Color output for build and debug windows.

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by TomEnglert | February 19 2015

Very useful!

by Snuffaluffagus | February 11 2015

Does exactly what it says. Incredibly useful, especially find results highlighting.

by Dennis van der Pool (NL) | January 28 2015

Great! :)

by AndyHardin | January 23 2015

by Feem | January 06 2015

This is an essential tool that I add to all of my VS installs. It ought to be a standard part of VS. Thanks Mike.

by MoKumuHanTha | December 19 2014

It is very useful tool.

My only issue that after visual studio 2013 crashed, all output background is set to off white colour, but I am using dark theme.

I checked settings and all that, but I am unable to use dark background. Any help is much appreciated.

by Michael Obermeyer | December 10 2014

This is great for highlighting warnings and such in the output window. It would be nice to be able to disable the color-highlighting in the find results (or change its color). I don't seem to be able to change the colors in VS 2013 Update 4. I'm not sure if this is a bug or intentional, or if I am just missing the feature completely.

by R e i | November 19 2014

:( Used to like this but until I found out this is what screwed up my Find window colors (big time). I would like to use this for just manipulating the output window.

by fareloz | November 17 2014

Great extension!
Is there a way to update fonts right after changing them in options dialog? Because now they updates only after reboot on my PC...

by Ed (DareDevil57) | August 14 2014

Thank you

by mcsmcs1 | June 03 2014

finally an extension which implements (just) this important! feature

by Wojtek Antonik | March 27 2014

Great tool, cannot go back to B&W output window.

by onurg | March 25 2014

by PCoombe | March 20 2014

Makes the output much more readable, easy to spot unnoticed errors and warnings written to the console

by azzwin | February 25 2014

Great job. Works nicely for me in VS2013. Doesn't use the colours I set for Find Results, but I'm fine with the default blue so it's not so bad.

by ernest.stefan.matyus | February 12 2014

This is a great add-on, but would it be possible for the colors to be customizable for those of us who use a dark theme for VS?

by Dave_Alger | February 06 2014

Thanks Mike - I no longer need to swear at Microsoft each time I run a build for not having this functionality in visual studio by default.

by Jeffrey R Morgan | November 11 2013

Awesome, super useful, tool that's FREE.

Minor gripes:
1) (mirroring what Daniel Halan said): "VS201[3] 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.

Thanks for an awesome tool, Mike!

by Phil007.1 | October 30 2013

Nice extension I like it. Really useful in the output window.

One issue I have is that after changing away from the default colour scheme my colour choices are not displayed. (VS 2012 Ultimate, Update 3)

by Karel Kral | October 21 2013

Simple and functional! Real eyesaver.

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  • Wrong background colors in output window after changing VS theme to dark and then back to blue
    2 Posts | Last post Mon 6:44 PM
    • 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?
  • Color settings have no effect (VS2013)
    1 Posts | Last post March 11, 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!
  • 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
  • VS 14 Compatibility
    2 Posts | Last post November 13, 2014
  • Update Error List
    1 Posts | Last post September 29, 2014
    • 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.
  • Unable to find in Extension and Updates
    1 Posts | Last post January 24, 2014
    • 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.
  • Open Source
    4 Posts | Last post November 06, 2013
    • See that it has the Tag "Open Source", where can the source be downloaded from?
      Asking due the issue with "Find results search term" color-setting not being used...
    • http://vscoloroutput.codeplex.com/
      The updated version is on there.
    • Where is the source for the recently released 1.4.6 version? The code in codeplex hasn't seen a commit since july 2012; I am curious to find out what was fixed in this new release.
    • 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 :)
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