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WDriven - Use Word Templates to Integrate with TFS Server

WDriven is a Microsoft WORD document template integrated with Microsoft Team Foundation Server. It...

Author: Powertoys Date: 08/15/2006

Consolas - a New Font for the Visual Studio 2005 Editor

Consolas, a cleartype font designed specifically for to make code more readable is now available for...

Author: saraford Date: 05/09/2006

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...

Author: Powertoys Date: 03/30/2006

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...

Author: Powertoys Date: 03/20/2006

If I had to rename this blog, what would you call it?

Hi all, I’m Sara Ford, a Program Manager on the Developer Solutions team. I’m going to be helping...

Author: saraford Date: 03/10/2006

First set of Power Toys for Visual Studio released by the Developer Solutions team

Check out the Developer Solutions team's blog for the latest information on Power Toys for Visual...

Author: saraford Date: 03/08/2006

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...

Author: Powertoys Date: 01/20/2006

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...

Author: Powertoys Date: 01/13/2006

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...

Author: Powertoys Date: 12/30/2005

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...

Author: Powertoys Date: 12/07/2005

CoolCommands Refference Manager for Visual Studio 2005 RTM

I ported CoolCommands to visual studio RTM CoolCommands includes: - Reference Manager - Collapse All...

Author: Powertoys Date: 11/29/2005

RE: Paint.NET, the open source MS Paint killer

Not exactly developer related, but this is the best free lightweight imaging tool I've found. I've...

Author: Powertoys Date: 11/29/2005

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...

Author: Powertoys Date: 11/05/2005

CR_Documentor - Another Code Documentation Utility

Via Paraesthesia Lutz Roeder, a fantastic developer of ultra-helpful tools, took his "Documentor"...

Author: Powertoys Date: 11/03/2005

QuickdocViewer Add-In for XML Comment Viewing

Via the mailbag I discovered a tool that's pretty complimentary to the VBCommenter. The Quickdoc...

Author: Powertoys Date: 10/25/2005

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...

Author: Powertoys Date: 10/04/2005

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...

Author: Powertoys Date: 10/03/2005

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...

Author: Powertoys Date: 09/28/2005

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...

Author: Powertoys Date: 08/31/2005

VS Content Installer Power Toys

Via Craig The first release of the VS Content Installer Power Toys are now available. You will need...

Author: Powertoys Date: 08/18/2005

VC++ Powertoys from GDN

I don't know how I missed these, but there exists a collection of VC++ powertoys on the GDN site....

Author: Powertoys Date: 08/15/2005

DPack 2.2.0 - Global Bookmarks, Improved Code Browsing, Code Stats, etc

Via TECHQUICK My buddy Sergey has released a new update to DPack. Here’s what’s new and changed in...

Author: Powertoys Date: 07/19/2005

Merge Multiple .NET Assemblies into One with ILMerge

Someone from MSR forwarded me the link to ILMerge. It lets you combine multiple assemblies into one...

Author: Powertoys Date: 05/16/2005

RE: ASP.NET Development Helper

From the Powertoys mailbag. This is a cool IE add-on that adds some helpfull information to IE when...

Author: Powertoys Date: 05/16/2005

Snippet Editor for VB.NET 2005

This is pretty cool. Add your own customized snippets to the VS. 2005 snippet Library. I'm just...

Author: Powertoys Date: 05/05/2005

Visual Studio 2005 beta cleanup tool

Need to spread the word about this. - josh Wow, did you know that there is a Visual Studio 2005...

Author: Powertoys Date: 05/05/2005

CodeXchange Snippet Sharing Community for Visual Studio

I really believe good rich client interfaces to online communities are going to be big. Why should...

Author: Powertoys Date: 04/25/2005

If you use Regular Expressions, you need to check out this Regex Builder tool

One of my coworkers in Visual Studio has created this really cool tool for creating and testing...

Author: Powertoys Date: 04/15/2005

Check out VisualStudioHacks.Com

Via James Well, it is finally ready to go. VisualStudioHacks.com is the companion site for Visual...

Author: Powertoys Date: 04/07/2005

Happy Birthday to our Friends @ SharpToolbox

Fabrice has been aggregating all sorts of Developer productivity enhancing tools for just over two...

Author: Powertoys Date: 03/29/2005

Go Back Visual Studio Add-in

http://www.codeproject.com/useritems/GoBackAddin.asp [Via .Avery Blog] The Go Back Add-in provides a...

Author: Powertoys Date: 03/23/2005

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...

Author: Powertoys Date: 03/19/2005

Read Blogs Without Leaving Visual Studio

Jon, the creator of SharpTools, sent me mail to let me know about his latest creation... a plugin...

Author: Powertoys Date: 03/19/2005

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...

Author: Powertoys Date: 02/22/2005

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...

Author: Powertoys Date: 02/22/2005

Codehound - Developer Search Engine with VS Add-In

Via jtobler "Another great source-code finding search engine is Codehound. For DotNetters, Codehound...

Author: Powertoys Date: 02/11/2005

Cool New Whidbey File Commands

These all look pretty cool and I really like what Gaston did earlier for the VS 2003 file tab...

Author: Powertoys Date: 02/04/2005

MaxiVista: More than Just a Good Product Name

So I've been trying out MaxiVista for a few weeks now and have some impressions that you may or may...

Author: Powertoys Date: 01/24/2005

"Hello Computer"; A Visual Studio add-in for Programming by Voice

Not sure how useful this is in practice. I have a hard enough time getting voice recognition to work...

Author: Powertoys Date: 01/19/2005

C# Programmable Calculator

This one comes from Eric through the mailbag: http://www.personalmicrocosms.com/html/cspcalc.html...

Author: Powertoys Date: 01/19/2005

BuildOne to Make Builds More Efficient

Just got mail about this add-in. Looks like a good time saver if you work with large multi-project...

Author: Powertoys Date: 01/14/2005

XML Visualizer for Visual Studio .NET 2003

Michael Bouck sent me mail about a cool "holiday project" add-in he was working on to create a...

Author: Powertoys Date: 01/10/2005

WSCF 0.4 "Web services Contract-First, for real"

We featured the WsContractFirst Add-In in an earlier post, but Christian let me know they have a...

Author: Powertoys Date: 12/27/2004

Free Visual Studio Partner Product DVD

I should have covered this a long time ago, but I was reminded today by Brian that we offer a free...

Author: Powertoys Date: 12/16/2004

Poor Man's Bracket Matching Macro

David sent me mail about his "Poor Man's Bracket Matching Macro". (Click link for Macro Code) From...

Author: Powertoys Date: 12/06/2004

CodeShare Addin for your Enterprise

Nauman sent me mail about his latest VS Addin that can be used to share code snippets across your...

Author: Powertoys Date: 12/06/2004

MZ-Tools 4.0 the "all-in-one" add-in for VS .Net 2002 and 2003

Via The Daily Grind "MZ-Tools 4.0 for Visual Studio .NET - I used MZ-Tools for VB6; it's a great set...

Author: Powertoys Date: 12/01/2004

DevMetrics 2.0 Released: Software Metrics for C#

Dan, from Anticipating Minds, let me know that they have recently released version 2.0 of the tool...

Author: Powertoys Date: 11/24/2004

Process Explorer from Sysinternals

I guess I never listed the Sysinternals tools here because I sort of assumed that even if you have...

Author: Powertoys Date: 11/24/2004

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