Minor gripes: 1) (mirroring what Daniel Halan said): "VS201 in Dark mode... "VSColorOutput Find Results Search Term" Color-preset is being ignored, making the search result pretty unreadable in dark setting." 2) It seems that install Visual Assist before VSColorOutput causes VSColorOutput's text to have an ugly background color that can't be changed with out re-installing VsColorOutput.
Great plugin for Visual Studio. I do have a small issue: once I saved the content of the output to a text file, by pressing CTRL+S, the output is no longer colorized. The only way to restore the colors is to reopen Visual Studio.
Raises an exception in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010: System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException: Specified argument was out of the range of valid values. Parameter name: position at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.SnapshotPoint..ctor(ITextSnapshot snapshot, Int32 position) <skipped> at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Utilities.GuardedOperations.RaiseEvent[TArgs](Object sender, EventHandler`1 eventHandlers, TArgs args)
Visual Studio doesn't crash and continues working. More than that exception occurs only for the first build after MSVS is restarted. Nevertheless it's quite annoying to close exception window every time.
I love the flexibility of this extension. One feature request though.
Would it be possible to update the Error list when the tool finds matches to the Error, warning and information classifications. In particular when I build with makefile projects I end up with easy to identify msgs, but they don't match the format for VS to identify the file and position information, so it would be nice to be able to specify those as named groups.
Either way this extension is now part of my regular toolset. Thanks for the great work.
Hi, I think the title is self describing but short story long, I cannot find how to uninstall the extension because it does not appear anywhere. However, it works. I have the output colored.
I don't actually need to uninstall and I will actually keep it but need to remove it for a while in order to test something.
Your help is appreciated.
VS is 2013 Ultimate Update 1.
Hi, I'm using VSColorOutput with Dark theme in VS2012. I tried to change the color settings in Fonts and Colors but it does't work, but some color does applied to the Output Window. I just cannot apply my custom settings, even I just want to change the foreground color for Information category. Is that any open I can open to show the diagnosis info to check whether the settings for VSColorOutput are correct?
Curiosity got the better of me and I finally updated, only to find that the "Find Result search term" bug still occurs (setting is ignored) and a dark color scheme makes the highlight unreadable. Therefore I went back to my custom 1.4.5 version with this feature disabled.
Eagerly awaiting 1.4.7 :)
I use pre and post build scripts in my projects. I want to customise them. Lets say that my I am copying output files to a directory. So in output it is written that "1 file(s) copied." or "0 file(s) copied."
Now what I want is that if there is text "0 file(s) copied." the color of this line should be red (error) so that I came to know that file is not copied.
How I can do that?
This was working great for me - now, not so much. On a special few aspx files, this extension causes errors - both at design time and when closing VS2010.
Check screen capture at http://screencast.com/t/0XlgDoFtm1fk
(Warning: this is a 3 monitor capture, so the image is quite wide!)
Please go to https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/729457/color-change-notifications-no-longer-work and update this bug to say you can reproduce the issue. We need to get Microsoft's attention on fixing this one soon. Thanks.
I finally got Microsoft to acknowledge the notification bug in VS 2012. They have fixed it. Unfortunately, the fix did not make it into the recently released RC. I'll fix this "the right way" when the final version is released.
I wouldn't expect "Default" or "Automatic" to use black for any of the VSColorOutput colors. For instance, the "Default" color for VSColorOutput Error category is Red. On a side note, I've never understood the difference between "Default" and "Automatic".
I use black background for the source, output and immediate windows. "Default" should both accept the use the color of that windows selected default text colors.
"Automatic" should allow using predefined color unless its contrast relative to selected defaults is too low, in that case is should increase the contrast by make the current color darker/brighter.
Other that the need to adjust one by one, does this extension work with black backgrounds?
Dark background still doesn't work with 1.4.2 on VS2010. I have a customized color scheme and the background of my output window is (0,43,54), but with VSOutputColor installed, the background color used doesn't match what's in the "Fonts and Colors" dialog for VSColor entries.
Just tried it here using your colors and it worked flawlessly (as far as I can tell). Maybe I'm missing something in the repro steps? I changed the background color of the output window as indicated. Is there something else I need to do? Sorry if I'm not understanding the issue. Perhaps a screen shot might help.
I have found same error at VS2010. Set background color to custom dark gray for all kind of logs in output window with current version(1.4.2). The background stays the same(some kind of light gray). Is there some special way to fix it?
OK, I've finally reproduced it. After I change colors, I have to exit and restart Visual Studio. Then the background colors misbehave. To correct I had to set the background colors of the VS colors to something slightly different than the output window background. Setting it the same as the output window background has no affect.
I've posted what I believe is a fix to the dark theme background colors issue. It is current only available at http://VSColorOutput.codeplex.com. PLEASE, read the release notes. There are a number of quirky Visual Studio behaviors that you need to be aware of.
With v1.4.3, it seems that the coloring for the search term displayed in the "Find Results" window always uses the stock foreground color (blue) instead of the color in the prefs ("VSColorOutput Find Results Search Term").
Almost there! :)
PS: Mark, I get no notifications when you post here, so I have to remember to check back to see your replies... :-/
It seems the background color for highlighted text in the "Find Results" window is not always mapped correctly either. It worked fine yesterday, but today it is back to the bright default (same color as when it didn't work), and cannot be changed with the prefs. The problem occurs with both the Find Result Filename and the Find Result Search Term.
Like the Output Window, I have mapped my Find Results background color to a dark color. Colored messages in the Output Window are fine, the problem is limited to the Find Results window. Let me know if you need more info...
PS: For some reason I didn't realize that the extension would also color my internal warning and error debug output messages, which makes this extension an absolute must have!! This is amazingly useful.
PS: Sorry for calling you Mark above, I obviously meant Mike but you can't edit messages here.
Hi there, I'm having a problem with v1.4.3 in that the output window text is showing up with a dark background (only around lines of text, not the whole window) even though I'm just using the default theme. I've reverted back to v1.4.2 for now and it works fine for me there. Great extension btw! Very useful