IMPORTANT: Features Suggestion for new Blocs v2.3


#1

@Norm, Blocs is an amazing product. Below I’m listing some must have features & improvements that you can consider for your next Blocs v2.3 release. Just for your convenience I grouped all required and important request together:

  1. “Sticky” option should be available for everything
  2. “Slider / Carousel” should have feature to have text, buttons or whatever not only images
  3. “Icons” should be able to have custom size like images not only preset sizes.
  4. “Text Editor” should have more tools not only Bold, Italic, Underline, Hyperlink & Strike
  5. “Page Manager” should have ability to add Sub-pages
  6. “Menu” should have ability to add Sub-menus
  7. “Devices” like Mac, iPhone, etc. should have ability to set custom size
  8. “Devices” like Mac, iPhone, etc. should have ability to contain Video also (Embed/Local) not just only images
  9. “Images” under any row should be resizable as per screen size, because at present it goes out of screen
  10. “Column” should have ability to add custom columns not only presets like One, Two, Three, Four and Six
  11. “HTML widget” should have ability to get aligned.
  12. “SEO” description & keywords should not have limit of characters
  13. “Preloader” custom image and more options
  14. “Images” shadow only for image, because currently with custom class if we create shadow it create shadow for block. I think you created the shadow feature considering Text
  15. “Graphic Tools” currently we’ve only shadow effect need more

#2

@ac.afd Thanks for the feedback, however, most of this can already be done in Blocs.

  1. “Sticky” option should be available for everything

Good idea but tricky, they would need to stack up as they scroll down so it gets fiddly if you use more than one and the user is on mobile.

2.“Slider / Carousel” should have feature to have text, buttons or whatever not only images

You can do this already, checkout the latest beta. Carousels now have an area to drop Brics into.

3.“Icons” should be able to have custom size like images not only preset sizes.

You can do this with a custom class, remember icons in Blocs are web fonts so use the typography settings to adjust them

4.“Text Editor” should have more tools not only Bold, Italic, Underline, Hyperlink & Strike

Again Use the custom classes, you have an array of much more in depth typography settings

5.“Page Manager” should have ability to add Sub-pages

You can create submenus and point them to any pages in Menu Manager.

6.“Menu” should have ability to add Sub-menus

You can do this already with menu manager Menu Manager

7.“Devices” like Mac, iPhone, etc. should have ability to set custom size

Custom Classes - Max Width

8.“Devices” like Mac, iPhone, etc. should have ability to contain Video also (Embed/Local) not just only images

Good Idea.

9.“Images” under any row should be resizable as per screen size, because at present it goes out of screen

Custom Classes - Background size

10.“Column” should have ability to add custom columns not only presets like One, Two, Three, Four and Six

Good Idea

11.“HTML widget” should have ability to get aligned.

Custom Classes - Floats or text align

12.“SEO” description & keywords should not have limit of characters

Not sure what you mean here, there is no limit on the text inputs in the page settings.

13.“Preloader” custom image and more options

Coming soon.

Hope That helps.


#3

Just a quick suggestion on point 12 regarding SEO. How about a discreet character count as you are typing. A bit like you see in the attachment in red.


#4

That is used to indicate when you are getting close to a limit, the SEO fields don’t have a limit so it would just be extra clutter that’s not essential.


#5

I thought this figure was more based on what is shown in the search results and considered optimal, though admittedly this is a moving target.


#6

Ah it appears the meta data is truncated after 150/160 so its recommended you keep it under that value for descriptions. Apologies, it is a valid point. Ok this implementation should be trivial, but then again it is a Friday, my brain may be starting to think of beer and snacks now but I’ll see if I can get it into build 10 :sunglasses:


#7

That’s understandable…you did give Sunday tech support last week… Have a great weekend OFF.

Casey


#8

I find I need three industrial sized coffees just to realise it’s Friday.


#9

@Norm, Thanks for your reply. I understand that most of the above mentioned things can be done through “CUSTOM CLASS” but it takes lot of time and effort.

It’s a suggestion that if you can implement these thing within the Option/Right-side panel it would be great for beginners!

I’ve also added “14.” and “15.” point check if that can be implemented.

Thanks


#10

I would like social share buttons, like Tweet button.
For example: Pinterest, Facebook, Google+ …


#11

@ac.afd the problem with trying to add more to the sidebar defeats the point of it, the sidebar is by nature supposed to be the bare essentials, the basics. It’s appeal right now is that it’s easy to understand, the more that is added to this area the more complex it will become and ultimatly the sidebar would just end up looking like the class editor which right now is more work to use in your opinion.

Getting the right balance is hard work, but it’s not impossible. That said Blocs will only ever do the basics in the sidebar, the class manager and editor offer vastly superior control of objects in a site and are well worth learning, they are basically like layer styles if you come from a graphic design world.


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#12

@Ben I was just about to say that Blocs already has social sharing options, but I see what you mean now. You can only navigate to your own social feed rather than allowing visitors to share what they found directly from your page.

I assume this can be done by some other means, inserting code from sites like Facebook, however it would be nice if this could be done with the existing Blocs and simply have a sharing option added in the side panel when you click on the image icon and define the interaction.


#13

Hi Norm,
It would be great to improve the asset manager: being able to re-arrange assets and add custom groups/tabs for assets.
I am dealing with a 100+ product images website that needs updating frequently. Navigating the asset manager and finding the right image becomes very difficult.
Thank you.
Vladoc


#14

@Flashman Thanks, but I think it is two different things.
Currently I’m using a social links.

I would like the premade social share buttons.
Pinterest, Facebook, Thumbler, Googel+ …
Social links, only link my social activity. Social share button is share things with your followers.
I’m only designer, not a programmer.

Could you explain me what code do I need?
I appreciate it the bloc sample file.


#15

Yes I agree with you, but I thought we could also have the option of using built in icons for this purpose. The Blocs icons through font awesome etc are actually quite nice.


#16

Yes, but we need a code. Like the “Tweet” button.
It should be distinguished from the icons. Which is only link, and what is the share.
Bird icon = link, Tweet icon = share. P icon link to Pintereset. “Pin it” icon share on Pinterest… This is a standard.


#17

I think we are in agreement :slight_smile:

I wanted a further option added to the interactions section, so that when you click on an icon e.g Twitter, or indeed any image, it provides the opportunity to share without coding.


#18

Yes. :slight_smile:This is a two different method. Link is a simple thing.


#19

This attachment shows a setup I have for a stack in Rapidweaver aimed at sharing. You simply select the social network you want and go with share mode. It writes all the code automatically. A simplified version could be created for Blocs and probably within the existing interactions section.


#20

It would be nice like this or similar.