Blocs 2.5 Beta Build 9


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Blocs 2.5 Beta Build 9.

Build 9 mainly focuses on fixes with a few new additions here and there.

New In This Build - Highlights

• Add no follow link controls.

• Improved light box UI styling.

• Lightbox close button now appears on desktop breakpoint.

Have Fun!


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.

Groups
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


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@Norm The carousel still appears to be broken in b9 as with earlier versions of Blocs. There is no interaction between thumbnails and main images as discussed here Thumbnail carousel basics


#3

Confirmed.


#4

I don’t know how you can easily reproduce this, but my cat just sat on the keyboard and he was really annoying. Somehow he’s managed to freeze Blocs completely, but I’m very happy to let you keep the cat on an extended loan if that helps to identify the problem :wink:

PS I’m running High Sierra 10.13.3


#5

So what’s happening here? When you select an image is it not setting in the design canvas or the thumb?


#6

We’re talking about this carousel.
The question is, what are these 4 placeholders for?
We thought when you click on an image the carousel moves to the chosen one.


#7

They are just static images, they are not part of the carousel. Imagine a website header with a carousel then 4 categorie icons or images below as part of the header. I saw the layout on a site once so added it as a pre build Bloc.


#8

It’s evidently causing confusion, because it looks like a gallery slideshow where you expect the thumbnails to interact with the main image above.


#9

Yep, I’d agree, those bottom images really need to have a move to carousel position - so that they make more sense in being there :wink:


#10

Understood.


#11

When using classes and changing the padding from px to % in the dimensions tab, the choice doesn’t always get remembed. So when setting a padding on the hover state e.g. and then switching to normal and back to hover, it reverts back to px. It worked the first time I used it on a test project, but didn’t on the rest. Plus, at times double clicking the classes name in the inspector doesn’t do anything at all.

I think I had similar issues in an earlier 2.x version of blocks, though it didn’t happen that often.


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