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.

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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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  • 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.
  • Version 3.2.400.21116 | Less syntax messed up
    3 Posts | Last post August 16, 2012
    • Hi,
      
      I came back from a 2 week holiday last monday and say an update for the Web Workbench, so I installed it.
      But now stuff started happening which is really annoying me:
      - Syntax highlighting for nested rules is messed up: http://kipusoep.nl/1.png
          The first line with a { } is wrong, the second line is good
      - Syntax highlighting for variables is broken: http://kipusoep.nl/2.png (first line)
      - Less comments breaks the syntax highlighting for the rest of the page: http://kipusoep.nl/2.png (lines 3 - 5)
      - Pressing the enter key in various situations leads to unwanted behavior
          - Look at the cursor in this screenshot: http://kipusoep.nl/2.png
              When I press the enter key on that spot, this happens: http://kipusoep.nl/3.png
          - Take a look at these screenshots: http://kipusoep.nl/4.png
              The first arrow arrows means 'Pressing the enter key'. The second arrow means 'Pressing the } key followed by the enter key'. It's just completely confused it seems.
    • Hi Kipus0ep,
      
      Thanks for the feedback -- I'll just note that Jeremy will be helping you over on our forum (we get better notifications there so usually use that). Quickly though, we can't reproduce this behaviour so Jeremy will probably need to get some additional information from you.
    • Problem solved: http://www.mindscapehq.com/forums/thread/385341#385689
  • VS 2010 Mindscape Web Workbench Intellisense and Highlighting
    1 Posts | Last post May 31, 2012
    • Since I was running into problems with the intellisense and highlighting for .less files.  I uninstalled Chirpy.  I had Workbench installed prior to installing Chirpy, but after I uninstalled it, all intellisense and highlighting for it stopped working.  I checked and Chirpy was completely gone from my machine.  It was removed from the "Add-Ins" folder in both VS2010 and VS2008.  And sometimes the highlighting comes back intermittently, but is gone the next time I open VS.  Any help would be apprieciated.
      
      Thanks.
      
  • It's installed but where are the files??
    3 Posts | Last post March 15, 2012
    • I have it installed, open a new web project, right click add file-> nothing. None of the file types are available for creation. I am on VS2010 and I see the MindScape extension listed under installed extensions. I've tried this twice, what could I be doing wrong?
    • I'm having the same problem...
    • Hi,
      
      This was likely because there was no templates for Web Site projects. This should now be fixed in the new version we just deployed - can you please grab the update and see if it works? If it doesn't you can create a normal .txt file and rename it to a .less file in the meantime.
      
      I hope that helps!
  • Twitter bootstrap 2.0.4
    2 Posts | Last post March 15, 2012
    • Hello,
      
      I use you tool mainly with twitter bootstrap but the latest less files are written in less 1.3 and they give errors. Will there be an update so the less files will work when written in less 1.3 style.
      
      Greetings
    • The latest build now supports less 1.3 - check for updates now :-)
  • Twitter bootstrap 2.0.2
    2 Posts | Last post March 15, 2012
    • Hello,
      
      I use you tool mainly with twitter bootstrap but the latest less files are written in less 1.3 and they give errors. Will there be an update so the less files will work when written in less 1.3 style.
      
      Greetings
    • The latest build now supports less 1.3 - check for updates now :-)
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