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WWB15 upgrade information

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:37 am
by Pablo
WYSIWYG Web Builder 15 has more than 200 new features and improvements (compared to version 14).

Feature list

Upgrade FAQ

This section lists the most important changes and known compatibility issues with previous versions of WWB.

Hardware acceleration/Direct2D
Modern websites are becoming more complicated with large high resolution images, flexible layouts, animations and other graphically demanding functionality.
Unfortunately, the standard graphics functionality in Windows GDI (as used in previous versions of WWB) is not capable of handling all this new functionality. That is why in WB15, we have switched to Direct2D/hardware accelerated graphics.
The graphics engine for workspace rendering has been completely redesigned using hardware acceleration (Direct2d), for better performance and higher quality graphics during design time. Basically this is also what browsers use for rendering.
To make this possible all rendering had to be implemented from scratch. We have spent a lot of time to make sure everything looks the same (or better) than before, but it's possible we overlooked something.
If you find huge differences then please let us know.

Unfortunately the switch to Direct2D also means that the software no longer works on Windows XP/Vista.
For the best results we recommend to use Windows 10. Although most functionality should also work with Windows 7 and 8.

If you are using an older version of Windows 7 then you may need to install Direct2D support manually: ... 008-r2-sp1

More information about Direct2D / GDI: ... 2d-and-gdi

In version 15, the text editor is now fully integrated into the workspace. WWB no longer loads an overlay editor, but handles all editing internally (via ITextHost): this means that it’s faster, it uses the same rendering in edit/display mode and we have more control over editing and the generated output.
For example, the editor now supports lists (bullets/numbered lists), emojis and inline images (experimental).
On Windows 10 the editor also uses Direct2D. Unfortunately Windows 7 and 8 do not support Direct2D in the text editor, so in that case the software will fall back to GDI.
Because WWB15 uses a different rendering engine, text may not look exactly the same as in previous versions, some fonts will be render slightly larger or smaller.
If this causes major issues for you then you can disable Direct2d for text in the registry:

1. open regedit.exe
2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Pablo Software Solutions\WYSIWYG Web Builder 15\Settings
3. Add 'EnableD2D' (DWORD) and set the value to '0'
Now restart WWB15.


The text object also has a new HTML code generator with direct RTF to HTML conversion for more accurate rendering results.
To make sure existing websites look the same as before, all text in old projects will be published in 'compatibility mode'.
To use the new format, set the output format to 'use <p> tags'. The output format of all new text will automatically be set the 'use <p> tags'.


Missing images

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:25 am
by Pablo
Missing images?
Some users reported that they did not see their images in the workspace.
This issue was caused by their anti-virus software blocking the folder, because it sees the new version as a different application.
To solve this issue, please make sure your anti-virus software and/or firewall does not block access to the folder.

Also, if you have Windows 10 then check your 'ransomware protection' settings (controlled folder access) ... loit-guard

Re: WWB15 upgrade information

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:26 am
by Pablo
If you run into any other issues then please make sure you have the latest update/hotfix. ... um.php?f=1