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.
Specifically: Microsoft.VisualStudio.PkgDef (supporting other projects which use PkgDef format).
Documentation about the specific format would be an additional plus, but, could be filled-in by the community if released.
The Color Theme Editor encounters an error when importing partial .pkgdef theme files used by Visual Studio extensions. (Details: https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/1558707).
This is an important scenario for third-party extension developers because the Color Theme Editor is the only publically available tool that could be used for generating and maintaining partial .pkgdef theme files. (Details: https://github.com/olegsych/T4Toolbox/issues/14)
What are the plans to support extension developers?
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.