Wow, EverWeb 1.8 is here with a huge number of improvements and new features!
First up, it now comes in two versions. One version for OS X 10.6 and one for 10.7 and later so make sure you get the right version for your operating system.
So let’s go slowly and talk about some of the new features in 1.8, because there are a lot.
Paypal/eCommerce In EverWeb
Up first is the new eCommerce features. The Paypal Widget looks like it got a lot of attention in this release with new features;
- Provide product options with custom prices
- Provide options that don’t affect pricing
- Allow your customers to specify a quantity for each product
- New shipping options
- Custom URLs to direct users after a successful purchase
These new options give you an amazing set of controls for your EverWeb store. For example, if you had a product that came in 3 different sizes; small, medium or large, you could let your customer choose their size and charge a different price for each selection.
Additionally you can add options for your products that don’t require different pricing. For example, if your product came in different colors you could allow the user to select their desired color.
The new EverWeb Paypal options also include some shipping features. However, often you don’t need to have shipping specified per product, rather you’d want your shipping specified for your entire store. If that’s the case you can actually set up global shipping options from within your Paypal account.
Full Width Elements
A very cool, and highly request features in EverWeb 1.8 is full width objects. This means that as your browser is resized, the elements set to full width will expand with the browser. This allows you start making dynamic, flexible website designs.
I think this is a good start towards responsive website design in EverWeb.
In fact, you can also add more dynamic background options from the Inspector->Page Settings->Browser Background section. The new ‘Stretch’ and ‘Scale to Fill’ options let you stretch an image in your browser background making some cool effects for your visitors.
These new features can easily be seen in some of the new, free templates now available in version 1.8. Go to the EverWeb menu and select the ‘Check for New Templates’ option. The new templates will now appear in the ‘Add Page’ window.
Asset Sorting/Searching Features
A new feature I’m excited about is the new sorting and searching features of the Assets list. A new search bar makes it easy to locate your assets as well as the new options to sort by; File Size, Date Added, Name or Custom make it much easier to work with assets.
I do wish that we had the ability to put assets within directories but I am sure that is in the works for a future version.
A really awesome new feature it the ability to quickly find unused assets as well as locate which pages are using a selected asset.
The most useful new feature though is the ability to select multiple assets at once for dragging within the EverWeb window, image gallery, image slider etc… This saves a lot of time when creating image galleries.
A lot More…
There are a lot more features in EverWeb 1.8. I’ll be covering them over the next few weeks. There’s auto saving and backup to make sure you don’t lose any projects. There’s a lot of improvements to the Image Slider like captions and linking specific slides to a URL. There’s new optimizations for images on importing and publishing and so much more.
I’m excited about this release! I think it shows a lot of really great new features and improvements.
What do you think about this release of EverWeb? Let us know in the comments section….