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  • How do I install updates for Foundry?

    Installing updates for Foundry is quite easy. The stacks are updated through the Stacks plugin’s built-in updater and the theme can be updated through a simple drag-and-drop.

    Updating the Foundry Stacks

    When it is time to update Foundry you’ll be notified of an update in Stacks at the bottom of the Stacks Library. You’ll get a small badge on the Updates icon letting you know that an update for Foundry is available and ready for you to install. It will look something like this:

    Stacks Updater

    After you have clicked on the Updates icon you’ll get a popup window. You should see something similar to the window below. This will give you a list of the changes to Foundry’s stacks in that particular release as well as a link to read the full release changes on the Release Notes page:

    Updates Window

    Before we click that beautiful blue Update All button we want to make sure to close any projects that have any of the Foundry stacks included in them. The reason for this is that when Stacks installs updates it will download and install the files associated with Foundry, but it will also, immediately following their installation, attempt to update each Foundry stack in your open project(s). Being that there are nearly 80 different stacks and child stacks in Foundry this can take a long time if you have a project file using Foundry open.

    So to get around this what we want to do is start a new, empty project file and add a lone Stacks page to it, like so:

    Updates Window

    Now all we need to do is to re-open our Updates window and click the Update All button. Stacks will then download and install all of the associated Foundry files, replacing those that were already installed.

    Updating the Foundry theme

    Updates for the Foundry theme are done manually, as there is not a built-in updater in RapidWeaver currently for themes. When the Foundry theme is updated you will receive an email with a download link for the latest version of the Foundry theme. You can also find the latest version of the Foundry theme on the Release Notes page at any time.

    To install the updated theme, simply drag-and-drop the new Foundry theme onto the RapidWeaver icon in your dock. Quit and restart RapidWeaver and you’re good to go.

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  • What is required to use Elixir's Stacks add ons?

    In order to use Elixir’s add ons for Stacks you will need two things: A copy of RapidWeaver from Realmac, and a copy of the main Stacks plugin for RapidWeaver from YourHead. You’ll want to make sure also that you’re using the latest version of Stacks.

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  • What is required to use Elixir's RapidWeaver themes?

    Elixir’s RapidWeaver themes are designed around the RapidWeaver templating system. In order to use an Elixir theme for RapidWeaver you will need to purchase a copy of RapidWeaver from Realmac Software. That is the only base requirement to use an Elixir theme for RapidWeaver. You can of course expand the functionality of RapidWeaver itself with lots of plugins and whatnot (the one we do recommend the most is Stacks), but none of that stuff is required to use our themes.

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  • How do I install my RapidWeaver theme?

    RapidWeaver handles the installation of themes. All you’ll need to do is to double-click on the theme file you received when you downloaded your purchase. The theme file will end with a “.rwtheme” extension. Once you double-click the theme file RapidWeaver will launch, if it wasn’t running already, and install the theme for you.

    After installation you’ll want to make sure you quit, and then restart RapidWeaver. This ensures that the app, and other plugins all know you’ve installed a new theme and it will be visible to you in your theme drawer to choose for your project.

    UPDATE (October 28, 2014):


    With the release of RapidWeaver 6 it is now possible to run two version of the app side-by-side. You can now have both RapidWeaver 5 and 6 installed and running at the same time. This can sometimes lead to confusion of where a theme needs to be installed.

    If you’re double-clicking an addon and it’s not being installed in the version of RapidWeaver you wish it to be, give this a try: Drag and drop the theme right onto the RapidWeaver icon, of the version you wish it to be installed into, in the Dock. Doing so tells that version of the app that it is the one that should be responsible for installing the app.

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  • How do I install my Stacks add ons?

    The Stacks plugin handles the installation of its add ons. All you’ll need to do is to double-click on the stack file you received when you downloaded your purchase. The stack file will end with a “.stack” extension. Once you double-click the theme file RapidWeaver will launch, if it wasn’t running already, and the Stacks plugin will then install the stack for you.

    After installation you’ll want to make sure you quit, and then restart RapidWeaver. This ensures that the app, and the Stacks pluging know you’ve installed a new stack and it will be visible to you in your Stack Elements drop down for use on your Stacks pages.

    My stacks download just looks like a folder though…

    From time to time it seems Stacks doesn’t recognize its add ons and instead displays them as a folder when viewed in the Finder. The usual solution for this is to download and install the latest versions of Stacks and / or RapidWeaver. If you’ve done that and are having trouble still you will need to contact YourHead Software, the developer of the Stacks plugin, so that they can fix the problem with the Stacks plugin for you.

    UPDATE (October 28, 2014):


    With the release of RapidWeaver 6 it is now possible to run two version of the app side-by-side. You can now have both RapidWeaver 5 and 6 installed and running at the same time. This can sometimes lead to confusion of where a stack needs to be installed.

    If you’re double-clicking an addon and it’s not being installed in the version of RapidWeaver you wish it to be, give this a try: Drag and drop the stack right onto the RapidWeaver icon, of the version you wish it to be installed into, in the Dock. Doing so tells that version of the app that it is the one that should be responsible for installing the app.

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  • What exactly is RapidWeaver?

    RapidWeaver - Getting Started

    RapidWeaver is a revolutionary, but friendly, piece of web design software made exclusively for the Mac. It will help you create and publish beautiful, modern web sites, compliant with today’s standards.

    For more information about RapidWeaver, please visit the Realmac Software site. We think you’ll absolutely love this piece of software. There is also a demo version of RapidWeaver available for you to download, so give it a try, and then come back and check out all of the amazing add ons we produce for this amazing app!

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