[by:Dmitriy Vasyura | Class Desiger Team]

We’ve published a set of set of add-ins which augments existing functionality in the Visual Studio 2005 Class Designer and the Distributed Systems Designers. The Design Tools Enhancements add-in provides a common set of features that can be used by both the Class Designer and the Distributed System Designers, such as pan/zoom window and rich formatting commands. The Class Designer Enhancements add-in provides additional functionality for the Visual Studio 2005 Class Designer, such as HTML export and nested type creation commands. This download includes all necessary source code and a Visual Studio project template for creating your own add-ins for the Visual Studio 2005 designers.


The installer and source code are available for download from gotdotnet workspace. The installation requires the Beta2 version of Visual Studio 2005 installed on the machine. You can use the Class Designer MSDN forum or discussion boards in the workspace to post any questions/feedback on the add-ins.


Here is a list of features provided by the add-ins (you can find more detailed description in the documentation installed by the download):

Design Tools Enhancements

Diagram Search

Formatting Commands

Floating Property Grid

Pan/Zoom Window

Design Surface Scrolling Improvements

Create Comments with Double-Click

Design Surface Grid

Class Designer Enhancements

Export Diagrams for Web

Display Xml Comment Command

Documentation Tool Window

Filtering Appearance

Filtering Lines

Filtering Members

MSDN Help on System Types

Fast Navigation

Interface Lollipop Labels Commands

Inheritance Visualization Commands

Show Type Command

Association and Inheritance Line Dongles

Create Tests Command

Type Creation Commands

Add Member Commands

Synchronization with Code Definition Window

View Class Diagram Command Improvements

Creating Custom Add-ins