, and so is a caption next to an image. But how about a caption on top of an image?
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New #68: ReferMessage Stack

Today I introduce another stack that was suggested by one of my customers. G. wanted to show a message on his home page, but only to visitors that came on this by clicking on a link in a certain forum.
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New #67: A small holiday gift

It looks like it’s becoming a tradition this time of the year for me to release a small gift to show my gratitude to the RapidWeaver community.
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New #66: BackgroundImageRotator Stack

This new stack makes it possible to create full screen, responsive background image slide shows. It has a load of options to tailor it to your needs.
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New #65: SetOpacity Stack

Although Rapidweaver 7 was a great upgrade, I was really disappointed that it is still not possible to use semi-transparent colors in the theme settings.
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New #64: Randomizer Stack

Today I introduce a stack to show content randomly each time the page loads. Great for tips, quotes, testimonies, Did you know that… stuff etc.
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SUMM ERSALE: All 51 stacks for €50!

Because it’s summer (at least over here in Greece!), I have a special, time limited offer for you: buy all my 51 stacks for only €50!
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Big upgrade: SmartColumns2 Stacks

I just released a big upgrade of my SmartColumns Stacks, adding new features that make these popular stacks even more versatile. Changes are big now, you won’t need any other columns stack anymore!
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New #62 & 63: PhotoAlbumRedirect and LineBreakHeight Stacks

Today I introduce two small stacks that I made on suggestion of users of my stacks. Although they won’t set the world on fire, I’m sure they will be a nice addition to your stacks collection.
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New #60 & 61: HTML(5)elements and Keyhole Stacks

As mentioned two weeks ago with the introduction of the DoNotPublish Stack, I finally found the time to turn a few stacks I made for myself into ‘real’ stacks (with auto-update, proper icons, etc.), and I feel comfortable now sharing them with you. Today I introduce two more I initially made for myself and use a lot when making sites and developing stacks.
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New #59: DoNotPublish Stack

Today I introduce a stack I made for myself and use a lot when making sites and developing stacks. I finally found the time to turn it into a ‘real’ stack (with auto-update, proper icons, etc.), so now I feel comfortable sharing it with you.
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New #51-58: eight stacks to build beautiful image galleries

Today I introduce eight stacks that, on their own or combined, make it possible to build awesome images galleries – or enhance your existing Photo Album pages.
Update March 27, 2016: the CollagePlus Stack now also supports warehoused images.
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New #50: LightboxMe Stack

Today I introduce a stack that is ideal for showing one or a few items in a lightbox (or pop-up, if you prefer): the LightboxMe Stack. This stack is highly customizable, yet easy to work with and uses a very light-weight script that won’t put a big burden on the page load.
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New #48 & 49: A small holiday gift

This is the time of the year for presents, so I developed a small gift for the RapidWeaver community: two nice, small stacks to show my gratitude to this wonderful community.
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New #46 & 47: Morphext and Morphist Stacks

I have the impression that 2015 was the year when animation on websites became mature. Deservedly so: nothing beats animation when it comes to drawing attention on a webpage; and when it's done with taste and moderation, it's a useful addition that can be very functional. Now 2015 is reaching its end, I introduce two stacks that use animation in a flexible way and don’t require heavy scripts that put a burden on the page loading time.
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New #45: PriceList Stack

Again a stack based on a suggestion by one of my customers! Creating lists with a description to the left, a price (or other information) to the right and a horizontal line in between is something that every word processor has been capable of for ages. On a webpage however, this has always been <understatement> rather difficult </understatement>.
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New #44: Simple Background Gradient Stack

Another stack based on a suggestion by one of my customers, this time one to set a full page background gradient. A bit like the Simple Background Image 2 Stack and the SuperB&B Stack had a baby!
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While it lasts: 50 stacks for €50!

I just released the SmartFloat stack — and it’s my fiftieth stack! To celebrate this milestone, I have a special, time limited offer: all my stacks for only €50.
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New #43: SmartFloat Stack

Left and right floating elements with text wrapping around it may be as old as the world wide web (well, almost…), they can be a nightmare on responsive sites. With a small screen, the elements become too small easily, ruining the layout and/or the readability. The SmartFloat stack I introduce today solves this problem in an elegant way. Finally, floating elements can be fully responsive without any hassle!
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New #42: EliteHack Stack

I'm a big fan of Henk Vrieselaar's themes. They are beautiful, versatile and well coded. His latest creation (Elite) is no exception. As soon as I saw the prerelease version, I realized that with a little help, you could do something very few themes have: showing tooltips of the menu items.
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New #41: Free FA4All Stack

Want to use the unsurpassed Font Awesome font in your site, but your theme does not support it? Of course you can add it manually, but here’s an easier solution.
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New #40: SmartList Stacks

I personally found makings lists one of the most frustrating jobs in RapidWeaver. Most of the time, non of the options available generated exactly what I had in mind, so in the end I often ended up coding the list by hand – one of the few coding jobs I really detest.
To make an end to these frustrations, I decided to make a stack that would offer exactly what I think should be offered for making lists – and some more.
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New #39: FootNoter Stacks

If you ever made a text with footnotes for your site, you know how difficult it is to keep track of everything. To make your life considerably more easy (at least in this case!) I developed the FootNoter Stacks.
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New #38: SuperB & B Stack

Today I introduce a stack to customize borders and backgrounds. I know that sounds boring, because there are plenty of them out there already. Nevertheless I think this is not just-another-borders-and-backgrounds stack. The SuperB&B Stack allows you to style your backgrounds and borders like never before.
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New #37: DelayedRedirect Stack

Another stack per request! J. needed a new location for his web site (don’t ask) and wanted all visitors of his old site to know he moved to a new location. But how? A combination of a message (‘please update your bookmarks’) and an automatic redirect would be the least annoying I imagined, so I came up with the DelayedRedirect Stack.
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SmartColumn Stack: now with custom column widths

I receive a lot of suggestions for new options for my stacks, and I’m very happy with that. Suggestions are always welcome. By far the most requested feature was the option to set the width of the SmartColumns Stacks individually.
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New #36: LoadingOverlay Stack

Another stack per request! A. had a problem with her gallery page. Because the page was very picture heavy, it took quit a while to load completely. When a visitor clicked a thumbnail before the page was fully loaded, the 'bare' picture was shown, instead of in the lightbox as intended. The solution? The LoadingOverlay Stack!
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New #35: Free CapsLockDay Stack

On October 22 and June 28, it is International Caps Lock Day. From now on, you can celebrate this occasion on your sites made with RapidWeaver with my new CapsLockDay Stack! With this stack, you can show your whole site in UPPERCASE – but only on Caps Lock Day.
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New #34: PanelSlider Stack

Suffering from information overload on your page? Is your page real estate not sufficient for cramming everything in? Want a lot of whitespace on your page, but also a lot of text? The PanelSlider Stack may be just what you need.
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Major overhaul of the NoLink Stack

Just a quick note to let you know that I just released version 2 of the the NoLink Stack with many new options.
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New #33: DoorKeeper Stack

There are many occasions it is a good idea (or even mandatory) to ask your visitor a question before letting them enter your site. Age verification for adult content, including alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, arms, vaping gear and that other adult content are the most obvious, but there are more situations where this will be handy.
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New #32: OnetimeRedirect Stack

Want to draw some extra attention from your visitors for that new album, special offer, whatever? Don't fancy a popup or a section on your page, but prefer a dedicated page? In that case the OnetimeRedirect stack is for you.
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New #31: FancyLine Stack

Today I introduce a new stack that may look trivial at first sight, but believe me: it may well be a stack that you will end up using in most, or even all of your projects: the FancyLine stack.
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More options for some of the PA/Lightbox Stacks

I never introduced a stack before that triggered so many suggestions for more options than the PA/Lightbox Stacks. Thank you all, I love feedback! Most of your suggestions found their way into the stacks; a few of them need a little more puzzling. Here’s an overview of what’s new:
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New #25-30: PA/Lightbox Stacks

When I started using RapidWeaver back in 2008, the Photo Album page was, well… acceptable, but not great. Over five years have passed since then and to be honest, I think the Photo Album page does not really look acceptable nowadays anymore. So, I decided to develop a series of stacks that make new or existing Photo Album pages look modern again: the PA/Lightbox Stacks.
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New #23: RapidLorem Stack

Prototyping a new site and tired of manually copying and pasting Lorem ipsum dolor etc. over and over again? Tired of that boring Lorem ipsum dolor etc. anyway? Well, I was, so I decided to develop a stack to make this much easier – and less boring.
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New #20: Contact Form Populator Stack

Today I released a stack does not bring any eye candy to your sites, but may be great for those of you who like to receive quotes or inquiries about their products or services using RapidWeaver’s built in Contact page: the Contact Form Populator stack.
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New #19: AltTabsMenu stack

Henk Vrieselaar did it again! He just released an amazing new theme: the TABS theme. Unlike almost every other theme, it is a ‘one-pager’, meaning that it keep all content on a single page, and that the menu is used to show and hide content. Although this concept is great in many cases, sometimes a ‘normal’ menu is the better choice.
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New #18: Hyphenate stack

The summer season is almost over (at least here on Zakynthos, Greece), so it is time start releasing new stacks! I kick off with a stack that will especially appeal to typography connoisseurs: the Hyphenate stack. This stack makes it possible to hyphenate and/or justify text in Safari, Firefox, IE10 and iOS.
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Two important (manual) updates

Today I released two important updates: one for the SimpleSplash theme, and one for the Simple Background Image Stack.
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New #17: Progress Bar Stacks

Progress bars can be really helpful to visualize figures like the progress on an ‘under construction’ page, but they also great for comparing speed and other figures. The Progress Bar stack 1 and Progress Bar stack 2 give you an array of possibilities to create progress bars that will match seamlessly with the style of your site. Both stacks are fully responsive (optional) and make it possible to ‘slide in’ the progress bar on loading.
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New #16: Tucked Corners Stack

Here's a new stack to draw some extra attention to an image or a block of text in a subtle way. It makes the corners of your image or text look like they are tucked in the page, just like an in old style photo album. The effect is particularly nice with a ‘paper’ background, e.g. using my Simple Background Repeat stack, or with Henk Vrieselaar’s Note Pad theme.
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New #15: SmartColumns Stacks

Although there are several stack sets available to make columns, I recently ran into a situation where non of them really fitted my needs. I eventually coded the whole thing by hand, but it made me think if I could make a stack of it. The result: not one, but a set of three stacks: the Smart2Columns, Smart3Columns and (guess what) Smart4Columns stack.
With these stacks you can make two, three or four equal height, equal width, responsive columns you can style individually, including the vertical alignment for each column. This makes especially the Smart2Columns stack also great for center and bottom aligned captions next to an image.
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New #13 & 14: Two Stacks to spiff up your external links

Making a clear distinction between links within a site (internal links) and links that lead to another site (external links) really enhances the usability of a site. Wikipedia uses them, and so does the American government (HHS.gov, pdf). And now you can too.
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From Free to Pay What You Want: the background

Last July, I introduced my first two stacks. Over the last 10 months this number grow to 11 (so over 1 stack per month average) and I have more coming soon. All these stacks have been free. All I asked for was a small donation if you were happy with them and used them in a (commercial) project.
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Contact Form Beautifier Stack and Contact Form Placeholder Stack: final versions released

Earlier today I released the final versions of the Contact Form Beautifier Stack, the Contact Form Placeholder Preview Stack and the Contact Form Placeholder Stack. Besides some code cleaning and a new logo, the main new feature is that automatic updates now work.
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New & Free PWYW #8-12 and more…

It looks like the RapidWeaver community has become more and more internationally orientated lately, because I’ve got a lot of questions about how to make a multilingual site in RapidWeaver the last few months. To bundle my thoughts and advices about this subject, I decided to write a short tutorial. Then things got out of hand…
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New & Free PWYW #7: Contact Form Beautifier Stack

Judging by the success of the Contact Form Placeholder Stack, it appears that improving the built in RapidWeaver contact form is something many of you are enthusiastic about. Today, I introduce a stack that takes contact form styling to a whole new level: the Contact Form Beautifier Stack.
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New & Free PWYW #6: Contact Form Placeholder Stack

Usually, contact forms are not the most exciting pages on a site. On the other hand, they may well be the most important page on your site: it's the last step between a potential customer and you. A good reason to make filling in a form as easy as possible.
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New #6: free Xmas Lights Stack

Here's my entry for the Most Useless And Stupid Stack Contest 2012: the Xmas Lights Stack. It shows animated Christmas lights with CSS3 only. This stack is the result of me practicing practicing the use of CSS animations and keyframes in background images.
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New & Free PWYW #5: Neon Stack

Here's a new stack for a fancy eye catcher, e.g. on a splash page. When the page finished loading, the ‘lights’ will go on (after some flickering) and burn like neon tubes. 100% JavaScript and Flash Free!
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NoLink, NoHome and NoCurrent Stacks: final versions released

I've just released the final releases for all three stacks mentioned in the title of this post. I did some minor code cleanup, and added a proper icon. Automatic updates were included in version 0.9.5 of these stacks, so if you have these versions, you don't have to do anything. They will be automatically updated within RapidWeaver.
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New & Free PWYW #4: MarineTraffic Stack

Here's a new stack that may not be useful to all of you, but it may come in handy to spice up your holiday rental site (when close to the sea or a river), a blog about a journey with a ship or a site for ship enthusiasts.
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Stacks on a non-Stacks page

Now I released my first Stacks, some of you asked me how to implement their functionality on non-Stacks pages like the Contact Form page, Blog Page and third-party plugin pages like SiteMap by Loghound.
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NoLink, NoHome and NoCurrent Stacks Updated

I've just released updates for all three stacks. I did some minor bug fixes, but more importantly: automatic updates are now included! So, this is the last time you will have install them manually.

I send an email to everybody who left his or her email on a download page of the Marathia Stacks site. For those who didn't do so here are the links:
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New & Free PWYW #3: NoHome Stack

Just a few days ago I released my first two stacks and I'm thrilled that so many people downloaded it – and (looking at the responses) like it. Thanks for all the reactions and donations, it's much appreciated! Several people pointed out to me that the NoLink Stack and the NoCurrent Stack disable most unneeded (and so: unwanted) links, but not all.
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New & Free PWYW #2: NoLink Stack

According to the numerous responses, many of you found the way to this tutorial: Dropdown menus without a link: a solution (sort of). Unfortunately, now themes get more and more complicated, it becomes more and more difficult to make this solution work. For this reason, I decided to turn it into a stack.
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New & Free PWYW: NoCurrent Stack

Finally: a stack for an issue that was bothering me for a long time! When you click on the current page in the menu, the cursor changes to a pointer and the page reloads. That's not how it should be in most cases! The current page is not a place to go to, it's where you are.
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