With the recent release of more details about both RapidWeaver v9’s Elements plugin as well as information about YourHead Software’s standalone Stacks app, I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about how these two tools will affect things here at Elixir.
After receiving a large influx of email on the topic I thought it might just be easier and more transparent to create a public forum topic. This will also give you the ability to ask me questions you might have as well. With that said, I can only comment as far as the things I know and that have been made public.
With that out of the way let’s dive right in.
Yes. It is my goal to make sure my products will continue to work within the RapidWeaver ecosystem. It has been made public knowledge that their new Elements plugin will allow developers like myself to bring their Stacks-based addons over to the Elements platform in RapidWeaver v9.
Realmac Software has also stated that there will be an opt-in process for this to ensure that developers who do not wish to have their Stacks addons compatible with Elements have the ability to make that choice.
I will be opting in to allow my Stacks-based addons to be useable within Elements. My primary goal in doing so is to provide continuity for users of my products, allowing them to continue to make use of their tools, like Foundry, within RapidWeaver.
My hope is that the transition is a simple matter of opting in and that not many changes will be needed to make this happen.
Yes. As I hear it there should be no need for changes to Foundry or my other Stacks addons to make them work within the standalone version of Stacks that YourHead Software is developing.
Much like with RapidWeaver, it is my goal to make sure customers have the ability to continue to use their Stacks-based addons that they’ve purchased from me within the Stacks standalone application.
No. Neither company has provided any developers with beta copies of their apps for testing at this time. Once I receive beta versions I will of course drop what I’m doing and start testing within both apps. I am very much hoping that there will not be any substantial changes needed, but you never know.
It is my hope that one version of Foundry will be able to serve both communities to make the transitions for users easy and pain free, allowing you to choose whether you wish to use Foundry in RapidWeaver or Stacks.
I do not know the answer to this at this time. That information has not been made available.
I have heard that Elements should be able to import your page designs, helping you to not need to rebuild from the ground up.
Much like the previous question, I do not know the answer to this at this time. That information has not been made available.
I have also heard that Stacks should be able to import your page designs, helping you to not need to rebuild from the ground up.
I’ve been assured that themes will continue to work just as they have in the past. I don’t expect to need to do anything to prepare them for RapidWeaver v9 at this point. They should work as-is. It is also my understanding that they will work with the Elements plugin as well.
As I said, it is my goal to make sure that my customers’ needs are met. This means ensuring continuity for you all as these two new platforms when they are released. It is also my aim to continue to offer new exciting addons, as well as improvements to existing addons, as well.
In short, I want to make sure your investment in Foundry, and Elixir as a whole, are solid and secure and that you can continue to use the tools you’ve purchased from me within RapidWeaver Elements or the Stacks standalone app.
This community means a lot to me. I’ve been at this since 2006 when I built my first RapidWeaver theme. I truly enjoy creating tools like Foundry that make it possible for users to more easily create beautiful, modular sites without needing a degree in computer science.
I plan to keep pushing forward, creating new products that help expand what you can do while also making it easy for you to do so. I’ve got a lot planned for the future of Foundry as well as other addons.
I’m happy to answer questions you might have below. I can only go off of the information I have that is public knowledge at this point, but there is a lot out there already. So ask any questions you might have in this thread and I’ll do my very best to answer them.
If I receive more information that I can make public I will post it here and update the thread.
Thanks for reading this far and thank you for your continued support. I think some exciting times are ahead of us all when it comes to building websites on the Mac platform!