What’s your top 5 or 10 list?

Duncan just asked this in a different thread and let’s continue here to streamline the ideas.

I do think we have a lot to add to Sparkle. What’s your top 5 or 10 list?


O boy, I just created my own! : …

Here’s a bunch of feature/functions I’d like to see:

  • Site Search result separators
    Have individual results reported to the Site Search element delineated with a (choice of) separator(s).
  • Blog tags
    Be able to have tags on blog posts with index pages generated by tag.
  • Function change request for “In a folder”
    When applying Page attributes and I want to put the page in a folder, rather than entering the name in a free text input field, I’d rather have a drop down consisting of already existing folders and a choice to add a new folder. Currently, there is a risk of putting in an incorrectly spelled folder name to a folder that already exists.
  • Sort options for index pages
    The current sort order is by date posted. I’d like to be able to sort by any reasonable element or layer and by a multilevel sort. Example: I use a text box as a tag. Imagine if I name the text box element as “tag”. It would be of value to sort by “tag” then date.
  • Internal page link UI mimicking left nav pane
    I’d like the ability to find an internal page to link by having the drop down show me pages via an expandable/collapsable section view. Rather than showing me a list of all pages, present the current drop down similar to the left hand Page navigation where I can expand/collapse sections to expose and minimize the pages within a section where there sections. With a site with a large number of pages (as with a mature blog site), finding an internal page to link becomes much faster.
  • Ability to see a log of search entries entered in the Site Search field.

That’s a good idea!
I will start with my list:

  • automatic Darkmode Support for websites (so you can change the color for visitors who use the dark mode on there devices)

  • a before - after photo slider

  • more options with the smart fields (e.g. countdown for every Sunday 5pm except of the 22th of august)

  • an easier way to create a website for different languages (instead of my workflow today: create page in one language > duplicating > translating > linking in the site-language settings)

  • Function to duplicate Pup-Ups

  • integration of Squarespace Scheduling

Which important functions for you have I forgotten?

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  1. Replace device fixed-widths with free-form choices
  2. Create a device layout viewer too see all device layouts side-by-side
  3. Replace Sparkle color picker with Apple system color picker
  4. Replace fixed masking with free-form masking
  5. Support HDR images and HDR (Dolby Vision) video

The ability to include attachments when sending forms would be amazing.


I’d like to echo something from @ikky (Defining the type of an input field) and that is field validation for common form fields such as email address, date components, etc.

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As a site visitor, I am more engaged when web content is personalized. Therefore, as a Sparkle designer, having the ability to leverage form variables across elements and pages would be of high value.

For example, imagine a pop up with looking for a confirmation of what was entered on the form underneath the pop up.

Without the Layers Panel (using Sparkle One) it’s almost impossible to get “Stick to Top” to remain visible when a pop-up is scrolled. Forward/Backward/Front/Back is pure guesswork as you don’t know how many layers exist. A Layer Panel for Sparkle One to be at least able to view the layers would be good (as I don’t need all the rest that Sparkle Pro has on offer).

I would love to be able to easily convert my website into a google amp version.

@EricExtreme, I have to ask why?..

Google AMP is now officially not privileged even by Google, so really no reason.

It was a joke. As @duncan stated Google Amp isn’t even privileged by Google anymore. It’s dead for all intents and purposes.

@EricExtreme, Ok funny! :slight_smile:

Like Microsoft Google loves throwing experiments out to see if it sticks and to see if they can get the corporation traction and as a consequence further police the internet with their proprietary technology.

I do my best to avoid anything google and will only use the essentials for my clients.
AMP was a joke and an insidious proprietary take over of the web! Happy to hear it failed when it did!!! :slight_smile:

  1. Replace device fixed-widths with free-form choices
  2. Create a device layout viewer too see all device layouts side-by-side
  3. Replace Sparkle color picker with Apple system color picker
  4. Rulers on each device size.
  5. Elementary drawing tools.
  6. The ability to color all pages and background the same.
  7. Default “off” on elements repeating. Right click drop down to repeat on other devices. Including text boxes.
  8. Zoom lock between devices when working on one page.
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That’s a good list, but I love Sparkle’s unique take and not following the crowd with its fixed width.

With a fluid width (“free form choices”) elements start moving around and rearranging themselves in the screen realestate they find themselves in. I prefer pixel-perfect control over my device layouts avoiding any surprises! :slight_smile:


@FlaminFig :heavy_check_mark:

Wish List:
Ability to update the EXIF data of images in a slideshow (linked or embedded) via button.

Status quo:
When the EXIF data is changed in the source file, it does not appear in the slideshow. You have to remove the image, reinsert and sort it and redo the smart field as well. This is a lot of work.

Mr. F.

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I agree with these two points.

Mr. F.

Top 5 to 10 wishes - Wow, here goes…

  1. Size Adjustment for the Navigation Arrows in the Image Gallery.

  2. New Smart Fields for Image Gallery to display Position of Image in the Gallery and another to display total number of images in the gallery. e.g. “Now viewing image 4 of 22”

  3. Like @Mr_Fozzie I’d like to tweak the EXIF data in my imported images ideally inside Sparkle. I suspect these images are cloned and embedded into sparkle when they are imported. Perhaps Sparkle could enable editing of this Exif metadata for the images already imported into the gallery similar to the how we are able to edit the unique [Image Description] field for each image today. Also, what about making that field [Image Description] made available as a smart field?

  4. Image Gallery - Selected Image Click assignment desired to “Zoom Image in Lightbox” but an advanced Lightbox with sizable navigation arrows to allow manual navigation through the entire Gallery (while zoomed).

  5. As was mentioned in a recent post by @Suzart.de the creation of Mouse_Hover_Effects for Images, Buttons, Menus to permit a “nudge”, “Jiggle”, “Flash”, “Blink”, “Brighten Image”, “Dim Image”, and another “sparkle” effects - e.g. A corner on the the hovered control could twinkle, the applied shadow could change direction or change color, the gradient-fill could slowly swap sides, etc. Numerous attention effects that can be created in Photoshop but that means loading two elements on top of each other we don’t currently have a hover effect to change opacity to reveal an enhanced element below. It would be so convenient to have these sparkle, glow, nudge, and jiggle elements for hovering built into Sparkle Pro.

  6. A new Arrange Item to “Autofit” the text box (& image labels) to fit the current text .

  7. Today, the Esc key is trapped as a mechanism to close Pop-Ups. On certain pages and popups I’d like to trap specific keyboard keys e.g. the cursor keys to drive specific navigational outcomes: advance prev/next/first/last the scroll position on a page and same for navigating in the image gallery.

  8. When opening a page or Pop Up that holds an Image Gallery, I’d value a mechanism to specify which image in the gallery would be initially displayed. e.g. Open Pop Up with Image gallery displaying image at gallery position 35.

  9. In the Pro Version Layers Panel it would be great to have a button to collapse and expand all the layers in the Pages/Layers panel.

  10. Today we have this helpful PopUp button on the Format Bar to see the list of Pop Ups and to open them directly from that list. Great to also have an icon for the list of Layout Blocks and another for a list Scroll Locations (which don’t even show up in any list today). Hunting through the Layers Panel gets tedious as does scrolling through long pages to locate the Scroll Locations.


Small change, but handy.

  • the ability to change the color of the hamburger icon. Default is grey. It would be handy to change the color of the icon, from grey to another color of one’s choosing.