Developers and designers who leverage the Artisteer tool for creation of mojoPortal skins sometimes have a love/hate relationship with the application, due to format changes that impact any updates to mojoPortal. However, there are some amazing features with the latest version of Artisteer that definitely come out on the side of “love it!”.
One of the most intriguing new features of Artisteer is the ability to extract color schemes from an existing image. This is great if your client already has a logo or branding that they want to leverage, or if they’ve given you a swatch they’ve chosen from a site like Design Seeds. You’re not locked into the color scheme it generates for you, but it can give you a head-start in configuring all your colors for the elements within your design, such as background, menu, buttons, etc.
Speaking of menus: when using the vertical menu, it is now easier to specify “logical navigation” elements within your menu structure, as well as different behaviors, such as “open on hover”, “open on click”, or “fly out sideways”, which are terrific options to bring more visual interest and interactivity to your design. In combination with mojoPortal’s built-in ability to create “logical navigation” nodes on the menu, you’ll find site navigation to be greatly improved for your users.
As usual, there have been some layout and CSS changes; for directions on how best to remedy this for older skin designs, refer to Important Skin Changes on the mojoPortal site, for further details.