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What's new in this version:

Google Web Designer 3.0.1.0319 Beta
- Pasting now works when editing text
- Fixed issue with "Unable to get property 'remove' of undefined or null reference" error when expanding the ad in Internet Explorer
- Carousel Gallery and Swipeable Gallery components now work correctly in Chrome

New features:
Ad environment conversion:
Change the ad environment with the new File > Ad environment menu command.

Components panel:
- Double-clicking a component in the Components panel now adds it to the center of the stage

File browse for image and video source:
- The Properties panel for images and the Video component now lets you browse your file system for sourc files

Help panel:
- View help articles without leaving the Web Designer window by going to Help > Help center > Help panel

Performance improvements:
- Fixed performance issues with the timeline, including Advanced mode scrubbing, switching to Quick mode, opening a file in Quick mode, and switching between Code view and Design view while in Quick mode
- Improved the performance of element modification and selection on stage when the Properties and CSS panel aren't visible and expanded

3D component (beta):
- A new component for including interactive 3D models has been added for beta use. Initially, only a limited set of pilot users can serve ads with this component

Fixes and improvements:

CSS panel:
- Fixed issue where the "Add property" button added an empty, non-editable property in an active media rule
- The Shift and Ctrl/⌘ keys now allow range selection and multi-selection for CSS panel rules in the same way that other selectable lists in the UI do

Text:
- [Dynamic] Text in an empty div can now be styled in the Text panel
- Fixed issue with the Text tool options bar and Text panel settings disappearing after undo
- Fixed issue with text files displaying incorrectly when opened while the Text tool is selected

Timeline:
- Fixed issue with the label name dialog appearing off-screen after scrolling the timeline
- Fixed issue with radial gradient backgrounds for pages not displaying in Quick mode thumbnails
- Fixed issue where Quick mode thumbnails didn't reflect changes in SVG shape width
- Fixed issue with Quick mode thumbnails showing invisible and deleted elements
- Fixed performance issue with editing a motion path in a file with many animated elements
- Fixed performance issue with scrubbing the timeline in a file with hundreds of elements

Workspace (Panels and UI):
- [Panels] Fixed issue with adding a new panel to a group of three tabbed panels after closing a tab
- [Panels] Panel menu now closes when dragging panels
- [Panels] Fixed hidden tab visibility issue
- [Options bar] Fixed issue with the More icon not showing when Web Designer launched at the minimum window size
- [Scrollbars] Fixed issue with scrollbars disappearing when switching between documents

Other:
- "NEW" indicator for templates is now translated on the start screen
- [Gradient editing] Fixed issue with the center point in the radial gradient editing tool not moving as expected
- [SVG shapes] Fixed issue with the dynamic bindings dialog including inner SVG shape elements in the list of selectable elements
- [Groups] Fixed image flickering issue when text is edited or elements are added or removed
- [Copy and paste] Fixed issue with animations not playing for a group instance copied from a document with multiple pages to a document without additional pages
- [Preferences dialog] Updated syntax highlighting for HTML in the code editor in the Preferences dialog
- Fixed issue where the gwd_webcomponents_min.js file was sent to the recycle bin upon every launch instead of getting deleted
- Fixed issue where outdated template files were sent to the recycle bin after an update instead of getting deleted


Google Web Designer 3.0.0.0312 Beta

New:
Ad environment conversion:
- Change the ad environment with the new File > Ad environment menu command

Components panel:
- Double-clicking a component in the Components panel now adds it to the center of the stage

File browse for image and video source:
- The Properties panel for images and the Video component now lets you browse your file system for source files

Help panel:
- View help articles without leaving the Web Designer window by going to Help > Help center > Help panel

Performance improvements:
- Fixed performance issues with the timeline, including Advanced mode scrubbing, switching to Quick mode, opening a file in Quick mode, and switching between Code view and Design view while in Quick mode
- Improved the performance of element modification and selection on stage when the Properties and CSS panel aren't visible and expanded

3D component (beta):
- A new component for including interactive 3D models has been added for beta use. Initially, only a limited set of pilot users can serve ads with this component

Fixes and improvements:
CSS panel:
- Fixed issue where the "Add property" button added an empty, non-editable property in an active media rule
- The Shift and Ctrl/⌘ keys now allow range selection and multi-selection for CSS panel rules in the same way that other selectable lists in the UI do

Text:
- [Dynamic] Text in an empty div can now be styled in the Text panel
- Fixed issue with the Text tool options bar and Text panel settings disappearing after undo
- Fixed issue with text files displaying incorrectly when opened while the Text tool is selected

Timeline:
- Fixed issue with the label name dialog appearing off-screen after scrolling the timeline
- Fixed issue with radial gradient backgrounds for pages not displaying in Quick mode thumbnails
- Fixed issue where Quick mode thumbnails didn't reflect changes in SVG shape width
- Fixed issue with Quick mode thumbnails showing invisible and deleted elements
- Fixed performance issue with editing a motion path in a file with many animated elements
- Fixed performance issue with scrubbing the timeline in a file with hundreds of elements

Workspace (Panels and UI):
- [Panels] Fixed issue with adding a new panel to a group of three tabbed panels after closing a tab
- [Panels] Panel menu now closes when dragging panels
- [Panels] Fixed hidden tab visibility issue
- [Options bar] Fixed issue with the More icon not showing when Web Designer launched at the minimum window size
- [Scrollbars] Fixed issue with scrollbars disappearing when switching between documents

Other:
- "NEW" indicator for templates is now translated on the start screen
- [Gradient editing] Fixed issue with the center point in the radial gradient editing tool not moving as expected
- [SVG shapes] Fixed issue with the dynamic bindings dialog including inner SVG shape elements in the list of selectable elements
- [Groups] Fixed image flickering issue when text is edited or elements are added or removed
- [Copy and paste] Fixed issue with animations not playing for a group instance copied from a document with multiple pages to a document without additional pages
- [Preferences dialog] Updated syntax highlighting for HTML in the code editor in the Preferences dialog
- Fixed issue where the gwd_webcomponents_min.js file was sent to the recycle bin upon every launch instead of getting deleted
- Fixed issue where outdated template files were sent to the recycle bin after an update instead of getting deleted


Google Web Designer 2.0.5.0124 Beta
Components:
- Fixed issue with the YouTube component's “preview" autoplay option not working in the latest versions of Chrome and Safari

File operations:
- [Windows] Fixed issue with creating a file from a template and with saving a file as template on machines with the user's Documents directory on a network drive

Google Web Designer 2.0.5.0119 Beta

- [Windows] Fixed issue with creating a file from a template and with saving a file as template on machines with the user's Documents directory on a network drive


Google Web Designer 2.0.3.0109 Beta

- A new version of Google Web Designer is available! 8 issues have been fixed as part of this release. Read below for additional details

Auto update (Internet connection required):
- If you have a previous version of Google Web Designer, it will be automatically updated to the latest version
- Important: Google Web Designer requires an Internet connection for this update to occur

Fixes and improvements:
- AdWords Dynamic Remarketing
- Additional meta tags, productType and vertical, are now included in published dynamic remarketing creatives for AdWords
- Alert message displayed for using a deprecated schema when a binding to a Design or Headline attribute is detected
- AdWords dynamic remarketing templates no longer contain bindings to the deprecated Design and Headline attributes

Timeline:
- Fixed issue with pause not working in a group with an ID
- Fixed issue with GotoAndPlayNTimes event not executing again on page change

Other:
- [Ad Validator] Removed warning when a click event is not detected on the Tap Area component
- [Events] Autoplay events are now displayed for the Carousel component
- [Preview] Browser preview now displays the updated image after it has been replaced in the file system


Google Web Designer 2.0.2.1128 Beta
- Change log not available for this version


Google Web Designer 2.0.0.1120 Beta

Templates:
- Templates are now released separately from new versions of Google Web Designer

Canvas conversion to SVG:
- Fixed issue with files not opening if they contained an oval shape in a group with multiple nested instances
- Animated oval shapes with no stroke color now convert to SVG properly
- Script references to canvas elements now removed upon converting from canvas shapes to SVG
- Canvas shapes in archived groups now convert to SVG

Other:
- Fixed issue with images not rendering on stage if width and height are set to "auto"

Known issues:
- A black screen on launch may be caused by outdated video drivers. Try updating your video drivers. If that doesn't help, disable GPU rendering by quitting Google Web

Designer and following the instructions for your operating system before relaunching:
- Add a DWORD32 value named disable-gpu-rendering to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareGoogleWeb DesignerSettings in the registry. Set this value to 1
- Gradient background fill on an image only renders when scaling is set to stretch
- A maximum of 4 panels can be grouped/tabbed together
- White screen on launch if behind a web proxy. Please follow these instructions to change your proxy settings


Google Web Designer 2.0.0.1116 Beta
- Change log not available for this version


Google Web Designer 2.0.0.1113 Beta
Document tab overflow:
- When you have multiple documents open and the document tabs can't fit into a single row, Google Web Designer now displays additional filenames in an overflow menu instead of in more rows.

Floating panels:
- You can detach panels and move them anywhere within the Google Web Designer window.

SVG shapes:
- The Pen, Rectangle, Oval, and Line tools now draw SVG images instead of using canvas elements. Any canvas elements created with these tools in previous versions of Web Designer will be converted to SVG. (Note: The inner radius for converted ovals will render differently and may need adjustment.)

Text panel:
- View and edit text properties in the new Text panel. These properties can also still be found in the Text tool options bar.

Timeline enhancements:
- Preview range control. Set start and end points for previewing animation in the workspace
- Timeline events. See a list of associated events or add a new event when you right-click an event marker
- Easing presets. Label and save custom easings for quick reuse
- Advanced preferences
- Adjust the application zoom percentage, enable verbose logging, and change the browser preview protocol within the Preferences dialog

Templates added:
- Bid Manager Dynamic Remarketing Single Page: A popular template now available for Bid Manager, featuring multiple products, headline, disclaimer and animation. Available for both Retail (large product images) and Hotels (star ratings) verticals. (Note: Exits won't work when previewing in Web Designer, but will function normally after uploading to Bid Manager.)

Changes to YouTube component:
- isMuted has been added as a method of the YouTube component in Google Web Designer. Example use: the following code detects whether the YouTube video is muted and unmutes it if so.
- var ytp = document.getElementByID('gwd-youtube_1');
- if (ytp.isMuted()) {
- ytp.toggleMute();

Document tab navigation:
- You can now use keyboard shortcuts to switch between open documents (Ctrl+Tab and Shift+Ctrl+Tab)

Library panel:
The Library panel now supports double-byte and high ASCII characters in file and folder names

Preview protocol:
- Google Web Designer now automatically sets up a local web server for previewing with the http:// protocol. You can change the preview protocol back to file:// in your preferences

AdWords dynamic remarketing creatives:
- Additional meta tags, productType and vertical, are now included in published dynamic remarketing creatives for AdWords

FIXES:
Ad Validator:
- [Feature request] Added a check for mobile-friendly Tap Area events
- [Feature request] Added explanations for how to fix errors
- [Feature request] Missing image source now detected
- [Feature request] Sources for Audio and Video components now checked for valid URLs
- [Feature request] AdWords creatives now checked for infinite animation loops
- [Feature request] Added check for autoplayed videos set to muted

Components & Runtime:
- Fixed issue with sound for autoplayed YouTube videos when switching Firefox browser tabs
- getCurrentPage() method added and unused transition-class attribute removed for the page deck API
- [Feature request] Users can now specify the page to go to when collapsing on exit
- Sprite Sheet component properties, events, and actions translated
- Fixed issue with slide and push page transitions on Safari
- Fixed jittery Swipeable Gallery transition animations on Firefox
- Blank frames no longer displayed in Swipeable Gallery
- [Map component] Fixed issue with map reloading and resetting to default position and zoom level on mobile devices
- Fixed issue where interstitial ads with alternate pages wouldn't update upon changing orientation on mobile devices
- [Video component] Fixed issue in Mac Chrome where the video player reverted to muted upon switching sources if it started as muted
- [Video component] In Mac Safari, the video player now remembers if it was playing or paused when switching sources
- [Feature request] [YouTube component] isMuted method added for the YouTube component
- [Feature request] [Image] Alignment options added to the Properties panel for images
- [Feature request] Fullscreen button now shows in the YouTube player only if the user checks the "Allow fullscreen on desktop" option
- [Feature request] Exit URLs now supported for the Carousel Gallery
- Events
- Target no longer editable for existing events
- [Events panel] Events panel now refreshes properly after creating a group with an event
- Invalid events are now deleted if the user removes the ID from an element
- [Runtime] Fixed issue where timeline events prevented animationend events from triggering
- Undoing element deletion no longer restores previously deleted event handlers for that element
- [Timeline] Deleting an event marker no longer leaves orphaned animation CSS in the document

Library:
- [Feature request] High ASCII and double-byte characters now supported in file paths and folder names
- Deselected asset no longer displayed in the preview window when multiple assets are selected
- Fixed issue with renaming newly created folders by double-clicking "Untitled"
- Pages
- Stage no longer jitters when adding a new page or switching between open documents with same dimensions
- Fixed issue where the pages pop-up menu would become enabled in an HTML document without pages after making changes to a group in group editing mode
- A document will now show that it has unsaved changes when the primary page is changed

Text:
- [Menus] Fixed issue where the main menu wouldn't close upon clicking the stage if the Text tool was selected
- Text tool now rejects invalid hex color values
- A document will now show that it has unsaved changes when the web font list is updated
- Fixed layout issue with hyperlink dialog in some languages such as Polish
- [Media rules] Fixed issue where text alignment buttons wouldn't highlight when media rules were active
- Fixed issue where a selected text box would lose focus upon selecting the Text tool when media rules were active
- Fixed issue where a text block became uneditable after undoing a list insertion
- Fixed issue where text format changed after inserting a list
- Fixed issue with undo after copying and applying text styles
- Wrapped text containers no longer show a dashed outline upon hovering with the Text tool
- After switching documents, clicking outside of the text box now selects the text container instead of creating a new text element
- Timeline
- Reduced source file size for documents with a large number of timeline events and labels
- Fixed issue with difficulty in scrolling the timeline in Advanced mode
- Event markers no longer move above the Events track when scrolling down in the timeline
- Fixed issue with large images not showing up in the Timeline thumbnail preview
- Timeline pop-up menus no longer get covered by the panels
- Fixed issue with undo after adding an event label
- Animations using event labels are now deactivated when the page changes
- When going back to a page with a timeline pause event, animation now restarts from the beginning instead of remaining paused at the first keyframe
- [Preview] Fixed issue where mixing use of the Enter key with the Play button caused the Enter key to stop toggling animation preview playback
- [Copy/paste] Keyframes can now be copied and pasted after an element has been pasted using the "Paste without animations" command
- Fixed issue where left position animation was lost when editing the top position for multiple keyframes. (Also applies for top position animation when editing the left position)
- Incorrect warning no longer appears when copying an element on the stage while keyframes are selected
- Users can now copy and paste elements on stage while a keyframe is selected
- Fixed issue with duplicating a layer containing animation after undoing page duplication
- Fixed issue with editing left/top position using the Properties panel for a keyframe at a different position than the playhead
- [Groups] Fixed issue where renaming an event label caused events to stop working if they used the label and were within a group instance
- [Groups] Fixed issue where event label disappeared from a group's timeline after a group instance was deleted from the stage and the file was reopened
- Fixed issue where gradient fill would apply to both the background and the border of an animated element
- [Quick mode] Fixed issue where the timeline thumbnail didn't show the gradient fill of an element
- [Quick mode] Fixed issue where the timeline thumbnail didn't show the gradient background of the page
- Locked layers no longer allow keyframe editing
- Selection marquee rectangle no longer appears above the Events track
- [Media rules] Fixed issue where animation didn't pause when media rules were active
- Fixed issue where identity transform values couldn't be set for a pasted element if the copied element had an animation that didn't start with identity transform values
- Last keyframe is now selected upon right-clicking and removing the prior last keyframe after switching from Quick mode to Advanced mode
- [Feature request] Added ability to save custom easing
- [Feature request] Right-clicking an event marker now shows existing associated events
- [Feature request] Added ability to set a range for animation preview on the stage
- [Feature request] Keyframes no longer deselected when clicking in the time track to move the playhead
- Fixed issue where trying to copying the layer name duplicated the layer instead
- [Preview] Keyboard shortcut for browser preview now disabled during animation preview on the stage
- [Quick mode] Border radius specified as a percentage now renders correctly in thumbnails
- Fixed issue where all spans were selected after applying easing to multiple non-contiguous spans
- [Events] Fixed issue where the CSS for deleted pause events wasn't removed
- Duplicate and Delete options removed from the pop-up menu for locked layers
- [Feature request] Playhead now remains in view after zooming in or out on the timeline
- Workspace (Panels and UI)
- Maximum character limit added for corner radius fields in the tool options bar
- Fixed issue where Window menu now didn't correctly indicate which panels were closed
- [Timeline panel] Users can no longer resize the panel while trying to select "Close all" menu command
- [Timeline panel] Double-clicking the resizable edge of the Timeline panel now toggles between minimum and maximum panel height
- [Color panel] Fixed issue with the Fill tool color chip icon retaining some gradient when switching to "No color" from a gradient
- [Color panel] Resize mouse cursor is no longer shown for the Color panel
- Fixed layout issues in Publish dialog when text overflowed in some languages such as Russian
- [Templates UI] Saving edits to a custom template no longer adds duplicate size information
- [Moving panels] The yellow bar now better reflects where panels will move when they're dragged to a new location
- [Moving panels] Fixed issue with yellow bar appearing in the Timeline panel after dragging and releasing the panel
- [Moving panels] Fixed issue displaying the Dynamic panel while moving it when there were a lot of dynamic data bindings
- Keyboard shortcuts now work while a notification is displayed
- [Properties panel] Fixed issue where undoing changes made in a text field didn't update the stage correctly
- Component icons displayed when dragging components from the panel to the stage
- Fixed issue where a gradient page background didn't reflect stage rotation
- [Preferences] Fixed issue with ad type and environment preferences not reflecting immediately in the "New file" dialog
- [Feature request] Improved interface for navigating document tabs when many documents are open
- [Feature request] Keyboard shortcut added for tabbing through open documents
- [Feature request] Increased the maximum height of the Timeline panel
- Other
- [Zoom] [Responsive design] Stage is no longer offset when zooming in a responsive document
- Fixed issue with the Fill tool being set to no color in the tool options bar by default and not working on elements
- Fixed issue with images not rendering correctly in the workspace when Scaling property changed
- [Galleries] Image sources no longer removed after clicking Cancel button in the "Select images" dialog
- Keyboard shortcut for browser preview now works in Code view
- [Groups] [Dynamic ads] Fixed issue with missing metric events when setting an ID for a group instance
- [Dynamic ads] Fixed JavaScript errors when previewing a dynamic ad without a feed specified
- [Publishing] Fixed issue with CSS calc function producing the wrong value in published files
- [Publishing to Studio] Publish dialog settings no longer affect the settings for other open documents
- [Publishing] Fixed issue with ad size information not updating in creativeProperties metadata
- [Save as] [Windows & Linux] File name now displays in "Save as" dialog
- [Windows] Google Web Designer now launches when offline
- [Linux] Removed dependency on gconftool that was causing installation failures
- Windows uninstaller is now signed
- Removed "Break apart" option from pop-up menu for SVG elements to prevent errors
- [Shapes] [Properties panel] Corner border radius values now display correctly in the Properties panel after relaunching Web Designer
- [Gradient tool] Fixed issue with radial gradients not displaying correctly in browser preview and in the published file after resizing the gradient or moving the gradient center point
- [Groups] Fixed issue displaying the preview of a group nested inside another group
- [Groups] [Break apart] Animation CSS rules no longer duplicated when redoing the "Break apart" action
- [Groups] All CSS rules for a group now removed when deleting the group from the Library
- Fixed issue with the undo command after adding a timeline event to a group timeline
- [Properties panel] "Scale uniformly" option now works as expected even when there's a large discrepancy between values
- [Dynamic ads] Fixed issue with DoubleClick Studio dynamic profiles not working after switching between Code view and Design view
- [Dynamic ads] [Responsive layout] Fixed issue with text styles not reflecting media rules in Chrome preview when text was dynamic and responsive
- [Motion paths] Fixed issue where motion path animation was lost when the document was saved during animation preview
- [Motion paths] Fixed issue with keyframe timing changing upon undoing motion path creation
- [Motion paths] It's now easier to activate Transform tool controls that are close to a motion path
- [Save as template] Enter and Esc keys now work in the dialog for overwriting a file when saving a template
- Known issues
- Gradient background fill on an image only renders when scaling is set to stretch
- A maximum of 4 panels can be grouped/tabbed together
- White screen on launch if behind a web proxy. Please follow these instructions to change your proxy settings
- Mac Chrome, Opera, IE: Play button doesn't work in Google Web Designer Preview when Autoplay preview is on. Workaround: remove localhost from the URL to use file:///
- Linux only: file drag and drop from the file system to Google Web Designer is not working. Workaround: use File > Import assets or Add asset from the Library
- Downloading iCalendar .ics files is not supported on Safari desktop browser
- It is not possible to have more than one Map component or Street View component, or a Map and a Street View component in the same creative
- Linux only: if the browser (Chrome or Firefox) is launched by Google Web Designer for preview, Google Web Designer cannot be closed unless the browser is closed first
- Linux only: Google Web Designer sometimes loses focus and is unable to take keyboard input when switching between apps. Workaround: resize the Google Web Designer window to bring focus back to the app
- Linux only: if the renderer crashes and a white screen appears, set the disable-gpu-rendering to true in Google Web Designer settings. On Linux add a row to ~/.local/share/google-web-designer/preferences/settings.conf with the name disable-gpu-rendering and a value of true. (If the [Settings] section doesn't exist, you'll need to create it first)

Google Web Designer 1.9.0.0619 Beta
New features:
Motion paths:
- With motion paths, it's now possible to animate objects moving along curves and complex shapes

Application zoom:
- Google Web Designer detects the screen resolution and automatically calculates the appropriate zoom percentage to support high-resolution monitors such as 4K
- Additional changes

Changes to 3D tools:
- Double-clicking the 3D object rotate tool or the 3D object translate tool no longer resets an object's rotation or position

Templates:
- Bid Manager dynamic remarketing minimal logoless templates have been removed


Fixes and improvements:
Components:
- YouTube video doesn't autoplay on touchscreen desktop

Templates:
- Mobile devices exit to wrong item in the Dynamic Remarketing Job Listings template
- No mobile exits in the Dynamic Remarketing Single Page for Travel and Dynamic Remarketing Single Page with Minimal Details templates
- Unable to open a template in Google Web Designer from the Rich Media Gallery

Timeline:
- [Text] Undoing text color does not work in keyframe
- [Text] Cannot undo applying default style after the text color change
- [Quick mode] Getting Uncaught NotSupportedError when trying to reset the center point of 3D rotated element in the thumbnail
- Animation CSS is unnecessarily duplicated when duplicating elements with group instances inside

Workspace (Panels and UI):
- [Menus] Command key does not render correctly on some users' machines
- [Panelsl] Fly-out menu icon gets hidden when docking 4 panels with long names.
- [Panels] More than 4 panels can be grouped together when docked to the left, which causes overflowing
- [Panels] Fly-out menu items are not localized
- [Timeline panel] It’s easy to drag the timeline while attempting to resize it
- [Panels and workspace] Stage shifts when expanding or collapsing the timeline

Other:
- [4K monitor] Allow the web app to be zoomed for use on high resolution monitors
- Language won't switch if quitting immediately after switching language from the menu
- [Mac] Crash after login to Studio when in fullscreen mode
- [Mac] The application window’s rendering is wrong with the right side being clipped on relaunch after it’s moved offscreen
- [Mac] Google Web Designer launches in English when the locale is set to Simplified or Traditional Chinese
- [Preferences] Long label does not wrap nicely in some languages
- [Pages] Scroll bars appear in the Pages control when renaming a page
- [Ad validator][HTML] Publish locally shows wrong file size error message
- [Media Rules] Properties overridden in an animation are marked as overridden in the Properties panel
- [Mac] Index.html of unzipped publish file shows wrong date

Google Web Designer 1.8.1.0510 Beta
Events:
- In non-English versions, the "Exit ad" and “Exit ad (overrides URL)” actions for the Mouse > click event are missing in the Events dialog
- Duplicating a page with a timeline event or duplicating an element with nested animation that includes a timeline event causes the file to subsequently fail to open

Workspace (panels and UI):
- [Panels] Issues with closing and reopening the Events panel

Google Web Designer 1.8.0.0503 Beta
Ad Validator:
- The Ad Validator automatically checks for common issues with your ad. See the results in a panel as you're building your ad, and also when publishing.

Redesigned Template Gallery:
- The Template Gallery now offers a reorganized view of available templates.
- You can now set general and Design view preferences in the Preferences dialog:
- General - Choose to open your most recent document at launch, set the default ad type and environment for new files, and specify your custom template path. (Note: Only documents saved specifically as templates can be used as custom templates.)
- Design view - Configure defaults for object outlines, snap settings, and whether rulers and the 3D grid are visible.
- Flexible panel layout
- Dock panels on either the left or right side of the window, and move the timeline to the top or bottom. You can also close panels entirely if you don't want them to take up space (and open them again using the new Window menu).

Reorganized Components panel:
- Components are now grouped under folders to make them easier to find.

You'll see more improvements to the timeline:
- Edit an element at multiple keyframes.
- Copy and paste a keyframe, even between different layers, pages, or documents.
- Select keyframes using rectangular marquee selection.
- Edit easing for multiple spans.
- Duplicate layers, including all keyframes.
- Animation previews can be paused and started from the playhead position or current thumbnail.

Code view:
- [Code selection] Selected element in a group is not highlighted in Code view when switching from Design view
- [Code selection] Wrong div class is selected in the duplicated page
- Focus does not stay in Code view after including JS library
- File > menu cut is not working in Code view
- [GreenSock] Rearrange the menu items so the most used plugins show at the top

Components:
- [Video] Autoplay doesn't work in HTML with pages
- YouTube video still plays after creative collapses

Dynamic:
- [Dynamic] [Preview] Select a feed by default when previewing a dynamic file
- [Dynamic] Update DoubleClick exit handling code to support product click tracking for Dynamic in DoubleClick Bid Manager

Events:
- [Feature Request] Selecting multiple events for bulk removal
- Don't allow exit or exitOverride actions for Touch events as scrolling can cause exit on the mobile device
- Exit ad and exit ad override action should only be available for mouse click and Tap area click/tap events
- Incorrect action label for Video & YouTube components (play instead of play after pause)
- Filter out the events that are not useful for users under Page Deck
- Event page prefixes should display names not IDs
- Document is not marked as needing to be serialized/dirty when undoing/redoing an add event operation

File operations:
- Problem with opening, saving and closing a HTML file that has an image tag with id=head in layer.
- Closing HTML documents with a text file open throws errors
- [Feature Request] Easy way to share source files with others by providing save as zip functionality

Gradient:
- [Gradient Editing] The center point of radial gradient in the published file should match with the gradient on stage after positioned it
- Gradient is not working when setting border gradient first and then changing the size of the border
- A CSS background with multiple radiants is not published
- A radial gradient fails when the position of a color stop is missing or in pixels

Library:
- [Feature Request] Add UI to refresh assets in the library
- New folder name (untitled) is localized and not usable

Menus:
- File > Publish menu is disabled for the non-Google ad file
- Release notes in Help menu should go to the most current release notes
- Error when hitting Escape key to close the menu
- Menu remains open when clicking or typing in Code view
- Main menu dropdown and Style dropdown won't get dismissed while in the Text tool
- Keyboard shortcuts in the main menu for Zoom in and Zoom out are not aligned

Properties panel:
- Error is thrown when deleting the hex value from the color popup in the Properties panel
- Undo typing value in Fill color in Properties panel is not working properly
- [Feature Request] Add basic arithmetic ability to input fields
- Undo doesn't work for dropdown in the Properties panel

Templates:
- [Feature Request] Allow the location of custom templates to be configurable in the preferences
- Save as template: need an option to overwrite with the same name
- Save as template discards timeline mode
- Merchant name in Dynamic in DoubleClick Bid Manager Logoless Minimal template should be left-aligned
- MDE templates should be labeled as "Multi Directional Expanding"
- VPAID Templates - Reduce background asset file size
- GDN Lightbox Templates Video + Map are missing exit event on logo

Text:
- Text will change font size to 32px by itself when changing the size the second time
- Bullet and ordered list buttons can be selected at the same time
- Not able to change font size in Text edit mode when manually entering the value in the Size box on options bar
- Text does not get updated on stage after changing the text color in thumbnail/keyframe
- When scrolling the stage, the black resize dots do not move along with the text box until scrolling is stopped
- Copying and pasting a hex color code in the Color box will paste into the text box instead when Text is selected

Timeline:
- [Feature Request] Added support for editing easing for all selected spans at once
- [Feature Request] Keyframes animation should be included when duplicating a layer with animation
- [Feature Request] Timeline Preview improvements: previews can be paused and started from the playhead position or current thumbnail
- [Feature Request] Support marquee selection of multiple keyframes
- [Feature Request] Ability to edit multiple keyframes for the same element all at once
- [Feature Request] Add "Delete" and "Rename" in the layer context menu
- Incorrect undo steps after using F6 to insert keyframe
- After changing the layer order, keyframe selection gets lost
- Selecting 2 adjacent keyframes doesn't select the span between them with Cmd/Ctrl + click
- [Usability] Disabled easing in context menu when there is no animation is confusing
- The position of the element after removing all the keyframes is incorrect
- Timeline panel should bring focus to the respective layer by scrolling when an object is selected on the stage
- [Timeline Zoom] When creating a new file or opening a file, the zoom level is at default but it won't show the background yellow slider
- [Usability] [Keyframe selection] Can't select a keyframe right next to another keyframe
- Undoing removing keyframe (1st keyframe) returns a reset translate value
- Keyframe selections should be cleared after right-clicking is used on a span in the same track
- [Timeline scrubbing] Animation appears wrong with border size change when scrubbing timeline
- Undoing from Quick Mode doesn't remove the added keyframe right away
- [Feature Request] Add a paste option "Paste element only" and make the paste with animation by default if there is animation
- [Advanced mode] Wrong alert message when editing the layer name and adding invalid character (e.g., exclamation point) to the end of the ID name
- [Usability] Can't drag or move an element when above layers are locked
- [Feature Request] Show hand cursor when hovering over animations that have been selected to show that they can be moved around the timeline

Workspace (panels and UI):
- Missing tooltip for the add button (+) in the Components panel, Events panel, and Dynamic panel
- Publish and Preview UI are not grayed out when there is no file open and throw errors when selected
- [Panel behaviors] There is a stumbling motion when expanding a tab when multiple tabs are in a panel
- [Panel allocation] Having transition causes a little jarring effect when a panel gets allocated into a minimum space
- [Publish UI] Environment is Google Ad instead of showing the specific environment
- [Feature Request] Mouse over the document tab should display the file name
- Element preview (Quick mode thumbnail, Save As Template preview, and library preview) only rendered up to 5 nested elements
- Scrollbar is hard to use
- [Color] Tooltip not available for the selected color selector

Others:
- [SVG] Unable to open a file that contains SVG tags
- [Groups] Duplicating groups results in non-unique Timeline event names
- [Video tag] Undoing the name in the Sources field is not working
- [Video tag] Undoing the Preload property is not working
- [Import] [Feature Request] Importing or dragging the same file on stage with the same name should not make a duplicate in the assets folder
- Incorrect position when dragging and dropping image and video assets on a zoomed stage
- [Media Rules] Automatically switch to selection tool when using viewport resizing tool
- [Media Rules] The viewport resize tool remained visible on stage after resetting the stage using Hand tool
- [Zoom] Incorrect marquee zooming in Top and Side view
- [Publish to Studio] User with multiple advertisers in their Advertiser Level only account will get an error when selecting an Advertiser
- [Publish to Studio] Cannot create new Advertiser in the Publish to Studio dialog


Google Web Designer 1.7.3.0307 Beta
- Change log not available for this version


Google Web Designer 1.7.2.0222 Beta
- 1 new set of templates with dynamic remarketing schema for DoubleClick Bid Manager and 7 new sets of AdWords dynamic remarketing templates have been added


Google Web Designer 1.7.1.0130 Beta
New templates:
- 5 new dynamic remarketing templates for use with AdWords Display Ad Builder have been added.

Fixes & improvements:
- Code view: The GreenSock JavaScript Library version was outdated and has been updated to 1.19.0. KineticPlugin (deprecated) was removed and ModifiersPlugin added.
- Components: Swipeable Gallery component swiped 2 frames at a time on an Android device.


Google Web Designer 1.7.0.1114 Beta
NEW FEATURES:
Copy/Paste across documents:
- Copy and paste across documents is now possible! Any element that can be copied in the same document can now be copied to other documents (including assets, groups, etc)

Timeline enhancements:
- Many improvements have been made to the timeline, including a few that were very popular feature requests.
- Multiple keyframe & thumbnail selection - Multiple keyframes can now be selected and deleted in Advanced mode, or multiple thumbnails if using Quick mode.
- Zoom for Advanced mode - zoom in and out of the timeline allowing for more precise placement of keyframes
- Drag to hide/lock layers - It is now possible to drag/select to hide or lock layers in the timeline.
- New easing functions - We have added two new easing functions for animation: step-start and step-end.

Preferences panel:
Ability to set preferences for the Google Web Designer tool, beginning with Code View options

Recent files:
- The New File dialog and File > Open recent menu now include a list of the most recently opened Web Designer documents

Code Editor Enhancements:
- The code for the element that is selected in design view will be selected when navigating to code view

JavaScript library support:
- DoubleClick Studio users can now easily include the Greensock JS Library for creatives made in Google Web Designer

Zoom tool enhancements:
- Zoom in using marquee selection now respects the marquee rectangle size

Less pixelation when zooming in:
Changes to SVG:
- Double clicking on an SVG image no longer goes in editing mode

FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS:
Code view:
- [Code view] Problems with double quotes in inline style attributes
- [Codeview] [Feature Request] When selecting an element and go to Codeview, go to that item in the code
- [Codeview] [Panel behaviors] Right side panels are active when in code view

Components and Ads Runtime:
- [YTMasthead Template] Uncaught TypeError in console when"Close button" is pressed
- [YouTube] [Responsive] YouTube component is not responsive/fluid
- [Component] [Swipeable Gallery] Image stay for a brief moment when the expanded page collapsed after interacting with the component
- "Metrics ID" are not required to be unique
- [Services] Cannot 'Save as' if source file path is incorrect in the components
- Push transition doesn't work between pages (Chrome)
- [Youtube] "Play after pause/replay" action won't apply to autoplay, "preview/intro"

[Galleries] Swipeable automatically adds exitId for Gallery Frame Exited even when there is no exit url set in the creative:
Color:
- [Color] Using the Properties panel to modify elements with different color causes the color to disappear
- [Color panel] Transition when collapsing/expanding the Color panel will show the bottom part of the panel briefly if only the swatches are selected in the panel before.

[Color Panel] UI issue: Incorrect icon for Fill and Stroke color chips after selecting No color:
CSS panel:
- Hint field does not restart the matched terms list from the beginning on every input update and hitting Esc clears the hint
- [CSS Panel] Timeline frames update with wrong CSS property value when property defined in multiple rules:

Dynamic:
- Profile fails to load in Data Schema panel

Unable to set default map location dynamically with the GWD map component:
Events dialog:
- [Events dialog] When suggestion comes up, hitting Enter/Return key can't select the property name for Inline style, instead, it closes the dialog.
- [Events dialog UI] Need a better way to validate user input:

Groups:
- [Groups]: Create group dialog creates additional dialogs when pressing with Keyboard shortcut multiple times
- [Groups] [Resize] Group container resize info will not get saved properly if saving the file inside the Edit in Isolation Mode.

Library:
- [Library] Image preview shows repeated image if the image file dimension is smaller than 80x80.
- [Groups] Library preview doesn't show images for groups.
- [Groups] Library review doesn't show the image after the duplicated group is edited
- [Library] Cannot preview an image in the the library preview window when the filename has the % and # characters
- [Library] The same level of folder and file are not aligned.

Search is case sensitive:
Media rules:
- [Media Rules] Dirty mark is not added when editing the breakpoint values in responsive panel
- Editing groups in GWD with media rules has issues because the media rule contains a keyframes rule

[Media Rules][Multiple Files]: CSS panel gets disabled for non responsive file when there is a responsive file is open in document tab:
Panels:
- [Panel behaviors] Tab dragging shows OS's Plus sign cursor when it shouldn't.
- [Panel behaviors] Should not allow resizing a panel when there is no available vertical space:

Properties panel:
- [Properties Panel] [3D] Using the PI to modify the Rotation and Translation of multiple elements have 3D matrix cause elements to get the maximum of negative 3D value
- [Properties Panel] The translation, rotation and scale controls are not hidden in the Page Properties panel when nothing is selected on stage.

[Properties Panel] [Feature Request] "Fill" option should come before "Border" option under Style:
Templates:
- Dynamic Remarketing Single Page with No Details has a custom CSS Class Issue that causes an erratic animation
- [App promo] Error when previewing the app promo templates due to bad reference to gwdattached_min.js
- Some templates are missing node
- [Entertainment_TheaterLookup] The "Enter Zip" text truncated inside the input field

[VPAID] template preview is set to fixed size and not set to matchviewport:
Text:
[Copy and Paste] [Text in animation] When copying and pasting a text in animation, the last keyframe gets copied, not the base style
[Text] Element is deselected when use escape key to close color popup
[Text] Hyperlink button in the Options bar appears at far left if it is only in the overflow

Timeline:
- [Quick Mode] Page background color doesn't show in the thumbnail view
- [Quick Mode] Thumbnail view shows the incorrect positioning of a child element when 3d is applied to a parent
- Layer is required to be selected to be draggable
- Select highlight of an id name field becomes deselected unexpectedly, which fails copying the text
- [Quick Mode] [Feature Request] Please add functionality to select multiple thumbnails all at once
- [Quick Mode] Lock state for the easing option does not get updated properly
- The bottom horizontal scrollbar is hard to select and use in Timeline.
- [Quick mode] If pen path shape is added to the stage in the second thumbnail, it will render in smaller size when preview.
- [Quick mode] When undo the deletion of an empty thumbnail, keyframe time is added back in but the deleted thumbnail is not.
- [Feature Request] Selecting multiple keyframes with 2 clicks (shift click)
- [Feature Request] Please add support for step-start and step-end timing functions to create animations where things 'appear' or 'disappear' at given points in the animation.
- [Feature Request] Adding timeline Zoom control to get the better view of grids and keyframes
- Editing in the initial thumbnail/keyframe will update other thumbnails/keyframes
- Setting no fill background color in the 2nd thumbnail/keyframe did not update correctly on stage
- [Advanced mode] The outlines will not return on stage when unlocking the layer if the div is selected when it is locked
- [Advanced mode] Timeline still allows to change the animation looping when the layer does not have animations
- [Feature Request] Confusing UI for length of animation
- [Quick Mode] Easing is reset to Linear after undoing a deletion of thumbnail with mixed easing
- [Feature Request] Support click and drag to easily select consecutive hide/lock settings on layers
- [Timeline] Color animation loses its bg color when inserting a keyframe at 0 after delay is created

[Timeline Usability] When you drag a keyframe, the playhead follows but slightly off the center of the keyframe, which results in adding a new keyframe:
Zoom tool:
- [Zoom Tool] Nested element's position is ignored when zooming

Stage shifts when after zooming in/out:
Miscellaneous:
- [Start page] Help items are not accessible from the Start page
- [Template Gallery] Flyout, Dropdown is not closed when clicking the button again
- [Publish] File is marked as dirty right after publish even the file is saved before
- The button label "Close" is not implicit enough to warn "without saving"
- [New File Dialog] Expandable fullscreen lightbox ads should have their expanded page size set to 100% x 100%
- Translating in Z in 3D space moves too fast on Windows, causing elements to go to extreme Z values
- [Feature Request] [Snapping] Settings for snap are not saved when GWD is relaunched
- [File IO] Stage shifts when an ad file is created/opened after text file is created/opened
- [Windows only] GWD doesn't support character with accents. Browser preview failed and error thrown in console
- [Launch] After GWD webapp is updated, show a message in the notification bar right after launch to notify users of the update
- Google Web Designer login problem when an account or advertiser name contains multiple spaces

KNOWN ISSUES:
- Mac Sierra only: GWD launches in English when the locale is set to Simplified or Traditional Chinese. Workaround: switch to the correct language in GWD in the Start screen or in Help > Set language menu.
- Only up to 4 panels can be grouped/tabbed together
- White screen on launch if behind a web proxy. Please follow these instructions to change your proxy settings.
- Mac Chrome, Opera, IE : Play button is not working in Google Web Designer Preview when Autoplay preview is on. Workaround: remove localhost from the URL to use file:///
- Linux only: File drag and drop from the file system to Google Web Designer is not working. Workaround: use File > Import assets or Add asset from the Library
- Downloading iCalendar ics file is not supported on Safari desktop browser.
- It is not possible to have more than one map component or street view component, or a map and a street view component in the same creative.
- Linux only: if the browser (Chrome or Firefox) is launched by Google Web Designer for preview, Google Web Designer cannot be closed unless the browser is closed first.
- Linux only: Google Web Designer sometimes loses focus and is unable to take keyboard input when switching between apps. Workaround: resize the Google Web Designer window to bring focus back to the app.

Video Component on iOS doesn't play a video multiple time if the source file .mp4 is the unique source. Workaround: include in the sources at least 2 video files. (it can be the same one repeated). Is CRUCIAL that the .mp4 is not the last video listed in the sources if other formats are used. Valid options are therefore:
- .mp4, .ogv, .webm
- .mp4, .mp4
- .webm, .mp4, .ogv


Google Web Designer 1.6.4.1010 Beta
- Change log not available for this version


Google Web Designer 1.6.3.1004 Beta
- Dynamic: Dynamic and Exit Override from Profile fields do not fire the appropriate exit
- Dynamic: Dynamic ads do not render correctly and show overlapping content when the ads render before dynamic data is ready
- Templates: Missing script tags after creating a file from Dynamic Remarketing Single Page with No Details 320x50 or 728x90 template
- AdWords Dynamic: Creative redirecting to the ad url instead of the product final url


Google Web Designer 1.6.2.0916 Beta
- AdWords Dynamic: Creative redirecting to the ad url instead of the product final url


Google Web Designer 1.6.1.0726 Beta
- Change log not available for this version


Google Web Designer 1.6.1.0620 Beta
- Auto Update (Internet connection required)
- If you have a previous version of Google Web Designer, it will be automatically updated to the latest version.
- Important: Google Web Designer requires an internet connection.
- Fixes & Improvements since version 1.6.0.0429

Code view:
- [Feature Request] Enable line wrap
- [Feature Request] Add the key stroke for switching from Code view to Design view (Shift-Ctrl-C, Shift-Cmd-C)

Components and Ads Runtime:
- [YouTube] On mobile devices, pausing a video before it is played renders it inoperable.
- [Performance] Spritesheet component with preview on the stage shows a significant time delay in performance
- [Component icons] The icons on the stage are solid white so they block the image preview.
- [Swipeable gallery] [Feature Request] Pause media feature on swipeable gallery
- [Swipeable gallery] Autoplay not working when a video is part of a group used in a swipe gallery in Firefox and Safari
- [Carousel] Fit Image] causes neighbor separation issues. After the fix: If the gallery has only images, the effective frame width is always clamped to the actual image width.
- [Video] Background images for the video files are not consistent between ad and html docs
- [SpriteSheet] [Galleries][Swipeable/Carousel gallery] Image on stage is not scaled as per settings in the Properties panel
- [Component background] Image is not rendering on stage when there is a white space in the image name
- [Component background]: Component Image background is not refreshed once the image is added in Library
- [360gallery] goForwards() and goBack() methods do not wrap when wrapping is enabled.

Color:
- Missing colorchips in color panel when drawing an element which has preflight gradient color
- Color mixer picker (circle) appears outside of mixer
- [Swatches] Trash can icon is enabled before any custom swatch gets added
- [Properties panel] The input field does not accept HTML color names and rgb(a) strings

CSS panel:
- Mousewheel/Trackpad should change the input values in CSS panel
- [i18n][l10n] element.style is localized.
- Minor ui issue: When scrolling down the panel, the bottom border line becomes thicker
- [Feature Request] Add ability to select and copy the entire rule. In order to paste the entire rule into another rule in CSS panel, first “Add property” is required to be clicked, then paste can be done. Pasting into code view or a text editor works normally.
- A style selector name should be able to pasted (applied) to another element
- Undo/Redo issue when shorthand and subproperties (e.g., 'border' and 'border-color') are both defined in a declaration

Dynamic:
- YouTube component if dynamic ignores autoplay="none"
- Getting Uncaught TypeError in dev console on opening a saved Doubleclick dynamic file if a text file is opened first.
- [Bindings] Element Attribute box is not highlighted in red border when trying to save the changes without making a selection in the dropdown.
- [Dynamic properties] Cannot see the full length of the Data window on bindings that are close to the bottom of the dialog.

Events:
- [Events dialog] Enter/Return key does not close the dialog
- Rotate to Landscape/Portrait event is not dispatched on Chrome.
- [Groups] [Events] When opening an event for a group from child level, the event panel shows incomplete event paths.
- Events dialog doesn't show other pages' Timeline labels as potential receivers for Timeline goto actions. Now it is possible access to labels in timeline on a different page using Events dialog, but need to make sure it is still required to set Go to Page event for each timeline event to work. Timeline event, gotoAndPlayNtimes is not supported in this case.
- [Feature Request] Event target should be pre-populated if a single element with an id is selected on stage.

Library:
- Library preview does not show in non-English build and swapped image has wrong dimension
- [Mac] Unable to drag multiple selected assets from the Library to st


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