Blocs 3.4 Beta Build 10

Hey everyone,

Here is Blocs 3.4 beta build 10, I know that was quick, but I fixed a few outstanding issues and want you guys to have the best version to test over the weekend.

I would like to get Blocs 3.4 publicly released at some point next week, its had 5 weeks of testing and I think its pretty stable now. If you are concerned about an issue I may have missed that is not on the list below let me know.

Out standing Issues

  1. Inconsistent export replace all.
  2. Auto mp3 missing after embed.

This release focuses on an area that is probably the most common issue Blocs users run into and that is the management of project assets. Aside from fixing a range of issues in this area I’ve also added some new features that (when fully tested and stable) should hopefully make working with Blocs even more user friendly and cause a lot less headaches.

Support for Embedded Assets
Blocs 3.4 has an upgraded file format, which allows project assets such as images, videos, additional style sheets etc to be saved into the actual Blocs files. This change took A LOT of work, I’ve tested it internally for weeks, but of course this is a beta so expect the unexpected. This feature is enabled by default on new projects and can be switched off in project settings (misc).

Asset Embed For Old Projects
If you want to embed all of the assets in a pre 3.4 project, you’ll be happy to learn that I’ve added a feature to do that. One click and your projects assets are all embedded into the project file.

File > Project Assets > Embed All Assets in Project

Generate Package Support
So if you don’t want to embed assets in projects, but want a way to make transporting files between Macs easier? You are going to love the new Package generator. One click and everything used in a project is stored in an organised directory ready to be moved to another Mac.

File > Export > Generate Package

Asset Manager Workflow Improvements
The Asset Manager is used to assign assets in Blocs with the exception of the project settings and the class editor. This is now rectified in Blocs 3.4, when you opt to change the project favicon or a classes background image, the Asset Manager is now used.

Minimum MacOS Requirements
Blocs 3.4 now requires MacOS 10.12 minimum, the app will no longer boot on anything lower.

This is just a few of the improvements in Blocs 3.4, you can view the full change log on the download page for a more detailed breakdown.


As this version of Blocs (3.4) makes heavy changes to project files and structures, please ensure you only use backup projects with it until the dust settles after the first few beta builds.

Download Blocs 3.4 Beta Build 10

Have a great weekend folks :beers:

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The change log doesn’t mention that this also fixes the nav toggle appearing too early when previewed.

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yeah thats just a breakpoint issue regarding scroll bars, its all related.

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If we set a background colour as a custom class we still don’t have an option in 3.4 to clear the setting. Our only option is to set opacity at zero. This bug has been around a long time now.

Yeah that’s not really a bug more a limitation but I’ll get that sorted.

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This has been added to build 11. I’ll have it out Before the end of the week.

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I think we will see some real progress now you have Poppy onboard to help with the direction of Blocs.

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Who is Poppy?

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B10 seems really solid and bodes well for the final release of 3.4. I think my favourite workflow addition in 3.4 has been the alt key to change text alignment at all breakpoints in one step. That is used constantly now.

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I hasn’t been able to test previous beta builds as much as I wanted (because I needed to use Blocs 3.3 for ongoing projects all the time), but I have been working with this build for a while now, and it does feel very solid! :+1: Really looking forward to the release!

My favorite new features are (same as @Flashman’s) alt key to change text alignment, plus I really love how the new file format handles the assets!

Great work @Norm!

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Hi Norm
I have Blocs 2.2 personal Addition.
How can I upgrade to 3.4 when it gets released.

Pretty solid on Catalina Beta 11/GM

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You can read about upgrading here.

It’s good to hear Blocs is running well on Catalina folks!

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yep, have more time to test B3.4 as well, started an new project with it, and its running great here. planning to update all the projects soon, with the new file format as well, fantastic job @Norm and thanks to all Beta testers! We have a great community!

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We have a great community

Oh yes, Blocs wouldn’t be where it is today without all of the community input and support :pray:

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