Release notes

A new version of Google Web Designer is available! 1 issue has been fixed. Read below for additional details.

Updating Google Web Designer

Google Web Designer automatically updates upon launch if you have an internet connection. You can also download the latest version.

Fixes and improvements since version

IE only: when a YouTube video was set to autoplay and muted, sound still played for 1 or 2 seconds. After the fix: on IE, YouTube videos set to autoplay and muted will briefly display the preview image before autoplay begins.

Known issues

  • Mac only: 0 templates are loaded in the Templates Gallery. Workaround:
    1. Quit Google Web Designer.
    2. Do one of the following to delete the manifest file:
      • Run this command in Terminal:
        rm ~/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Web\ Designer/webapp/gwdtemplates/manifest.json
      • Or click on Finder, select the Go menu, hold down the Option key and select Library, then browse to Application Support/Google Web Designer/webapp/gwdtemplates and delete manifest.json
    3. Re-launch Google Web Designer.
  • Language switch selection does not persist if Google Web Designer is quit immediately after selecting a language. Workaround: select a language, wait for a minute or two, then quit and launch Google Web Designer again.
  • Mac Sierra only: Google Web Designer launches in English when the locale is set to Simplified or Traditional Chinese. Workaround: switch to the correct language in Google Web Designer in the Start screen or in Help > Set language menu.
  • Only up to 4 panels can be grouped/tabbed together.
  • Video component on iOS doesn't play a video multiple times if the source .mp4 file is the unique source. Workaround: include in the sources at least 2 video files. (It can be the same one repeated.) It's crucial that the .mp4 is not the last video listed in the sources if other formats are used. Valid options are therefore:
    • 1.mp4, 1.ogv, 1.webm
    • 1.mp4, 1.mp4
    • 1.webm, 1.mp4, 1.ogv
  • 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.


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