Blocs 3.4 Beta Build 8

Hey everyone,

Here is Blocs 3.4 beta build 8, this release has a range of fixes and minor improvements, have a great weekend folks.

Probably the main outstanding issue now is @Flashman breakpoint/monitor problem Im still investigating.


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 8

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Fantastic! These api updates are pure joy my friend :joy:

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no worries, its been a while since I worked on the API so its fun to see it all pad out.

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Project exports with the replace all pop up and still hit & miss in 8.4, just as it was in 8.3. This has never really worked reliably since the feature was introduced.

You’re sure talking about Blocs or another web design app?

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That was a typo. I’m definitely referring to Blocs and this beta. Things would have to go pretty drastically wrong with Blocs before I would consider going back to the other app.

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Just was just a bit confused about the version numbers :sweat_smile:

@Norm still having problems with audio content no longer working with assets embedded after some changes to the project. I don’t really notice when it quits working as I am testing other content and not paying attention to the audio. I have to remove the asset and add it back in the asset manger to get it working again.

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If you apply a shadow style to an icon and then play with the colour opacity, it doesn’t just alter the colour but also creates a blur effect.

https://monosnap.com/file/GvmfUx76mxjIbML91t1QgbReQhpMTJ

Is that not just the shadow bleeding through? Its hard to tell from the video.