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A new version of Visual Studio 2010 Productivity Power Tools adds new extensions and fixing bugs. You can ability to turn off individual extensions and there’s a Solution Navigator tool for coders.
If you have the Productivity Power Tools installed already, you will get a notification that a new version is available the next time you restart Visual Studio. Otherwise, you can get the update from Productivity Power Tools in the Visual Studio Gallery.
The announcement was made on the Visual Studio Team blog posting, New Version of the Productivity Power Tools is Available.
Here’s a sample of what is offered.
The number one feature request by far has been the ability to turn off the individual extensions in the Productivity Power Tools. In this release, we’ve added an extension which adds a category to Tools Options which allows you to toggle the extensions on/off and provides a single place to find the options for a particular extension.
Solution Navigator is a new tool window that acts like an enhanced Solution Explorer. With it, you can:
In other words, it merges functionality from Solution Explorer, Class View, Object Browser, Call Hierarchy, Navigate To, and Find Symbol References all into one tool window!
Quick Access is a new tool window that allows users to search for and execute common tasks within the Visual Studio IDE.
Automatic Brace Completion improves the productivity of writing code by automatically inserting the closing code construct when the opening construct is typed for VB & C#.
This extension provides support for the HTML Clipboard format when cutting or copying code from the editor. This means that you’ll no longer have to go fix up the formatting of your code when you paste it into a TFS bug form or any other HTML based control.
Since Visual Studio 2002, there has been a not so secret registry key which allowed user to draw a vertical line in the code editor. This is very useful to remind developers that their full line of code or comments may not fit one a single screen. Thanks to this extension this feature has returned with UI configure it. Simply place the cursor at the appropriate column and select Add Guideline from the context menu
This extension improves consistency with the editor by applying syntax highlighting to the contents of the Parameter Help window for C# &VB.
There’s more. See New Version of the Productivity Power Tools is Available.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation