Color output for build and debug windows.

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by Nicholas.Carey | Fri 8:18 PM

Nice! Thanks!

by IgorT75 | January 30 2016

That used to be very useful extension until it started to crash VS2010 Professional + SP1 when I compile one of my C++ project.
It started to happen after recent update.
This is 100% reproducable on my PC - I disable exactly this extension and it doesn't crash.
Temporarily disable extension on my PC.
Please fix.

Mike Ward - Ann Arbor February 01 2016
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Please submit a bug report on the GitHub repo.

by Salameh | January 27 2016

Great Add-on

by TURNSKIN85 | January 27 2016

by Nik0lias | January 21 2016

Brilliant tool, love the regex options. Nice and easy to use, no faults!

Mike Ward - Ann Arbor January 21 2016
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by JVS | January 16 2016

Thanks. Works now with VS2015 dark theme!

Mike Ward - Ann Arbor January 21 2016
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by Jordi Hereu | January 08 2016

Really good job man!! Thanks for the last update, really useful for dark theme visual studio users!

Best: You can create your own regex to apply color schema to specific output entries.

Mike Ward - Ann Arbor January 09 2016
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by Sayyid Fayyaz | January 06 2016

Only 2 color options available for Find Results window. Other color options would have been useful to filter large set of results based on file type.
Otherwise, really great work :)

Mike Ward - Ann Arbor January 06 2016
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Please add a feature request to the GitHub repo so we can discuss use cases, etc.

by FiveStarHotel | January 04 2016

Great work! A much needed update.

by Code Chief | January 04 2016

Nice unobtrusive extension which provides a very useful feature, especially when having to enable higher logging levels to find project/build issues.

by Morydyn | December 28 2015

Absolutely love this addin for VS13. However, the latest update won't install. Says I don't have the right .Net Framework installed on my machine.

Mike Ward - Ann Arbor December 29 2015
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2.1.1 now requires 4.5.2 instead of 4.6

by Rochedo | December 24 2015

Excelent work !!

by zloidooraque | December 23 2015

nice one

by creage | October 30 2015

In Visual Studio 2015, the output background is set to Default(white), while the default background for the Output Window is a kind of grey. This causes not nice looking.

What I had to do, is copy the Default background color of the Output window, and apply to all of entries of your extension, and after restarting VS my output looks consistent.

BTW, why does your color settings are in Text Editor group, and not in the Output Window? Could this be the root of the issue?

by Nikolay Balakin | October 22 2015

by mjclark91 | October 21 2015

Does the job. There's a bug at the moment with "Find Results", hopefully it will get resolved soon, but this extension does a great job with the output window.

by Andrew Sanostee | October 09 2015

by Alex from Russia | October 08 2015

I changed the colors under "Fonts and Colors", but it continues to use the default ones. Ridiculous!

by asidorov95 | September 26 2015

супер !!!

by Jozef Izso (BizSpark member) | September 22 2015

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  • Background colour per line?
    2 Posts | Last post January 28, 2016
    • Is it possible (maybe in the future) to change the background colour per line?  Makes some important things easier to spot.  Great tool otherwise!
    • It is but it complicates the color pick dialog. Background colors also run amok with theme changes sometimes. I've found it's safer if I avoid it.
  • Beta 2.0 ready for download
    10 Posts | Last post December 29, 2015
    • [Release notes and download](https://github.com/mike-ward/VSColorOutput/releases/tag/v2.0.0-beta1)
    • https://github.com/mike-ward/VSColorOutput/releases/tag/v2.0.1-beta2
    • Beta 3:
    • Beta 4:
    • Release 2.0.4
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      Microsoft Visual Studio
      The extension could not be installed because the following error occurred:
      The extension 'VSColorOutput' requires a version of the .NET Framework that is not installed.
      I have .net 4.5.2 installed.
    • VSColorOutput 2.0 requires .NET 4.6 or later. It would be nice to have this requirement stated on the docs, as not everyone is using Windows 10, Visual Studio 2015 or .NET Framework 4.6 yet.
      Reminder: .NET 4.5.2 will become the minimum .NET 4.x version supported by Microsoft just in a few weeks. Also, Microsoft encourages developers to upgrade to .NET 4.6 or 4.6.1.
    • I'll add the 4.6 requirement to the front page. It would be nice if the .VSIX installer stated clearly what the requirements listed in the manifest are.
    • there is no Need for 4.6. I've downloded the VSColorOutput.vsix, expanded it, changed the SupportedFrameworkRuntimeEdition entry in extension.vsixmanifest back to 4.5, created a new zip and renamed it back to VSColorOutput.vsix and it installs fine and works fine with .net 4.5.2
    • Updated build to require 4.5.2
  • Color settings have no effect (VS2013)
    4 Posts | Last post December 26, 2015
    • Nice one, Mike, very useful. It's a shame color settings have no effect. Changing regular expressions and patterns list works as expected, but the colors are always default. Can you please have a look at the problem? Thank you!
    • They don't work in VS2015, and the default choices are bad enough that I'm just going to uninstall it until some day maybe it gets fixed.
    • Looks like it isn't compatible with a non-default theme.  I'm using Darcula and only the default color settings work so I just had to pick an existing color setting that worked the best.
    • Version 2.1 fixes this issue
  • Version 2.1
    2 Posts | Last post December 26, 2015
    • Only one change but it's a good one.
      * Color changes no longer require a restart.
    • P.S.
      Reviews appreciated! (and donations...)
  • VS 2015 Dark - White background highlights
    6 Posts | Last post November 04, 2015
    • If you use the VS 2015 Dark Theme and your output starts showing a white background then go to Tools/Options/Fonts and Colors and for the VSColorOutput items set the background to custom and use RGB 30, 30, 30.
    • Great! Thanks for the thip, it works :)
    • Actually, make it RGB 37, 37, 39
    • "go to Tools/Options/Fonts and Colors and for the VSColorOutput items"
      What are the VSColorOutput items? There is only "Output Window" in Fonts and Colors. Can you describe it more specific?
    • You can find them if you select printer in the first combo box
    • Changing background to "automatic" works well
  • Wrong background colors in output window after changing VS theme to dark and then back to blue
    2 Posts | Last post March 30, 2015
    • The color scheme of text background color by  VSColorOutput in VS output window is not correct after changing the visual studio theme to dark, and then later back to blue. The background colors of the text keep behaving like it would be the dark VS scheme.
    • I've got the same issue. :-( Looks like this was happening a while ago. Has the new Find Results color settings not been implemented correctly?
  • Doesn't work on Dark theme?
    4 Posts | Last post March 10, 2015
    • 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?
    • I have the same issue (as do many below).
    • I have the same issue, can't change Error color, the default one is too RED, just burning my eyes :'( 
      Looking forward to the fix!
    • Really nice and useful extension but I agree It needs some tweaking to work with dark-sided theme.
  • What's new?
    1 Posts | Last post December 12, 2014
    • What's new on the latest version (1.4.8) compared with the version 1.4.6? We use the tool in a somewhat large development environment and we avoid to install new versions unless the benefits are greater than the risks.
  • [BUG] Wrong green color in case of failure of BOOST test case
    3 Posts | Last post November 21, 2014
    • Hi, i put my tdd running as post build event. 
      when i have an error like 
      2>  myCppFile(172): error in "myTest": check service.Children ().size () == 0 failed [1 != 0]
      it colors the line as green instead read as expected
      thank you in advance for your effort we love your extension
    • i forgot to mention that i have dark color schema of visual studio.. don't know if helps ..
    • other little suggestion 
      these line should not be in red 
      3>PocoFoundationmtd32.lib(Exception.obj) : warning LNK4099: PDB 'pocofoundationmtd.pdb' was not found with 'PocoFoundationmtd32.lib(Exception.obj)' or at 'myfilePath\pocofoundationmtd.pdb'; linking object as if no debug info
      3>  *** 1 failure detected in test suite "Master Test Suite"
      it would also be great to can customize regex and 
  • Color settings is missing in VS 14 Options
    1 Posts | Last post November 13, 2014
    • Hi, 
      great extenstion, works will with VS 14 but i cant change the colors because they dont exist in the VS Colors Options
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