I’ve been uneasy about the fate of RapidWeaver and some of the comments about the app. For all its faults, I’ve produced many successful websites that would have been either impossible or extremely difficult without RW, Stacks and some key creators.
Looking back, the first RapidWeaver site I produced was in 2004 - long before Stacks - and it drove me to learn CSS so that I could manipulate the few themes available to look the way I wanted.
2007 - I’m now CSS competent and Blank Theme became my default starting point.
At that time, the only other vaguely adaptable tools were ExtraContent, Theme Miner, Plus Kit or Theme SDK. (Later came RW MultiTool and RapidThemer.)
2009 - I jumped in with Isaiah Carew’s Stacks 1.1.4. Coupled with what I’d learned about CSS in previous years, we now had the closest thing to a white-page approach to web design - just as I’d been working in other media for 30+ years.
But RW had been handed a new level of users they didn’t understand. I wrote on their forum that they should consider a “pro” version which unsurprisingly received a total blank.
Stacks had opened up a whole new community of like-minded individuals interested in the possibilities of great web design without template boundaries.
However, the full potential of Stacks was still to come and that year I produced three sites in WordPress - entrenched on my brain, I still have the nightmares!
2010 - Joe Workman was the vanguard for me with his Fancy Image, Tabulous and PageLime stacks in 2010 followed by Lightbox and Gyro a year later. (They were simpler times!)
2012 - I started using my amended version of Bootstrap 2 coupled with Stacks within A Blank Theme to get closer to a basic freeform framework.
2014 - Joe’s Foundation release for RW was a shot in the arm that gave RW yet another lease of life. WordPress and Bootstrap hacks mercifully confined to history.
2015 - TopBar Surgeon arrived from a new bird on the pond - BigWhiteDuck. Together with a 40 page Instruction PDF.
Yes, 40 pages! Who could be so conscientious in our hubbly-bubbly creative universe to do this; let alone expect it to be read?
Tav, who else? Andrew has consistently created an amazing body of work for the community without recompense or limits for which we have all profited and are wholeheartedly grateful.
Isaiah, Joe, Andrew: My heroic triad that has kept the RapidWeaver app relevant for years.
I’d be very disheartened if Rapidweaver didn’t find a new life. I think we’d be poorer in every respect without the unique synthesis of Isaiah, Joe and Tav.
I’m not rich but I would happily invest in a situation where Stacks and its universe of creators could continue to weave.