Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Thanks to all the wonderful people who have developed
the resources used in this site and who I have learned and gained from.
Ben and Dan Council started it all off in late 2002. They developed Rapidweaver - a web development programme that didnt need you to learn "code" For people like me, who were not coders it was a breakthrough. I remember getting my first early copy of the app in 2004 and I was so thrilled with it that I rang them up, just to say "Thank you!"
Over the years, Rapidweaver & the stacks developers have kept up with web changes and fashions, making Rapidweaver one of the best Mac web development programmes going.
Isaiah took Rapidweaver and created firstly the "Bricks" plug-in which allowed words and images to be placed in more creative ways than Rapidweaver previously allowed and then a few years later he took his plug-ins one step further and developed "Stacks" This was another bolt on plug-in that made the capabilities of Rapidweaver almost infinite. Building on what Isaiah had created, other developers made a multitude of stacks that made the easy and flexibility of Rapidweaver almost childs play! Now Stacks is the "goto" plug in for almost everything Rapidweaver. Thank you Isaiah.
Joe took Rapidweaver & Stacks even further. He developed stacks to suit all purposes! Photo galleries, maps, headers, layout stacks and more. Literally from soup to nuts. The main ones on this site are Foundation and Total CMS. Foundation gives the web designer a blank canvas to develop with which allows the designer to put anything anywhere. Total CMS is an easy to use Content Management System. CMS's allow the site owner to change information without a web designer being involved.
What a difference! Thanks Joe.
Bye bye buggy Wordpress!!
Andrew is Big White Duck. He has taken stacks to a whole new level. Joe Workman's Foundation stacks and moved them up to the next level. What you can't do with these stacks is not worth doing. Again, for me this feels like a breakthrough in my design work and has taken the possibilities of what is available to the next level. Thank you, Andrew.
Marten runs Rapidweaver Central. As well as keeping tabs on everything Rapidweaver he also designs templates and modules to make your site stylish, beautiful and well designed. He has developed two types of modules - "Weaverthings" and Maximal Designs/Quantum Edge. Both of these have made my life as a designer SO much easier. He is also threatening the Rapiweaver community with a book on design, but this is still in the pipeline! Come on Marten. But either way - Thanks so much, You have made a real difference. Marten.
I would like to thank my neighbour Justin Seviour who has taken some amazing photos of the area in which we live. The home page header, the two photos on the Services page and the photo above. He does seem to manage to get blue skies in all his photos, which if you know Cumbria and its weather - it's a miracle. Thank you Justin. More please!!
Some of the photographs on this site are from Unsplash Photography site. Unspash is a great resource for good quality stock photos.