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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by Konga Raju | April 17 2015

Poor Really Poor its taking ages when I save file.I unistalled it.

by steve_634 | March 18 2015

Highlighted syntax in the SASS files I was looking at, which is why it's not 1 star. However it added a nag-ware popup hiding a nontrivial percentage of the syntax-highlighted sass, kind of defeating the purpose. Inserted nags into build output. Broke intellisense in cshtml files. Overall, a net loss in productivity; I uninstalled.

by kkspokane | December 18 2014

I wish I had read these reviews before purchasing the pro version.

Trying to use it with Foundation 5 for sites... no documentation on where or how to set compilation path... as in nuget instructions
Open up the Web Workbench Settings for your project (select the project and use the right click context menu, or the Mindscape menu)
you can set the Output Folder for your SCSS file and specify where the .css and/or .min.css will be generated.

Lacks help files... or doc for common tasks like this one should be. Waste of $.

by Ian H. Davis | August 07 2014

Using the free version, if I go to Settings under Mindscape menu in my Visual Studio 2013, and select an Output folder for my .less file, it still has "..." as the Output folder for that .less file. It's like it didn't update. When I edit my .less file, my corresponding .css file did not update.

I definitely understand the "minify" option being available only via pro, but, please at least get the .less->.css working. Thanks!

by Marcel Härri | July 23 2014

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!

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  • auto updating sass files
    2 Posts | Last post January 28, 2015
    • How do i get sass files to update themselves in visual studio with mindscape workbench? Every time a change is made to a sass file visual studio prompts to reload the file. I want this to be done automatically so I dont have to be click 'yes to all' ever time I make changes to the sass file. 
    • Hi there,
      
      Sounds to me like you have the generated file open at the same time as your sass file.  Probably best to just close it, as you should really avoid editing these generated files anyway.
      
  • Build process
    1 Posts | Last post January 28, 2015
    • As part of a team of front end developers working in a larger group we are using Web Workbench to maintain our scss files.
      
      Does the Pro version allow us to automate the generation of the built css files as part of the build process?
      
      Basically, we want to remove the generated css files from the version control and have it that ALL teams members generate the latest css on build.
  • this free version unable to install on VS 2013 express!
    3 Posts | Last post November 20, 2014
    • Hello there
      it's unable to be installed on visual studio 2013 update 2 express . any new version ??!!
    • Same problem here. It will be nice to have something working there 
    • Hi folks,
      
      This can't be done - Microsoft deliberately blocks extensions in the Express versions of Visual Studio so it's outside our control. HOWEVER, Microsoft recently announced the new Visual Studio Community 2013 Edition. This is also free but does support extensions. You'll want to move to that to be able to use Web Workbench.
      
      I hope that helps,
      
      John-Daniel Trask
  • Line number flag
    1 Posts | Last post September 25, 2014
    • Do you have any plans to include the "--line-numbers" feature in your plug-in?
      
      http://sass-lang.com/documentation/file.SASS_REFERENCE.html#line_numbers-option
  • where are settings stored?
    1 Posts | Last post July 31, 2014
    • Where are the settings stored? As in, which files to process and how, per project?
  • 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 
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