Web Essentials 2013.5

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Adds many useful features to Visual Studio for web developers. Requires VS2013 Update 4 or 5

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by Louis Boydstun | January 20 2016

Installed on VS2013 update 5, and visual studio is now hung, fails to start. Uninstalled VS2013, reinstalled VS2013 and update 5 and now I can at least start up VS2013. But now cannot launch typescript projects anymore, browser fails to load index.html. Appears web essentials is still installed. Cannot find any way to uninstall web essentials. Maybe have to reinstall windows or something, very undesirable.

by figuerres | December 20 2015

something happened when I tried to install this on vs2015 enterprise and now I can not get any of the html / cshtml and related filetypes to work in the editor.
I have tried to uninstall visual studio and clean up every file and registry item I could find and I am still broken.
goin to have to call Microsoft support to get this fixed it looks like.

when it install it gave a pointer error when I tried to open the files.
now after uninstalling vs if I try to install this it says that the html modules are not installed.
but the vs installer says they are installed.
some where some file or reg key is trashed but where ? what to do to fix this???

wasted hours trying to fix it.

by 托大人 | October 26 2015

less data-uri("") error

by vvk.1267 | October 19 2015

Removed the minify css and js feature. Bummer!! Will never ever use it again.

by ChrisBeere2009 | September 11 2015

VS 2013 Update 5/Web Essentials 2013.5 works perfectly for me. Compiles my less files. No drama.

by Anshul _Jain23 | August 23 2015

After Installing Web Essentials 2013.5 in VS2013, it causes Crashing of VS. I cannot open or create any project.

by DavidBliss | August 19 2015

Works great!

by JayChase | August 12 2015

Having LESS compiling problems but on the whole WE has made my life a lot easier for the last couple of years.

by François Guillot 2 | August 07 2015

VS 2013 + Update 4 + WE 2.6.13 : No more LESS compiling on save.
"Compilation Error occurred (see error list to navigate to the error location)"

Tried to delete my .suo file. No improvement.

by Arnaud Lanthony | August 05 2015

After update, not enabled to open/create any project in VS2013.

When I deactivate WE it runs perfect

by roninlab | July 29 2015

SCSS compiles broken! be weary!

running VS 2013.4

by DaveR77 | July 24 2015

2.6.12 does not auto compile LESS files on save anymore (VS2013.5)

And when you run the Recompile all LESS command from the menu it saves linked LESS files but does not update them correctly

by Delg | July 23 2015

Less will no longer compile after the latest update.....

by Alexey Shirshov | July 21 2015

LESS doesn't work with VS 2013.5

by Nathan Copier | July 08 2015

This is the best CoffeeScript extension you can get for Visual Studio. That said, it's bad, really bad.
First, it automatically adds any compiled .js or .map files to your git repo, bypassing any gitignore rules you may have. I have no idea why anyone would want to clutter their git repos with build files and I can't understand why Web Essentials doesn't have an option to disable this.
Second, I'm fairly sure they are using an outdated CoffeeScript compiler. I frequently have errors in my .map files that aren't present when compiling from the command line. Also, many language syntax features throw errors in Web Essentials.
Third, it supports Iced CoffeeScript, but adding a new .iced file can't be done directly through Visual Studio's Solution Explorer. You have to open up your solution folder in File Explorer and add it there, then add it as an existing file through your Solution Explorer. An unnecessary run around.
Finally, the built-in language tools are nonexistent It has no refactor tools or IntelliSense.
I love Visual Studio as an IDE, but if you're going to do any kind of CoffeeScript development, invest the money, and purchase a WebStorm license. You'll be glad you did.

by Vaibhav Bali | June 27 2015

Doesn't work when update 4 to Visual Studio is applied

by formulahendry | June 24 2015

by Travis Layne | June 23 2015

SASS support is constantly giving my team "errors", which are always ambiguous and worthless. Don't use this plugin if you're looking for quality SASS support.

We've reluctantly begun reverting to Mindscape's Web Workbench due to it's reliability. Since this is primarily what we use this plugin for, it doesn't help us much beyond that, so I can't personally say if it's a good tool for other things.

by FernandoBraz | June 19 2015

Very good extension getting better and better. Great job guys keep going!

by RyanE899 | June 16 2015

After creating a TypeScript bundle, closing the solution the IDE freezes loading the solution.

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  • Unable to install on VS Express 2013 Update 5
    1 Posts | Last post January 14, 2016
    • Updated to #5 as required. Still unable to install on VS Express 2013 for Web. Log as follows
      1/14/2016 4:02:00 PM - Microsoft VSIX Installer
      1/14/2016 4:02:00 PM - -------------------------------------------
      1/14/2016 4:02:02 PM - Initializing Install...
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - Extension Details...
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 	Identifier      : 5fb7364d-2e8c-44a4-95eb-2a382e30fec8
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 	Name            : Web Essentials 2013.5
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 	Author          : Mads Kristensen
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 	Version         : 2.6.36
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 	Description     : Adds many useful features to Visual Studio for web developers. Requires VS2013 Update 4 or 5
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 	Locale          : en-US
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 	MoreInfoURL     : http://vswebessentials.com/
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 	InstalledByMSI  : False
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 	SupportedFrameworkVersionRange : [0.0,2147483647.2147483647]
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 	Supported Products : 
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 		Microsoft.VisualStudio.Pro
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 			Version : [12.0.31101,13.0)
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 	References      : 
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - 
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - Searching for applicable products...
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - Found installed product - Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - Found installed product - Global Location
      1/14/2016 4:02:04 PM - VSIXInstaller.NoApplicableSKUsException: This extension is not installable on any currently installed products.
         at VSIXInstaller.App.InitializeInstall()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.InnerInvoke()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.Execute()
      
  • unable to install
    3 Posts | Last post January 08, 2016
    • I have VS2013 update 5 installed. When I try to install this I get:
      03-11-2015 17:12:28 - 	Description     : Adds many useful features to Visual Studio for web developers. Requires VS2013 Update 4 or 5
      03-11-2015 17:12:28 - 	Locale          : en-US
      03-11-2015 17:12:28 - 	Supported Products : 
      03-11-2015 17:12:28 - 		Microsoft.VisualStudio.Pro
      03-11-2015 17:12:28 - 			Version : [12.0.31101,13.0)
      03-11-2015 17:12:28 - 
      03-11-2015 17:12:28 - 	References      : 
      03-11-2015 17:12:28 - 
      03-11-2015 17:12:28 - Searching for applicable products...
      03-11-2015 17:12:28 - Found installed product - Microsoft Visual Studio Premium 2013
      03-11-2015 17:12:28 - Found installed product - Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013
      03-11-2015 17:12:28 - Found installed product - Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Shell (Integrated)
      03-11-2015 17:12:28 - Found installed product - Global Location
      03-11-2015 17:12:28 - VSIXInstaller.NoApplicableSKUsException: This extension is not installable on any currently installed products.
         at VSIXInstaller.App.InitializeInstall()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.InnerInvoke()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.Execute()
    • Yep, same here. Was this a packaging problem? I'm on a new Windows 10 install.
    • Did you solve this?
  • Illegal character in *.min.css
    1 Posts | Last post December 16, 2015
    • When we save a less file and Web Essentials updates the *.css and *.min.css, both of these files get an illegal character inserted into the first position in the file.  This causes the first class defined in the less file to not be available in the *.css and *.min.css.
      
      Anyone know the cause/solution?
      
      Microsoft Visual Studio Premium 2013
      Version 12.0.40629.00 Update 5
      Microsoft .NET Framework
      Version 4.5.51650
      
      Web Essentials 2013   2.6.13.0
  • Hanging for more than 20 sec on save css files
    2 Posts | Last post October 31, 2015
    • Hi, I have a project with multiple css files and I installed web Essentials and after that for saving a signle css with no more than 10 lines of code it hangs the visual studio and my laptop for more than 20s on each save! it's an overkill of use WEb Essentials :-(
    • I forgot to mention that this thing happens when I run project without debugging mode.
  • VS2013 Very Slow...
    1 Posts | Last post September 24, 2015
    • Web Project on shared folder(network drive) -> working -> Build & Code Edit -> VS2013 Very Slow...
      
      => Web Essentials 2013.5 Uninstall -> Solve ....
      
      I need help.
  • Minified and full versions both sent
    1 Posts | Last post September 16, 2015
    • I minified my js files and included the .min.js files in my .vbhtml files. However, both the full and minified versions are being sent to the client. Does anyone know why?
  • Minify on Save is not working with VS2013 Ultimate
    1 Posts | Last post September 09, 2015
    • Hi,
      I am about to leave web essentails since there is no support is provided from the community :( Our team has VS2013 ultimate and when we edit the raw js file and save them then min.js not getting updated.So everytime we need to delete the existing min.js and recreate them using Web Essentials. But this issue not happening when we are using with VS2013 Premium. The issue specific to VS2013 Ultimate.
  • Minify files on Save is not working with VS 2013 Ultimate
    1 Posts | Last post September 09, 2015
    • Hi,
      I am about to leave web essentails since there is no support is provided from the community :( Our team has VS2013 ultimate and when we edit the raw js file and save them then min.js not getting updated.So everytime we need to delete the existing min.js and recreate them using Web Essentials. But this issue not happening when we are using with VS2013 Premium. The issue specific to VS2013 Ultimate.
  • VS Crashing
    1 Posts | Last post August 23, 2015
    • After Installing Web Essentials 2013.5 in VS2013, it causes Crashing of VS. I cannot open or create any project. Is there any Solution for that?
  • Virus - Variant.Kazy.585607
    1 Posts | Last post August 17, 2015
    • When I update via NuGet Bitdefender always complains about a virus Gen: Variant.Kazy.585607 in optipng.exe and blocks it.
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