Nice Web Workbench improvements to start the year!

Here’s a quick list of the improvements and fixes we’ve made to Web Workbench over the past 2 months. All of these are available in the free version which you can grab right now from the Visual Studio Gallery.

Visual Studio 2013 support

We made some small tweaks to Web Workbench so that it now fully supports Visual Studio 2013.

Source maps for Less files

We’ve updated Web Workbench to support the latest version of Less so that source maps can be created when compiling Less files. By default this is disabled and can easily be activated by going to Tools -> Options -> Web Workbench -> Less and set “Produce source map file” to true. This can be a huge help to debugging your web sites.

Improved performance of Compass compile

When compiling files using Compass, we use the Force option to avoid some rare bugs. This has a negative effect on performance if you have a lot of sprites and so we’ve included the option to disable this. If you have a lot of sprites and find that Web Workbench is taking it’s time to compile, go to the Web Workbench options and set “Force Compass recompile” to false. This option can be found under the Compass category. Doing this will yield a significant improvement to the performance.

As well as that, we’ve made some improvements around when we compile file dependencies which has further improved the performance of Compiling Compass projects. No need to set an option for this one.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Outline and indent @include directive blocks.
  • Better handling for locating root folder.
  • Additional logic to ignore errors when compass import not found.

You can get all these improvements right now from the Visual Studio Gallery for free. If you have the pro version, just get the latest nightly build from your account page.

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November updates – what’s new from Mindscape?

Developer Notes

WPF Elements

WPF Diagrams

  • Added DiagramSurface.IsVirtualizing option. (details)
  • Resolved selection bugs related to grouping. (details)
  • Resolved a selection bug when holding Ctrl or Shift in ReadOnly mode. (details)

Web Workbench

  • Update Less to 1.5.0
  • Outline and indent @include directive blocks.
  • Better handling for locating root folder.
  • Additional logic to ignore errors when compass import not found.


  • Additional string parsing conversion support.
  • Use current culture for string parsing.
  • More string based parsing support for SQLite3.
  • Only care about the zero rows case.
  • Relax the OptimisticConcurrencyException check to support triggers etc. (details)
  • Switch to Invariant to match SQLite behavior.
  • Add additional IgnoreDataMember attributes. (details)

  • Improved the performance across the app!
  • Improved search results
  • Several provider updates

As usual the free editions of the nightly builds are available right now from the downloads page, and the full editions from the store.

October updates – what’s new from Mindscape?

Developer Notes

It’s been a couple of weeks since we last listed changes that have shipped in nightly builds or system releases. As you can see, we’ve been busy!

WPF Elements

  • Resolved an auto-size column bug caused by setting up the columns after the grid has loaded. (details)
  • Copy DataGrid selection to paste into Excel (details)
  • Enabled select-all command for cell selection. (details)
  • Added new chart series implementation: StepSeries. (details)
  • Resolved an issue from using ScrollViewer styles in a DocumentViewer. (details)
  • Resolved a minor axis rendering bug when there is an empty bar series. (details)
  • Exposed the DataGridItemWrapper.Object property. (details)
  • IsChartClipped = false can now be used to render foreground elements outside the chart. (details)
  • Catch clipboard exceptions in DataGrid. (details)
  • Resolved a dynamic axis binding issue. (details)
  • KeyboardNavigation.IsTabStop support for DataGridColumns. (details)
  • Provided a way for a DataGrid to build data models that don’t have public default constructors. (details)
  • Recycle LineSeries paths to help with animations. (details)
  • Added OutlookBar template properties. (details)
  • Resolved a one-time DataGrid rendering bug if the row height is small. (details)
  • Restore scroll position when reloading a DataGrid. (details)
  • Set DataContext of invisible chart selection lines. (details)
  • Visual studio 2013 toolbox support.
  • Minimum and Maximum bindings in DropDownDatePicker. (details)
  • Resolved minor bug in LogarithmicAxisValueConverter where 0 is returned as an integer instead of a double. (details)
  • Bar series can only be side-by-side if they share the same X-axis. (details)
  • Added ThetaAxis.StartAngle and IsReversed properties. (details)
  • Resolved polar axis issues when building a polar chart in a data template. (details)

WPF Diagrams

  • Improved performance of background diagram grids. (details)
  • Null check to avoid rare exception when the window does not have an AdornerDecorator. (details)
  • Resolved a potential ArgumentException in the SnapLineDrawingConverter. (details)
  • Resolved a grouping ZIndex issue. (details)
  • Resolved NaN diagram bounds issue causing scrolling problems. (details)
  • Visual studio 2013 toolbox support.
  • Null checks when deleting a connection during a relocation. (details)
  • Added LayoutOrientation option for TreeLayoutAlgorithm. (details)
  • Improved the position of connection-mounted connections when dragging nodes. (details)
  • Resolved a bug in the FlowDiagramDemo. (details)

Web Workbench

  • Added “Force Compass recompile” setting which can be set to false to work around spriting performance issue. (details)
  • Added support for Visual Studio 2013


  • Added support for Visual Studio 2013
  • CreatedOn/UpdatedOn/DeletedOn are now correctly typed as TIMESTAMP on DB2
  • Added spatial support for POINT types on MySQL
  • Updated the MySQL provider to 6.7.4
  • Support composite keys for sub-select traversals

As usual the free editions of the nightly builds are available right now from the downloads page, and the full editions from the store.

Visual Studio 2013 support

Visual Studio 2013

I’m pleased to let you know that all Mindscape products have full support for Visual Studio 2013!

If you have have an active subscription you can download the latest nightly builds to get this new support. If your subscription has ended, you can renew it to obtain the latest builds.

Some products needed explicit support to work at all (e.g. Web Workbench), while others just have nice-to-have improvements like putting WPF controls into the toolbox for you.

Happy Coding!

Essential Web Workbench Updates

I’m pleased to announce that today we’ve pushed a big update to the Web Workbench extension for Visual Studio.

Visual Studio 2013 support

For those of you who live on the bleeding edge, Web Workbench now works superbly with Visual Studio 2013! That’s great for you early adopters but please be sure to let us know if you have any problems on the way.

LESS 1.4.2 support

LESS has been in beta of 1.4.x for sometime and it’s great to see this released. There’s significant additions to the capabilities of LESS and I encourage you to check out the improvements. We’ve rolled support for it directly into Web Workbench so you can compile LESS 1.4.2 to CSS easily.

CoffeeScript 1.6.3 support

While working on updating the underlying frameworks that the Web Workbench supports we spied an update to CoffeeScript. There’s not as much change in CoffeeScript 1.6.3 as there has been in the LESS upgrade, but you can read about the handy bug fixes and improvements here.

Grab it today!

Web Workbench 3.2.972.22809 is now live the Visual Studio Gallery so you can update directly from within Visual Studio. If you haven’t yet experienced the knee-weakening glory that is Web Workbench, you can get the free edition from the Visual Studio Gallery here.


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