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Fusion Menu is a menu theme of the RokNavMenu extension, the addon that drives all RocketTheme template menus. It is primarily a javascript enhanced CSS dropdown menu, that combines standard suckerfish type functionality with animations, transitions and other advanced effects provided by Mootools.

NOTE: The latest version of RokNavMenu is required, in order for Fusion to operate.

New Features

In Zephyr, Fusion Menu has been extended with the following features:

  • Triple / Quad Column Mode
  • Column Menu Grouping
  • Column Width Control
  • Load Modules inside Dropdowns
  • Load Module Positions inside Dropdowns

Recurring Features

Below is a list of the standard, recurring features of the Fusion Menu:

  • Single Column Mode
  • Dual Column Mode
  • Menu Item Subtext
  • Menu Item Icons
  • Javascript Controls

Editing Menu Items

All Menu Items can be edited from Admin → Menu → Menu NameMenu Item.

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Basic Fusion Parameters

Adding Subtext

Subtext Line is the option that allows you to insert additional text to the Menu Item Title. There is separate styling for this, making it useful for adding brief descriptions to menu items.

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Adding Menu Icons

Menu Image is the option that allows you to insert an inline icon / image to the Menu Item.

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Advanced Fusion Parameters: Columns

Menu Columns

Columns of Child Items allows you to determine how many columns the Fusion dropdowns are presented in. You can have anywhere between a single dropdown to a four column dropdown.

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Item Distribution

Item Distribution allows you to control how the menu items are ordered in the dropdowns:

  • Evenly: If there are 7 menu items in 3 columns, Fusion will allocate a 3,2,2 distribution - trying to equalize each dropdown.
  • Order: If there are 7 menu items in 3 columns, Fusion will allocate a 3,3,1 distribution - maintaining the item ordering.

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NOTE: If your Columns of Child Items setting is configured to be 2 or more columns, you will need to manually set the column widths and distribution, as outlined below. The default is 180px which is too small for multiple columns.

Drop-Down Width (px)

Drop-Down Width (px) determines the total width of the dropdown, regardless of how many columns are shown. This option is to be used in conjunction with Column Widths (px)

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Column Widths (px)

Column Widths (px) determines the width of each Column. Separate each width by a comma. The final column's width is determined automatically. This option is to be used in conjunction with Drop-Down Width (px)

Below are some example configurations:

  • Drop-Down Width: 480px: 160,160. Fusion automatically calculates the final width as 160, so in practise, 160,160,160 is the actual distribution.
  • Drop-Down Width: 600px: 160,160. Fusion automatically calculates the final width as 280, so in practise, 160,160,280 is the actual distribution.

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Advanced Fusion Parameters: Groupings

What is Grouping?

Group Child Items changes the behaviour of child items in the dropdown menus, instead of creating a dropdown for the immediate sublevel, this option places them inline. See below for an illustrated example of the differences:

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Configuration

NOTE: Grouping cannot be applied to root items, only child items.

Set Group Child Items to Yes to activate the mode. The sublevels well then appear below the parent menu item in a categorical type structure.

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Below is a diagram of how the menu groupings in Joomla translate into the Fusion Menu:

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Advanced Fusion Parameters: Modules

Fusion is now capable of loading individual modules or entire module positions inside its dropdowns.

Loading Individual Modules

Set Child Item Type to Modules to load all modules setup on your Joomla site in a list. Select the module you wish to display in the dropdown.

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Loading Module Positions

Set Child Item Type to Modules Positions to load all module positions on your Joomla site in a list. Select the position you wish to display in the dropdown.

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Below is an example of multiple modules appearing in a dropdown:

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Template Configuration: Fusion Menu

Go to Extensions → Template Manager → rt_zephyr_j15 → Menu Set Menu Control to Type : Fusion-Menu, to load all the Fusion parameters.

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Compatibility styling constitutes basic CSS alterations to better integrate the extensions with the template, rather than full theme integration. Example extensions: K2, Tienda, JComments, Virtuemart and JomSocial.

Note: All the extensions below and their peripheries will not be included in the RocketLauncher package. You will need to download and install separately.

Control Third Party Styling

Enabled or Disable from Admin → Extensions → Template Manager → rt_zephyr_j15 → Advanced → Third Party Styling. Disable if you are not using any of the extensions for performance purposes.

All styling is located in the /templates/rt_zephyr_j15/css/extended.css file, so any customizations you wish to make, edit the contents of that CSS file.
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Color Chooser is a Gantry-Admin based control interface which, through simple controls, allows you to change all color and style elements of the template, such as text and background color.

Access the Color Chooser

Access the Color Chooser from Admin → Extensions → Template Manager → rt_zephyr_j15 → Settings

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Configuration

You can control 7 sections of the template, in 4 different aspects:

Color Chooser Sections

  • Body - Background Area
  • Main - Mainbody / Content Area
  • Navigation - Menu Area
  • Header; Showcase; Feature; Utility; Bottom; Footer - Module Position Rows

Section Controls

  • Background Color
  • Overlay Type - Light or Dark
  • Text Color
  • Link Color

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Configuration: Background Controls

  • Static CSS: Places all inline CSS into CSS files for increased performance
  • Body Level: High or Low to reduce the detailing of the template such as no overlays
  • Background Image: Select an image to display in the page backgorund

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MooRainbow & Transparent Mode

Click on the color icons to trigger the MooRainbow popup. Pick any color or transparent.

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Gantry Settings → General Style Controls

Theses settings are not directly affiliated with the Color Chooser portion, but affect the template styling nevertheless.

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  • Read More Style: Button or Link
  • Article Style: Default, Title1-6
  • Article Overlay: Light or Dark
  • Article Info Style: Layout1-3
  • Fixed Footer: On - Off
  • Web Fonts: On - Off; Google Font Directory
  • Font Settings:
    • Font Family: Enigmatic, Geneva, Optima, Helvetica, Trebuchet, Lucida, Georgia, Palatino, or Various Google Fonts (dropdown)
    • Font Size: Default, Extra Large, Large, Small, Extra Small (dropdown)

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This is the Popup Module feature. Assign any module to the popup module position, and ensure that the Popup Feature is enabled in the Gantry Administrator.

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