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15 Feb 2017

EverWeb 2.1.1 Just Released with Updated Widgets!

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EverWeb version 2.1.1 has just been released with improvements and enhancements to some of its widgets.

Here’s what’s in the new release!

Audio Widget Updated!
The Audio widget has been in EverWeb since version 1.0. This is its first update and includes useful new options to set the default playback volume, autoplay when you load the page, auto looping and mute controls. Remember to think carefully when using the default volume and autoplay features, especially if the page is accessed in a public area. People are quite noise conscious!

Contact Form Advanced Widget Updated
The CFA widget added some SMTP features in 2.1 which have been tweaked further in 2.1.1 to make it more reliable for servers that don’t support sending email without SMTP details included. If you use the CF widget, EverWeb 2.1.1 is a must have update.

Other Minor Changes
There are a couple of other small, but nice to know, changes in 2.1.1. The first is that EverWeb will now remember the last setting used for spell check. That’s handy if you’ve ticked ‘Check Spelling While Typing’ as it now stays that way the next time you go back in to EverWeb.

Last but not least, if you change the name of an asset that’s used in the Image Slider widget, the asset name is now updated correctly in the widget as well.

And as always, there are the usual maintenance and stability fixes.

If you’ve got a question about the new point release or any other question about EverWeb, why not drop us a comment below? Thanks!

24 Jan 2017

EverWeb version 2.1 is Out NOW!

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EverWeb’s just been updated with the public release of version 2.1. The new version focuses on improvements to the new blogging environment, an upgrade for the Contact Form Advanced widget and some great small but really useful UI enhancements! There’s also number of under the hood improvements as well as the usual maintenance and stability fixes. Here’s a summary of what to look out for…

Blogging
EverWeb’s blogging feature adds a new section in the blog main page widget so you can include a link to your full blog archive. The option lets you set the name of the label you want to use and includes options for left, center or right alignment on the page. There are also a various minor fixes and enhancements mainly relating to Google Fonts, WordPress imports and Facebook commenting.

Contact Form Advanced Widget
The Contact Form Advanced widget debuted in EverWeb 2.0 and gets an update in version 2.1 with some new features. Perhaps the most important feature is the option to enter SMTP details in the Widget Settings. This is designed to improve reliability of receiving emails. It’s highly recommended that you fill in this section when using the CFA widget. There’s also a help button in the widget that will take you to an EverWeb knowledgeable article if you need help or guidance.

In EverWeb 2.1 the CFA widget now includes the ability to delete form options and reorder control options.

The most important fix for the Contact Form Advanced widget is that the ‘Reply To’ address is now set correctly. If you are using the CFA widget in EverWeb 2.0 or 2.0.2 it’s recommended you upgrade to 2.1 for this important fix.

Workflow Enhancements
The latest version of EverWeb includes some really handy keyboard tricks to improve your workflow.
If you hold the Command+Option keys down when dragging an object, EverWeb doesn’t change the selection. This means that, for example, if the object is covered by other objects it’s now easy to move the selected object.
The second keyboard trick is to hold the Command+Shift keys down when dragging or resizing an object. When you do this, all of the objects beneath it will move down so retaining the page layout that you originally created. This is a great time saver and highly recommended!
Other useful UI tweaks include Function+Arrow keys now work in the EverWeb Design Canvas and the addition of a ‘Rename’ option on the sub menu that appears when you right click on the Project file name in the Web Page List.

We’ll take a walk though the first two workflow enhancement features soon as well as a complete walk through of the new SMTP Settings of the Contact Form Advanced widget.

Updating to EverWeb version 2.1
You can update your version of EverWeb using the EverWeb-> Check for Updates… menu, or directly from the EverWeb Download page. The download is available in two forms, OS X 10.7 and Higher and OS X 10.6.

Before you update your copy of EverWeb, please remember that updates are free if you have purchased EverWeb less than one year ago, or have a valid updates & support plan if your EverWeb version is more than one year old. More information can be found on the EverWeb Download page.

In the meantime, let us know if you have any questions about the update or if there’s anything else you need to know about EverWeb!

22 Dec 2016

All About the New Contact Form Advanced!

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With all the limelight on EverWeb version 2.0‘s all new blogging environment, you may think that we’ve forgotten about the other new features of new release! Fear not as today we’re going to look at the all new Contact Form Advanced (CFA) widget!

A simple or advanced Contact Form?
The new Contact Form Advanced is an addition to the original Contact Form widget that debuted with EverWeb 1.0. The original widget is very simple and straightforward with few customisation options. It’s great when your requirements are also simple and straightforward.

Contact Form Advanced comes in to it’s own when you need more flexibility e.g. you may want to ask about users about their choices or preferences, you may be conducting a survey, or you may need to give users some extra help when they fill out the form. The screenshot below gives an example of just some of what you can do.

EverWeb Contact Form Advanced

In this example, you can see that a drop down menu has been added for age ranges, checkboxes for fruit choice preferences, extra space added between Form Controls and some font styling.

How Contact Form Advanced Works
As with all of EverWeb’s widgets, just drag and drop the CFA widget on to your page. Go to the Widget Settings tab in the Inspector to customize the form. Some settings will be familiar if you have used the original Contact Form widget e.g. ’email address’, ‘Email Subject’, ‘Email Sent Success Message’ and ‘Submit Caption’.

It’s all about Controls
What’s different with the CFA widget is that it uses Form Controls. These are customizable fields you can add, reorder and delete from your form. Each ‘Control’ has its own attributes e.g. click on the ‘Name’ Control in the list. You will see that its Control Type is ‘Text Box’. You can change this to another Control Type either Text Area, Number, Phone Number Date, Drop Down Menu, Checkbox, Radio Button, URL or email address.

When you select a Control Type, the available options depend on the Control Type you’ve chosen. Any options that are not available are greyed out. For example, the TextBox Control Type has the ‘Add Option’ box greyed out. However, ‘Default value’ text is available which is useful for pre-filling the text box itself. For example you can add instructions for your users e.g. a restaurant may add ‘Let us know if you have any food intolerances or allergies here…’ as a default value to guide the user on how to complete the form.

Adding and Using a Form Control
To add a Form Control:

  1. Click on the ‘Add’ button just under the Form Controls list. Name the new control e.g. ‘Fruit’ and press Enter.
  2. Next select the Control Type you want e.g. Checkbox from the ‘Control Type’ list.
  3. The ‘Add Option’ is available for this Control Type so click on it.
  4. Enter ‘Apple’ as the name and then press Enter.
  5. Repeat this step to create other types of fruit.
  6. As you change the Control Type and Options the CFA will update dynamically so you always see the changes as you make them. At the end of the checkbox list we included ‘Other’ then added another Form Control underneath ‘Fruit’ so that users can enter in their own fruit choice if there selection does not appear in the checkbox list. The Form Control has a default value applied to it.

    Reordering Controls
    If you’ve added in Form Controls but find later that they’re in the wrong order, click and drag the Form Control to where you want it then drop it in place. This feature is also used in EverWeb’s Image Slider and Image Gallery widgets. It’s sometimes a bit tricky to do so try first selecting the CFA widget and immediately clicking and dragging the Form Control you want to the place you want it located. It may take a couple of tries to get used to how it works. If it doesn’t work you’ll find yourself editing the name of the Form Control instead.

    Enhancing Your Form
    One of the great things about CFA is that you can customize Form Controls to produce some great effects. This only takes some very short code snippets that you can add directly into the Control itself. See the screenshot below.

    Form Control Customizations

    The Form Control section of the CFA widget showing the customizations that have been applied.

    Padding Out Form Controls
    Form Controls appear directly one after each other so there may be times when you want to give each control a bit more space. To do this just add

    before the Form Control label to add two carriage returns to give some extra padding.

    Breaking Text
    Using
    in your Form Control label is also a good way to insert a line break if the Form Control label has a lot of text in it. Just insert
    in the text where you want to split the line.

    Text Styling
    To embolden text in a Form Control label, use followed the text you want to embolden, then to return back to normal text weight.
    To use italics, use to start with and to finish.
    You can even combine the two e.g. and to create bold italics text.

    Test Drive Your Contact Form
    Always be careful when you using code in your form! Always test before publishing! For Contact Forms, it’s recommended that you publish a test page to see if the form and any styling (and code) works as expected before you publish a live form. You can use EverWeb’s Preview, but it doesn’t allow you to test ‘send’ and ‘receive’ functionality of the form as both CFA (and the regular Contact Form) use an email address to do this. Therefore, it’s best to publish a test page first.

    Finally, if you have EverWeb version 2.0, remember there’s an upgrade to 2.0.2 which includes some fixes to glitches in the initial release of Contact Form Advanced. And don’t forget that if CFA doesn’t fit the bill for your requirements there’s always the EverWebCodeBox that’s full of third party widgets that may help you out.

    The new CFA expands the capabilities of the original Contact Form and is a great addition to EverWeb. We’re looking forward to more feature adds to CFA in the future!

    In the meantime, if you have a question, comment, or some hints and tips let us know below! Thanks!

14 Nov 2016

EverWeb version 2.0 Launched with Blogging!

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EverWeb version 2.0 has just been released to the public and includes the highly anticipated blogging feature!

Great News For iWeb Users
For Apple iWeb users, EverWeb version 2.0 is the release many have been waiting for. It’s headline feature of a fully integrated, feature rich blogging experience comes with a look and feel that’s immediately familiar and intuitive to iWeb users. You can import your blogs from iWeb in to EverWeb at the touch of a button. Your blog entry headings, creation dates and main body text (including font styling) are transferred over easily. For those using WordPress blogging, EverWeb version 2.0 can import them in the same manner.

Key EverWeb version 2.0 Blogging Features
Whilst EverWeb’s new blogging feature retains an iWeb look and feel, there are still many new and improved features. EverWeb version 2.0 includes a blog post editing window to add and format your text, add images, hyperlink text, create lists, paragraph headings, quote levels and more! The Editor window is great for adding features specific to each blog post. You have all the tools bloggers expect with the convenience of a Toolbar to access commonly used features.

As well as the Editor Window, there’s also the Preview window. This window is where you can add features that you want to apply to all of your blog posts, e.g. social media buttons. Drag and drop the object that you want on to the Preview Window and it will then appear on all blog posts. In many ways it’s like using a Master Page.

There are a lot more features to discover, many of which can be found in the blog’s Widget Settings. For now though, here’s a summary of EverWeb 2.0’s main blogging features:

  • Automatic lists
  • Image wrapping
  • Justified text
  • Comments using Disqus or Facebook Comments
  • Importing iWeb & WordPress blog posts
  • Embedded media including video
  • Automatic Google Fonts
  • Automatic RSS feed creation and more!

Other EverWeb version 2.0 Features
Whilst blogging is the massive new feature of EverWeb 2.0, there are also some other great additions to the product!

  • The Toolbar has been relocated from the bottom of the UI to the top. This is good news as it’s better for your workflow. Once you’ve used it for a day you’ll never want it back at the bottom!
  • The new Contact Form Advanced widget that will help you create super advanced contact forms you can fully customize. The new Widget includes ten form ‘Controls’ so you can add questions to your contact form using drop down menus, radio button or checkboxes. You can include default values in Text Controls to help visitors via pre-filled text. All Contact Form Advanced options are easy to use as you would expect. The regular Contact Form remains in place for simple forms.
  • Character Spacing has been added to the Spacing section of the Text Inspector so you can now stretch out text horizontally. Great when you need to tweak the the look of your text!
  • A new RSS Subscribe button has been added on the Insert-> Button menu so your visitors can subscribe to your EverWeb or external blog.
  • The EverWeb User Manual has been updated and improved and includes info on blogging in EverWeb. As a small new feature, you can now access the Manual directly form the Projects Window as well as from the EverWeb Help menu.

For more on the new EverWeb version 2.0 and a new look EverWeb website, go to the EverWeb website to see it’s new blogging feature in action!

For information about updating your version of EverWeb to the new version 2.0, check out the official EverWeb version 2.0 announcement.

If you’re looking for EverWeb tutorials about the new version, there are preview videos on YouTube to enjoy.

If you have a question about the new version of EverWeb, let us know in the Comments section below. We’ll have lots more on EverWeb 2.0’s new features in the near future for you!

21 Jul 2016

15 EverWeb Navigation Menu Styling Tips

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EverWeb’s Navigation Menu Widget is very flexible in how you can style it to create the right effect to suit your website’s design and style. Sometimes the wealth of available options can be a bit bewildering if you’re new to EverWeb… Here’s 15 quick tips to get your Navigation Menu styled how you want it, quick and easy!

  1. Changing the Navigation Widget’s Default Styling
    When you first drop the Navigation Menu Widget on to your page it always displays in blue, underlined text using a Helvetica Regular 12 point font. The Nav Menu Widget doesn’t adopt any ‘Default Styles’ you may have applied using the Format-> Default Styles menu. Only when the Widget’s on the page can you style it as you please.
  2. Removing the Underlined Text
    The reason why the Nav Menu Widget initially displays as it does is because it’s built from Hyperlinks. The colors and underlined appearance are taken from EverWeb’s ‘factory settings’… To remove the underlines and change the text color, select the Nav Menu Widget then go to the Hyperlinks Tab. Change the settings for Normal, Rollover and Visited to what you want them to be. Don’t select the Nav Menu Widget and use Cmd+U to remove the underline as it doesn’t do the job properly.
  3. Use the Fonts Panel
    For styling your Nav Menu’s text, the Fonts Panel is the best tool to use. All the text styling options you need are in one place: System fonts, Google fonts (if installed), font styles (e.g.bold and italic), font size, color and so on.
  4. Make Your Nav Menu Easy on the Eye
    Your Nav Menu should use an easy to read font. Web safe Sans Serif fonts, such as Helvetica, are a good choice. Remember that the font size you choose should also be large enough to cope with any device it will appear on such as mobile phone or desktop. A 16 point, or higher, font size is recommended.
  5. Text Background Styling
    Use the ‘Fill’ option on the ‘Shape Options’ tab for the text background of the Nav Menu. Using the ‘Background Fill’ on the Text Inspector Tab won’t work.
  6. Fill Color Gaps Between Menu Items
    If you’ve styled the text background, there’ll likely be gaps between each menu item. The easiest solution is to place a rectangle shape, color matched to the text background, behind the Nav Menu Widget. Size the rectangle to cover the gaps. Alternatively use Padding, Spacing and Minimum Width options from the Widget Settings Tab although this isn’t as quick, or as easy, as using the backing rectangle. The screenshot below illustrates this and also settings such as Spacing and Minimum Width.
  7. Navigation Menu Widget Settings

    Use Padding, Spacing and Minimum Width options from the Widget Settings Tab to create the right spacing for your Nav Menu.

  8. Avoid Using Gradients Fills
    Avoid using any form of gradient filled background in your Nav Menu. They’re generally more difficult to read. Either use a solid ‘Color Fill’ or none at all if possible.
  9. Use Normal, Mouse Over, Mouse Down in Shape Options
    Combining Hyperlink formatting with Shape Options Fills can help you create different effects for Normal, Mouse Over and Mouse Down states. Hyperlink formatting will set the text color, Shape Options Fill states set the background color for ‘Normal’, ‘Mouse Over’ and ‘Mouse Down’.
  10. Go Full Width
    Check ‘Full Width’ in the Metrics Inspector to have the Nav Menu dynamically resize horizontally when you resize the browser window.
  11. Nav Menu Text Alignment
    Using the Text Inspector to change the Nav Menu items alignment to be either left, center or right justified. The other Text Inspector options don’t have any effect on the Nav Menu. Some of the other tips in this blog may help instead!
  12. Left, Center or Right Align the Nav Menu Itself
    The Text Inspector aligns menu items, whilst the ‘Alignment’ option in the Widget Settings Tab left, center or right aligns the Nav Menu itself within it’s selection box.
  13. Padding, Spacing and Minimum Width
    ‘Padding’ adds horizontal AND vertical spacing to the Nav Menu. As you increase the value, the Nav Menu adjusts accordingly. It’s useful especially if you have a right aligned, full width, Nav Menu where the menu item bumps up against the browser window edge. A bit of Padding gives the some extra space so the ‘bumping’ doesn’t happen.
    ‘Spacing’ sets the amount of space between each nav Menu item.
    ‘Minimum Width’ spaces all Nav Menu items equally. In the screenshot you see the Minimum Width set to 150 as you need to set this value higher than the minimum width of the longest menu item name (in the example ‘Miscellaneous’). Taking this into account makes all menu items appear evenly spaced.
    See the screenshot above for some illustrations of these features.
  14. Change Drop Down Menu Colors
    Use the Widget Settings tab to change the drop down menu’s background, separator line and mouse over colors.
  15. Use Bold and Italic Short Cut Keys but Not Underline
    The bold (Cmd+B) and italic keyboard shortcuts can quickly change the Nav Menu style if desired. It’s not recommended to use underline though as the Internet generally uses it to indicate Hyperlinks!
  16. Quickly Change Nav Menu Text Color
    If you only need to change the text color of the Nav Menu, you can do this using the Text Inspector instead of the Fonts Panel.

There are many ways you can get the results you want from the Navigation Menu widget. If it’s your first time using the Widget just experiment a bit to get used to what’s possible! Good luck, and let us know if there’s anything you need to know, or if you have a tip to share, in the Comments section below!