If it wasn't for this extension, I would never have even started using VS 2012. I'm so happy that it eventually came to VS 2013 as well.
I *really* don't understand why this functionality hasn't been included in VS itself. Surely MS has heard by now that their customers want to be able to have more than 3 preset choices, and to be able to *customize* their working environment.
You only have to look at how many time this extension has been downloaded. And that doesn't count the unhappy people who have never even heard of this extension. Let's hope that MS has finally rectified this in VS 2014.
Typical bloody microsoft throw it over the fence and abandon it. Where's the github repo? How do you contribute fixes and improvements? Where's the author's responses to *any* q&a or reviews on this site. So close but yet so far as usual.
There has been plenty of feedback over *years* that there are problems with colour choices that could easily be fixed, but *nothing* has been done, not even the courtesy to respond.
I long for microsoft's demise so I don't have to put up with this kind of closed source freeware crap any longer.
This is a great tool. It would warrant 5 stars if it had better documentation with pictures. In VS 2013, I had difficulty finding the correct settings for some areas, like dialog background colors. This was particularly difficult with a dark theme that I customized from the installed "Dark" theme. For a few settings that were difficult to identify, I resorted to using the VS menus of Tools > Options > Environment > Fonts and Colors, and paging through the various colors.
Please consider putting an "Export Theme" button next to the "Edit Theme" and "Create Copy of Theme" buttons that appear in the custom themes selection boxes. It's not readily apparent that you can export a theme by first selecting "Edit Theme" and then choosing the "Export Theme" button. I was eventually able to find it, but it took several minutes of hunting.
Very nice overall, but doesn't work well with the "Fonts and Colors" visual studio settings relating to the text editor, it keeps mixing them up and the "Import settings" button the extension provides is bugged. So if you stay on one theme all the time you won't encounter much problems, but if like me you switch between themes depending on the time of the day (light during the day, dark during the night) the Fonts and Colors bug(s) prevent you from switching between multiple custom themes (you can only switch between a custom theme and a regular theme without fucking up the Fonts and Colors).
I used to have the 'tan' window colors with solarized editor colors. I don't know if it's the settings import/export functionality or the theme editor, but it's close to impossible to set it up like that now.
Now i've succeeded getting things just the way I want them, I'd like to export my current color settings as a theme. You should add that feature.
After installing VS 2013, my whole theme defaulted to the dark version. The light & blue just didn't cut it. I found this and immediately fell in love with it! The default themes are great and an added bonus was the ability to edit the themes or create your own. So if I get bored with any of the default themes I can easily edit any of them. Great addition to my VS2013 software. I highly recommend it!!
Is it at all possible to import the themes we make here on a computer that doesn't have Visual Studio Color Theme Editor? That would be cool if you could. If you can, could you import a color theme into VS 2015? It feels weird trying to use VS 2015 RC without my color theme.
There are many good color themes that are available for all Code Editors, except for Visual Studio 2013 and 2015. I found Monokai is the most comfortable to look at, and apparently is one of the most popular themes. I use Visual Studio Community 2013 and 2015.
I just downloaded VS 2013 Community and signed in with my profile. However, whenever I try to install this extension I get the error saying I don't have the latest version of the .Net framework installed. I should. What's wrong here?
6/11/2015 3:26:28 PM - Install Error : Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.MissingTargetFrameworkException: The extension 'Visual Studio 2013 Color Theme Editor' requires a version of the .NET Framework that is not installed.
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.ExtensionManagerService.CheckForValidDotNetFramework(IExtension extension)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.ExtensionManagerService.CheckForInstallBlockers(InstallableExtensionImpl extension, IInstalledExtensionList modifiedInstalledExtensionsList, Boolean isNestedExtension, Boolean& olderVersionInstalled)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.ExtensionManagerService.InstallInternal(InstallableExtensionImpl extension, Boolean perMachine, Boolean isNestedExtension, IDictionary`2 extensionsInstalledSoFar, List`1 extensionsUninstalledSoFar, IInstalledExtensionList modifiedInstalledExtensionsList, AsyncOperation asyncOp, UInt64 totalBytesToWrite, UInt64& totalBytesWritten)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.ExtensionManagerService.BeginInstall(IInstallableExtension installableExtension, Boolean perMachine, AsyncOperation asyncOp)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.ExtensionManagerService.InstallWorker(IInstallableExtension extension, Boolean perMachine, AsyncOperation asyncOp)
Read the solution from user JonnyRocks and it worked. It was a bit touch and go, but basically you need to open the file "ColorThemeEditor" (which you just downloaded) in a program such as 7zip.
Find the file called "vsixmanifest".
Then double click on that file to edit it. It will look like XML. Take out the lines about dependencies, save, then close 7zip.
It will ask to update the .zip file.
Now after that has been all closed out, double click on the "ColorThemeEditor" file and it should install just fine.
I get the following error:
The extension could not be installed because the following error occurred:
The extension 'Visual Studio 2013 Color Theme Editor' requires a version of the .Net Framework that is not installed.
What version is required?
I have 4.5+
Even though, according to the Web Platform Installer, the .NET Framework 4.5 is installed, the plugin installer doesn't recognize it.
Additionally, if I list directory C:\Windows\Microsoft .NET\, I can see versions 2, 3, 3.5, 4, but not 4.5 .
This extension has been my life saver!
I've been able to install the 2013 version in VS 2015 (by modifying the VSIX file). I can import my custom theme, and even get VS to use it. The problem is that it keeps getting reset back to the default theme after I've closed & opened VS again.
The same thing used to happen when VS 2013 first came out, before a new version of the existing extension was officially released.
Is Microsoft going to release an updated version of this extension for VS 2105?
If so, roughly when?
If not, can the extension's source code be open sourced? This extension is far too valuable to be "lost" if there's lack of interest for Microsoft to continue to support it!
I just noticed your question as I was looking to see if there was going to be any 2015 support for this extension. In case you haven't already discovered it, the reason you were unable to install the extension is because "express" versions of VS never supported it.
You're in luck now though. There's a free new community version of VS 2013 for all but "enterprise" use that will allow extensions to be installed.
And when VS 2015 is released (which is almost upon us, it's currently at RC, sorry "Preview", status as I write this), which also has a Community SKU which of course also allows extensions to be installed.
Hope that helps,