Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack and Productivity Power Tools are now Available!

A feature pack and power tool are now available for Visual Studio 2010. The first is the VS 2010 Visualization and Modeling Feature Pack while the other is the VS 2010 Productivity Power Tools.

Jason Zander has blogged about these features packs in great detail, and you can read the article here.

The main highlights are:

Visual Studio 2010 Visualization and Modeling Feature Pack

  • Visualize your native (C++) code
  • Visualize Web Application Projects, Web Sites, and ASP.NET MVC code
  • Code Generation from UML Class diagram
  • Rapid population of Modeling Store from Architecture Explorer
  • XMI 2.1 Import
  • Work Item to Model Element Back linking
  • Layer Diagram Extensibility

If you’re a VS 2010 Ultimate user, you will be able to download this feature pack through your MSDN subscription.

Here’s the link for the Feature Pack:

Visual Studio 2010 Productivity Power Tools

The Productivity Power Tools collect a bunch of very straightforward and very useful features that help you in your every day life in Visual Studio

  • Document Tab Well – One of the key pieces of feedback that we have received over several versions of Visual Studio is that users want to be able to customize the behavior of their document tabs.  From the ordering of tabs to the position of the close buttons, user can now configure dozens of different options for their tabs. To configure this option, on the Tools menu, click Options -> Environment -> Document Tab Well to configure it as you prefer.
  • Extension Update – Provides a bubble tip when there are updated versions of the Pro Power Tools or any other extensions available on the Visual Studio Gallery. To try this experience, install this old version of the “Collapse Selection in Solution Explorer” extension and restart Visual Studio.
  • Highlight Current Line – As the resolution of monitors increases, it’s becoming more difficult to find the caret in the code editor. The Highlight Current Line extension makes it easy to find the caret by highlighting the line that the caret is on in the editor.  You can even configure the default color by changing the setting for “Current Line (Extension)” and “Current Line Inactive (Extension)” in Tools Options Fonts & Colors.
  • Add Reference Dialog – From the Solution Explorer or Navigator, right-click the References node, select Add Reference, and you will be presented with a fast, searchable and easy to understand Add Reference dialog.
  • HTML Copy – This extension provides support for the HTML Clipboard format when copying code from the editor. This means that you’ll no longer have to go fix up the formatting of your code when you paste it into a Team Foundation Server bug form or any other HTML based control.
  • Triple Click – It has never been easier to select a line of code from the mouse by simple triple-clicking anywhere on the line.
  • Fix Mixed Tabs – Some developers prefer tabs, others prefer spaces, and nobody likes mixing tabs & spaces. This extension promotes developer harmony by warning as they are open or save a file that has a mixture of tabs & spaces. The information bar also provides an easy way to fix the file to suit your preference.
  • Ctrl + Click Go To Definition – This extension gives the editor a web browser by adding clickable hyperlinks to symbols in your code as you hold down the Ctrl key.
  • Align Assignments – This extension improves code readability by aligning the assignments when you type Ctrl+Alt+] such that it takes this


And turns it into this:


  • Move Line Up/Down Commands – This extension maps the Alt+Up Arrow & Alt+Down Arrow keys such that they will move the current line of code or the selected lines up and down through the editor. 
  • Column Guides – Since Visual Studio.NET 2002, an undocumented Registry key enables users to draw a vertical line in the code editor. This is very useful to remind developers that their full line of code or comments may not fit one a single screen. Thanks to this extension this feature has returned with UI configure it.
  • Colorized Parameter Help – This extension improves consistency with the editor by applying syntax highlighting to the contents of the Parameter Help window for C# & Visual Basic.NET.

This Power Tool is available to all Visual Studio 2010 Professional Editions and above. You can get this from the Visual Studio Code Gallery.


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