Here were are nearly on the eve of our Visual Studio 2008 Launch event and we are already releasing more goodness!! We are announcing the release of some Office Power Tools for Visual Studio 2008. These are extra little projects, often done on the side requiring extra hours and effort from our team. They are also things that we were eager to get into the hands of our customers. I am really excited to see these hit the Web, and I look forward to hearing what your think!

Here’s the download page: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=46B6BF86-E35D-4870-B214-4D7B72B02BF9&displaylang=en

There are 9 tools are packaged in 3 exe's (3 different EULAs), plus an overview doc:

  • VSTO_PTRibbonIDs.exe installs the Ribbon IDs Tool Window
  • VSTO_PTExtLibs.exe installs the Office Interop API Extensions and Custom UI Manager
  • VSTO_PT.exe installs all other power tools
  • VSTOA Power Tools.docx – overview document

Office Custom UI Manager

A set of classes for coordinating multiple instances of Ribbon, custom task pane and custom form region.

Office Interop API Extensions

A set of C# classes for handling parameterized properties, optional/named parameters, and for LINQ-enabling Office collection objects.

Open XML Package Editor

A graphical treeview-based editor for examining and editing Open XML Package files (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents).

Ribbon IDs ToolWindow

A custom tool window that displays all re-usable built-in Office Ribbon IDs.

SharePoint Feature Sweeper

A GUI tool that cleans up unwanted SharePoint workflow features from the target server.

SharePoint Workflow Package Generator

A build tool to package a SharePoint workflow project so that the developer can hand the workflow to the admin for deployment.

VSTO/VSTA Pipeline Verifier

A GUI tool that reflects over custom pipeline assemblies to validate the complete VSTA pipeline.

VSTO Developer Cleaner

A GUI tool that cleans up the developer's machine from leftover build artifacts in the registry and certificate store.

VSTO Troubleshooter

A diagnostic tool that examines a machine for the necessary pre-requisites for running VSTO solutions.

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