Widgetkit 2.3 released

New Slider, Slideset and Parallax widgets

May
05
Widgetkit 2.3 released

Here we are again with a huge update: Widgetkit 2.3! It has only been a month since we've released Widgetkit 2.2 which introduced a new, improved user interface. This time we've focused on new widgets and content providers as well as adding features our community voted for. As you could guess by our latest UIkit 2.19 release the current widget line-up will be joined by a new Slider, Slideset and Parallax widget as well as a new content provider for folders.

Slideset

The Slideset is the last missing popular widget from Widgetkit 1 and it's finally here. It allows you to create groups of content to navigate and loop through with different animations. The Slideset is completely responsive and conveniently realigns the items on smaller viewports.

Widgetkit 2.3 Slideset

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Slider

The Slider is a completely new widget. Similar to the Slideset, it allows to display larger amounts of content items. The Slider shows a row of items that you can scroll through - one item at a time. It also features a center mode which helps you to achieve a cover-flow like effect.

Widgetkit 2.3 Slider

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Parallax

With the parallax Widget, it is now possible to create a simple image parallax effect out of the box. You can also enrich your website with a stylish parallax effect for the overlaying text.

Widgetkit 2.3 Parallax

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Folder Content Provider

We've listened to your requests and added a content provider to automatically use all images from a specific folder as your content items. This offers an easy way to dynamically fill widgets like the Gallery with large amounts of images. The new folder provider is perfect when you just want to drop images on your server and use the file name as the content item's title.

Features and Improvements

Most widgets now allow to overlay an image with a second one by fading it in on hover. This really enriches the hover effects on your website.

There is a new option to open links in a new window. You will find it on the General settings page of any widget. The accordion has a new option to close the first item initially. The ZOO ordering is fixed and the ordering can now be reversed. The list goes on and on... There are a lot of fixes and improvements to discover.

Next Release

We've also started working on Twitter integration but haven't quite finished it for the 2.3 release. Stay tuned, we're on it.

We are really happy about the speedy update cycle and we will continue to improve Widgetkit and add new features. Please let us know if there is a bug or anything that is still missing. We are looking forward to your feedback!

By Sascha | | Posted in Widgetkit

Comments (57)

  • darren.kilford.01

    darren.kilford.01

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    Some great additions here. Great work.
  • simon.latham

    simon.latham

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    Without even trying it, thanks for adding the Folder Content Provider.
  • craigcallen

    craigcallen

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    Actually - Twitter widget is still missing from Widgetkit 1 - Any chance that will be coming?
  • tomteam

    tomteam

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    Thanks YOOtheme for adding the new great features.

    I'm still missing the kind auf slideset (I don't know the exact name) that is shown on this page
    http://www.maennerportal.net/

    Are there any plans to realise this kind?
  • kennst

    kennst

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    Will the themes/warp get support for the latest uikit release? Or is it provided with WK2?
    • sascha

      sascha

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      All Warp themes will be updated to the latest UIkit release today.
  • adamo

    adamo

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    great update.. my 5cents.. as now we got a lot of widgets in one list, it will be nice to go back to wk1 manage widgets by types.. or even better add possibility to create "category" for widgets for better organisation in backend..
    • daniel.clements

      daniel.clements

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      +1 to that. Or, just make the possibility for the existing search function to be sticky.
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Yes, better filter options are a good idea. This is something which annoys us too.
    • sascha

      sascha

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      It will be in Widgetkit 2.4... Coming soon!
  • oguz.copel

    oguz.copel

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    The Slideset was a missing welknow musthave widget. The Parallex is a super new widget. Really thanks for that.

    Maybe its time to concenrate on making the w2 more friendly to our clients. The end users are not so technically in editing the website. Now w2 offers the great option to edit from the editor but its not easy enough.

    +1 for 2.3
  • markprintergto

    markprintergto

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    Does the new version require uninstall of previous widget kit 2 as just installed new version on top of previous version of 2 and crashed site
    • kennst

      kennst

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      You can just update with the Joomla extension updater, If you've provided the Yootheme key in the Yootheme update plugin.

      You can also just install the new version over the old one.
  • eyescream

    eyescream

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    Really good works !!!
    On Slideset, an option for autoplay will be perfect.

    Thank Yoo
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Sure, there is an autoplay option :-)
  • michael.anlauf

    michael.anlauf

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    Widgetkit target="_blank"
    "Due to popular demand we added this features to the next Widgetkit 2 release coming next week" I see no change in that matter sascha.
    https://yootheme.com/support/question/80783
    • sascha

      sascha

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      As you can read in the blog post "There is a new option to open links in a new window. You will find it on the General settings page of any widget."
      • michael.anlauf

        michael.anlauf

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        Sorry, saw it now sascha.
        Thanks a lot. Only my links doesn't work anymore at all. But i already wrote a support question.

        Regards, Michael
  • debbing

    debbing

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    Great work! Thanks.
  • corinne.meister

    corinne.meister

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    I really love it :-)
  • anna.robinson

    anna.robinson

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    Folder Content Provider! Yey! Thank you :-)
  • akcreation

    akcreation

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    Fantastic update guys, thanks very much. Are there any plans to make the 'slider' widget have an autoplay function so it doesn't require clicking the navigation arrows? I think this would be good as you don't actually know the sliding option is there until you hover over the pictures. I can see there is no autoplay function on the UiKit version too. I just wanted to check if this will be added?
    Many thanks
  • wolfgang.schawel

    wolfgang.schawel

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    Fantastic, works really fine, I love it.
    The map direction is linked in the same window, I think it would be better in a new window.
  • eduardo.sanchez.g

    eduardo.sanchez.g

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    Great!!!
  • kurt.dorne

    kurt.dorne

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    please have a look at this problem with 2.3 :
    https://yootheme.com/support/question/82028#answer-233920
  • maxip4

    maxip4

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    I have a website with 600+ gallery widgets and i would like to update to WK2... there will be a workaround to upgrade easily?
    • sydneyartschool

      sydneyartschool

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      +1 ... the ability to gracefully migrate from Wk1 to Wk2 is a must. Even if it means having both components able to operate on the same site.

      I am so looking forward to working with Wk2 but don't have the time to plan a migration that means losing all the old widgets while i recreate new ones!
    • tomteam

      tomteam

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      I fully agree. The best solution would be, to run both versions in single joomla or wp installation
  • maxip4

    maxip4

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    Yes, or both components in the same site...
  • marco.schaarschmidt

    marco.schaarschmidt

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    Does this also work with warp6 frameworks (tasty theme)? I've an open issue for 3 weeks now and the support team cant find the problem.
  • florin

    florin

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    Great update, thanks!

    For slideset I just miss a simple lightbox.
  • pere

    pere

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    Are you considering fixing this step back you did in 2.2 ?

    ––––––––––––
    ### 2.2.0

    - Reworked admin UI by coupling widget settings and content
    ––––––––––––


    You initially promoted the decoupling as a great feature and then silently you killed it just because some people were not adapting to the concept.

    But with this decision you killed down expectation on widgetkit.

    I would like to know if you definitely decided to abandon this mode so I can decide if I move to more flexible technology.

    Thank you.
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Technically widgets and content providers are still decoupled which is awesome because you can pull content from any source and render it with any widget you want. The only thing we changed with Widgetkit 2.2 is that we optimized the UI regarding the feedback we got from our users. You can read everything about it in our blog post http://yootheme.com/blog/2015/03/26/widgetkit-22-released

      Besides the custom content all other providers pull content dynamically from each of their sources. So you still have the flexibility like before to combine the same content source with different widgets. And for the custom content we introduced a copy function to make it easy to use content multiple times. We think it is a good solution to provide an improved UI without losing much flexibility.
      • pere

        pere

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        OK, so to my impression this dual possibility is quite unclear in the documentation and misleading in the announcement included in your linked blog post.

        Do you mean I can still build this:

        [widgetkit id="23" widget="grid" media_border="circle" animation_media="fade" animation_content="slide" ...]

        and get the widget rendered?

        Or is there a new method of writing the invokation? For now what I found is that the UI doesn't let me see the parametrized code anymore (as I understand in gets stored in DB).

        So to end: Is there a full documentation on how to invoke decoupled content and widgets by text parametrization the old 2.x style?

        Thank you.
        • adamo

          adamo

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          im interested in oposite usage.. i want to create one widget layout and then use it many times with different content provider (folder for example).. is there a way how to do it with dont need to copy the widget? because than any changes i need to make in layout needs to be done in all widgets copy.. thx
          • sascha

            sascha

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            Sure, you can create your own widget (layout) to render your content with it. Content and widgets are decoupled in the file structure. This means you can change something in the file and all your rendered content will be updated.
          • kurt.dorne

            kurt.dorne

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            Hello Sascha,
            I think you didn't quite get the post by Adamo.

            What you are explaining is not a new feature, widgetkit 1 also had the possibility to make your own layout/widget and change it at will by changing your php layout file.

            Adamo is talking about the decoupling of widget settings and content provider. Meaning define 1 setting for a widget and then rendering that widget style multiple times with different content. The first versions of widgetkit allowed us to do just that, the '2.2 interface changes' made this impossible.
  • oskar.schad

    oskar.schad

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    Thank you for the update. Slideset was a really missing feature.
  • david.dahl

    david.dahl

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    Will the previous few template demos released with Widgetkit 2.0 and 2.1 be updated to Widgetkit 2.2? It isn't possible, with the older version of Widgetkit 2, to see how certain effects were created anymore.
  • studioz2

    studioz2

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    Hi guys!
    Some neat results with the this update of widgetkit - great work.

    Is it possible to load dynamic content in Widgetkit 2 - to use it for displaying posts/pages in Wordpress - e.g. last posts in these neat sliders and slidesets?

    Thanks, Lukas
  • john.appleby

    john.appleby

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    Hi! Enjoying using Wk2 and great update but in the Slideshow please add this very important feature that was in Wk1:
    Easy to add a link to the entire image so it is "clickable" and goes to a specific URL.
    If you have a Title and Content plus Button or Text link, the overlay is too high and covers too much of the image. If no overlay, the text can't be read sometimes if the text colour is same as background image colour.
    Being able to place the Link Button to the right or left of the text instead of only underneath it would also help.
    Thanks!
  • wlobster

    wlobster

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    Well, I have purchased this component...

    Maybe it's a good component ... but I cannot save any widget
    (forbidden notice), even with the demo pack. Many Joomla's are ok on my server, with many configurations. Does anybody has an idea to solve this ?
  • schmallegger

    schmallegger

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    I would love to see that one can select the folder from drop-down, and not need to type it - which is always a place for errors..
  • michele.jordan

    michele.jordan

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    Would love to be able to autoplay a Switcher widget.
    • smartini

      smartini

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      Me too. Plus autoplay in Slider widget.
  • claes.norin

    claes.norin

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    Looking to use Virtuemart as content provider? We made a plugin for Virtuemart 3. See DEMO here: http://widgetkit.vmuikit.com/

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