Shaking The Habitual’s Parallaxer Stack — A Rob Beattie Review

Parallaxer Stack

Shaking The Habitual

When it first appeared, the parallax effect - where one part of a web page, usually an image, scrolls at a different speed to the rest of the content - was a real head-turner; it added movement and a sense of depth that helped to give Rapidweaver websites more impact.

These days, many people use a static fixed image instead - so the image ‘sticks’ to its part of the page, while other content scrolls over it - and while this achieves a similar effect, it’s not the same. Properly implemented, a good parallax effect is more subtle and to many eyes, more engaging.

Shaking The Habitual’s (hereafter just STH) Parallaxer stack reproduces the classic effect and allows you to specify the direction of the parallax, its speed, delay and extent. It allows you to overlay content as well, so you can add text or even other images, if you’re feeling adventurous.

Set up is straightforward. There’s a single stack which you drop onto the page. The background image can be dragged onto the page or warehoused to help keep your project size down, there are wells for mobile and desktop-sized images (usefully you can also disable the effect on mobile devices); typically you’ll set your images to be contained, but there’s also a cover option which is useful if you want to use the stack to create a banner.

Parallaxer is mobile-friendly and you can set a breakpoint below which the effect will be cancelled, restrict the height of the image above or below the breakpoint and add ALT text to the image to improve SEO and accessibility. Content can be positioned in any of the corners, or in the middle at the top, centre or bottom; we found that short, punchy content works best, and something like Big White Duck’s Billboard stack, for example, produces impressive results.

The parallax effect itself can be so subtle that you wonder if it’s actually doing anything at first, but by adjusting the scale of the effect and adding a delay, you’ll soon see it in all its splendour.

We’re less convinced by the ‘Unleash’ mode which actually moves the entire image across the page using a parallax effect, but there are probably some specialist situations where this could be just the job.

In all, for £15.00 this is a great way to add an interesting range of subtle parallax effects to your Rapidweaver web pages.

Suggested price: £15.00

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