Tab well colors and grouping are very helpful. Only additional feature I would like to see added would be a multilevel tab well when it is in the top or bottom position (like in the Tabs Studio extension, see link). Having the tabs on the side wastes a lot of screen space and you still can't read long file names.
The tool is very good but after installing Productivity Power Tools was not possible to navigate within the expression editor in the file .rdlc (Report) using the arrow keys. This impaired enough. This can be changed now or is an error that needs correcting?
This is just EXCELLENT add-on tool. It helps me to do exactly what I need in my development. I just started to use it and I'm charmed, we will see what is going to happen after some time as I had experienced some issues with add-ons regarding the cached data and slowness after certain time of use. For now this is exactly what I needed and I hope it will stay stable and fast as it was the first time I opened the feature. Keep up the excellent work and Thanks a bunch!!!!
OpenXML editor is suppose to open a document, excel spreadsheet... (if you drag them into VS) in the various XML parts. However, EVERYTIME I try this it opens EXCEL or WORD.... WHAT needs to be turned ON to make it open the XML Parts? Yes, Productivity Power tools have been installed (and uninstalled and reinstalled) many times. VS has been closed and reopened many times. WHY WILL THIS NOT WORK?
This plugin seems to access all the database connections in the server explorer, i noticed this as one of the connections was not using windows authentication and i had not saved the password. so each time i righclicked a project and selected propeties the connection dialog appeared on a databse that is not related to that project or any in the solution. I not sure why this plugin might need to access all my databases, but as a precaution i will not be using this plugin as it makes me nervious.
Last update older than one year, and no proof of life from the authors. Please, release the source code, it will be an excellent tutorial for developpers, and we may port to VS 2012 and by the same way get rid of the morbid design of VS 2012, there is no way to work with VS 2012 in its current state, almost all black and white, limits between tabs invisibles, edge of windows invisibles, no more the enhanced scrollbar, etc.
+1 for me, too. I really liked dpugh's extension AllMargins, especially the ehanced scrollbar. (Really, I think PowerTools should include the AllMargins extension outright, as I preferred that implementation over VS PowerTools' similar implementations (which also seemed buggy)). I definitely miss the enhanced quick info tip, and the automatic Brace/Parenthesy/Quote/etc... completion.
I really miss the enhanced scrollbar in VS2012 but it looks like no one is maintaining this tool. Has it been orphaned? Is there any process to get it opened to other developers?! I'd certainly be delighted to work on getting this moved forward (and it looks like there are plenty of others equally eager!)
It's not quite the same thing (only because it was created first and merged into Productivity Power Tools later), but you can get the same type of functionality from the 2010 AllMargins Extension (although it looks like it has been removed and only an older version is available here: http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/OverviewMargin/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=3957). It is a little difficult to configure though, use this blog for help in that matter: http://www.dotnetdust.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-to-configure-allmargins-extension.html
@utdavemc Check out my extension "Code Alignment" it's much more powerful than "Align Assignments" -
@Juozas - Thanks for pointing me to the announcement! Which said, "New Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012: Additional tools and command line utilities that will be available for download in October 2012.". It's October - Where are they? :-)
(As we all know... Customers think Oct is 1 Oct... the dev team thinks 31 Oct)
Any Info on when the 2012 version will be released? I know they said October at some point, and it is fast approaching the end.....
I mainly miss the colored tabs and most importantly the Shift+Enter shortcut (I know its a small thing but so worth it)
Please upvote it on Connect. At least Microsoft posting official comments there ;-)
If you cannot get it via direct url - go thru Feedback -> "Most voted" and look/search for 'productivity'
I have found a workaround for the vertical tab feature in this extension, for use in VS 2012.
I was able to come close to getting what I want by doing the following:
) In the Solution Explorer, right-click on your project and find the "New Solution Explorer View" menu item. This creates a new and separate Solution Explorer.
) Dock the new Solution Explorer on the left.
) At the top of the new explorer, find the icon next to the "Home" (house-shaped) icon, which looks like a document icon and has a dropdown associated with it. Click on that dropdown, and select "Open Files Filter". This will restrict this particular Solution Explorer to only show open files.
This keeps your projects and open files in alphabetical order, on the left, for easy reference and access. You can use the original Solution Explorer like you always did. Until this extension is updated, this seems to be working for me.
I have the most current version of this product. I cannot get a find\replace regex like:
Replace: \1 \1 \1
To work while this extension is enabled. This is a recent development. If I disable the extension, it will work as expected. Any ideas what is happening?
1. Go here :
2. sign in (oh bother)
3. and upVote the bug report to make sure VS2012 gets an update on this extension...
I use word wrapping but the highlight current line feature only highlights the initial line -- I would like to see it highlight all of the line including any word wrapped lines. I.e., it should highlight until it founds a hard return.
Or is there a way to do this?
I just installed this on a new machine. So far I've never had any problems with it on any pc, but now VS crashes as soon as I exit. If I disable PPT, then it doesn't crash anymore. Does anyone have any idea how to fix it?
The following is logged to the EventViewer.
Framework Version: v4.0.30319
Description: The process was terminated due to an unhandled exception.
Exception Info: System.Runtime.InteropServices.InvalidComObjectException
at System.StubHelpers.StubHelpers.GetCOMIPFromRCW(System.Object, IntPtr, Boolean ByRef)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Interop.IVsUIObject.get_Data(System.Object ByRef)
Sometimes it is handy to turn on "Track active item in Solution Explorer" in Tools | Options. Most of the time, however, it's a pain in the ass. A really nice addition to Power Tools would be to add a command from the document tab to find the document in Solution Navigator. That way you could leave the "track active item..." feature off, but still sync when you need to. Thanks.
The tool tip on objects is nice and has lots of neat features, but it's missing some of the functionality I relied on from the old tool tip. Specifically, when I hover over a method or constructor, I want to see its full definition and the text that says what it does. I can still do this if I remove focus from VS and then hover over the item, but I don't quite like having to do that. Is there a way to either restore the old tool tip or also see that information in the new one? Also, in the new one, the methods are listed, but only the types of the parameters are there, not their name, which would be very helpful.
I haven't been able to get align assignments to work in vs 2010 c++. It does however work for my coworkers. I wouldnt think the c# note would apply for c++ but i have also tried that as well. Any ideas?