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  • Blog Post: WDriven - Use Word Templates to Integrate with TFS Server

    WDriven is a Microsoft WORD document template integrated with Microsoft Team Foundation Server. It enables you to communicate and collaborate on Visual Studio 2005 Team System projects from within Microsoft Word. Through VSTS Smart Tags, you can add/edit/track work items. Tables of Items gives you...
  • Blog Post: PureText 2.0 to cut out pasting to notepad

    I downloaded this time-saving utility after reading about it in Duncan Mackenzie's blog (Removing Word's Formatting from text before pasting into .Text or other apps...). I put applications on a two-week probation period before choosing to keep them or not, but this one was an instant winner. Like Michael...
  • Blog Post: Free Wizard to Create C# Typed Collections in VS 2003

    Via the mailbag… We used something similar to this tool when making our automation libraries for Whidbey. It comes in handy when you work with lots of collections. Page: http://www.geekproject.com/tools.aspx#9 Description This is a wizard for C# in Visual Studio .NET 2003 which creates...
  • Blog Post: HelpStudio Lite to Author Help Content in VS 2005

    From the MSDN Forums... The VS 2005 SDK contains a new tool for authoring Help and integrating it with VS 2005. The tool is called HelpStudio Lite. It is lightweight version of the full HelpStudio product, developed by Innovasys . HelpStudio Lite is recommended for anyone extending VS 2005 - for...
  • Blog Post: FlashControl to add Flash in Asp.Net 2.0

    From the mailbag... FlashControl is a simple way to include Flash movies in your ASP.NET 2.0 projects ! This free server control can be added in Visual Studio 2005 Toolbox so you can just drag and drop it in your aspx pages. FlashControl manage all Flash properties (FlashVars, Loop, Menu, Scale, BgColor...
  • Blog Post: Treemap Visual View of Hard Drive Contents

    Not exactly developer related, but I was having a lot of fun just seeing what's taking up so much of the space on my laptop this Holiday season. This tool is great for doing just that and a little bit of early spring cleaning. http://www.win.tue.nl/sequoiaview/
  • Blog Post: PageMethods: Well-defined URLs for your ASP.NET sites and applications

    Via Fabrice PageMethods for Visual Studio 2005 has just been released. This version offers the same support as the version for VS 2003, plus some additional features. PageMethods proposes a new code model that enables well-defined URLs and simplifies working with hyperlinks for your ASP.NET sites...
  • Blog Post: Right Click -> New Microsoft Visual Studio Solution

    Via Robin Curry File this one under “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Peter Provost created a ShellNew extension for Visual Studio Solutions to allow you to right click and add a new solution to any folder without the heavy-handed way Visual Studio does it. Nice! Install Instructions: http...
  • Blog Post: CR_Documentor - Another Code Documentation Utility

    Via Paraesthesia Lutz Roeder, a fantastic developer of ultra-helpful tools, took his "Documentor" application - which allowed a developer to preview what XML document comments would look like rendered into end-user documentation - down from his site. He was nice enough to send me the source for...
  • Blog Post: QuickdocViewer Add-In for XML Comment Viewing

    Via the mailbag I discovered a tool that's pretty complimentary to the VBCommenter . The Quickdoc Viewer is an add-in module for the Microsoft Visual Studio.net IDE which offers a simple WYSIWYG XML to HTML previewer for XML based documentation comments. According to the author the main motivation for...
  • Blog Post: Snippy - Edit and Create VS 2005 Code Snippets

    Via VS Editor Team: We have released a new powertoy Snippy . It is a Code Snippet editor that will allow you to create new code snippets or modify existing ones. Please let us know if you have any problems installing or using it. There are two versions posted, one for the Beta2 version of the .NET...
  • Blog Post: Windows Clippings 1.0 for Cleaner Screen Grabs

    Kenny Ker recently posted a tool that generates window screen grabs with JUST the window and none of the background for the window . Getting ‘clean’ images of these windows can be hard if the background does not match whatever color you will be rendering the image onto. Inevitably you need to position...
  • Blog Post: VS 2005 Wish - Use MSBuild for VC++ Projects without VCBuild???

    This blog has been pretty quite of late and I would attribute that to many tool vendors ramping up plans around the upcoming release of VS 2005. We at Microsoft are no exception. In the last few days I've heard of numerous "aftermarket solutions"/powertoys that I know you guys are going to love that...
  • Blog Post: gotdotnet CodeGallery for ongoing Sample Sharing and Development

    Via Korby I am proud to announce the public release of CodeGallery , the newest member of the gotdotnet family. Gotdotnet.com is the community website where professional Windows and .NET developers from around the world can contribute and consume code samples, snippets, scripts, and developer tools...
  • Blog Post: VS Content Installer Power Toys

    Via Craig The first release of the VS Content Installer Power Toys are now available. You will need a recent build of VS (I tested with the August CTP, but the July version may also work) to use these tools. Remember, they are still a beta build, so not everything will work as expected. But here is...
  • Blog Post: VC++ Powertoys from GDN

    I don't know how I missed these, but there exists a collection of VC++ powertoys on the GDN site. The full descriptions are found in this document , but I've copied them down here as well. Name - Description Delta - Watch a directory (either local or remote) and see when items in it get changed. FindDir...
  • Blog Post: CodeXchange Snippet Sharing Community for Visual Studio

    I really believe good rich client interfaces to online communities are going to be big. Why should you have to leave Visual Studio to share code with other developers? Why should you have to browse to a web page just to download a code snippet. There have been a couple of these add-in/site combinations...
  • Blog Post: Go Back Visual Studio Add-in

    http://www.codeproject.com/useritems/GoBackAddin.asp [Via .Avery Blog ] The Go Back Add-in provides a Navigate Backward functionality that is different than the normal Navigate Backward functionality. (Which does some neat things like close a file if you happened to have opened it while navigating forward...
  • Blog Post: VBCommenter 1.2.5 FINAL Released for Adding XML Comments to VB.Net

    I continue to be impressed by the people from the community that step up and make serious improvements to the VBCommenter tool. The new release , from Doug, is very impressive . Here are just some of the improvements he highlighted on his blog. Major speed improvements (mostly related to schema and XML...
  • Blog Post: Read Blogs Without Leaving Visual Studio

    Jon, the creator of SharpTools , sent me mail to let me know about his latest creation... a plugin that lets you read blogs indide the Visual Studio IDE. I've gave it a shot and I have to say that it looks pretty cool. From the site . This open source plugin ships as part of SharpTools 2.0 and is a full...
  • Blog Post: VS Editor Font Zooming like Word

    Via http://blogs.msdn.com/saraford/archive/2005/02/14/372645.aspx "A very big thank you to Henrik Stuart for writing this VS Editor Zoom control and updating it for Whidbey. " "Just like Word’s zoom control, adjusting the value of this control will increase or decrease the font size in the Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Automatic Build Dependencies (ABD) add-in for VC project in .Net 2003

    Another mailbag entry from Lionel. "I just put together an add-in for visual studio 2003 that sets automatically build dependencies for all VC projects in the current solution. It also has the option to generate Build Dependencies Graphs. " http://www.codeproject.com/useritems/AutoBuildDependencies.asp
  • Blog Post: Codehound - Developer Search Engine with VS Add-In

    Via jtobler "Another great source-code finding search engine is Codehound . For DotNetters, Codehound also offers a nifty free code-finding VisualStudio.NET Add-in." Check it out @ http://www.codehound.com/ The addin simply lets you search for the selected text in the editor by opening a web browser...
  • Blog Post: Cool New Whidbey File Commands

    These all look pretty cool and I really like what Gaston did earlier for the VS 2003 file tab commands . Enjoy - Josh In the context menu of the project we have: Collapse all projects Open Project Folder Visual Command Prompt Here In the context menu of the text views we have: Demo Font Additionally...
  • Blog Post: ColorPicker .Net: When a product does what the name suggests

    I recently spent a good deal of time redesigning the look of my blog . At the time when I was trying to pick colors I was either randomly setting the HEX for RGB and refreshing the page or opening up mspaint only to use the color picker. Of course this meant going through the extra step to convert the...
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