Color output for build and debug windows.

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by Eugeniy Maksimov | Thu 7:49 AM

Very usefull extension

by Giannis-13 | May 10 2016

by AndrewDevCSharp | April 25 2016

Good and simple extension.

by dneelyep | March 24 2016

Great extension. This functionality should be bundled into Visual Studio by default.

Mike Ward - Ann Arbor March 28 2016
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by Jaroslav Runcik | March 17 2016

Perfect addin, Thanks.

Mike Ward - Ann Arbor March 28 2016
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by Daniel Mateja | March 12 2016

by Michael Terhaar | March 11 2016

Makes it much easier to find errors! Has an option to stop the build on the first error!

Mike Ward - Ann Arbor March 28 2016
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by Ho1iarty | February 29 2016

Found a solution of the conflict between VSColorOutput and VisualAssistX. Check the #19 issue in Github.

Mike Ward - Ann Arbor February 29 2016
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by 湯 宗磊 | February 19 2016

2.2.3 always lead vs to crash, please fix it asap, thanks

Mike Ward - Ann Arbor February 19 2016
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Again, dinging me here guarantees you will not get support. Use GitHub or Q/A

by Ed Catchpole | February 15 2016

I love this extension and have been using it for a couple of years, but after the latest update it's started crashing during C++ compilation.
Interestingly, disabling VSColorOutput or Visual Assist fixes the crash. Is it possible to get historical versions of VSColorOutput so I can go back to one that doesn't crash?

Mike Ward - Ann Arbor February 19 2016
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Again, dinging me here guarantees you will not get support. Use GitHub or Q/A

by IgorT75 | February 12 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 19 2016
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Dinging me here guarantees you will not get support. Use GitHub or Q/A. (Guess what? Later he went to GitHub, got his problem fixed. Amazing how that works. The crash is in another extension (Visaul Assist). Please check your stack traces).

by Nicholas.Carey | February 05 2016

Nice! Thanks!

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.

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  • What changes are included in version x.y.z?
    2 Posts | Last post March 30, 2016
    • Answer:
      see here for the commits: https://github.com/mike-ward/VSColorOutput/commits/v2.2.4
      you can select/adjust the version number (tag) to your specific needs.
    • Also, there are release notes at: https://github.com/mike-ward/VSColorOutput/releases
  • Regex output filtering
    2 Posts | Last post March 26, 2016
    • How difficult it would be to add a feature that would allow to filter lines using regex so only matching lines would be displayed? I have no experience with writing VS extensions. I would like to use your source code as an inspiration to develop something like that. 
    • I've looked into this before. The text buffer is read-only. I have searched for a way to access the document buffer but it's not exposed to extensions. You could of course just color the non-interesting lines the same as the background, but I suspect what you really want is to collapse the view to only those lines that match the regex. Given what I know, I don't think this is possible at this time.
  • Build Report from commandline
    2 Posts | Last post February 29, 2016
    • Can the buildreport show up when you run from the commandline?
    • It's outside the scope of VSColorOutput. Sounds like you need a custom MSBuild command.
  • 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.
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