Blocs 2.5.0 Beta Build 7


Blocs 2.5 beta build 7.

Build 7 mainly focuses on fixes with a few new additions here and there.

New In This Build - Highlights

• Added device video screen support - recommended size info coming soon.

• Added 2 new video aspect ratios 4:4 (Square) and 9:16 (rotated wide) - These are used more for adding video animations to pages (autoplay+loop+hidden controls).

• Added Slider and colour well interface control support - Blocs API.

So here it is folks Blocs 2.5. This release includes lots of new features and fixes. The biggest one of course is the new Asset Manager. I’ve pulled together some notes that you need to read before you start using this versions as files saved in 2.5 will not load all new asset data in older versions of Blocs.

Important Read Me

Blocs 2.5 replaces the old Asset Manager (the only remaining part of the app from Blocs version 1) with a new and improved one. There are lots of benefits to the new Manager but there are also some important things you need to be aware of before you use this beta.

File Data Structure
The data structure of files saved in Blocs 2.5 is different to previous versions. Any changes made in Blocs 2.5 regarding project assets will not be reflected if you open the project up in a version before 2.5. So adding new assets, removing them and grouping them will have no effect when you open the file in a version of Blocs before 2.5. This is because Blocs 2.5 writes a new data structure to the Blocs file that previous versions of Blocs can’t read.

You will need to make backups of your work before you use Blocs 2.5 and only these backups as once a file is changed and saved within 2.5, the changes made to the asset data structure will not be loaded in older versions of the app.

What Happens to the old asset data structure?
That will remain within the file so if you do go back to an older version of Blocs your original data structure will still exist, but it wont include any changes you may have made to it within 2.5.

One of the main new features in the new Asset Manager is the grouping function. You can create your own groups and all assets can be added to multiple groups, including the stock images. Please note, at this time groups cannot be nested within other groups, grouping is one level only.

Basic Notes

Select All - Hold command when clicking the select button to select all assets within a group.

Pattern Group - Any image asset added to the pattern group will automatically have its style value set to repeat when applied to a bloc background.

Tile Background Colour - If you add an image that has a transparent background and requires a light background colour. This can be set by right clicking the asset tile and selecting a light or dark background colour.

Smart Search
Start search query with @ followed by group name to show group contents. After the group name add : then search term to search that group for search term, for example @photos:mountains will show all mountain images in the photos group. You can also use @hosted to show all hosted assets.

Ok so you know you need to use project backups with 2.5 and new Asset Manager data wont be read by the old the Asset Manager :sunglasses:

Oh and don’t forget to hard reload the beta page incase your cache blocks it.

Download Blocs 2.5


Do we need to reinstall custom brics during these beta stages with changes being made?


No changes to Brics, the custom Brics are an extra and are not ready for prime time, its unlikely they will ship with 2.5. They will be polished off later in the year.


Sorry Norm, I don’t fully understand what that means.
Can somebody explain?


Bric devices now allow videos to be added as the screen. This may help


Got it.
Thanks a lot.


Just using b7 for the first time and thought I’d have a go with the custom masonry bric. When I select images inside the asset manager it’s not necessarily reflecting what I’ve selected.

To explain that more fully, I have a chosen image with x1, x2 and x3 resolution versions, but when I selected x3 I found x2 remains highlighted, even if it’s clear that x3 is active in the appearance panel. I don’t know if this is limited to that bric or more widespread, however this is the first time I’ve seen this happen.

EDIT: Actually it seems to always remain one resolution setting inside the asset manager and it’s not moving from that. Sometimes it’s not even showing a selection with the blue outline.

When previewed in Safari it’s messed up. All I’m seeing is a thin white area that is blank, apart from a couple blue arrows after adding different resolution versions.


So the selection marker is not showing in the asset manager is that what you mean?


It’s shown randomly and not necessarily on the selected image. Sometimes it doesn’t appear at all.

I can verify that the correct image is selected in the appearance panel, but this is not reflected in the asset manager.


Ok thanks, I actually haven’t set that up, I’ll get it added.


Would it help if I send you a project file? That way you can see the strange effect when previewed in browser as well.


Yeah sure.


Is this beta release stable enough to work with?


Well it’ll be the public release version next week so it’s as stable as s beta can be.

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