The most important factor that determines the size of the menu is the content of the items. If you want to reduce the size of your menu you should keep in mind that the menu must have at least the necessary size for the content of the items to fit inside. If the content is large, then you should first of all reduce the size of the content.
The properties that determine the size of each item and the menu are the <Minimum Width>in the Main/Sub/Sub+ Group Style Editor (if you want to increase the size, perhaps this is the only property you should change), the <Size> in the Main/Sub/Sub+Items Style Editor and also the <Text Margin> and the <Content Padding> in the Main/Sub/Sub+ Items Style Editor.
1. How to specify the <Minimum Width> property of a group.
2. How to speicfy the <Size> property of the items of your menu.
3. How to specify the <Text Margin> property of the items of your menu.
4. How to specify the <Content Padding> property of the items of your menu.
Also you can check/uncheck the "Uniform Items" option in the <Type> property of the Main/Sub/Sub+ Group Style Editor that forces all items to have the same size - the size of the largest item. You can modify the values of these properties and change the size of the items.
5. How to specify the "Uniform Items" option of a group.
Finally, If you just want to widen the menu, you have only to change the <Minimum Width> property of the Main Group Style in the Style Editor.
When you build a menu in AllWebMenus Pro application, you apply a theme to this (usually the default one).
1. How to apply a built-in Theme in your menu.
The Themes that do not contain images and are text and color based can of course be customized by the application; you just need to edit the <Background Color> property (and perhaps any other property that involves colors) in all the Available Styles of the Style Editor (i.e. Main Group Style, Main Items Style, etc...).
2. How to change the Background Color property.
The Themes that do contain images cannot be customized color-wise within the AllWebMenus Pro. You can however customize the images that the menu is using (you can find these images in the NameOfThemes-assets folder which resides in the Theme Gallery\Vertical or Theme Gallery\Horizontal folder under the installation folder of your AllWebMenus Pro application (i.e. C:\Program Files\AllWebMenus5\Theme Gallery). Open the images with your favorite image editor and change their color, save them (it is recommended to keep backup files of the default Theme Packs of AllWebMenus Pro) and use them in your menus!
Of course you can also create your own images from scratch, according to the needs of your website and use them in the application to create your own menus - even your own Themes. You can find all the appropriate information about how to use your own images in your menu through your AllWebMenus Pro application to Help -> What is... -> The Image Manager.
In addition to the built-in Themes of the program, you can also purchase from the various Theme Packs that we have created. You can have a look at the Theme Packs here: http://www.likno.com/awmthemes.php. You might also be interested in the Templates we have also created and contrary to themes, menu templates are complete .awm projects with special images, features and content that cannot be themed but provide added functionality: http://www.likno.com/awmtemplates.php.
This event is called the "Hanging Menu" effect. The "Hanging Menu" effect is an IE-only bug that can be solved by placing the Linking Code instance of the menu right before the </body> TAG.
In more detail, IE is loading pages in a different way that other browsers. It first loads the structure and then it loads all the text and images. The result of this is that you get the "awmAnchor" with the structure (hence the menu shows), but the whole table is still empty and concentrated in the top-left conrner (and your Anchor is there too!).
You may have noticed cases where you have pictures in your webpages and the image-holder box changes size when it loads the image (it's the same thing).
When you build a menu using AllWebMenus Pro and its Joomla add-in, you need to perform some more actions in order to make it appear in your site.
The procedure you have to follow so as to make your menu work using the Joomla add-in of AllWebMenus Pro is the following:
- Allocate a domain for the site you want your menu to appear. To do that you have to login to your Likno User Area account and click on the link "Allocate/Purchase Domain Licenses" under the "Server-Side Menu Add-in" option in the "AllWebMenus Add-ins" section. There you will find a form in which you will be able to allocate the appropriate domain.
- Reactivate your AllWebMenus Pro application. After you allocate the appropriate domain you need to reactivate your application in order to get this informed about the domain allocation.
- Go to Tools > Project Properties > Folders and define properly the Site_Root folder property, which is the folder you want your menu zip file to reside, after the compilation of your menu project; when you compile your menu (in step 5) a zip file will be generated. You have also to define the Compiled menu name property, which is the name of the zip file that will be generated after the compilation of your menu project (e.g. if you use the menu2 value for the Compiled menu name property the zip that will be generated will be the following awmmenu2.zip)!
- Setup Joomla Menu / Choose domain. You have to go to Add-ins > Joomla Menu > Setup Joomla Menu / Choose domain and choose the allocated domain from the drop down list for your menu (see Images 1,2). In image2 you will see that i choose a sample domain called likno.com.
- Compile your menu for this domain. You have to go to Add-ins > Joomla Menu > Compile Joomla Menu (for domain: localost). Instead of localhost you should see your allocated domain; see image 3 which shows you an example for the sample domain likno.com. After the compilation of your menu ,a zip file will be generated.
Finally you are ready to link your menu in your Joomla site. To do that you just have to Upload the compiled menu (the ZIP file mentioned above) via the Joomla administrator area. Go to "Components > AllWebMenus > Upload Compiled Menu ZIP file", select the menu (zip) file (which is in the Site_Root folder as described in step 3) and upload it. Your AllWebMenus menu has been successfully uploaded and installed. You will now be able to view the menu on your Joomla website.
AllWebMenus Pro provides support with Dreamweaver software. You can find the free available Dreamweaver extension and the appropriate information about how to install it and integrate your Deamweaver software with your AllWebMenus Pro application in the following link of Likno site: http://www.likno.com/wat_dreamweaver.html
Let's assume that this extension is already installed (as described in the link I provided above) in version CS3 of Dreamweaver. What does one have to do in order to install it also in version CS4 of Dreamweaver?
For each Dreamweaver version, you have to use the appropriate extension manager; for Dreamweaver CS4 you need to use Extension Manager CS4, while for Dreamweaver CS3 you need to use Extension Manager CS3.
Since each version recognizes their own CS products, Dreamweaver CS4 should be available only in Extension Manager CS4. Use the built-in install function in the Extension Manager CS4 and open the mxp file (this file exists in the free extension) to install it for Dreamweaver CS4. This will not affect the current CS3 integration.