Last month I blogged about the Extension Manager that is built-into VS 2010 – as well as about a cool VS 2010 PowerCommands extension that provides some extra features for Visual Studio. The Visual Studio 2010 Extension Manager provides an easy way for developers to quickly find and install extensions and plugins that enhance the built-in functionality to VS 2010.
Earlier this week Jason Zander announced the availability of a new VS 2010 Productivity Power Tools release that includes a bunch of great new VS 2010 extensions that provide a bunch of cool new functionality for you to take advantage of.
You can download and install the release for free here. Some of the code editor improvements it provides include:
It also includes several tab management improvements for managing document tabs within the IDE:
And last – but not least – it includes a new and improved “Add Reference” dialog:
This new Add Reference dialog caches assembly information – which means it loads within a second or two (note: the very first time it still loads assembly data – but it then caches it and makes it fast afterwards). The new Add Reference dialog also now includes searching support – making it easier to find the assembly you are looking for.
You can read more about all of the above improvements in Jason’s blog post about the release.
Earlier this week we also shipped a new feature pack that adds additional modeling and code visualization features to VS 2010 Ultimate. You can download it here.
The Visualization and Modeling Feature Pack includes a bunch of great new capabilities including:
Jason’s blog post covers more about these features as well.
Hope this helps,
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