Mindscape Web Workbench

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Accelerate and simplify your Web development experience with Visual Studio integrated Sass, Less and CoffeeScript support

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2013, 2012, 2010
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6/19/2014
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by Marcel Härri | Wed 12:48 PM

the free Version does not compile less to css,
so what's so cool with it, the splitted window
without functionality or the begging for Money bubble?
what does the paid Version? remove the bubble?
Please don't fool me, that's less than useless.

by nire0510 | June 23 2014

Great one. Pity that SASS version is not up-to-date.

To update SASS version on your own, save the following lines in a batch file (*.bat) and execute it:

CD "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Temp\Mindscape\WebWorkbench\Ruby193\Ruby193\bin"
gem update sass

by majnu | May 29 2014

Great tool with a few little quirks. I use it for sass in VS 2013 and it integrates really well into my work.

by rg777 | April 28 2014

by geezer498 | March 19 2014

This is a good extension but once my sass files get a little more complicated I have to wait 3 seconds or more between typing characters. It is unusable when this happens. I would give this extension 5 stars but the fact that I can't even type my sass out without waiting a million years makes it incredibly frustrating to use.

by KingOfHypocrites | March 07 2014

Docking some spammy tab in my IDE... Fail! Un-installed.

by Monstrik | March 02 2014

free version is poor functional that notepad

by alfanumeriek | February 28 2014

The "free" version cannot even compile LESS. It can just edit the file. So can notepad. Please dont fool me.

by Claire Botman | February 10 2014

by Tim Acheson | January 30 2014

by kieranjohn | January 27 2014

installed free version 3.2.1144.23109 on vs-2012
scss compile on save gives a blank css file
scss file only contains: html{visibility: hidden;}

by Dino Wang | December 30 2013

If you love SCSS too. This is the must have tool in Visual Studio.

by torerikk | December 12 2013

Large and heavy tool, that isn't really free.

by Jeff Mounce | December 06 2013

Still won't allow you to work with config.rb

by J.Verdurmen | November 23 2013

Large downloads, no working autocomplete and format document. I know you need the pro, but the free edition is just poor.

by Roman Hnatiuk -gm | August 22 2013

Good idea, but kind of useless with broken CoffeeScript debugger. Seems to be low priority project for Mindscape - they do not react to feedback, and release cycle seems to be rather slow.

Mindscape Limited August 25 2013
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Hi Roman,

Thanks for the feedback. We don't provide a CoffeeScript debugger so I'm not sure how it's broken?

Certainly not a low priority product for us. We just can't please everyone as you'll note in April all the comments where that we were releasing too many updates too fast, so we did slow down based on that feedback (not on adding features, we just hold them longer before shipping them to the gallery. Pro users can get nightly updates with new builds if they wish to live on the bleeding edge).

I hope that helps explain the rationale and thanks for your feedback!

by MaksimVi | August 01 2013

Not really free, intellisense for SASS doesn't work in free edition (no autocomplete, no formatting or indentation). Forces you to upgrade to the paid version with modal pop ups and permanently docked controls.

by Adomorn | July 30 2013

intellisense is really poor when i am working on scss file. And if you are using web essentials bundle feature for css you have to save scss file before debug. thats why i gave 3 stars

by Diego Rio | April 22 2013

The product is quite good, but the too frequent updates with no perceived new features/bugfixes bothers their users.

Mindscape Limited April 23 2013
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Hi Diego,

Sorry about the frequent updates recently. We integrated a crash reporter and have fixed a bunch of issues (many are fairly weird Visual Studio internal issues we're working around that we can't easily explain beyond 'stability improvements').

We'll be slowing down the update cycle as we have had a few people raise issues with this!

I hope that helps & thanks so much for your feedback!

by daysleeper55 | April 16 2013

I like this a lot. But must we have so many updates? Updates are good, but how about once a month or the occasional patch release

Mindscape Limited April 23 2013
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Hi,

Sorry about the frequent updates recently. We integrated a crash reporter and have fixed a bunch of issues (many are fairly weird Visual Studio internal issues we're working around that we can't easily explain beyond 'stability improvements').

I'm glad you're not a user who has experienced some of the issues though! We are slowing down the update cycle as we've squashed all the issues that were reported.

Back to new feature development! :-)

I hope that helps & thanks so much for your feedback!

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  • All scss' compiling on save
    1 Posts | Last post June 12, 2014
    • Hi, I'm having a problem, when I am editing some of my scss in project and saving it every scss is compiling, not only edited one. This is a little frustrating, because I am working on a project with Mercurial and a need to revert all unwanted generated css'
      
      Could this be an issue with my configuration?
  • Latest update generates error
    1 Posts | Last post October 14, 2013
    • Since I've updated to the latest version of Mindscape Web Workbench, I get an error when creating the css files. So now I have no styling anymore...
      
      /* System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception (0x80004005): The system cannot find the file specified
         at System.Diagnostics.Process.StartWithCreateProcess(ProcessStartInfo startInfo)
         at System.Diagnostics.Process.Start()
         at Mindscape.VisualSass.Integration.CustomTool.ExternalCommandBase.Execute(String customToolFolder)
         at Mindscape.VisualSass.Integration.Compilation.ScssCompiler.CompileCore(String scss, String sourceFilePath, String rootPath, IEnumerable`1 additionalPaths, ICompilationSettings settings, ICompilerContext context, CompilationResult result)
         at Mindscape.VisualSass.Integration.Compilation.CompilerWithMinification.Compile(String text, String sourceFilePath, String rootPath, IEnumerable`1 additionalPaths, ICompilationSettings settings, ICompilerContext context, CompilationResult result) */
  • Debugging CoffeeScript
    1 Posts | Last post August 21, 2013
    • There is more detailed post at http://www.mindscapehq.com/forums/thread/1082351 , but no-one at Mindscape seems to care about it.
      
      Short version: running latest Web Workbench 3.2.972.22809 (free version) CoffeeScript debugging is pretty difficult, as breakpoints are either not highlighted, or highlighted wrongly.
  • sass_dir and css_dir
    1 Posts | Last post June 18, 2013
    • If I want to keep my scss files in more than one folder, can I set sass_dir in config.rb to more than one folder?
      
      This wouldn't be that helpful unless I could link the output folder to the source folder in some way, but this is controlled by css_dir.
      
      Is there any reason to not use the same folder for both?
  • Latest build doesn't work with SASS files
    4 Posts | Last post May 23, 2013
    • Using the bundled ruby installation doesn't generate .css files out of .scss files.
      
      Pointing to to ruby folder (C:\Ruby200-x64\bin or C:\Ruby200-x64\bin\ruby.exe or C:\Ruby200-x64\bin\rubyw.exe) generates .css file with the following message in it:
      
      ===============================================
      /* System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception (0x80004005): The system cannot find the file specified
         at System.Diagnostics.Process.StartWithCreateProcess(ProcessStartInfo startInfo)
         at System.Diagnostics.Process.Start()
         at Mindscape.VisualSass.Integration.CustomTool.ExternalCommandBase.Execute(String customToolFolder)
         at Mindscape.VisualSass.Integration.Compilation.CompassCompiler.CompileCore(String text, String sourceFilePath, String rootPath, IEnumerable`1 additionalPaths, ICompilationSettings settings, ICompilerContext context, CompilationResult result)
         at Mindscape.VisualSass.Integration.Compilation.CompilerWithMinification.Compile(String text, String sourceFilePath, String rootPath, IEnumerable`1 additionalPaths, ICompilationSettings settings, ICompilerContext context, CompilationResult result) */
      =============================================== 
      
      Has no effect on .sass files. Doesn't generate .css at all.
    • I'm having the same problem.
      you able to solve?
    • Does this thread help?
      
      Hi Hrusi & Riderman,
      
      http://www.mindscapehq.com/forums/thread/631361
      
      Usually posting on the Mindscape forum will get a faster result since the developers typically answer on there. 
      
      I hope that helps!
    • I solve this problem!
      
      1) Yon need install Ruby 193 to folder C:\Ruby193 or you can get archve from C:\Users\Kenji\AppData\Local\Temp\Mindscape\WebWorkbench\Ruby193
      
      2) In VS open Tools-> Options-> Web Workbench and type "Ruby installation path" as C:\Ruby193\bin
      
      Important! C:\Ruby193\bin must include files compass and compass.bat 
  • Version 3.2.837.22573 doesn't work with SASS files
    2 Posts | Last post April 29, 2013
    • Hi,
      
      First of all, thank you for making this great extension.
      I just got the latest Mindscape update version 3.2.837.22573 but it gives me the following errors in the css file that SASS produces.
      /* System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception (0x80004005): The system cannot find the file specified
         at System.Diagnostics.Process.StartWithCreateProcess(ProcessStartInfo startInfo)
         at System.Diagnostics.Process.Start()
         at Mindscape.VisualSass.Integration.CustomTool.ExternalCommandBase.Execute(String customToolFolder)
         at Mindscape.VisualSass.Integration.Compilation.ScssCompiler.CompileCore(String scss, String sourceFilePath, String rootPath, IEnumerable`1 additionalPaths, ICompilationSettings settings, ICompilerContext context, CompilationResult result)
         at Mindscape.VisualSass.Integration.Compilation.CompilerWithMinification.Compile(String text, String sourceFilePath, String rootPath, IEnumerable`1 additionalPaths, ICompilationSettings settings, ICompilerContext context, CompilationResult result) */
      
      Any ideas?
    • Hi Handitan,
      
      Have you checked this thread? 
      
      http://www.mindscapehq.com/forums/thread/631361
      
      Usually posting on the Mindscape forum will get a faster result since the developers typically answer on there. 
      
      I hope that helps!
  • Why this installation keeps asking for a licence key?
    1 Posts | Last post February 09, 2013
    • I downloaded the free version and it still won't run as it asks for a licence key? I do not want to buy any pro versions, I need Workbench only for a class I'm attending...Why is this download done so misleading? Can someone guide me to where I can download the real FREE Workbench???? Thanks in advance
  • Sass can´t compile
    1 Posts | Last post December 20, 2012
    • After the recently update I am starting to get these errors when working on a .scss
      
      
      /* System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception (0x80004005): The system cannot find the file specified
         at System.Diagnostics.Process.StartWithCreateProcess(ProcessStartInfo startInfo)
         at System.Diagnostics.Process.Start()
         at Mindscape.VisualSass.Integration.CustomTool.ExternalCommandBase.Execute(String customToolFolder)
         at Mindscape.VisualSass.Integration.Compilation.ScssCompiler.CompileCore(String scss, String sourceFilePath, String rootPath, IEnumerable`1 additionalPaths, ICompilationSettings settings, ICompilerContext context, CompilationResult result)
         at Mindscape.VisualSass.Integration.Compilation.CompilerWithMinification.Compile(String text, String sourceFilePath, String rootPath, IEnumerable`1 additionalPaths, ICompilationSettings settings, ICompilerContext context, CompilationResult result) */
  • Slow formatting/redraw
    1 Posts | Last post December 18, 2012
    • In an 1800 line LESS file, I am noticing that all coloring/formatting is being applied for every single keystroke causing the editing experience to be very slow.   It seem like there should be a timer to not do all the coloring until there is an N millisecond pause in keystrokes.
  • Support for VS12 Web Express
    2 Posts | Last post August 16, 2012
    • Quick and easy: will there be support for VS12 Web Express?
    • Sadly not - Microsoft don't allow extensions in the Express editions :-( We wish they did -- it's outside our control unfortunately.
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