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  • October 16, 2013

    Using the Background Slideshow Feature

    With the recent release of our latest designs we have added the ability to have a slideshow running as the background to your site. This setting will be turned on by default in the latest designs (Waipio, Odyssey, and Kailua), but can be used in any Redframe website. If you are working from one of the designs that uses a background slide show by default, all you need to do is go to the editor and upload your own images to use. Images in a landscape mode will work best.  It is also a good idea to ensure that you are uploading a large format of the image you want to use. Images that are smaller than the screen area will be stretched to fit and the results might not be what you desire.   Let’s quickly go through the process. We’ll start by opening the Background Slide Show Editor from the menu. The uploader interface is pretty straight forward. Either drag the images you want to upload from your computer on to the Add Photos area, or click on the area and select the files from your hard drive. Uploading will begin immediately and our servers will to the work to optimize your files for best results. Once uploaded, you can arrange the order of your images by dragging them into desired order of appearance.       Advanced Controls Once your images are uploaded and arrange in the correct order, you have the ability to make a few other alterations to how your background slide show behaves.   The most commonly used option will be for control over the transition speed . This is the amount of time each image of the slideshow is displayed before transitioning to the next image. If you are using a large number...
  • Some things are just meant to go together. Chocolate and peanut butter, Abbot and Costello, Rum and Coke, Milli and Vanilli. Okay, maybe not everything, but combining your website’s editing tools with your website is a match that pairs together well. In our continuing effort to make managing your website even simpler, we are happy to introduce the Real-time Website Editor. This appears as a bar over your website and allows you immediate access to many of your most common site management tasks. Rest assured that your clients and anyone who visits your site will not see this bar. If you don’t wish to have the bar open, simply log out. To log back i,n a little gear will appear on the right edge of your site window. Now that we have established what it is, let’s take a look at what it can do. [raw] [one_half] [/one_half] [one_half last] [/one_half] [clear] [/raw] When you have the Real-time Website Editor open, you have immediate ability to make changes to the page or gallery that you are viewing in your website. If you want to make changes to a gallery, simply navigate to that gallery and then the “Edit This Gallery” option will appear as a green button on the editor. From there you have the option of changing the layout of the gallery, editing the existing images, or adding images to it. If you choose to change the layout or add images, you will see the changes to your gallery immediately. Finally, instant gratification! Editing one of your pages works in much the same way. Simply go to the page of your website that you want to update and a blue “Edit This Page” button will appear. Clicking on this will bring up the Page Layout Editor where you can...
  • January 28, 2013

    Add Texture to Your Site Background

    We are happy to introduce our Background Overlay feature!  This feature allows for an even  more  customized look and feel to your website.  Using it gives your site a quick and easy facelift.  Using layers, inversion, and an overlay blending mode, the background overlay tool  can result in a simple but striking effect. To access this feature, go to the Manage Appearance area of your admin (control panel) > Click the Backgrounds tab >then choose the Manage Background Pattern Overlay option. Hundreds of preset textures are supplied (including brains and intestines for some reason), so choose one you like and start playing with it. Adjust the size and opacity of the texture pattern or even invert it to alter the effect. Experiment with it until you find something that strikes your fancy. Try it over a fullscreen background image or a solid background color. There are limitless possibilities that can be created so it’s best to play with the tools and see what you can come up with. You can use the tool to create an intricate repeating pattern or over a full screen background image to mute it a little. What else could this feature be used for?  Here are a couple other benefits that may be of use to you: Enhance texture / Increase local contrast. Creates a special muted half-tone look. Have fun and enjoy exploring this new feature!
  • This is part 3 in a series about customizing your Redframe galleries. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 Want your users to sit back, relax and enjoy viewing your images? Your Redframe gallery provides you with total control over how your slideshow acts. In this article I will be covering a few of the options that can altered to best present your images. Be sure to remember that you always have the option of creating a custom gallery for each and everyone of your galleries. that is covered here. The first option is the Transition Effect. your options here are none, fade, slide top, or slide side. Fade is an alpha or opacity transition from one image to the next. Slide top will animate the image in from the top down and Slide Side will animate the image in from the outside. Choosing None will simply show the next image with now transition effect at all. The Large image frame option is a very subtle change to the appearance of your gallery. You are given two options, either ‘none’ or ‘clearframe’ . Choosing  ‘clearframe’ will add a subtle frame around your large image. Not much of a change but still some custom control over your look. Getting back to the slide show controls we can now look at changing the transition speed and the slide show speed. These options probably sound too similar and one of them should probably be renamed (please leave any suggestions in the comments) but for now let’s get into figuring them out. Transition Speed is the time it takes to animate from one image to the next. If your transition effect is set to none then this is not really applicable, however, for the other effects, it can noticeably alter them. The transition speed...
  • This is part 2 in a series about customizing your Redframe galleries. Check out Part 1 and Part 3 Have you decided that you are ready to change the way your gallery looks and acts but aren’t sure how to start? Let’s start into it here with the presentation options. These are the settings that will change the way your gallery looks. Let’s start with the first two options which are Image On Page or Pop Up Image. [raw] [one_half] Using image on page will result in a layout where the thumbnails are on the page beside the featured image. The main image can be on the right side or left side using a setting we will cover below. [/one_half] [one_half last] Choosing Pop Up image will result in a gallery where the main image will appear above the thumbnails once it is chosen to be viewed. [/one_half] [clear] [/raw]  Image On Page Using the ‘image on page’ option will provide the following options: Thumbnail Position: The thumbnail position is pretty straight forward. You can either have the thumbnails appear on the left or right of your featured image. Image Size: Once again the option is as straight forward as it sounds. The options are fractions of the page width.The larger the fraction the larger your image will be in relation to the space your thumbnails take up.  The next two obvious options are the ability to control the size of the thumbnails and whether the will be on the right or the left of the featured image. The size of the thumbnail will effect how many will be displayed on your site. The larger the thumbnail, the less there will be on screen. The number of thumbnails on the screen will also be affected by what resolution your client is viewing your site at. Redframe...
  • October 2, 2012

    Customizing Your Galleries Part 1

    Do you ever wish that you can make one of your image galleries look and act differently than the others? Or maybe you want every gallery to act look different than the others. One of the advantages of a Redframe site is that you don’t get locked into only one gallery for your entire site. In fact you have lots of options and can change every one of your galleries if you so desire. Why would you even want that? Maybe a gallery has fewer or more images than the others. Perhaps it’s a private gallery and you know your client has a particular preference that you don’t want to use site wide. Maybe you just want to add variety. Whatever the reason, the important thing is that you have the ability to do it if you so desire. Let’s look into how to do that. You will need to start on the Manage Gallery page of your Redframe admin area. Pick the gallery you want to customize and click the ‘layout’ button. This will result in the Gallery Editor appearing and the magic can begin. So that’s what you will see when the gallery editor opens. Notice that it states “This Gallery is using Default settings”. Once you make a change to any of the settings this message will change to the following: Notice that you are given the choice to revert to the default settings or use the new settings as your new default. If you choose to use these settings as your default, all other galleries on your site that are set to use the default settings will share these settings. But for the purpose of this article we want to keep this gallery as a custom and keep going. All the changes we make will then...