Volume # 107 The New Year is Here

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                                  Stay in Tune                               vol#107

                                                                                                            By luthier Patrick Podpadec

I hope that everyone enjoyed a save and peaceful holiday season and that the New Year will bring good tidings as well. I always look forward to the new year because I can look back at the last year and see what I want to improve for the future. It's all about moving forward!

So far the new year has started out very good. My son's back to school now after getting a a few extra days from that horrifyingly cold weather we had last week, my wife just started a new job last week and I have gone back to work doing construction work again. Even though it has been eating up a good portion of my time , I still find a few hours during the week and on the weekends to get my shop work done.

The shop work has been a little slow through the holidays , but has seemed to pick up a bit in the past week. I have big plans for this year for the shop. New tools, and most importantly I plan to add a small addition on to my existing building which would give me an additional 120 sq ft. of floor space. That doesn't sound like very much, but to me it's huge. Of course it is still in the "dream" stage, but I hope to have it all framed in by October, 2014.It also means that my electric service will have to changed a bit which will add a bit more to the cost, but I'm confident that it will be in full operation by this time 2015.

I also have plans to do more building of guitars this year. The extra space will allow me to arrange several workstations around the shop so I can perform certain procedures with more accuracy. After my visit to George Lowden's small but very effective shop in Ireland this last September, I have thought of a few ways to be more productive. By having designated areas for different procedures, such as one for building necks and fingerboards, one for glueing braces on tops and backs, and one for bending sides, etc. It allows me to focus more on the task at hand and not to become to overwhelmed with the whole project at once. It also allows me to perfect my methods of producing each part of the instruments that I will be building . I can build better and more efficient jigs for each part of the guitar. There are numerous ways to produce the parts and many can be found just by searching Youtube. Some are better than others of course, but the beauty of it is that you can pick and choose or add or delete something from everything you see and come up with your own "customized" jig or procedure. It is easy to get carried away when your building jigs, meaning the you can spend hours or even days overbuilding something that doesn't produce any better results than if you were to just keep it simple. My cousin said something to me last week that made a lot of sense to me. The phrase was "Economy of Motion". He was referring to how a good guitar player should approach his playing style , but I also think the concept works in just about everything we do. It just makes good sense. Especially in building guitars. I have seen some very sophisticated and expensive contraptions that companies have designed and built to sell to the luthier community for building a certain part. Often times these "machines" take elaborate set up time and " overkill" measurements that really might be unnecessary. I have also seen some extraordinarily simple jigs that luthiers have come up with to do the same thing for little or no money. And the results are sometimes even better because for one you are eliminating all of the extra setup time that it might take you to do the procedure.

As you can probably tell by now , I'm very passionate about building jigs. To me it is one of my favorite things to try to do. By trying to figure out every move it gives you a better sense of the final product. I have built a few things over the years that has helped me in my shop. One was a nice jig that clamps to my bandsaw that allows me to make sure that my very expensive wood does not become useless while I am trying to resaw it into thinner pieces for my tops, back & sides. Many of the jigs I have built can be seen in more detail on my website www.liamguitars.com.

Speaking of the website I have just launched a brand new site this year that looks great. "Times are a Changing" and I want to try to stay as current as I can. The old site was beginning to look a little outdated so I thought it would be good to give it fresh new look. I think things are now a little easier to navigate and I hope that all of you have a chance to visit it . I am still transferring some of the data and of course adding new stuff to it weekly so make sure you check in often . I also would like to get your feedback on some of the things you like or things that you might want to see more of. I hope to add a few new things of interest to music lovers and other guitar builders too.

Well all of this talk about shops, jigs and websites are getting me pretty antsy to get something done. So till next time please "Stay in Tune"

Keep Smiling !

Patrick from Liam Guitars / Wood-n-Strings

Volume#105 Working for the Holidays

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                                 Stay in Tune                              vol#105

                                                                         By Luthier Patrick Podpadec

Well I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Holiday. Eating too much, seeing some relatives you almost forgot you had. I think the sad thing is now, that the one Holiday that has been set aside for over two hundred years to give thanks to the world for all of the blessings we share through the year is starting to be overshadowed by the greedy Shopping profiteers to start making profits on Thursday instead of Black Friday. What's the point in disrupting a traditional family reunion for the sake of a few dollar profits. A couple of years ago it started at 6:00 in the morning on Friday. Then it was midnight on Thursday , now it's 6:00 on Thursday. The thing is that the people who really need to save the money on these deals have to split there time up with enjoying their families company so that the can afford to give their children and grand children a decent Christmas holiday. Remember that it's only the one day a year that we are all supposed to give reverence to our blessings in life , our families . our successes, our many God given gifts. Were not supposed to eat fast so that we can get to the store before 6:00 to stand in line for a good deal.

I wonder what it would be like if we all gave Thanks 364 days a year and had one day set aside so that we could all complain about how are lives aren't the way we want them to be. Maybe then you'd want to go shopping at 6:00

I apologize for my little rant on the black Friday , but I truly hope that everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!

Getting back to what's been happening in the shop lately. I have more to do than I have time to schedule, but that is how I like it. I've been able to finish a couple of the mandolins that I was telling you about in the last article and continue to repair the remainders. I have one bowl back mandolin that has a very bad top crack in it which is giving me a challenge on how to repair it properly. It is one that also has the "bent top" which has cracked right at the seam where the bridge sits. This is the spot where all of the string tension bears down at and has to be rebuilt with a patch to reinforce the top to be able to take the string pressure. I struggle with the thought of making the reinforcement too large because it can alter or deadoned the sound if it's too large . On the other hand if it doesn't support the tension of the strings enough I risk the problem of the top just cracking again as soon as I put the strings up to tension. Nothing is more frustrating than spending an hour or two to figure out the gluing process and make the proper cleat to fit the underside just to have it blow up in your face with one turn of the tuning machine. With a little luck and my years of experience, I will be able to come to a successful medium.

I also have a couple of acoustic guitars , one that is in to have the neck repaired at the heel near the body and few of the back braces have come loose too. The other one seems to have the top caving in because all of the main X-bracing is completely loose from the top. Believe it or not the braces on the top of the guitar are much easier to reglue back into place because you can reach the proper clamps in place with a mirror and a small light. It is much harder to get the braces on the back to glue down in the proper places because you have to use some sort of wedge off of the top and make sure that the brace doesn't "creep" or wander off of it's location when you apply the pressure from the wedge. It's also hard to clean up the excess glue without disturbing the wedge. There just never seems to be enough room inside the guitar for my tools, clamps and hands all at the same time.

Another fun thing that is going on in my shop is that a few friends have decided to give lutherie a try too. This has spawned them to bring in their projects and I am doing my best to guide them through the process. One of the guitars is a full neck thru body design with a three piece laminated neck. The main body, the "wings" that are glue to the neck block are also laminated with ash, walnut and cherry to produce a beautiful looking guitar. Along with a rosewood fingerboard and great electronics this guitar will be a beauty. I'm letting the owners do all of the work to there own guitars so that they can get the full experience of building the instruments.

I also just had the opportunity to give a talk at the Kent State Vocational Campus in Ashtabula a couple of weeks ago to a few students who are involved with a very neat program called The Science Olympiad. Students from all over the country compete in a competition while studying different subjects and are required to create projects to better understand their chosen subjects. One of the subjects is the physics of sound. The students, ages 14 to 18 work in teams of two and are required to build two instruments that have a full two octave range and to play a song together. These students are incredible . They build these instruments completely from scratch and the only thing that they are allowed to use that is commercially made is the strings. All other moving parts such as tuning machines or any levers must be made of there own design. It was a pleasure to be involved with this . I think I could learn as much from their inventions as I could ever teach them about guitar or string instrument construction . I need to get back to work so that I can stay one foot ahead of all these teenagers' with bigger brains than I got. Til next time , please Stay in Tune!

Keep Smiling!

Patrick from Liam Guitars/ Wood-n-Strings

Volume # 102 Building Instruments

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                         Stay in Tune                                                                             vol#102

                                                                 By Luthier Patrick Podpadec

We have been having beautiful weather so far this October , but I felt a bit of Autumn in the air the other day. This means it's time for me to button down the hatches of my “summer shop”. That is the shop I do all my bigger wood cutting projects in so that I can keep the majority of the dust out of the main repair area. I plan to make the outside shop a bit more full seasonal room by putting walls at the end that can keep the heat in a bit longer when I fire up the torpedo heater. It's one step at a time ,the next stage will be a full size 10,000 sq.ft. Shop with all of the latest CNC machines and ten luthiers working full time ?..... Until then …......

After a visit to the Lowden Guitar shop in Ireland I had decided I needed to sharpen up my game a bit and try to start making the things that I keep seeing flying around in my head. I've been “revamping” some of my jigs and molds to work a little more efficiently for me. I might add a new section or a added clamping mechanism just to make whatever process I'm trying to perform just a little easier or more precise. I'm also experimenting with making my parts in multiples of 6. I find that I can get very accurate results when I build in multiples because I can compare the parts to each other and get a more consistent profile and I always have a few left over to compare to the next batch that I build.

After my repairs I have to re setup my shop for building instruments. I bring out the other jigs that will be needed for the task at hand. There is at least 20 different small pieces of wood (and many times twice as many) that have to be processed (either by sander or router) . It's extremely important that all of those “setup procedures” are as accurate, precise, and efficient as possible. There is a big difference of building one instrument that takes 200 hrs to build against building 4 at a time and having them built on an average of 50-75 hrs each.

If your system of production is "In Tune" you can 1) build more product , which means you get better at building them the more that you do, 2) You can sell them for less because your production time has become smaller and 3) You are reaching more potential customers at every sale.

I have also noticed that it's important to have a large selection of wood on hand when trying to build custom instruments. I like the idea of building instruments with as many domesticated woods as possible. I'm always in the search for locally grown hardwoods like nicely flamed maple,walnut,cherry, butternut, sycamore, cedar, etc. I f any one out there knows of a supply of any of these woods I would greatly appreciate a call . (440-474-2141)

My method of production always start by wood selection for each instrument. I then join the two book matched pieces of wood for the top and back. I then cut, shape and glue all of the braces in their proper locations. Next I build the "box" of the instrument. I start by thicknessing the wood for the sides (usually the same species that is used for the back). .090 is my preferred thickness to start with before I start to bend the sides, I then attach the neck and end blocks and kerfing all around the edges to have some gluing surface for the top & back. I then start on building the neck. This has about 7 or 8 different processes in itself. You must glue up the stock. Then route the truss rod slot and install it, then profile the neck, cut the headstock shape and add a decorative headplate, install the tuners. cut the male dovetail joint to join it to the body and cut the slots and fret the fingerboard and attach it to the neck. The instrument now is starting to come alive at this point. all that is left is the fancy inlays and the binding ,sanding, selecting a finish and final assembly. The trick is to do this in a timely fashion (50 hrs or so) that it can still be affordable to the average musician that makes far less than 6 figures a year.

It seems to be that the instruments that are being bought today like the big boy guitars like the ones from Gibson, Fender and Taylor are the ones that the public has become to know as a quality guitar because of the fact they have built a "shit load" of them. After producing 5 to 10 million of them they"re bound to get quite few good ones out there. I'm not saying that these companies don't build quality guitars , I'm just saying that quality control often suffers when you increase productivity without paying extreme attention! . I do not want to build 5 or 10 million guitars. If I could be responsible for building about 1 thousand great sounding, beautiful instruments in the remainder of my life, it would be a feat of extraordinary accomplishment. So now all I have to do is figure out how I'm going to do it.

Well I just got a new production idea and I had better try to put it to good use while it's still fresh in my head So while I'm in the shop please "Stay in Tune" See ya soon!

Keep Smiling!

Patrick from Liam Guitars/ Wood-n-Strings

Pictures of Guitar Pipes

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Guitar pipes
a bunch of pipes copy here is a picture of about ten piped headstock removed copy this shows the pipe with the headstock removed
       
       
       

Building a Lute Bridge

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                                   Stay in Tune                             vol# 41
                                                                          By Luthier Patrick Podpadec

 

Last week I talked about setting necks on instruments. The “lute” that I had repair suffered from more than just neck set. The previous repairmen had lowered the bridge in attempt to correct the high action from the neck pulling forward. He or she had actually ground down or sanded about 3/8” of an inch off of the top of the bridge and added the smallest bone saddle I have ever seen. This lowered the action considerably, but left no back angle from the saddle to the tailpiece. This means that there was no downward string pressure on the bridge, which you must have in order to get the top to vibrate enough to create good tone.
So now that I had set the neck at an angle much greater than before, I had to add some height to the bridge so that it now could have the proper break angle off of the back of the saddle and that it would drive the top with much more tension than before. I chose a piece of cherry which had a very close natural color to the original bridge. The piece I added was only about 1/4 to 5/16ths wide with a slot of about 3/16ths wide cut into it for the new (much wider) bone saddle that I chose to put into it. I started out with a piece about 5/8ths or 3/4”inches wide because it was much easier to run two passes on my Dremel router setup. I only have an1/8th inch bit so I added a shim to the fence on the second pass to create the 3/16th wide slot. I then carefully sanded down each side to get the final thickness of wood that I needed to match the profile of the existing bridge. I had to cut a piece of bone that fit very tightly into the slot and then tapered the thickness at the top to create a “compensated saddle” I will try to explain the theory of compensation in another article. There are many articles that have already been written on the subject and to be honest with you it can be very confusing to those of us that aren’t mathematically inclined.
Anyway, after raising the height of my bridge and saddle I was able to accomplish two problems; the first one was that there was now the back angle from the saddle to the tailpiece that gave me the increased downward string pressure I need to drive the tone from the vibrating spruce top. The other was that I now had the proper action I need to be able to play in tune with the new neck angle. If the “action is too high it is difficult to play in tune the farther up the neck that you play. The farther you have to press the string down the sharper the note will become because the remaining length of the string is now shorter than it should be. This is difficult to understand without having some knowledge of the theory of “compensation”. After all of that I was very happy with the final outcome of the playability and sound of the instrument. It feels good to bring an old instrument back into playing properly again I can only hope that my repairs last forever and hold true for the remaining life of the lute.
I have been getting a steady stream of small and different repairs lately. A couple tuning machine replacements and fixing a crack in the headstock. With this particular repair I had to first separate the crack enough to work in proper amount of glue in the crack so that when I clamped it back together that I would see a lot of glue squeeze out. I always do a “dry run with my clamping procedures first .This insures that when I finally put the glue to the repair, I’m already sure of what the outcome will be before I attempt the repair .If you start gluing things up and are not ready with a proper clamping procedure you will more than likely end up with a bad glue job. Once I had the headstock reglued, I noticed the new machine heads that I was installing had larger stems than the original holes were in the headstock. It wasn’t a lot of difference so I was able to use my violin tapering tool to widen the hole. A few turns from either side was enough to give me the proper sized opening to accept the new machine stem and the collars that fit over and screw into the machine head casing. I got lucky with screw holes in the back because the old ones were covered up with the new casings. This made it very nice and tidy repair .We don’t always get that lucky. Well it is time for me to add another log on the fire, so I bid you farewell and please “Stay in Tune”
Thanks Again!
Patrick from Wood-n-Strings

Slideset

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The Widgetkit Slideset takes your product showcase to the next level. It provides a sleek way to show multiple sets of items and uses smooth effects while looping through them.

Features

  • Clean and very lightweight code
  • Eye-catching transition effects
  • Fully responsive including all effects
  • Support of named custom sets
  • Swipe navigation on mobile phones
  • Built with HTML5, CSS3, PHP 5.2+, and the latest jQuery version
  • Works with Joomla and WordPress

Slide Example

The sets are auto generated (4 items per set), item names are shown and it uses the slide effect and navigation buttons.

  • Icon 01
    Radio
  • Icon 02
    Camera
  • Icon 03
    Calendar
  • Icon 04
    Volume
  • Icon 05
    Chat
  • Icon 06
    Tunes
  • Icon 07
    E-Mail
  • Icon 08
    Google+
  • Icon 09
    Player
  • Icon 10
    Like
  • Icon 12
    Twitter
  • Icon 12
    Weather

Zoom Example

The sets are arranged manually, the sets names are used as navigation and it uses the zoom effect.

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Drops Example

The sets show the item names and it uses the drops effect and navigation buttons.

  • Icon 01
    Album 1
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    Album 2
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    Album 3
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    Album 4
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    Album 5
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    Album 10
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    Album 11
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    Album 12

Deck Example

This auto generated sets uses prev/next buttons as navigation and the deck effect.

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How To Use

The Widgetkit Slideset takes full advantage of the very user-friendly Widgetkit administration user interface. You can create and manage all the slidesets and their different items in one place. After you have created a slideset you can load it anywhere on your website using shortcodes or the universal Widgetkit Joomla module or WordPress widget.

Accordion

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The Widgetkit Accordion enables you to display a set of items in a compact space, by clicking on each items header it expands or collapses it's content section.

Features

  • Clean and very lightweight code
  • Responsive design to fit all device resolutions
  • Smooth transitions on content section toggle
  • Option to match automatically the height of varying content
  • Option to auto collapse or allow multiple opened items
  • Built with HTML5, CSS3, PHP 5.2+, and the latest jQuery version
  • Works with Joomla and WordPress

Example

Slide 1

Icon 01

Headline

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.

Slide 2

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Headline

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.

Slide 3

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Headline

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.

Slide 4

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Headline

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How To Use

The Widgetkit Accordion lets you easily create and manage all the accordions contents through the user-friendly Widgetkit administration user interface. After you have created an accordion you can load it anywhere on your website using shortcodes or the universal Widgetkit Joomla module or WordPress widget.

Map

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The Widgetkit Map provides a simple solution for adding a map to your website. Various features let you customize the map like changing colors and adding markers or directions.

Features

  • Location selection with auto geocoding
  • Support for multiple map markers with text popups
  • Option to get the direction to the active marker
  • Support for custom map styles and colors
  • Uses the latest Google Maps API
  • Built with HTML5, CSS3, PHP 5.2+, and the latest jQuery version
  • Works with Joomla and WordPress

Direction Example

This map features all map controls, multiple markers and you can get the direction.

Color Scheme Example

Set or invert the hue, saturation, lightness and gamma of a map.

Minimal Example

This map has a fixed width, no controls and no markers.

How To Use

With the Widgetkit Map you can quickly create and manage simple maps with features like multiple markers, text popups and custom color schemes. Once you have created a map you can load it anywhere on your website using shortcodes or the universal Widgetkit Joomla module or WordPress widget.

Gallery

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The Widgetkit Gallery provides a smart and automated way to publish images on your website. You only need to select the image folders and the whole gallery is generated automatically.

Features

  • Fully responsive including all effects
  • Folder based image selection
  • Support for multiple image folders
  • Automatic thumbnail creation
  • Support for image captions and custom links
  • Uses the Widgetkit Spotlight and Lightbox
  • Built with HTML5, CSS3, PHP 5.2+, and the latest jQuery version
  • Works with Joomla and WordPress

Showcase Box Example

This is an image showcase with eye-catching transition effects and a thumbnail navigation.

Image Wall Example

This is an image wall with zoom effect, no margins and squared corners using the lightbox.

Polaroid Example

This is an image wall with scattered polaroid pictures using the lightbox.

Slider Example 1

This is an image slider where the image centers automatically during the effect. It also features a spotlight caption and the lightbox.

Slider Example 2

This is an image slider where the image stays left during the effect.

Slideshow Screen Example

This is an image gallery using the nice swipe effect from the slideshow widget.

Slideshow Default Example

This is an image gallery using all the features from the slideshow widget.

Showcase Example

This is a simple image showcase mashing up all the features from the slideshow and slideset widget.

Slideshow Inside Example

This is a very basic slideshow which uses preview thumbnails inside the image as navigation.

Spotlight Example

This is an image wall with some margins and rounded corners using the spotlight and lightbox.

Slideset Example

This is an image gallery using all the features from the slideset widget.

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How To Use

The Widgetkit Gallery comes with a user-friendly administration user interface which let's you create new galleries with just a few clicks. The integrated directory browser let's you easily add or remove source directories of your images. All galleries can be loaded anywhere in your theme using shortcodes or the universal Widgetkit Joomla module or WordPress widget.

Media Player

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The Widgetkit Media Player is a HTML5 audio and video player completely built HTML and CSS. You can easily embed video files into your website by using the HTML5 video element. A Flash player fallback is included for all unsupported browsers.

Features

  • Native playback for modern HTML5 browsers
  • Supports MP4 (h.264), WebM, FLV, WMV and MP3 files
  • Completely built with HTML and CSS
  • Responsive design to fit all device resolutions
  • Same UI in all browsers
  • Create your own skins
  • Flash player fallback for unsupported browsers
  • Works with Joomla and WordPress

Examples

This is a MP3 Audio Sample:

How To Use

Use the HTML5 video element to embed video in your website. For example:

<video src="/video.mp4" width="320" height="240"></video>

You can also provide multiple sources, to add support for the different video formats like h.264, WebM or Ogg:

<video width="320" height="240">
	<source type="video/mp4"  src="/video.mp4" />
	<source type="video/webm" src="/video.webm" />
	<source type="video/ogg"  src="/video.ogv" />
</video>

Use the HTML5 audio element to embed MP3 files in your website. For example:

<audio src="/audio.mp3" type="audio/mp3"></audio>

Twitter

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The Widgetkit Twitter module is the neatest way to display tweets directly on your website. All displayed tweets get cached so they show up super fast, even if Twitter is not available.

Features

  • Filter tweets by hashtags, words, from users, to users, referencing users
  • Block tweets using a blacklist
  • Tweets are cached for high performance
  • Tweets show up even if Twitter is not available
  • 3 different styles to show your tweets
  • Responsive design to fit all device resolutions
  • Built with HTML5 using article and time elements
  • Works with Joomla and WordPress

How To Use

Create a Twitter module in Joomla or a Twitter widget in WordPress and publish it in a module position. A lot of options are available to choose which tweets you want to show.

For example you can show only tweets from a specific user or tweets that contain a certain hash-tag or a specific word. All options can be combined. To filter by more than one word or user use a space between them. For example: yootheme joomla.

Spotlight

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The Widgetkit Spotlight allows you to add an overlay to your images which fades or moves in on mouse hover. The overlay can be an image or HTML content. The default magnifier spotlight is a perfect match to be used with a lightbox.

Features

  • Create nicely animated image overlays
  • Supports custom image or HTML content overlays
  • 5 different animation modes
  • Responsive design to fit all device resolutions
  • Built with the latest jQuery version
  • Works with Joomla and WordPress

Examples

If no custom overlay is set the default spotlight fades in an overlay with an magnifier image. If you define a custom overlay you can choose between different animations - fade, bottom, top, right and left.

How To Use

Use the HTML5 custom data attribute data-spotlight to activate the spotlight.

<a data-spotlight="on" href="/mypage.html">
	<img src="/image.jpg" width="180" height="120" alt="" />
</a>

To create a custom overlay use a div element with the CSS class overlay. You can set the effect parameter to the data attribute. For example:

<a data-spotlight="effect:bottom;" href="/mypage.html">
	<img src="/image.jpg" width="180" height="120" alt="" />
	<div class="overlay">Custom Overlay</div>
</a>

You can set the effect parameter to fade, bottom, top, right and left.

Lightbox

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The Widgetkit Lightbox allows you to view images, HTML and multi-media content on a dark dimmed overlay without having to leave the current page.

Features

  • Display images, videos, HTML, Iframes, Ajax requests and SWF
  • Supports YouTube, Vimeo, MP4 (h.264), WebM and FLV movies
  • Group lightboxes and mix different content types
  • Responsive design to fit all device resolutions
  • Load other widgets in lightbox
  • 3 different opening and closing transitions
  • 4 different caption styles
  • Keyboard and mouse scroll wheel navigation
  • Build on the latest jQuery version
  • Works with Joomla and WordPress

Examples

Different animations - fade, elastic and none

Different title positions - float, inside and over

Various examples in one gallery (try also using the keyboard and mouse scroll wheel)

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Load Widgets In A Lightbox

Use #wk-ID to load widgets like slideshows or galleries in a lightbox. For example: Widgetkit Slideshow

<a data-lightbox="width:600;height:300;" href="#wk-10">Lightbox</a>

How To Use

Use the HTML5 custom data attribute data-lightbox to activate the lightbox. You can set various lightbox parameters to the data attribute. For example:

<a data-lightbox="width:1000;height:600;" href="http://www.wikipedia.org">Lightbox</a>

Here is a list of the most common parameters:

  • titlePosition - How should the title show up? (float, outside, inside or over)
  • transitionIn - Set a opening transition. (fade, elastic, or none)
  • transitionOut - Set a closing transition (fade, elastic, or none)
  • overlayShow - Set to true or false
  • scrolling - Set to yes or no
  • width - Set a width in pixel
  • height - Set a height in pixel
  • padding - Set a padding in pixel

Slideshow

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The Widgetkit Slideshow is the ultimate image and content slideshow for Joomla and WordPress. It's flexible, easy to customize and completely build with HTML5 and CSS3.

Features

  • Clean and very lightweight code
  • 17 eye-catching transition effects
  • Fully responsive including all effects
  • Uses hardware accelerated CSS3 animations
  • Support for HTML captions
  • Swipe navigation on mobile phones
  • Built with HTML5, CSS3, PHP 5.2+, and the latest jQuery version
  • Works with Joomla and WordPress

Slideshow Screen Example

This is an image slideshow with the famous Ken Burns effect.

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  • This is a HTML caption with a link.
  • This is another HTML caption with a link.

Slideshow Default Example

This is an image slideshow with eye-catching transition effects.

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  • Image 05
  • This is a HTML caption with a link.
  • This is another HTML caption with a link.

Showcase Box Example

This a content showcase using all the features from the Slideset widget as navigation. Any kind of HTML content can be used in the navigation.

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Showcase Button Example

This is an image slideshow with some nice navigation buttons. You can place any kind of HTML in the navigation buttons.

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Tabs Example

This is a classic, tabbed slideshow. Tabs can be aligned to the left, right and center.

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Tabs Bar Example

This is a slideshow with a tabbed navigation bar. Tabs can be aligned to the left, right and center.

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List Example

This is a slideshow with a vertical tabbed list as navigation.

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How To Use

The Widgetkit Slideshow takes full advantage of the very user-friendly Widgetkit administration user interface. It has never been easier to create and manage all the slideshows and their different slides in one place. After you created a slideshow you can load it anywhere in your theme using shortcodes or the universal Widgetkit Joomla module or WordPress widget.

Widgetkit

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Widgetkit is the next generation tool set for Joomla and WordPress. This toolkit is the first of its kind! It provides a simple and user-friendly way to enrich your websites experience with slideshows, galleries, lightboxes and much more. All widgets make use of modern web technologies like HTML5 markup, CSS3 features and jQuery based JavaScripts. Widgetkit is fully responsive and all widgets and their effects adapt perfectly for all device resolutions. It supports touch gestures and makes use of smooth CSS3 animations. Here is a short feature roundup:

Features

  • Available for Joomla and WordPress
  • All widgets are fully responsive
  • Use shortcodes to show widgets anywhere
  • Clean and lightweight code
  • Semantic HTML5 markup
  • Asset file minification and compression
  • Supports touch gestures for mobile devices
  • Uses hardware accelerated CSS3 animations
  • Built with HTML5, CSS3, PHP 5.2+, latest jQuery version

How It Works

Widgetkit basically acts as a platform for all our widgets. It installs as a single component in Joomla or as a plugin in WordPress. The Widgetkit dashboard presents you an overview of all widgets. You can create, edit or delete all widgets and their content in one place. And after you have created the content for your first widget you can either use a shortcode or a module to display your widget anywhere on your website. In fact you can do both because once have you created a widget you are able to display it multiple times and reuse it on different parts of your website.

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Master Theme

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This is the Master theme of our fast and slick Warp theme framework! It is optimized and streamlined to serve as a blueprint to build your own custom themes.

The Master theme takes full advantage of all the latest Warp6 features like a completely responsive layout, semantic HTML5 markup, a nice and clean administration UI and much more.

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Features

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This theme utilizes the latest features of the fast and slick Warp theme framework. It comes with a broad range of layout and module variations as well as a neat typography to style your content. Read on to learn more about this theme and its features:

  • Available for Joomla and WordPress
  • 8 style variations available
  • Each style comes up with 3 different colors and the standard white that can separately assign for each block position
  • Choose from over 17 fonts
  • 2 module styles combinable with 4 badges and 6 icons
  • New Double-Invers Module Layout
  • Smooth CSS animations (optional)
  • Flexible template, column widths and additional percentage wrapper widths for each template block position
  • All Warp framework features are available

Theme Styles

We provide different style variations of the default theme. In addition to these styles we added several other style settings like colors and fonts. Combining the different style options allows you to create your own unique theme design.

Combinable Styles

Theme Profiles

We created some nice theme profiles using the different styles, colors and fonts you can choose from in the theme administration. You can create your own profiles and even assign them to different menu items. Click on one of the profile images to load it.

Theme Layout

This theme comes with the default Warp6 module layout. The blue module positions allow to choose a module layout which defines the module alignment and proportions: equal, double or stack. You can easily add your own module layouts. The two available sidebars, highlighted in red, can be switched to the left or right side and their widths can easily be set in the theme administration. For modules in the blue and red positions you can choose different module styles. Take a look at the module variations page to get an overview.

Module Positions
Module Positions
Module Layouts
Module Layouts
Colum Layouts
Column Layouts

Special Features

Custom Widgetkit Styles

We created some custom styles for our Widgetkit Slideshow and Widgetkit Slideset, perfectly fitting the theme. To apply this styles, follow these steps:

Slideshow

  1. Download and unzip the bonus styles package for Widgetkit available in the download area
  2. Copy the folder slideshow/styles/infinite
  3. Joomla: Paste it to media/widgetkit/widgets/slideshow/styles
    WordPress: Paste it to wp-content/plugins/widgetkit/widgets/slideshow/styles
  4. Now you can select the style"Infinite" in the settings of your Widgetkit Slideshow

Slideset

  1. Download and unzip the bonus styles package for Widgetkit available in the download area
  2. Copy the folder slideset/styles/infinite
  3. Joomla: Paste it to media/widgetkit/widgets/slideset/styles
    WordPress: Paste it to wp-content/plugins/widgetkit/widgets/slideset/styles
  4. Now you can select the style"Infinite" in the settings of your Widgetkit Slideset

Social Icons

As a little extra, the Infinte theme offers a set of social icons. They are easy to add to your content and are part of our editable Adobe Fireworks Image Source Files.

Here is a little code example how to add them:

<ul class="social-icons">
  <li class="twitter"><a href="#"></a></li>
  <li class="facebook"><a href="#"></a></li>
  <li class="xing"><a href="#"></a></li>
  <li class="rss"><a href="#"></a></li>
  <li class="googleplus"><a href="#"></a></li>
  <li class="vimeo"><a href="#"></a></li>
  <li class="flickr"><a href="#"></a></li>
</ul>
Possible class names are twitter, facebook, xing, rss, googleplus, vimeo, flickr.

Dummy Content

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Typography

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You can create some beautiful content by using some simple HTML elements. The Warp theme framework offers some neat styles for all HTML elements and a great set of CSS classes to style your content. Basic HTML is very easy to learn and this small guide shows you how to use all styles provided by the Warp framework.

Basic HTML Elements

Here is a short demonstration of text-level semanticts. The <p> element creates a new paragraph. It will have some space before and after itself. To turn your text into hypertext just use the <a> element.

Text-Level Semantics

You can emphasize text using the <em> element or to imply any extra importance the <strong> element. Highlight text with no semantic meaning using the <mark> element. Markup document changes like inserted or deleted text with the <del> element or <ins> element. To define an abbreviation use the <abbr> element and to define a definition term use the <dfn> element.

Short List with Links

  • YOOtheme - Premium Joomla Templates and WordPress Themes
  • Warp Framework - Fast and Slick Theme Framework
  • ZOO - Content Application Builder
  • Stock Icons - For Web and Print Projects

Quotations and Code

Inline quotations can be defined by using the <q> element.

The <blockquote> element defines a long quotation which also creates a new block by inserting white space before and after the blockquote element.

To define a short inline computer code use the <code> element. For a larger code snippet use the <pre> element which defines preformatted text. It creates a new text block which preserves both spaces and line breaks.

pre {
    margin: 15px 0;
    padding: 10px;
    font-family: "Courier New", Courier, monospace;
    font-size: 12px;
    line-height: 18px;
    white-space: pre-wrap;
}
Use the <small> element for side comments and small print.

Useful CSS Classes

Here is a short demonstration of all style related CSS classes provided by the Warp framework.

Highlight Content

Drop caps are the first letter of a paragraph which are displayed bigger than the rest of the text. You can create a drop cap using the CSS class dropcap. To emphasize text with some small boxes use <em> element with the CSS class box.

This simple box is intended to group large parts of your content using the CSS class box-content.
This is a simple box to highlight some text using the CSS class box-note.
This is a simple box with useful information using the CSS class box-info.
This is a simple box with important notes and warnings using the CSS class box-warning.
This is a simple box with additional hints using the CSS class box-hint.
This is a simple box with download information using the CSS class box-download.

Use the CSS class dotted to create a dotted horizontal rule.


Tables

Create a zebra stripped table using using the CSS class zebra.

Table caption
Table Heading Table Heading Table Heading
Table Footer Table Footer Table Footer
Table Data Table Data Data Centered
Data Bold Table Data Data Centered
Table Data Table Data Data Centered

Definition Lists

Create a nice looking definition list separated with a line by using the CSS class separator.

Definition List
A definition list is a list of terms and corresponding definitions. To create a definition list use the <dl> element in conjunction with <dt> to define the definition term and <dd> to define the definition description.
Definition Term
This is a definition description.
Definition Term
This is a definition description.
This is another definition description.

Forms

Create a clearly arranged form layout with fieldset boxes using the CSS class box.

Form legend

ZOO

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Take the video tour on the ZOO!

ZOO is a flexible and powerful content application builder to manage your content. It provides a much improved Joomla experience. The key feature is the ability to create your very own custom content types. You define what a type is made up of - e.g. text, images or a file download. Any combination is imaginable! You bring the content, ZOO brings the elements to structure it and make it look good!

Apps for every Purpose

ZOO moves from simply being a CCK to an Application Builder. Apps are extensions for ZOO which are optimized for different purposes and types of content catalogs. ZOO offers a wide range of apps to get you started right away. There is a blog, a product catalog, a cookbook, a business directory, a documentation, a download archive and a movie database app!

ZOO Apps for every Purpose

Joomla Integration

By now ZOO has developed a thriving ecosystem, with new ZOO extensions appearing regularly. It also integrates well with many popular Joomla extensions. Besides the ZOO component itself offers additional modules and plugins. They allow a seamless integration into Joomla and provide a richer tool set to create your website.

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Icons

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YOOtheme is a well-known template and extension provider for Joomla and WordPress who helps you to create professional websites. But to make your website or interface design a real eye-catcher we had one thing missing: Icons! Icons are an essential tool to simplify user interfaces and today almost every major website uses icons to highlight important parts in their content.

This is why we created a great resource of beautiful and handcrafted icons for web and print projects. We got commercial icon sets including e-commerce, community, file and folder icons and many more as well as many freebies.

As a member of our icon club you will get access to hundreds of handcrafted and detailed icons. New icon sets are added continuously!

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Club Icons

  • Pixel perfect design
  • PNGs in 8 sizes from 16x16 to 512x512 pixels
  • Handmade and optimized for each size
  • Scalable vector sources
  • Change the colors and customize easily

Module Variations

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This theme comes with different module styles, badges and icons. For each module you can pick a style and combine it with an icon or badge to create your own unique look. Here is a list of the available options:

Styles Box, Line
Header Yes (Only Line Module)
Colors Transparent, Color1, Color2, Grey
Badges Hot, New, Free, Top
Icons Download, Twitter, Mail, Bubble, Login, Cart