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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1/21/2015
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by HattMudson | Fri 4:31 PM

Why did you remove the side-by-side view? (for Sass)

It is literally the only benefit this tool provided me. Everything else can be done quicker/better with free tools.

This tool is pretty much worthless now. And not paying $39 for something others do better for free.

See for image:
https://blog.mariusschulz.com/2014/11/16/working-with-sass-stylesheets-in-asp-net-mvc-applications-and-visual-studio?cachebreaker=636048012108507694#compiling-sass-stylesheets

by Trixon | October 21 2015

Fake description. Useless extension. Uninstall.

by Burningfortress | August 17 2015

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.

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  • 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.
  • 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
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