The CoolList was updated to version 2.0.1 on 12-27-2012
I’ve been incredibly busy these last few months and haven’t had much time to blog let alone create new stuff but I finally caught a bit of a break and had a chance to make some much needed improvements to one of my layouts.
CoolList 2.0.1 is the first of my second generation layouts. It provides both a file preview and vertical list of files in the current folder and was inspired by the interface of one of my favorite devices. It makes very clean, professional looking Portfolios that are easy to navigate. Folders appear with a small arrow to the right, when clicked, you go into the folder. See it in action using this interactive preview where you can check out the functionality without needing to download the PDF example. You don’t even need the latest version of Acrobat or Reader.
CoolList 2.0.1 has a lot more configurable properties that allow you to control the file preview rotation, colors, and a bunch of controls over card placement, size, and metadata inclusion. Look for the “Custom Components” panel on the left while in edit mode.
My custom folder component can be colorized to match your branding or the rest of the Portfolio. Simply pick a color from the “Custom Components” panel on the right while in Edit mode, the gradients will be calculated automatically.
Show Document Tray
The document tray or “MiniNav” can be used to navigate the Portfolio and reorder files when in edit mode. This setting will allow you to control when the document tray is available. You can se it to show only when the Portfolio is in edit mode, always, or never. The default is “Edit Mode Only”.
This setting controls the angle that the preview is presented.
This setting controls how wide the list on the right is, the preview area will shrink accordingly.
List Top/Bottom Margin
This setting controls how the distance the list will be from the top and bottom of the layout. You’ll really only see the top margin change if you have just a few files.
Card Width, Height, and Offsets
This group of settings control the size and position of the metadata card. The offsets are counted in pixels from the bottom right corner of the preview area. The size of the preview area will vary based on the height and width ratio of the file being previewed so it’ll float around a little.
Show File Size, Creation, and Modification Dates
These three check boxes control what additional metadata appears on the card. Personally, I find this information irrelevant but others disagree so these items can optionally be added to the card. The default is “off” because… did I mention that I find this information irrelevant.
In addition to the settings, there are three themes you can choose from or create your own custom palette, add a background image, header and welcome screen.