Automating DOC to PDF Conversion

The COM object model exposed by Microsoft Word gives us the power to save any document which Word can recognize into a PDF file (as long as you’ve downloaded and installed the XPS and PDF exporter first). And it turns out that programmatically converting between a document and a PDF file is a pretty simple…

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Automating GIF charts from Excel

Using the COM object model exposed by Excel, we can programmatically open files, generate graphs, and save them as stand-alone image files.   Handily, the functionality provided by Excel gives us a simple way to generate charts and graphs when you need something easy and automatable. This is great for creating visualizations for automated reports,…

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Custom Debugger Auto-Expansion Tips

There is a fair amount of existing information (plus the official “EEAddIn” sample) on the subject of adding custom tool tips when hovering over various data types in the debugger. But lately I’ve run across a bunch of people who have never heard of it, so I figured I would post some details and a…

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