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    Have been on the cusp of getting a Kriesi theme for a new site I’m building, but I noticed that Brightbox isn’t using the Avia Slider. Almost got Avisio, but Brightbox has the new framework…

    Having to pay additional money for the Cu3er license isn’t the end of the world, but the Avia Slider seemed to be a good product. Why did Kriesi abandon it in Brightbox?

    Will there be another new business-like theme on the way?

    Will there be any other themes with the Testimonial function on CleanCut?



    he didn’t remove the AviaSlider but you can choose between Cu3er or AviaSlider (and this on a per post/page basis). Some people really like the Cu3er 3d effect (that’s why cu3er themes sell pretty well and that’s why Kriesi decided to include it). However you can use the standard js slider too.

    I know there’s a new theme upcoming however I didn’t see a preview yet and can’t say which features it offers at the moment.


    A new one eh? I’m using Display ( (I originally started the site with Twicet), and was looking to upgrade to Brightbox (the shortcodes, new cu3er, template builder, new slideshow, and the new Avia framework all seem awesome). There’s not much I can think of that brightbox really “needs” beyond what it already is. Of course, I did also say that about Display 2 years ago. I see that the new one (“Upscale” ( )) will be “the future of WordPress” :) so I will probably wait to see what it looks like before I decide between it and Brightbox. Do we have an ETA for “Upscale”?

    Since we’re on the subject of new features… let me add to the thousands of fan requests you probably get for new features, with a few of my own personal wish list items:

    -SUPER Mega Menu

    The ability to add pictures, html, logins, etc to the mega menu. This seems to be taking off somewhat, and I’ve seen it discussed on this support forum as not currently possible: (Purchase code hidden if logged out) -menu-text-blocks (Purchase code hidden if logged out)

    This office supply store has quite a few nice features as an example of what I’d consider a “SUPER” Mega Menu:

    -A “Sponsors” (or “Partners” section)

    A slider of some sort to be able to have a scrolling showcase of sponsor (or partner) sites. This is something I actually desperately need (running a Non-profit). I’ve only found one site with anything similar, however it doesn’t auto-rotate (and it would also be nice to have it randomize the sponsors as well, in an effort to be fair to my sponsors) (Purchase code hidden if logged out) /238405

    Maybe even just using the old “News Item Slider” from the “Newscast” would work if it could auto-rotate (and randomize??? Ok that might be a stretch, I know):

    -Slideout tabs

    Speaking of the older designs… “Design Showcase” has slideout tabs used for the “Archives” section at the top

    If I were making a wish list, I’d imagine this as an option to add to the footer or header, or maybe even just an item in that fancy template builder. I’d imagine a slideout tab would be an awesome place to stuff contact boxes, maps & addresses, login boxes, etc

    There is another version of this idea used on this site: (Purchase code hidden if logged out) -using-jquery/

    -Customizable Contact Form / Signup Sheet

    I’d like to easily add lines to the contact form without having to edit the template. Things like adding a custom field, check boxes, etc. I know I’m starting to lean towards what I should use a plugin for, but these are starting to need less and less of those… All I need are a few custom lines & maybe a few check boxes :)

    -The ability to use Flash SWF & video files in the Cu3er 3D rotator

    Maybe this is alreay avaialable? I know Piecemaker 2 can use flash, and is obviously flash itself, and Cu3er is obviously flash itself too, so you would assume SWFs can be used, I just haven’t ever seen the new Cu3er use flash or video as one of it’s slides. Side note, if the new Cu3er is used in “Upscale”, I will be purchasing the $49 license to remove the logo. This would be a nice option within the admin panel (ie: “Enter Cu3er license number to add aditional features” (I know that it’s no where near that easy though)). Maybe offering Piecemaker and Cu3er? Maybe this seems like overkill but they do offer different options (and Piecemaker already has a WP plugin). Maybe I’m crazy.

    Ok, I got quite a bit off of the original subject, and I’m sure I could list another dozen things I “wish” my site had, so I’ll stop now. Thanks for all the great work… These sites are truly becoming amazing (and I’m glad you guys are making a killing at it).



    1) I’ve no ETA for Upscale yet.

    I’ll report the feature requests to Kriesi. Just a hint on the Cu3er topic: Cu3er license option won’t work because some code is hardcoded in the swf file and depends on the domain you’re cu3er using with. The Piecemaker slider is a great idea because t’s open source and free and doesn’t show watermarks….


    Hey Guys, thanks for all the feedback, highly appreciated! I will definitley consider some when building my next few themes :)

    Just a quick notice: upScale will be released this weekend, should be available by monday ;)




    Hey Kriesi, Thanks for the Piecemaker theme! I’m assuming that’s the new version of piecemaker (it looks like it by the dynamic shadow)… which is awesome! I have been looking at your demo for awhile now, and I did have a question:

    Is the 2D (text&photo) slider the only fallback option for the Piecemaker slider? Or, is there a nivo type fallback that I’m just not seeing? The reason I ask is because the current fallback in the demo does not seem to be working well in a non-flash environment (Iphone / ipad). I opened your main demo site ( ) on my iphone4 (running iOS 4.3.3) and after the 3rd slide (the fullwidth ballons image), the enite site turns dark grey. Everything goes away (text / images / background / EVERYTHING ) and the site completely stops. I have to reload to get the site back, and I have to leave the mainpage before that 3rd slide or it hangs again.

    This obviously could just be an issue on my end as well.

    Thanks again for all the work!



    I’ll report it to Kriesi. Maybe it’s a bug.

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