before I get my hands dirty, I wanted to ask if someone in the community has done an automatic layout tool for expressionengine?

I am talking about the method here: http://alistapart.com/article/magazinelayout

the php code is available, but I think it has no caching and I don't speak php...

any hints welcome!

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There is no currently-available add-on for this ... so many variables involved with EE's flexibility.

IMHO, a javascript-based solution - like Masonry - would make much more sense, especially in the age of responsive design and fluid layouts. This "magazine" approach only makes sense for fixed-width viewports.

  • Masonry, that's the javascript solution I was trying to think of this morning. I kept getting stuck at Modernizer and Isotope instead. Misfiring brain. Upvote Derek. Feb 19, 2013 at 19:47
  • Another option similar to Masonry is Isotope (isotope.metafizzy.co). I haven't had a chance to try it myself yet, but I've seen work done by others. Pretty cool.
    – Amy Witty
    Feb 21, 2013 at 17:34

I've certainly never seen an add-on that does that for EE - that's some deep math. :) You can run PHP within an php-enabled EE template though. You could also experiment with some of the other great add-ons out there like Assets and CE Image.

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