Today we released version 1.2.0 of PlatformPro, with lots of new improvements. The main set of features, Design Control, will help you create custom sites super fast.
Design control consists of three new features:
- Color Control
- Background Image
- Improved Design Modes
Combined, these three features make it ridiculously easy to create or recreate whatever ‘look and feel’ you want with your site.
Before Design Control, most design customization was done using Custom CSS. Custom CSS is a good solution, but it requires a lot of digging around and CSS knowledge to build things quickly.
Another problem with Custom CSS is that it takes a lot of time to apply changes to all applicable elements in the theme. You may change one element, just to find out that you need to change 20 more.
Ridiculously Easy, Rapid Customization
Design control seriously speeds up the time it takes you to create a ‘look-and-feel’ when using a theme. This was actually a design challenge for us. How would we take the 100+ color related lines of CSS and make them manageable with a few options? How would we make it intuitive, easy and fast?
The solution was to rewrite and optimize a vast portion of the Platform CSS. Then restructure and add to the design-modes so that the design options could be applied in an intuitive way.
The end result is a new set of options including color pickers, background image setup and design modes; that literally lets you create a completely custom site in less than 5 minutes.
Don’t believe us? Here is a quick screencast (from the docs) that shows you how it’s done…
More Information on Design Control
For more information on Design Control, and how to use it, check out the docs on it here: Design Control Doc.
Upgrade To 1.2.0
If you are using PlatformPro and need to upgrade to version 1.2.0, just visit your launchpad account. Here is a link to the member page login.