6 New Features that Make Thrive Architect Easier & Faster to Use

In the last two updates that we released for the Thrive Architect plugin, we included several new features and usability improvements.

Here's a quick tour of these new features, so you can get the most out of the plugin and build your content and pages even faster.

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Here's a quick summary of the improvements:

1) Background Image Positioning

When you add a background image to a content box or background section, you can now choose how to align it:

The blue dot represents where the background image is "anchored". This alignment option is especially important for mobile responsiveness. For example: if you set the anchor point to the top left corner, that means the top left part of the background image will always be visible. The parts of the image towards the bottom and right will disappear, once the visitor's screen size is too small to accommodate the entire image.

2) Click Outside to Save

Whenever you are adjusting settings in an options box (the boxes with the dark background in the sidebar) you can apply those changes by clicking the green "Apply" button. The new improvement is that you no longer have to click this green button to apply the change. If you click outside of the options box, the box is closed and the change is applied.

You can use undo (Ctrl + Z) to revert the change or click on "Cancel" to close the box without saving the change.

3) Improved Drag & Drop

Every element that isn't a text element can now be dragged from anywhere. That means you no longer have to use the "drag handle" on the outline of  the element. You can just click and drag anywhere inside the element to initiate drag and drop.

4) Alt + Drag to Duplicate

If you've used professional screen design tools, this feature is one you might already be familiar with: hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and drag & drop and element.

Instead of moving the element to the new location, this will create a duplicate of the element in the new location. This makes building layouts that feature a lot of duplication faster and more convenient.

5) Improved Button Options

We've cleaned up the options for the button element. The new layout looks like this:

Notable changes:

  • Button size slider has been replaced with pre-set sizes.
  • It's easier to add an icon to your button.
  • The button icon can be edited directly, as a separate element. This opens up many new design possibilities.
  • The "divider" option has been removed. You can still add a divider, for example by adding a side border to the icon.
  • The options take up less vertical space than before.

6) New Vertical Alignment Options

When adding a column layout to your pages, you've always been able to choose vertical alignment for the content inside those columns. Many of you have been asking us to make such alignment options available outside of columns as well.

In the latest version of Thrive Architect, you can choose top, center and bottom vertical alignments for content boxes and background sections as well.

Please note: vertical alignments are incompatible with the "float" attribute. If you want to float elements, you need to place them in a container that doesn't have vertical alignment applied.

That's the overview of our latest set of updates. Many more are in the works and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you soon!

What do you think of these latest improvements? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Shane

Author: Shane Melaugh

Shane Melaugh is a co-founder and the CEO of Thrive Themes. When he isn’t plotting new ways to create awesome WordPress themes & plugins, he likes to geek out about camera equipment and medieval swords. He also writes about startups and marketing here.

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