Bootstrap 4 Alpha 5

Alpha 5 has arrived just over a month after Alpha 4 with some major feature improvements and a boat load of bug fixes. We still have a lot of work to do, but we’re closing the gap and getting more stable with each release. Keep reading for the highlights and plans for Alpha 6.

New CSS bundles

We’ve updated our build process to include compiled versions of all our CSS bundles. In addition to the longstanding default compiled and minified bundles, we now include compiled CSS files for our flexbox mode, grid system only, and Reboot only bundles. Each bundle includes a compiled, minified, and Sass map, just like the default compiled CSS.

Grid updates

Our grid system has been updated and is more flexible than ever. New in Alpha 5 are breakpoint specific grid gutters. That’s right, now you can customize the width of your gutters across each and every grid tier by modifying the Sass map.

The .container behaviors have changed slightly in Alpha 5. We now set the width of each container alongside a max-width: 100%; to ensure proper rendering across browsers in both our default and flexbox modes. Similarly, we fixed a bug in our flexbox grid where columns didn’t properly collapse at lower breakpoints.

Lastly, we’ve changed a few breakpoint and container dimensions. The sm tier’s container is now smaller than it’s viewport dimensions and the lg tier has changed from 940px to 960px for grid columns that more cleanly by 12.

Utilities overhaul

Utility classes got a ton of attention with Alpha 5 and will continue to in Alpha 6. Major changes in this release include:

  • Simpler margin and padding syntax (e.g., now mx-auto instead of m-x-auto).
  • Renamed .pull-*-left and .pull-*-right to their CSS properties (e.g., now .float-*-left and .float-*-right).
  • Separated background and color utilities for more explicit styling.
  • Renamed image utilities, moving from .img-rounded and .img-circle to .rounded and .rounded-circle, respectively.
  • Removed the display: block; from .img-fluid as it’s unnecessary for creating responsive images (the inline-block default works great as-is).
  • Added new vertical-align utilities with .align-top, .align-middle, and more.

Be sure to scope out the open issues in the Alpha 6 milestone. There are more updates coming to utilities to add more responsive variations, more consistent naming, and more.

We’ve put a ton of time into the navbar for Alpha 5, but honestly it’s still not done. Rather than hold back the progress we’ve made for it until Alpha 6, we’re including a somewhat half-baked iteration.

Here’s a look at what’s new, how it works, and what might change in our next release.

  • First up, the navbar has a brand new toggler that features a customizable SVG-based background-image. With the power of Sass variables, that allows us to easily change the color of those hamburger menu icons.
  • Second, the default styles for the brand and navigation have largely been tweaked. There’s less custom styling overall and an emphasis on positioning and flexibility.
  • Building on that, we overhauled the collapse plugin integration for responsive navbars. With the help of some utility classes and collapse classes for each grid tier, you can easily pick the breakpoint for collapsing your navbar without having to recompile your Sass. Also included is the auto restyling of dropdown menus for mobile so they no longer hide other navbar content when toggled.
  • Lastly, we’ve updated the styling and documentation for various navbar subcomponents. There’s more flexibility and examples of the .navbar-brand, better form control support, higher nav contrast, themed responsive toggles, and more.

The navbar is a tricky one—there’s so much functionality and styling that can go into them. We’ve outlined the next major pieces for the navbar, but there’s likely more we’re missing. Be sure to give the updated component a whirl and report back with your feedback.

Getting to Alpha 6

We’re planning on one more major alpha release before getting into the slightly more stable beta ships. There’s still more to do around our major components—the navbar, flexbox variants, utilities, and accessibilty—before we button things up.

Once done, we’ll review all on our docs and update all our example templates to the latest and greatest. From there we’ll need your help to test these changes and report bugs. Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to that release.

Until then, have at it with Alpha 5!

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Successful ways of PSD to HTML Conversion

Due to the drastic change in internet technology over the past few years, there has been an increase in the demand for highly personalized and user-friendly website designing modules. One of the major tasks associated with this part of web development is the PSD to HTML Conversion. PSD files are Adobe Photoshop files which need to be converted into a more web-compatible language like HTML.

Optimizing of PSD Photoshop files into HTML coding is becoming increasingly popular for web designers, and there are multiple reasons behind it.

Let us have a quick glance on some of the benefits of PSD to HTML conversion, apart from the high-profit levels to companies:

  • SEO Friendliness
  • Easy User Navigation
  • Reduction in Costs
  • Cross-Browser Compatibility
  • High levels of Customer Satisfaction

The conversion of PSD files into HTML can be a little laborious. There are still some effective ways that make the whole process easier.

  1. Manually: Manual conversion is the basic and oldest method of converting data from PSD to HTML. This process involves coding manually (in case you are technically proficient) and hence, takes a lot of time to complete. This manual conversion is the most difficult way of markup conversion.
  2. Use of automated tools: One of the best options you are looking for is the use of numerous software which converts PSD to HTML online. There are also trial versions of some tools that you can try before buying the full version. The software can be easily downloaded and installed on your PC, which makes the whole task convenient.
  3. Online conversion companies: If you are looking for a professional conversion company, there are many websites you can try such as Only PSD 2 HTML, which offers the best markup conversion services and a seamless communication to their clients.

If you are technically sound, then you can adopt any of the above methods for PSD to HTML conversion. However, it is advisable always to hire a professional service or a good conversion company to achieve the goal effortlessly.

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Bootstrap 3 Responsive Grid Photoshop Templates (PSD)

With the new Bootstrap 3 grid you have gutter width and column width different from the ones in Bootstrap 2, and the container width includes two half gutter padding on the sides. Also, in each breakpoint, the columns have uneven width since they are set by percentages, and the width of the container doesn’t match perfectly with even width.

In the download above you can find the grid templates for the three main breakpoints of bootstrap 3 (1170px, 970px, 750px), plus two grids for mobile (480px, 320px), all with the default 30px gutter. Also included the retina versions.

On the mobile grids (480px, 320px) the minimum column size is col-xs-2, because col-xs-1 breaks the grid in the browser with a viewport of 320px.